Curriculum and Classes

Curriculum Overview

The unique needs of each student are carefully evaluated using a comprehensive series of diagnostic measures designed to place students in classes which match their level of ability and address the specific skills they need to work on. Progress is closely monitored throughout each student's course of study to ensure a steady and timely progression to a higher level of language proficiency. The ESL Placement exam is administered to new students at the beginning of each term.

Program Features

  • Small class size (average 15 students)
  • Individualized attention and learning
  • ESL Tutoring Center
  • Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Expert language instructors
  • Exploration and explanation of U.S. American culture
  • Dual enrollment study with Troy University and ESL, if qualified
  • Conversation Partnership with US American students
  • Modern multimedia laboratory
  • Extracurricular activities and travel

Curriculum

ESL offers an intensive English program of study at six levels for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in the language skills of reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking. Understanding US American culture is an integral part of each class. Teachers use audio/visual materials, multimedia-based technology, and individual attention to provide every student with the opportunity to master the English language.

Text Books

Students must have all books on the first day of class. Students may NOT share or sell books with or to other students. If students do not have a textbook, they WILL be counted absent for everyday they do not have their book. If you forget your book, the teacher may also count you absent for that day.

If you order a book online, it must arrive before the first day of class, otherwise you will be asked to go to the bookstore to purchase each book you do not have.

The Troy University offers many discounts and will price match Amazon.com and B&N.com!

Levels

ESL offers 6 levels of intensive study each 8 weeks. Students may enter the program in the middle of a semester.

Levels per Semester

  • Level I Beginning
  • Level II High Beginning
  • Level III Intermediate Level
  • Level IV High Intermediate Level
  • Level V Advanced Level
  • Level VI Advanced
  • (Not Required) Plus classes for those already proficient in English but wanting to further develop their language and cultural abilities.

All classes earn institutional credit. Advanced classes earn up to 6 credits of academic credit., upon request.

ESL Curriculum (20 hrs/week)

Grammar

Oral and written work supplemented with computer lab assignments. Covers parts of speech, basic sentence structure, and tenses.

Listening/Speaking

Content includes functional listening strategies, sound discrimination, basic conversation, selective listening, examination of grammatical and phonological features of spoken English and the development of listening strategies and note-taking skills for academic lectures. Intensive practice in sound production and differentiation as well as syllable stress, word stress, and intonation patterns. Increases fluency and confidence by building vocabulary and providing controlled speaking practice in a safe environment.

Reading

Focus on building vocabulary, developing reading skills such as finding main ideas, locating pronoun referents, and using context clues and increase reading speed and comprehension.

Writing

Focus on sentence-level writing, paragraph-level writing, and essay construction. Note: Students advance from level to level as a result of the grades they earn in each of their core classes. Students who excel in their classes may be qualified to skip a level.

Learner Outcomes (LOs)

The following Learner Outcomes (LOs) were edited, revised, and correlated with the Global Scale of English (GSE) from January – March of 2017. Upon tabling and agreement from the staff, these LOs will be put into effect during the fall 1 term 2017. These LOs will be reviewed in the spring 2 term, 2018. If no changes are made, the LOs will become permeant with a review every two years.  

Reading 1 (10 – 34 / Below A1 – A2)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Employ pre-reading skills such as scanning titles, headings, captions, and pictures to predict and identify main ideas of reading texts. (31, 39, 40)
  2. Can read, understand and follow simple directions (10, 14, 15, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 34)
  3. Correctly identify and produce words from the in-class vocabulary list, including meaning, word forms, stress/syllables, and spelling. (15)
  4. Identify and demonstrate comprehension of text, charts, and graphs, main idea, and supporting details through short sentence writing, true/false questions, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questioning. (31, 32, 34)
  5. Correctly identify subject pronoun references in a level appropriate text.

Reading 2 (22 – 42 / A1 – A2+)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Employ pre-reading skills such as scanning titles and pictures to predict and identify main ideas and important details of reading texts. (31, 39, 40)
  2. Can read, understand and follow simple directions (22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 34)
  3. Correctly identify and produce words from the in-class vocabulary list, including meaning, word forms, stress/syllables, and spelling.
  4. Identify and demonstrate comprehension of text, charts, and graphs, main idea, and supporting details through short sentence writing, true/false questions, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questioning. (31, 32, 34, 35, 39, 42)
  5. Correctly identify subject pronoun references in a level appropriate text.
  6. Use sequencing to show comprehension of texts, timelines, and pictures. (41, 42)

