English as a Second Language - CPS Specialty (ESLG)

ESLG 0010. Intensive ESL. 0 Hours.

Integrates grammar with listening and speaking. Offers students an opportunity to create a solid base in English grammar, to increase fluency and accuracy in speaking, and to promote greater comprehension to facilitate functioning in social and academic environments. Students practice grammatical structures through various activities, reinforcing their learning through discussions, teacher-designed materials, and textbook work. Offered in conjunction with the reading and writing components of the program.

ESLG 0011. Business Case Program. 8 Hours.

Designed for international students at the intermediate/advanced level who want to improve their reading and vocabulary skills through a business context. Students read and discuss international business cases that cover such topics as negotiations, contracts, time management, and marketing. In addition, students do short presentations based on outside business reading.

ESLG 0021. Supplemental English Instruction 1. 3 Hours.

Offers an integrated-skills course designed to improve students’ language and academic skills and to help eliminate areas of weakness. Emphasizes expanding vocabulary and developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Discusses a variety of strategies to help students understand unfamiliar vocabulary and to develop their overall reading comprehension. Offers students an opportunity to develop their writing skills by learning how to effectively combine sentences and develop coherent and unified paragraphs and essays. Students listen to recorded materials from a variety of sources and participate in speaking activities designed to help them express their ideas more fluently and accurately. May be repeated once.

ESLG 0022. Supplemental English Instruction 2. 3 Hours.

Offers an advanced integrated-skills course that builds on skills covered in ESLG 0021. Offers students an opportunity to further improve language and academic skills and to help eliminate areas of weakness. Focuses on building communicative competence, vocabulary, reading, writing, and speaking skills. May be repeated once.

ESLG 0040. Reading for Business and Social Science. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to analyze the intersection between the social sciences and business sectors while seeking to improve their academic reading skills. Using journal articles and other media, students investigate current theories, trends, practices, and perspectives in the fields of business and the social sciences. This is an interdisciplinary course.

ESLG 0041. State of the Field: Engineering and Computer Science. 3 Hours.

Explores current research directions, emerging fields, and real-world problems in engineering and computer sciences. Emphasizes critique and analysis of readings from current and recent scientific literature to gain an understanding of the impact of engineering and computer sciences in global contexts.

ESLG 0042. State of the Field: Health and Life Science. 3 Hours.

Explores current research directions, emerging fields, and real-world problems in engineering and computer sciences. Emphasizes critique and analysis of readings from current and recent scientific literature to gain an understanding of the impact of engineering and computer sciences in global contexts.

ESLG 0043. Reading for Engineering, Math, and Science. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to analyze important issues in engineering and science while improving their academic reading skills in an interdisciplinary course. Using journal articles and other media, students investigate current theories, trends, practices, and perspectives in the fields of engineering, math, and the sciences.

ESLG 0050. Business Case Program. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to work with business cases to develop effective presenting, bargaining, and report writing skills. Designed for advanced learners of English with business experience. Requires placement by the English Language Center. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0052. Low-Intermediate Reading and Writing. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to learn to organize and write effective paragraphs with correct sentences in this grammar-based course. Covers reading skills and vocabulary through short, high-interest stories and articles.

ESLG 0053. Intermediate Reading and Writing. 0 Hours.

Introduces various styles of writing, such as cause and effect or descriptive, and the specialized rhetoric that goes with each style. It also introduces students to longer, authentic readings and academic vocabulary.

ESLG 0054. High-Intermediate Reading and Writing. 0 Hours.

Introduces students to the essay and the thesis statement. Examines the types of academic essays and offers students an opportunity to practice each kind with appropriate rhetoric. Essays may be related to class readings. Readings are academic and students may be assigned a novel.

ESLG 0061. Pre-MBA Core. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0062. Pre-MBA Reading. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0063. Pre-MBA Writing. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0070. Listening and Speaking. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0075. English for Academic Communication. 3,4 Hours.

Offers advanced students an opportunity to obtain the confidence and skills to participate effectively in the American classroom, improve academic listening skills, and give formal oral presentations. Covers note-taking skills and pragmatic rules regarding email etiquette. Students interact with instructors and advisors and sharpen their speaking and listening skills by engaging critically with others in class. In addition to self-analysis exercises, students analyze classmates’ presentations and language production. Focuses on improving communication skills for use in classroom communication, co-op internships, and on-campus student organizations.

ESLG 0080. Career Exploration 1. 0 Hours.

Offers a content-based ESL course. Designed to help students develop language and academic skills through the content of career exploration. Offers students an opportunity to define and develop realistic goals, identify special needs, plan progress toward educational and career goals, and discuss linkages between academic preparation and the world of work. Uses lectures, readings, discussion, and class activities to explore three main themes: learning about yourself, exploring careers, and planning for the future. Requires permission of the English Language Center.

