EASL 040 - Intermediate English for Academic Purposes

An intermediate level course in grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking for non-native English students to encourage students to understand and use correct English with confidence in unpredictable and/or informal social situations, and in more prolonged formal contexts, to gain reading fluency through comprehension and discussion of various materials, to continue to improve paragraph and essay writing skills.


Hours: 300 (Lecture Hours: 300)


Total Weeks:  15





Non-Course Prerequisites: 
Admission to English for Academic Purposes Level 040 or
EASL 030




Course Content:
- Using the content below in compound and complex structures
- Verb tenses - negative, questions, short answers
- Nouns count, non-count, qualifiers and measurement units
- Modals - situation of application
- Connectors - coordinating conjunctions, transitions, subordinating conjunctions
- Phrasal verbs
- Adverb, adjective and noun clauses and phrases and their reductions
- The passive voice using various verb tenses
- Gerunds, infinitives and related structures
- Conditional sentences including hope and wish
- Reported speech
Listening and Speaking
- Pronunciation - discrete sounds, reductions, contractions, linking, stress, focus, and rhythm
- Discussion using various discourse strategies
- Public speaking
- Listening and note taking from a variety of formats
- Describe a sequence of events using a variety of tenses
- Make timed speeches in preparation for TOEFL
- Description, comparison
- Process of reading faster, test taking
- Exposition
- Persuasion
- Critical thinking
- Interpretation, reading between the lines
- Essay, interview, making inferences
- Implied ideas
- Biography, story
- Arguments
- Poetry, speeches
- Essay writing in various forms: argument, compare and contrast, exposition, cause and effect, narrative
- Business letters, creative writing
- TOEFL speed writing
- Brainstorming, forming a thesis statement which can be proved
- Organizing main supporting ideas
- Preparing details to substantiate each idea
- Writing an outline
- Writing body paragraphs focusing on unity and cohesiveness by using a variety of transitions and connecting phrases
- Writing introduction and conclusion paragraphs
- Writing transition sentences or paragraphs
- Editing
- Drafting and revising for style and fluency

- Introduction to research paper writing including selection of materials, quoting, citing and creating a bibliography


Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
- Recognize and duplicate grammatical structures through relevant contexts moving from basic to complex structures through a variety of topics.
- Practice and apply grammatical structures in communicative contexts.
Listening and Speaking
- Comprehend and take effective notes from aural lectures
- Improve two-way communication through applying the sound system of English and developing fluency in discrete sounds, focus on rhythm and use of reductions
- Apply discourse strategies such as phrases for re joiners, follow-up questions, clarification, comprehension checks, asking for details, describing, summarizing and leading a group in discussion by asking for input
- Employ rhetorical cues to aid in listening fluency

- Make speeches and invite discussion of their ideas
- Read and respond to a variety of materials
- Recall information, identifying main ideas stated or implied
- Scan for facts, skim for general ideas, discern between general and specific ideas, and separate fact from opinion
- Predict main ideas from titles and abstracts
- Identify supporting statements and organization in a variety of types of writing
- Be able to write paraphrases, and summarize
- Describe characters and settings, outline plots, and identify and support themes
- Through each piece of reading students will learn and apply new vocabulary and idioms in writing and discussion.
- Develop organizational skills in writing to:
- Demonstrate that they understand the concept of content and detail to support the topic;
- Explore and organize ideas;
- Develop cohesion and style in writing through the drafting and revision process, and to use the correct forms for a variety of writing purposes.
- Compose a research paper complete with bibliography.


Grading System:  Mastery/DNC


Passing Grade:  Mastery is based on achieving a CaMLA EPT minimum test score of 58 administered at NLC.


Percentage of Individual Work:  50


Percentage of Group Work:  50


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.