Reading 3 (39 – 51 / A2+ – B1+)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Employ pre-reading skills such as scanning and skimming to predict and identify main ideas and important details of level appropriate texts. (39, 40, 44, 45, 49)
  2. Correctly identify and produce words from the in-class vocabulary list, including meaning, word forms, stress/syllables, and spelling.
  3. Correctly identify unfamiliar words using context clues, prefixes, and suffixes covered in the course. (46)
  4. Identify and demonstrate comprehension of text, charts, and graphs, stated or unstated (implied) main idea, and supporting details through short answer writing, multiple choice, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questioning. (38, 43, 48, 49)
  5. Create an outline from a level 3 text with proper numbering, indentions, main ideas, details, while using only 1 – 5 word descriptors (no sentences) with similar ideas grouped together.  (46, 47, 48, 49, 50)

Reading 4 (45 – 56 / B1 – B1+)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read and demonstrate comprehension of academic text of high-intermediate level, including stated or unstated (implied) main ideas and relevant details. (45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 54, 56,
  2. Correctly identify and produce words from the in-class vocabulary list and collocations, including meaning, word forms, stress/syllables, and spelling.
  3. Correctly identify unfamiliar words using context clues, prefixes, and suffixes covered in the course. (46, 53, 55)
  4. Demonstrate comprehension of texts through outlining and summarize a level 4 article that includes the title, author, reporting verb, and main ideas to convey approximate meaning without plagiarizing. (46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53)
  5. Identify fact from opinion in level 5 texts. (51, 54)

Reading 5 (49 – 61 / B1+ – low B2)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read and demonstrate comprehension of academic text of an advanced level, including stated or unstated (implied) main ideas and relevant details. (49, 50, 51, 54, 57, 60, 61)
  2. Correctly identify and produce words from the in-class vocabulary list and collocations, including meaning, word forms, stress/syllables, and spelling.
  3. Demonstrate comprehension of and ability to interpret and synthesis charts and graphs with text. (48, 51, 54, 58)
  4. Correctly identify unfamiliar words using context clues, word roots, prefixes, and suffixes covered in the course. (46, 53, 55)
  5. Demonstrate comprehension of texts through outlining, paraphrasing, and summarize a level 5 article which includes the title, author, reporting verb, and main ideas to convey approximate meaning without plagiarizing. (51, 53, 60)

Reading 6 (53 -74 / B1+ & B2+)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of academic texts including newspapers, journal articles, and books of an advanced level, including stated or unstated (implied) main ideas and relevant detail. (54, 57, 60, 61, 63, 68, 70)
  2. Correctly identify and produce words from the in-class vocabulary list and collocations, including meaning, word forms, stress/syllables, and spelling.
  3. Demonstrate comprehension of and ability to interpret and synthesis charts and graphs with text. (54, 58)
  4. Demonstrate comprehension of texts through outlining, paraphrasing, and summarize a level 6 article which includes the title, author, reporting verb, and main ideas to convey approximate meaning without plagiarizing. (53, 60, 66)
  5. Demonstrate and identify author’s purpose, fact from opinion, and bias in an academic text. (58, 62, 65, 71, 74)

Writing 1 (10 – 31 / Below A1 – low A2)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write various simple present and past sentences, including positive and negative statements, questions, and imperatives with correct mechanics (punctuation and capitalization) with a subject, verb, object structure. (10, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31)
  2. Identify and apply simple present and regular and irregular verb tenses. (30)
  3. Produce and correctly spell the first 250 words from the General Service List (GSL). (27, 28)
  4. Apply and produce basic subject/verb agreement within sentences and use proper pronoun references. (10, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31)

Writing 2 (10 – 41 / Below A1 – A2+)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and write various simple and compound sentences with basic conjunctions such as but, and, or, yet, and so (FANBOYS) with correct mechanics (punctuation and capitalization). (31, 39, 41)
  2. Identify and apply simple present, regular and irregular past, future and present progressive tenses, with basic time signals such as when, after, before, while, and now. (31, 34)
  3. Demonstrate ability to apply basic editing skills to write clearly and accurately and to also correctly spell the first 500 words from the General Service List (GSL).
  4. Apply and produce basic subject/verb agreement within sentences and use proper pronoun references. (10, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31)
  5. Demonstrate comprehension of basic narrative paragraph structure and write a one-paragraph composition (75-100 words) with a topic sentence, 2-3 supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. (36, 38, 38, 40, 41)