ESLG 0081. Career Exploration 2. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to learn about career possibilities and education options through visits to local companies, museums, and universities. Topics include U.S. culture and work life, the U.S. educational system, and special industries and sectors in the world economy. Students are encouraged to understand their skills and career interests. Requires permission of the English Language Center.

ESLG 0090. Advanced English-Language Skills. 8 Hours.

Offers an intensive integrated skills course designed for very advanced English-language learners to prepare them for success in the American classroom. Offers students an opportunity to enhance their academic English skills through fundamentals of university writing, presentation skills, and research methods. The writing component encourages students to engage closely with a number of challenging texts designed to help sharpen their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students are asked to do close reading and critical interpretation of academic texts and give individual presentations. Working on teams, students conduct research on a project related to their major and participate in a team presentation. Covers how to organize a research project and the standards to meet in producing university-level papers and theses. May be repeated once.

ESLG 0092. Career and Program Exploration. 3 Hours.

Exposes students to career possibilities and education options before committing to a particular degree path. Topics include U.S. culture and work life; the U.S. educational system; courses of study and career paths; and popular, promising, and special industries and sectors in the world economy. Offers students an opportunity to understand their skills and career interests. May be repeated once.

ESLG 0095. Advanced Reading and Writing. 4 Hours.

Introduces the fundamentals of critical reading and writing in an academic context. Emphasizes analyzing and interpreting various forms of argument, evaluating the rhetorical dimension of a text, and using critical texts as the basis for developing an independent position with a cogent line of argument. Working closely with a selection of texts drawn from different genres, offers students an opportunity to practice summary, paraphrase, quotation, and the synthesis of multiple viewpoints. Focuses on reading strategies and grammar fundamentals. Seeks to prepare students to succeed on standardized tests of English.

ESLG 0100. Beginning ESL. 0 Hours.

Designed for students who have little or no prior ESL experience. Focuses on basic vocabulary and grammar for everyday situations. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to follow simple spoken instructions; talk about themselves, their families and friends; talk about interests, possessions and feelings; make arrangements and decisions; invite, accept, apologize, and respond; express basic wants and needs; and exchange simple opinions about classroom topics.

ESLG 0105. English as Second Language (Intensive). 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to improve listening, speaking, and grammar skills; develop fluency and confidence in communication in both professional and social settings; enhance listening skills; and examine the grammar of English. Class activities include discussion, dictation, presentation, and the use of music and movies to enhance learning. Focuses on developing students’ abilities to write both academically and professionally. Includes study of sentence, paragraph, and essay structures, as well as letter and résumé writing styles. Utilizes practice with class readings and authentic texts to help students enhance their reading skills.

ESLG 0110. Global Pathways. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0202. Low-Intermediate Communication Skills. 0 Hours.

Designed to teach the fundamentals of grammar and improve listening comprehension and speaking, this low intermediate-level course follows the grammatical sequence of the text supplemented by listening comprehension tapes; listening comprehension text and speaking exercises; stress and pronunciation exercises; tapes of songs for vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation; class presentations; and nightly homework assignments.

ESLG 0203. Negotiation Writing. 0 Hours.

Designed for visiting French business students. Students conduct research and use academic writing conventions to write papers on that research. Offers students an opportunity to improve their grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and cohesiveness. Covers discreet grammar items and TOEIC preparation.

ESLG 0204. Intermediate Communication Skills. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0205. High-Intermediate Communication Skills Seminar. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0211. Beginning Core. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to develop conversational skills for both academic and social settings, improve listening skills, and practice pronunciation. Focuses on basic vocabulary and grammar for everyday situations. Class activities allow students to practice grammar points after they have been presented, and listening and speaking activities reinforce these grammar points. Class work may include group work, pair work, short presentations, teacher-designed materials, listening activities, and activities in the textbook. Requires permission of the English Language Center. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0212. Low-Intermediate Core: Structure and Communication. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0213. Intermediate Core: Structure and Communication. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0214. High-Intermediate Core: Structure and Communication. 4 Hours.

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ESLG 0215. Advanced Core. 0 Hours.

Seeks to provide advanced students with the confidence and skills they need to participate successfully in U.S. university classes. Also designed to be communicative, eclectic, broad, interesting, provocative, and interactive. Offers students an opportunity to learn to analyze, synthesize, produce facts and information, and to improve their critical thinking skills. Targets vocabulary expansion, pronunciation, idioms, cultural discussion, and current events. Addresses grammar as needed. Requires permission of the English Language Center. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0224. Core Structure and Vocabulary. 4 Hours.

Offers an integrated-skills course that uses a content-based curriculum and student-centered activities. Seeks to expand students’ vocabulary and improve their grammar through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

ESLG 0230. Writing for Graduate School. 4,5 Hours.

