Short-Term Courses | Troy University

ESL Short-Term Courses

Short-Term Courses Information

The following courses are designed to be taken online while a student is in their home country. These courses are to be taken within four-weeks, with students completing tasks per week. Courses will be delivered through the online learning platforms Canvas and Microsoft Teams. Students will be enrolled in the classes and given access to the courses after payment is received.

Below you will find descriptions of each course. Courses cover the five language skills: grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. All courses are taught by qualified ESL instructors from Troy University, located in Troy, Alabama, USA.

Students may take up to four courses at one time. The more courses a student takes the more significant the discount per course. Please refer to the price list below for course costs. Dates for course offerings, registration deadlines, and prices per course are listed below.  

Upon completion of the course with a passing grade, the student will receive a certificate of completion, which will include their name, course title, and hours completed.

Courses

Grammar 1 – Low Level

This course will be a fast-paced introduction to English Grammar for Beginners. It will introduce students to English grammar, but it can also be used as a quick refresher course for students who have forgotten some of the basic English skills that they have learned in the past. The subject matter for this course is presented in a variety of ways to meet the needs of students' different learning styles: instructional videos, slideshows, charts, songs, online software and practice quizzes, and flashcards with pictures for students with low English vocabulary skills. The class can be taken at your own pace with an exam at the halfway point and at the end. This course is designed for pre-A1 – A2 students.

Grammar 2 – Intermediate

The course is designed to help lower-intermediate and intermediate English language learners expand and sharpen their ability to produce grammatically correct sentences in English. This will be done through various means including online instruction, videos, sentence-building exercises, writing practice, and quizzes. Some of these activities will be conducted orally, but the focus will be on formal written English. This course is designed for B1 – B2 students.

Grammar 3 – Advanced

This course is designed to help intermediate to advanced English language learners expand and sharpen their ability to produce grammatically correct sentences in English. This will be done through various means including online instruction, videos, sentence-building exercises, writing practice, and quizzes. Some of these activities will be conducted orally, but the focus will be on formal written English. This course is designed for B2+ – C2 students.

Writing 1 – Sentences to Paragraphs

This course will enhance students' academic writing by focusing on their sentence-writing and paragraph-writing abilities. Students will learn the rules and structure of simple, compound, and complex sentences and will be able to identify and write each sentence type. Students will also learn paragraph format and structure and will study two types of paragraphs: descriptive and process. They will learn and follow the writing process in order to write one descriptive paragraph and one process paragraph. This course is designed for A1 – B1 students.

Writing 2 – Essays

This course is designed to enhance intermediate to advanced students' ability to construct academic essays in the mode of comparison and cause/effect (1200-1400 word) using brainstorming and outlining and incorporating devices of cohesion such as hook, background information, thesis statements, topic sentences, concluding sentences, and transition sentences. This course is designed for pre A2+ – B2 students.

Writing 3 – Research Papers

This course is designed to enhance advanced students' ability to conduct effective academic research and to appropriately incorporate this research, using APA style, into an academic essay
(1500-1700 words) in analysis mode with no plagiarism. This course is designed for B2+ – C2 students.

Reading Skills 1 – Low Level

This course is designed to improve reading comprehension for students with a beginning level of English. This course is comprised of appropriate texts from a variety of sources. Students will read charts, graphs, and short texts that may include several paragraphs. Students will learn new vocabulary and how to understand new words using context clues, prefixes, and suffixes. Students will also learn pre-reading and reading skills. This course is designed for A1 – B1 students. 

Reading Skills 2 - Intermediate

This course is designed for students with an intermediate – high intermediate level of English looking to improve their reading comprehension, skimming and scanning skills, vocabulary, and speed. This course is comprised of appropriate texts from a variety of sources, online activities, worksheets, and quizzes based on level-appropriate texts. This course is designed for B1 – B2 students. 

Summarizing/Paraphrasing/Outlining

This course will enhance students' note-taking skills, essay writing, research papers, and comprehension of intermediate texts through outlining, summarizing, and paraphrasing without plagiarism. Students will be introduced to the subtle differences in the three forms of writing and how they are used within the context of an academic and professional setting. All three forms will improve student's comprehension of texts, writing skills, and vocabulary. This course is designed for B1+ – C2 students.

Vocabulary Builder

The course focuses on building a student's knowledge of idioms, collocations (words that always go together), phrasal verbs (Verbs + a preposition), descriptive adjectives, homonyms (Same in spelling/pronunciation - different meaning), homographs (Same spelling - Different pronunciation /meanings), homophones (Same pronunciation - different meaning /spelling), and diphthongs and digraphs. This course is designed for B1 – C1 students.

Pronunciation

This introductory course focuses on the pronunciation of American English. Students will examine vowel sounds, consonant sounds, syllables, and word stress. The goals of the class are to improve both production (speaking) and reception (listening) ability as they pertain to "standard" American English. In addition, students will become familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols and the sounds they represent. This course is designed for A2 – C2 students.

Listening/Speaking like a Native using Connected Speech

This course is designed for students with an intermediate level of English looking to improve their listening and speaking skills through learning the informal language of English. The course is comprised of videos, the use of songs, gap-fill, pair work, listening comprehension activities, and speaking practice/presentations and quizzes. This course will enable students to speak more like a native speaker, understand native speakers easier, and learn about American culture. This is a four-week course and you will be given a Certificate of Achievement upon completion. This course is designed for B1 – C2 students.

Information provided by Lance Noe
Troy University ESL Director
lnoe@troy.edu
6/25/2020