Writing 3 (38 – 55 / A2+ - B1+)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write a narrative, descriptive, and process paragraph (200 - 250 words each) with a clear topic sentence, relevant supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence using correct mechanics, indentation, margins, and spacing while avoiding plagiarism. (38, 39, 44, 45, 46, 47)
  2. Apply intermediate editing and revising skills (including subject/verb agreements, pronoun references, articles and determiners, correct simple and progressive tenses) to write clearly and accurately. (55)
  3. Accurately spell and use the first 1200 words from the General Service List (GSL).
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use transitional phrases within a paragraph structure. (48, 51)

Writing 4 (45 – 70 / B1 – B2+)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of essay structure and write a four-paragraph in the mode of cause and effect and/or compare/contrast essay (500-600 words) with proper formatting (a cover page, proper heading and title, margins, indentations, and spacing), as well as a hook, thesis statement, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph. (45, 50, 59)
  2. Apply high-intermediate editing and revising skills (including subject/verb agreements, pronoun references, articles, determiners, and quantifiers, correct simple, progressive, and perfect tenses), using correct mechanics. (55, 66)
  3. Write a variety of simple, compound, and complex sentences using cohesive devices such as conjunctions, pronouns, repetition of keys words and phrases, and transition words. (48, 51, 62)
  4. Apply academic language to writing, avoiding words such as like, many/a lot, very/really, make, thing/stuff, get/do, kind of… (66)
  5. Demonstrate comprehension of plagiarism rules, essay outlines, and parallel structure. (70)

Writing 5 (51 – 80 / B1+ - low C1)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of essay structure and incorporate research on a variety of topics to write 1-8 paragraph in the mode of cause/effect and/or compare/contrast (depending on previous level 4 focus) and/or an argumentative essay with proper formatting (a cover page, proper heading and title, margins, indentations, and spacing), as well as a hook, thesis statement, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph while avoiding plagiarism. (53, 56, 59, 61, 65, 75)
  2. Apply academic language to writing, avoiding words such as like, many/a lot, very/really, make, thing/stuff, get/do, kind of, firstly/secondly, But/And (at the beginning of a sentence) (66)
  3. Apply advanced pre-writing (brainstorm/outline) and post-writing (editing and revising) skills (including subject/verb agreements, pronoun references, articles, determiners, quantifiers, word forms, and verb tenses), using correct mechanics and spelling. (55, 58, 66, 72, 74, 76)
  4. Write a variety of simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences using cohesive devices such as conjunctions, pronouns, repetition of keys words and phrases, transition words, and parallel structure. (51, 61, 62)
  5. Summarize and paraphrase academic passages, including author’s main ideas and purpose without plagiarizing. (52, 54, 55, 64, 65, 68, 77, 80)
  6. Demonstrate comprehension of MLA style and rules and apply them accurately within the essay. (58, 71, 74, 76, 78)
  7. Understand the differences between a reliable and unreliable resource. (65)

Writing 6 (59 – 82 / B2 – C1)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of essay structure and incorporate academic research (academic journals, books and newspaper articles) on a variety of topics to write 1-8 paragraph in the mode of analysis or comparison essay with proper formatting (a cover page, proper heading and title, margins, indentations, and spacing), as well as a hook, thesis statement, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph while avoiding plagiarism. (59, 61, 65, 66, 67, 70, 71, 72, 75, 76, 81)
  2. Apply academic language to writing, avoiding words such as like, many/a lot, very/really, make, thing/stuff, get/do, kind of, firstly/secondly, But/And (at the beginning of a sentence) (66, 81)
  3. Apply advanced pre-writing (brainstorm/outline) and post-writing (editing and revising) skills (including subject/verb agreements, pronoun references, articles, determiners, quantifiers, word forms, and verb tenses), using correct mechanics and spelling. (61, 66, 72, 74, 76, 81, 82)
  4. Write a variety of simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences using cohesive devices such as conjunctions, pronouns, repetition of keys words and phrases, transition words, and parallel structure. (61, 62, 74, 81)
  5. Summarize and paraphrase academic passages, including author’s main ideas and purpose without plagiarizing. (64, 65, 67, 68, 71, 76, 77)
  6. Demonstrate comprehension of APA style and rules and apply them accurately within the essay. (71, 74, 76, 78, 80)
  7. Understand the differences between a reliable and unreliable resource. (65)