Explores methods for researching, organizing, and writing term papers and for making presentations. Offers students an opportunity to become familiar with and to learn to integrate techniques such as use of metaphor and analogy, juxtaposition of ideas, and variation of tone to more effectively articulate their ideas in academic writing, as well as to learn how to conduct library and online research, to paraphrase and summarize effectively, to organize an extended piece of writing, and to cite sources appropriately. Focuses on individual writing needs. Covers the importance of the process as well as the product of writing, and students are expected to keep a portfolio of their writing as well as to develop a final extended research paper exploring an academic topic in-depth. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0232. Culture and Communication Skills for University. 4 Hours.

Offers international students an opportunity to develop listening, note-taking, and discussion skills while expanding their knowledge of American culture and society. As international students prepare for undergraduate-level study, they need to understand the cultural underpinnings of American society and how these form the background to their communications in the American academic environment. Applies a critical-thinking approach to authentic lectures and readings on topics including civil rights, American values, historical events, and business practices. Students have an opportunity to develop the ability to generate and articulate opinions clearly and accurately and to engage with others in discussion using appropriate levels of politeness and formality. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0234. Culture and Communication Skills for Graduate School. 4 Hours.

Offers international students an opportunity to develop listening, note-taking, and discussion skills while expanding their knowledge of American social issues. As international students prepare for graduate-level study, they need to understand the sociological foundations of American society and how these form the background to their communications in the American academic environment. Applies a critical-thinking approach to authentic lectures and readings on topics including peer pressure, gender roles, and the influence of the media. Students have an opportunity to develop the ability to generate and articulate opinions clearly and accurately, engage with others in discussion using appropriate levels of politeness and formality, investigate their own and others’ interaction styles, practice techniques for effective communication, and integrate cultural knowledge into their interactions with others. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0235. Global and Intercultural Communication. 0 Hours.

Studies the patterns of globalization in media and communication, in terms of cultural integration, international production and distribution, and cultural sovereignty. Examines how these communication patterns intersect with issues of community, ethnicity, and race, both locally and internationally.

ESLG 0238. Managing in a Diverse and Changing World. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to examine historical changes in workforce composition and the many effects of globalization, domestic diversity, technological change, and new workforce arrangements. Businesses and individuals in the twenty-first century will undergo rapid and unpredictable change. A significant part of this change involves managing in increasingly diverse global and domestic environments. Focuses on increasing personal awareness, understanding, and skills to function effectively with members of different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds.

ESLG 0244. Principles of Reading and Writing. 4 Hours.

Presents students with a variety of readings that draw from everyday life in the United States. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to develop well-organized paragraphs and short essays.

ESLG 0264. Principles of Listening and Speaking. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to practice their speaking skills through activities and assignments that require interacting with and observing Americans outside of the classroom, audio and video recordings, class discussions, presentations, and practice interviews.

ESLG 0270. American Culture and Society. 3 Hours.

Explores varying aspects of culture in contemporary American society (e.g., media, ideologies, and sociolinguistics) through discourse analysis and critical thinking.

ESLG 0300. Intermediate ESL. 0 Hours.

Offered to students who have a basic knowledge of English and want to improve their skills. Reviews basic grammar structures and builds on them. Emphasizes vocabulary, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Offers students an opportunity to improve fluency and overall English communication skills. Emphasizes the ability to understand and express ideas with grammatical accuracy.

ESLG 0310. Focus on Business and Social Science. 3 Hours.

Designed to provide intermediate-level English-language learners with a foundation for more in-depth and advanced business and leadership materials. Offers students an opportunity to improve their knowledge of business vocabulary and idioms through weekly business reading assignments, listening exercises, and discussion. The weekly materials are selected from various areas of the business curriculum, including management, marketing, advertising, and financial management and investment. Online discussions provide an opportunity for students to share their thoughts and practice the use of newly learned business expressions. Focuses on writing business letters, e-mails, faxes, and memos in English to help students communicate effectively in today’s global economy. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0311. Beginning Core. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to create a solid base in English grammar, to increase fluency and accuracy in speaking, and to promote greater comprehension to facilitate functioning in a new social and academic environment. Students practice grammatical structures through various activities, reinforcing their learning through discussions, teacher-designed materials, and textbook work.

ESLG 0312. Low-Intermediate Core. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of grammar and improve listening comprehension and speaking. Follows the grammatical sequence of the text supplemented by listening comprehension tapes, listening comprehension text and speaking exercises, stress and pronunciation exercises, tapes of songs for vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, class presentations, and nightly homework assignments.

ESLG 0313. Intermediate Core. 0 Hours.

Designed to integrate listening, speaking, and grammar. Focuses on the development of listening comprehension, conversation skills, and grammatically accurate discourse in both oral and written form. Addresses pronunciation and vocabulary skills. Uses grammar and listening/speaking texts, teacher-made materials, and a variety of supplemental activities. Offers students an opportunity to build confidence and have fun while learning and practicing these skills.

ESLG 0314. High-Intermediate Core. 0 Hours.

Designed to integrate listening, speaking, and grammar. Focuses on the development of listening comprehension, presentation, and conversation skills, as well as grammatically accurate discourse in both oral and written form.

ESLG 0315. Advanced Core. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to develop listening strategies that enable them to take notes and interact in American university classes. Students give oral reports, participate in debate and discussion, and present their own personal views to others while building their confidence in class participation.

ESLG 0316. College Reading and Writing. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to develop reading and writing skills at the college level (e.g., rhetorical analysis, research-based argument paper, and multimedia writing).

ESLG 0320. Focus on Science and Technology. 3 Hours.

Designed to provide intermediate-level English-language learners with a foundation for more in-depth and advanced material relating to science and technology. Offers students an opportunity to improve their knowledge of science and technology vocabulary and idioms through weekly reading assignments, listening exercises, and discussion. The weekly materials are selected from various areas of science and technology, including the health sciences, engineering, and information technology. Online discussions provide an opportunity for students to share their thoughts and practice new expressions. Focuses on the development of practical English-writing skills to help students communicate effectively in today’s global economy. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0321. Beginning Reading. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to handle their academic reading by improving their reading skills (comprehension, fluency, critical reading, speed, etc.) and increasing their vocabulary. Students read independently and work in small groups for exercises, discussions, etc. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0322. Low-Intermediate Reading. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to improve how they interpret written English material. Word form recognition, context clues, skimming, and scanning are exercised. Vocabulary and sentence structure are actively taught as reading skills. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0323. Intermediate Reading. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to prepare for the rigors of university-level course work by focusing on development of both global and discrete comprehension of different types of reading materials: academically oriented as well as daily reading of newspapers, advertising, magazines, the Internet, and books for pleasure reading. Emphasizes increasing students’ reading rate, strengthening vocabulary development, and adopting good study skills in general. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0324. High-Intermediate Reading. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to expand vocabulary, learn to read carefully, to infer, and to read faster and with better comprehension. Practice materials include articles exercises, sample tests, timed readings, short stories, and poems. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0325. Advanced Reading. 0 Hours.

Taught as a guided academic course using no ESL materials. Offers students an opportunity to use thematic readings from academic texts along with related assignments, as well as novels for recreational reading. Also offers an opportunity to work individually and in groups to engage in and analyze English texts and to think about them critically. Requires permission of the English Language Center. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0326. College Listening and Speaking. 3 Hours.

Designed to offer students an opportunity to obtain the confidence and skills to participate effectively in the American classroom in a variety of academic disciplines. Requires permission of the English Language Center. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0330. Introduction to College. 0 Hours.

Developed to help new students make their transition into the University community. Topics include University technology assets, time management, study strategies, career/major exploration, academic planning, electronic learning portfolio development, and other topics selected to help freshmen succeed academically, personally, and socially. Promotes discussion and active learning about topics important to new students. Offers students an opportunity to form connections with their instructor and fellow students.

ESLG 0331. Beginning Composition. 0 Hours.

Concentrates on topics that generate basic grammatical structures in present, past, and future tenses. Uses model paragraphs to help with descriptive and narrative assignments. As students progress, the model paragraph approach is replaced with open-ended topics. All tasks utilize students’ personal knowledge and experience.

ESLG 0332. Low-Intermediate Composition. 0 Hours.

Covers the patterns of paragraphs offered in text or structured paragraphs and exercises offered by the teacher to encourage writing other paragraphs of the same pattern. Focuses on basic grammatical structures and the use of verb tenses and vocabulary for the topic. Most of the topics draw on the direct experience or knowledge of the students.

ESLG 0333. Intermediate Composition. 0 Hours.

Provides support for and the practice of composition skills that are indicative of developing language proficiency in terms of grammar and vocabulary skills. Offers students an opportunity to engage in a variety of communicative activities, both oral and written. Uses composition skills and exercises to reinforce specific learning points related to grammatical focus or rhetorical styles as assigned.

ESLG 0334. High-Intermediate Composition. 0 Hours.

Focuses on well-organized and effectively developed paragraphs and writing longer compositions. Emphasizes grammatical accuracy and clarity of content. Special attention is given to individual writing needs and grammar points identified as problem areas for individual writers.

ESLG 0335. Advanced Composition. 0 Hours.

Focuses on individual students’ needs. Emphasizes grammatical accuracy, clarity of content, and fluency as reflected in well-organized and effectively developed paragraphs and short essays. Inaccurate grammar points are identified, discussed, and worked on as needed.

ESLG 0420. Introduction to Business and Leadership. 3 Hours.