GRAMMAR 01 (24 – 35 / A1 – A2)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Form and use the present tense of “be” and the simple present tense in sentences with correct subject verb agreement, pronouns, singular/plural nouns (including irregular eords “children, men…”), mechanics (punctuation & capitalization), and in correct word order. (24, 26, 28)
  2. Use prepositions of time correctly (in, on, at). (26, 27, 30, 33)
  3. Use common frequency adverbs (always, usually, often, sometimes, seldom, rarely, and never) in the simple present tense. (33, 36)
  4. Be able to form and answer Yes/No and Wh- questions and short answers (both affirmative and negative). (25, 26, 27)
  5. Be able to use basic expressions of quantity, articles (a, an, the, some, and any), and demonstratives (this, that, these, those) with common count and non-count nouns. (25, 26, 30, 32, 35)

GRAMMAR 02 (24 – 41 / A1 – high A2)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Write the simple present (simple/progressive), past (regular and irregular), and future (will/going to) verb tenses in sentences with correct subject verb agreement, pronouns, mechanics (punctuation & capitalization), and in correct word order. (24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 35, 40, 41)
  2. Use common frequency adverbs (always, usually, often, sometimes, seldom, rarely, and never) in the simple present tense. (33, 36)
  3. Form and answer Yes/No and Wh- questions and short answers (both affirmative and negative) in the tenses listed in LO1. (25, 26, 27)
  4. Use basic expressions of quantity, articles (a, an, the, some/any), and demonstratives (this, that, these, those) with common count and non-count nouns. (25, 26, 30, 32, 35, 36, 37)
  5. Form and use descriptive, comparative, and superlative adjectives and adverbs. (36, 38, 40)

GRAMMAR 03 (40 – 55 / high A2 – B1+)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Write the simple present, past (regular and irregular), future (will/going to), and present progressive verb tenses in short paragraphs (100 – 200 words) on familiar topics with correct subject verb agreement, pronouns, mechanics (punctuation & capitalization), and in correct word order. (40, 41, 42, 46, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55)
  2. Utilize time clauses (before, while, after, by the time, whereas, etc.) & relative clauses in complex sentences. (30, 40, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50)
  3. Produce present and past modals (ability, possibility, permission, advice, obligation, and prohibition) following correct word order and conveying the correct meaning given a context. (29, 33, 34, 36, 41, 46)
  4. Use basic expressions of quantity, articles (a, an, the, no article, some/any, much/many), and demonstratives (this, that, these, those) with common count and non-count nouns. (25, 26, 30, 32, 35, 36, 37, 40, 46, 48, 49)  

GRAMMAR 04 (44 – 57 / B1 – B1+)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Write the simple present, past (regular and irregular), future (will/going to), present progressive, present perfect, and present perfect progressive verb tenses in 1-3 paragraphs (200 – 350 words) on familiar topics with correct subject verb agreement, pronouns, mechanics (punctuation & capitalization), and in correct word order. (44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 52)
  2. Identify and use Wh- questions with negative and tag questions. (28)
  3. Identify and produce adjective clauses in complex sentences within a writing context.
  4. Produce present and past modals (ability, possibility, permission, advice, obligation, and prohibition) following correct word order and conveying the correct meaning given a context. (46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53)
  5. Identify active and passive voice (statements, negatives and questions) given a contextual purpose. (45, 46, 48, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57)
  6. Identify and use 1st conditionals within a writing context. (46, 47)
  7. Identify and produce parallel structures at the word and sentence level. (53, 57)

GRAMMAR 05 (54 – 73 / B1+ - B2+)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Write the simple present, past (regular and irregular), future (will/going to), present progressive, present, past and future perfect progressive verb tenses in an essay (350 – 450 words) on familiar topics with correct subject verb agreement, pronouns, mechanics (punctuation & capitalization), parallel structure, passive/active voice, and in correct word order. (54, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 69, 71, 73,)
  2. Produce present and past modals (ability, possibility, permission, advice, obligation, and prohibition) following correct word order and conveying the correct meaning given a context. (54, 55, 56, 58, 59)
  3. Produce adjective clauses where appropriate using relative pronouns in the subject and object positions to show possession. (30, 31, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 57, 58, 59, 60)
  4. Produce the correct use of gerunds and infinitives given a context. (51, 52, 56, 57, 58, 60, 65, 66, 69)
  5. Utilize transition words and other means of providing cohesion among sentences.