Combines business cases with language-focused exercises to practice business English and bring the realities of the business world to the student. Designed to develop students’ communication and vocabulary skills. Focuses on problem-solving and decision-making activities. Offers students an opportunity to study cases, do exercises, and participate in other business-related activities, as well as using a glossary of business terms to perfect their grasp of idiomatic business English. Students write case analyses and summaries, make recommendations, and suggest plans of action. Requires student participation in online discussions of each case.

ESLG 0425. Introduction to Science and Technology. 3 Hours.

Designed to improve English skills while students are exposed to their respective academic fields. Through readings, discussion, site visits, and lectures by University mentors, offers students an opportunity to develop their understanding of current events in their field from an American cultural perspective. Class activities include workshops, lectures, and a final team project.

ESLG 0431. Beginning Composition. 0 Hours.

Introduces the basic skills required for good writing in English. Through group and pair work, as well as individual writing tasks, students have an opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of prewriting, planning, drafting, revising, and editing as they move from sentence-level writing to guided paragraphs and beyond. Students also have the opportunity to develop confidence in writing through daily writing practice. Requires permission of the English Language Center. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0432. Low-Intermediate Composition. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0433. Intermediate Composition. 0 Hours.

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ESLG 0434. High-Intermediate Composition. 3 Hours.

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ESLG 0435. Advanced Composition. 0 Hours.

Seeks to polish writing skills with daily, intensive practice in writing with emphasis on grammatical accuracy, clarity of content, and fluency. Focuses on well-organized and effectively developed paragraphs and essays. In addition, students are introduced to writing research papers, with an opportunity to learn how to do research, to paraphrase and summarize effectively, and to cite their sources. Emphasizes individual writing needs, and inaccurate grammar points are identified, discussed, and worked on as needed. Requires permission of the English Language Center. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0450. Research Project. 4 Hours.

Guides students through the process of writing papers based on the research they do on a topic of their choice. Introduces students to the University library and the library’s electronic search facilities. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to collect and evaluate sources; how to take notes; how to quote, paraphrase, and synthesize information; and to become familiar with and demonstrate mastery of one particular standardized format for writing citations of sources. Requires students to write a series of drafts leading up to a final paper with proper references and citations.

ESLG 0455. Capstone Research Project. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to select a topic from any areas of their studies, read several papers from the current research, and prepare an oral presentation and a paper on that topic. The final paper should be a review of current research progress, identifying current challenges and projections about future research directions. Group seminars focus on how to read and interpret an academic research paper, how to research an emerging topic, and how to write a professional paper of publication quality. The oral presentation requires students to apply the knowledge gained in prior course work to select a topic, understand and integrate classroom learning in researching the topic, and effectively communicate their findings to their peers and instructors. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0456. Advanced Skills for the American Classroom. 3 Hours.

Combines academic study skills, integrated English-as-a-second-language skills, and information and activities designed to help international students adjust to the culture and practices of the American classroom. Covers a wide range of communicative tasks, including participation in class and small group discussions, delivering oral presentations, and approaching various types of writing assignments. Introduces cross-curricular readings and academic lectures, explores students’ individual learning styles, and encourages self-directed learning and active participation in the academic community. Requires permission of the English Language Center. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0457. Campus and Classroom Culture. 3 Hours.

Introduces international students to the complex moral and social issues encountered on an American campus and offers the intellectual tools for analyzing, evaluating, and coping with them. Offers students an opportunity to make comparisons with educational environments in their own countries and consider ways to integrate new customs and values into their lives while maintaining their own identities and traditions. Emphasizing issues of diversity and individual rights and responsibilities and drawing on case studies and readings, the course seeks to prepare international students for success in the American academic environment. Requires permission of the English Language Center. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0460. Research Methods for Graduate Study. 4 Hours.

Introduces graduate students to the range of research methods applied in graduate level study. Covers experimental research, field research, survey research, and historical-comparative research. Discusses sampling, the rules of evidence in empirical research, research ethics, and the place of values.

ESLG 0470. GRE Test Preparation. 0 Hours.

Designed to prepare international students to succeed on the GRE. Offers students an opportunity to obtain the skills, strategies, and confidence they need to maximize their scores on this test. Uses exercises, explanations, and practice exams to help improve scores.

ESLG 0471. Advanced TOEFL Test Taking. 3 Hours.

Seeks to help international students with high English proficiency to develop excellent test-taking skills for success on the TOEFL exam. Focuses on all relevant areas of English proficiency and addresses study techniques, test-taking strategies, and reducing test anxiety.

ESLG 0500. Advanced ESL. 0 Hours.

Focuses on vocabulary expansion, pronunciation, idioms, cultural discussions, and current events. Emphasizes promoting fluency and ability using all grammar functions. Designed to help meet academic and professional needs through discussion, presentations, reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing.

ESLG 0510. Advanced Reading for Graduate School. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to become active and critical readers of complex academic texts. Active reading, the principal learning approach, entails close engagement with the information in an assigned reading by deconstructing a text, synthesizing main ideas, and making connections with other scholarship in a field. Focuses on identifying discipline-specific vocabulary, untangling grammatical structures, and outlining textual features of a variety of genres in a range of academic disciplines. Restricted to Global Pathways students only.

ESLG 0520. Advanced Listening and Speaking for Graduate School. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to learn how to make speech more understandable in a variety of settings (telephone, one-on-one conversation, presentations) and to improve their active listening skills. Seeks to enable students to identify the key aspects of pronunciation, choose appropriate speaking strategies to modify their own spoken English, identify characteristics that influence spoken English, and demonstrate control of pitch and intonation. Restricted to Global Pathways students only.

ESLG 0550. Research and Writing for Graduate School. 5,6 Hours.

Addresses formal investigation as one of the primary means of creating knowledge. Examines philosophical issues underpinning the nature of knowledge claims, the relationship of knowledge to evidence, and techniques of gathering and interpreting evidence. Analyzes the purposes of research; the methods of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research; and the processes involved in research studies. Offers students an opportunity to conduct a research project in small groups by selecting a topic from a relevant area of study, designing a research proposal, reviewing relevant literature, and presenting methodology and conclusions in written form. Restricted to Global Pathways students only.

ESLG 0600. TOEFL Preparation for the iBT. 0 Hours.

Designed to prepare students to take the TOEFL test. Offers students an opportunity to obtain the skills, strategies, and confidence they need to maximize their scores on the TOEFL test through exercises, explanations, and practice exams. Covers all sections of the exam, including listening, structure, reading, and writing.

ESLG 0610. Advanced Communication Strategies. 4 Hours.

Seeks to make upper-level ESL students aware of advanced concepts in communication and to practice applying these concepts through modeling, pair practice, presentations, and role-play, followed by reflection on theirs’ and others’ communication styles. Effective communication in English is essential to the success of international students in integrating with their peers, establishing social networks, and interacting with University personnel and others in American society. Offers students an opportunity to learn to integrate appropriate proxemics, back channeling, timing, conversational hedges, and other features into their interactions and to become more aware of how their choice of words, tone, assertiveness, and level of formality can affect the success of their communications. Students are expected to analyze their own interaction style and devise a plan for improving their communication. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0620. Strategic Thinking and Learning. 0 Hours.

Emphasizes practical applications of critical thinking concepts to strengthen thinking, reading, and study strategies across the disciplines. Skills include analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information, as well as previewing, finding main ideas and details, summarizing, classifying information, and locating signal words. Offers students an opportunity to review and sharpen study skills such as time management, memory techniques, and note-taking and exam-taking strategies. Reviews methods for researching, organizing, and writing term papers and for making presentations. Readings and research assignments address the primary theme of the course: identity. Explores three aspects of identity: self-perception and personal insight, interpersonal relationships, and social and ethical identity. In keeping with Northeastern’s mission and the basic tenets of critical thinking, the course is relevant to both academic and “real-world” challenges.

ESLG 0630. College Writing. 4 Hours.

Offers international students preparing for undergraduate study an opportunity to develop their academic writing skills. Explores a variety of texts and genres. Focuses on composition basics and the use of metaphor, organization, selection, tone, and viewpoint. Students read texts of some complexity, make critical interpretations in writing, write expository prose that makes use of a variety of rhetorical strategies, and conduct library research when appropriate. Offers students an opportunity to reflect on and assess their writing and learn to integrate and cite sources appropriately. Requires students to write multiple drafts and emphasizes the writing process as well as the quality of the finished product. Students are expected to keep a portfolio of their work and develop a final extended paper exploring a topic of interest in-depth. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 0700. Advanced Listening and Speaking. 3 Hours.

Offers advanced ESL students an opportunity to obtain the confidence and skills to participate effectively in the American classroom as well as to perform successfully on a standardized English-language exam. Students participate in and lead class discussions and give formal oral presentations with the aim of improving academic listening skills. In addition to developing testing skills, students work on note-taking skills, study rhetorical expectations, interact with instructors and advisors, and sharpen their oral skills by engaging critically with others in class. Takes a balanced approach to fluency and accuracy and strives to help students become autonomous learners through use of technology. In addition to self-analysis exercises, students analyze classmates’ presentations and language production.

ESLG 0710. Advanced English-Language Skills for Graduate Studies. 4 Hours.

Takes a problem-solving approach to preparing students for graduate studies in an American university setting. Through speakers, field surveys, and the analysis of current research and trends, the course offers students an opportunity to determine what factors are necessary for success in an American university at the graduate level. Focuses on building reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English to enable students to participate effectively in graduate courses. Requires students to participate in ESLG 0700 as part of their studies.