GRAMMAR 06 (62 – 80 / B2 – C1)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Write a short essay that uses a varied of previously learned grammatical structures, includes proper mechanics, subject/verb agreement, word order, articles, clauses, parallel structure, passive/active voice, gerunds/infinitives, and conditionals on a familiar topic.
  2. Utilize all forms of nouns (count, non-count, generic, specific, descriptive), pronouns (subject, object, possessive, reflexive, the forms of “other”), articles (definite and indefinite), quantifiers (a few, a little, much, many, some, any, a great deal of, each, every, a number of, etc.), and subject/verb agreements.
  3. Identify and produce all forms of modals (request, advice, suggestion, invitation, possibility, ability, etc.). (62, 63, 65, 66, 80)
  4. Identify and correctly form the present real and unreal conditionals given a context. (64, 66, 67, 70, 71, 77)
  5. Identify and produce a few confusing words (raise/rise, set/sit, and lay/lie) correctly.
  6. Identify and produce all forms of noun, adjective, and adverb clauses and phrases within a given context. (61, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72)

LISTENING/SPEAKING 01 (10 – 43 / Below A1 - A2)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Understand and produce basic pronunciation patterns in English (word stress and minimum pairs).
  2. Understand and use simple words and learned phrases for greetings, introductions, and salutations. (L - 10, 13, 21, 23) (S- 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 24)
  3. Identify topic, main idea, and details in 1-2-minute-long level-appropriate dialogue or monologue about daily life topics. (L - 23, 24, 25, 29, 33) (S – 25, 26, 28, 31, 32)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to follow simple directions. (L - 16, 25) (S – 21, 22, 29)

LISTENING/SPEAKING 02 (17 – 41 / Below A1 – A2+)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Identify topic, main idea, and details in 1- 3-minute-long level-appropriate dialogue or monologue about daily life topics. (L - 30, 35, 37, 39) (S – 32, 38, 41
  2. Demonstrate the ability to follow multi-step directions. (L - 43, 51) (S – 21, 22, 32, 44
  3. Understand and produce basic pronunciation patterns in English (word stress and minimum pairs). (S – 56)
  4. Understand and reproduce raising and falling intonation in Yes/No and Wh- questions. (L - 23, 36) (S – 16, 21)
  5. Participate effectively in very short- conversations about daily life topics. (L - 27, 29, 32, 41, 43, 44, 47) (S – 17, 18, 19, 24, 26, 30, 31, 33, 41)
  6. Prepare and deliver a 1-2 minute presentation on a controlled/familiar topic. (S – 28, 32,
  7. Understand and produce correct sounds for words with -ed and -s endings. (S – 33, 38, 40)

LISTENING/SPEAKING 03 (32 – 57 / A2 – B1+)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Identify main ideas and details in 3-5 minute long level-appropriate non-academic listening texts. (L - 48, 50, 51, 53, 55) (S – 45, 52)
  2. Take accurate notes using the structure provided on listening texts specified in Outcome 1. (L - 53) (S – 44)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to exchange points of view on non-academic topics in small group discussions by participating in the conversation, understanding the points made by others, and expressing opinions. (51, 53, 54, 57) (S – 32, 39, 41, 45, 48)
  4. Prepare and deliver a well-organized oral presentation of 2-3 minutes on a familiar topic (including non-verbal communication) using notes. (S – 32, 44, 45)
  5. Understand and produce correct sounds for words with -ed and -s endings.

LISTENING/SPEAKING 04 (44 – 61 / B1 – B2)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Identify main ideas and details (stated and unstated) in 5-7 minute long level-appropriate academic listening texts. (L - 49, 52, 53, 54, 55) (S – 52)
  2. Take accurate notes using the structure provided on listening texts specified in Outcome 1. (L - 53) (S – 44, 55, 59)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to exchange points of view on non-academic and academic topics in small group discussions by participating in the conversation, understanding the points made by others, and expressing opinions. (L – 55, 57, 59, 61) (S – 45, 46, 48, 49, 50)
  4. Prepare and deliver a well-organized oral presentation of 3-5 minutes on an academic topic (including non-verbal communication) using an outline (no notes) and visual aids without plagiarism. (S – 44, 45, 47, 57)

LISTENING/SPEAKING 05 (53 – 68 / B1+ - B2+)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Identify main ideas and details (stated and unstated) in 6 - 8 minute long level-appropriate academic listening texts. (L - 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61)
  2. Take and revise notes using the structure provided on listening texts specified in Outcome 1. (L - 53) (S - 55, 59)
  3. Attend a college lecture, seminar, or workshop. Notes or proof of attendance must be provided (L - 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68) (S – 55, 56)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to exchange points of view on academic topics in small group discussions by participating in the conversation, understanding the points made by others, and expressing opinions. (L - 57, 58) (S – 48, 50, 52, 54, 56)
  5. Prepare and deliver a well-organized informative oral presentation of 5-7 minutes on an academic topic (including non-verbal communication) that includes research, citations, and visual aids without plagiarism while using limited or no notes. (L – 62) (S – 47, 49, 52, 57)
  6. Recognize emotions, transitions, and implications in speech. (L - 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 61) (S – 49)