ESLG 0720. Critical Writing. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to learn how to engage with and evaluate texts and issues drawn from their discipline. Focuses on critical thinking, reading, and writing. Encourages students to find their own academic voice by developing their ability to weigh evidence and arguments of others and contribute their own perspective. Includes activities and research components. Restricted to Global Pathways students only.

ESLG 0800. Accent Modification for ESL. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to gain new information and awareness regarding the problems inherent in accent modification and to develop an understanding of why changing pronunciation presents a challenge. Studies how to make speech more understandable in a variety of settings (telephone, one-on-one conversation, presentations). Upon completion of the course, the successful student should be able to identify three key aspects of pronunciation (airflow, voicing, and pronunciation); choose appropriate speaking strategies to modify their own spoken English; identify characteristics that influence spoken English; improve listening skills of American English dialect; modify their speaking register to accommodate the context; and produce changes to, and demonstrate, control of pitch, intonation, and pronunciation. May be repeated once.

ESLG 0811. Beginning Core English as a Second Language. 6 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to create a solid base in English grammar, to increase fluency and accuracy in speaking, and to promote greater comprehension to facilitate functioning in a new social and academic environment. Students practice grammatical structures through various activities, reinforcing their learning through discussions, teacher-designed materials, and textbook work.

ESLG 0812. Low-Intermediate Core English as a Second Language. 6 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of grammar and improve listening comprehension and speaking. Follows the grammatical sequence of the text, supplemented by listening comprehension tapes, listening comprehension text and speaking exercises, stress and pronunciation exercises, tapes of songs for vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, class presentations, and nightly homework assignments.

ESLG 0813. Intermediate-Core English as a Second Language. 6 Hours.

Designed to integrate listening, speaking, and grammar. Focuses on the development of listening comprehension, conversation skills, and grammatically accurate discourse in both oral and written form. Addresses pronunciation and vocabulary skills. Offers students an opportunity to build confidence and have fun while learning and practicing these skills through the use of grammar and listening/speaking texts, teacher-made materials, and a variety of supplemental activities.

ESLG 0814. High-Intermediate Core English as a Second Language. 6 Hours.

Designed to integrate listening, speaking, and grammar. Focuses on the development of listening comprehension, presentation and conversation skills, and grammatically accurate discourse in both oral and written form.

ESLG 0815. Advanced Core English as a Second Language. 6 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to develop listening strategies that enable them to take notes and interact in U.S. university classes by giving oral reports, participating in debate and discussion, and presenting their own personal views to others while building their confidence in class participation.

ESLG 0821. Beginning Reading. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to improving their reading skills (comprehension, fluency, critical reading, speed, etc.) and increase their vocabulary, with the goal of preparing them to handle their academic reading. Students read independently and work in small groups for exercises, discussions, etc.

ESLG 0822. Low-Intermediate Reading. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to improve how they interpret written English material. Exercises word form recognition, context clues, skimming, and scanning. Covers vocabulary and sentence structure as well as reading skills.

ESLG 0823. Intermediate Reading. 3 Hours.

Focuses on vocabulary expansion, pronunciation, idioms, cultural discussion, and current events. Emphasizes promoting fluency and ability using all grammar functions. Designed to help meet both academic and professional needs through discussion, presentations, reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing activities.

ESLG 0824. High-Intermediate Reading. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to expand vocabulary, learn to read carefully, infer, and read faster with better comprehension. Practice materials include articles exercises, sample tests, timed readings, short stories, and poems.

ESLG 0825. Advanced Reading. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to read faster and more analytically using academic texts, read longer texts in English with some ease and enjoyment, and broaden vocabulary. Uses listening, discussion, writing, and prereading activities.

ESLG 0831. Beginning Composition. 3 Hours.

Concentrates on topics such as grammar, vocabulary, and syntax that generate basic grammatical structures in present, past, and future tenses. Uses model paragraphs to help with descriptive and narrative assignments and then progresses to open-ended topics. All tasks utilize students’ personal knowledge and experience.

ESLG 0832. Low-Intermediate Composition. 3 Hours.

Covers the patterns of paragraphs offered in text or structured paragraphs and exercises offered by the teacher to encourage writing other paragraphs of the same pattern. Focuses on basic grammatical structures and the use of verb tenses and vocabulary for the topic. Most of the topics draw on the direct experience or knowledge of the students.

ESLG 0833. Intermediate Composition. 3 Hours.

Provides support for and the practice of composition skills that are indicative of developing language proficiency in terms of grammar and vocabulary skills. Offers students an opportunity to engage in a variety of communicative activities, both oral and written. Uses specific composition skills and exercises to reinforce learning points related to grammatical focus or rhetorical styles as assigned.