LISTENING/SPEAKING 06 (59 – 80 / B2 – C1)

By completing this course, students will:

  1. Identify main ideas and details in 8 – 10-minute long level-appropriate academic listening texts. (L - 59, 60, 61, 63, 65, 67, 69)
  2. Take and revise notes using the structure provided on listening texts specified in Outcome 1. (L –80) (S - 59, 75)
  3. Attend 2 college lectures, seminars, or workshops within the term. Notes and proof of attendance must be provided. (L- 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 69)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to exchange points of view on an academic topic through debate. (L – 59, 64, 67) (S – 60, 61, 63, 65, 70, 73, 74, 75)
  5. Prepare and deliver a well-organized persuasive oral presentation of 6 - 8 minutes on an academic topic (including non-verbal communication) that includes research, citations, and visual aids without plagiarism while using limited or no notes. (L- 62) (S – 65, 66, 69, 70, 73)
  6. Recognize emotions, transitions, and implications in speech. (L - 59, 61, 63, 66, 71) (S – 61, 69, 74, 75)

Supervised independent study at an appropriate level, designed to develop specific reading skills and increase vocabulary. Materials may include books, newspapers, magazines, CDs, and the Internet.

Supervised independent study of specific topics at an appropriate level, using textbooks and/or software.

Post-ESL Curriculum (Plus Classes)

Troy University offers students who have finished ESL classes at mid-term, but cannot register for academic classes due to unavailability or scheduling issues, an option to take 6 Plus classes. Academic students who need more English practice may also take the 6 Plus classes. You must have completed all 6 levels in ESL or have passed the TOEFL or IELTS to qualify for 6 Plus classes.

These classes are grade bearing and will affect your overall GPA. You can also FA (Failure due to Absence) out of these classes. Your grades for these classes, and all classes at Troy University, are a part of your college transcripts. The classes will appear as Continuing Education (CEU) classes on your transcripts. However, you may fill out a “Course Substitution” form – available through the ESL Director’s office – and transfer these credits (3 credits per class with a maximum of 6 credits total) into academic credits that can go toward your major.

There are three 6 Plus classes currently offered: Oral Communication, Critical Analysis Skills, and Research Writing Skills.

ESL 1112     Oral Communication Skills     3 credits CEU

This course is designed for advanced students who have successfully completed level 6. The objective of the course is to intensify the listening and speaking skills learned in previous levels and better equip the students with both academic and professional speaking skills. In this course, students will listen to content-based academic lectures. Students will learn to take notes more effectively and to respond critically to those lectures through debates and discussions. Students will also learn how to conduct research, write presentation outlines, and give presentations more effectively. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained greater confidence in their ability to speak English in any situation presented to them and to succeed in their major fields in college.

ESL 1113     Critical Analysis Skills     3 credits CEU

This course is designed for advanced students who have successfully completed level 6. The objective of the course is to intensify the skills learned in previous levels and better equip the students with college-level skills. Students will be reading content-based materials featuring American History, American Literature, and Sociology. Students will learn more academic vocabulary and further develop critical thinking skills to effectively respond to those materials through paragraph writing, summarizing, paraphrasing, and classroom discussions.   Upon completion of the course, students will have gained greater confidence in their ability to read, comprehend, and analyze college-level materials and to succeed in their major fields of study.

ESL 1111     Research Writing Skills     3 credits CEU

This course is designed for advanced students who have successfully completed level 6. The objective of the course is to build upon the skills learned in previous levels and better equip the students with college-level skills in writing and research. Students will engage in writing research based papers to learn, understand, and use proper citations (APA or MLA) as well as write reflectively and paraphrase/summarize. Students will utilize the on-campus library resources and gain knowledge pertaining to reliable and unreliable resources. Upon completion of this course, students will have the ability to write research papers and essays free of plagiarism on both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Special Programs

ESL 0050     Special Program     Credit and hours vary

The ESL Special Program is designed for international students or professionals who wish to learn more about the American language and culture. Courses are tailored to the characteristics and specific needs and expectations of each particular group. Credit and length of program vary according to the group.

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