ESLG 0834. High-Intermediate Composition. 3 Hours.

Focuses on well-organized and effectively developed paragraphs and writing longer compositions, emphasizing grammatical accuracy and clarity of content. Special attention is given to individual writing needs and grammar points identified as problem areas for individual writers.

ESLG 0835. Advanced Composition. 3 Hours.

Focuses on individual students’ needs, emphasizing grammatical accuracy, clarity of content, and fluency as reflected in well-organized and effectively developed paragraphs and short essays. Inaccurate grammar points are identified, discussed, and worked on as needed.

ESLG 0901. USPP English for Academic Purposes 1. 0 Hours.

Offers the first of a two-part foundation focusing on building up students’ academic English skills to a level at which students can participate successfully in all facets of academic and college life in the United States. Comprises eight components, taught concurrently by the same teacher and tightly interconnected in skills, materials, and assignments: (1) academic writing, (2) academic writing workshop, (3) academic reading, (4) presentation and discussion, (5) English grammar and usage, (6) study skills, (7) U.S. culture and media, and (8) college life skills. These eight components complement each other and overlap in topic and materials. They are designed to strengthen the acquisition of skills and to streamline the students’ work so that students are prepared to make the most of their education in the United States.

ESLG 0902. USPP English for Academic Purposes 2. 0 Hours.

Offers the second of a two-part foundation focusing on building up students’ academic English skills to a level at which students are able to participate successfully in all facets of academic and college life in the United States. Covers (1) academic writing, (2) academic writing workshop, (3) academic reading, (4) presentation and discussion, (5) English grammar and usage, (6) study skills, (7) U.S. culture and media, and (8) college life skills. These eight components complement each other and overlap in topic and materials. Offers students an opportunity to strengthen their acquisition of skills and to streamline their work so that they are prepared to make the most of their education in the United States.

ESLG 0903. USPP Career and Program Counseling. 0 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to learn about career possibilities and education options and understand their skills before committing to a particular degree path. Topics include U.S. culture and work life; the U.S. educational system; courses of study and career paths; and popular, promising, and special industries and sectors in the world economy. Uses classes, group discussions, and one-to-one conversations with counselors to assist students to acquire the knowledge, resources, and self-awareness necessary to make short-range plans and to assess long-term academic and career options.

ESLG 0904. USPP Information Technology. 0 Hours.

Seeks to provide students with the computer and Internet skills expected of an incoming sophomore at a U.S. university. Covers how to edit and format with Microsoft Word; how to build and deliver PowerPoint presentations; and how to enter, organize, and graph data in Microsoft Excel. Also covers how to use the Internet effectively, including control of search engines and Boolean search operators; the proper discovery and use of Internet-based reference material; evaluation of the authority and reliability of Web-based materials; and the use of online library catalogs, journal databases, and their search functions.

ESLG 0905. United States Pathway Program University Preparation. 0 Hours.

Designed for students undertaking the U.S. Pathway Program. Offers students an opportunity to develop critical thinking and analysis skills and to obtain knowledge for study at an American university. These skills are developed through cross-disciplinary, academic-related themes that are tailored to students’ specific fields of interest/study through the choice of text types/materials, extension activities, and assessment tasks. May be repeated once.

ESLG 0906. United States Pathway Program University Preparation 2. 0 Hours.

Continues ESLG 0905. Offers students an opportunity to enhance their critical thinking, reading, and analysis skills; computer skills; active note-taking skills; and knowledge for study at an American university. Students practice synthesizing information and data and lead formal discussions to present research. As a final project, students are required to complete a report on a chosen topic. Offers students an opportunity to learn the concept of academic integrity and the consequences of its violations, particularly plagiarism. Requires students to be able to demonstrate an awareness of plagiarism and the ability to apply referencing norms with control. May be repeated once.

ESLG 0950. Exploring America. 0 Hours.

Offers an introduction to living and learning in the United States and on a U.S. campus. Uses workshops, seminars, course readings, discussions, and local civic engagement to challenge students to become global citizens and ambassadors by actively participating in their own Northeastern University learning community as well as the Boston community and beyond. Offers students an opportunity to participate in a series of field trips and regional events and to attend seminars to reflect upon and make relevant connections between their studies and experiences in the United States and their native culture.

ESLG 1060. Applied English Skills. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to develop listening, note-taking, and discussion skills while expanding their knowledge of U.S. social issues. Applies a critical-thinking approach to authentic lectures and readings on topics including peer pressure, gender roles, and the influence of the media. Offers students an opportunity to develop the ability to generate and articulate opinions clearly and accurately, engage with others in discussion using appropriate levels of politeness and formality, investigate their own and others’ interaction styles, practice techniques for effective communication, and integrate cultural knowledge into their interactions with others. May be repeated up to two times.

ESLG 4992. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. May be repeated up to two times.