Academic English Program

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The Academic English Program is the choice of students wishing to enter a university undergraduate or graduate program. Students may enroll in the 16-week Academic English Program fall and spring. Each class is limited to 16 students.

 Each week consists of a minimum of 16 hours of instruction each week. Reading/Writing and Communication classes meet Monday through Friday for 120 minutes each. The curriculum uses academic content for language instruction.   

There are three proficiency levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Course placement is according to the results of department placement tests. All new students must take placement tests.

Student are encouraged and do participate in campus activities to further their English. We also provide an opportunity to practice your English with our Conversation Partners in the afternoon.

Students must earn a grade of “A” or “B” in their courses to progress in the Academic English Program. Students completing the advanced level of the program by earning a letter grade of “A” or “B” will receive a certificate stating their completion of the Academic English Program and use their certificate in lieu of the TOEFL requirement for admission to university.

ELI 115: Academic Reading/Writing -1

This course is designed to build writing skills through authentic readings and a multi-drafting process approach to writing, in order to prepare for academic work in English.  Reading exercises in this course focus on comprehension, vocabulary development, and study skills.  Writing exercises emphasize sentence structure, paragraph organization, and usage of formal English grammar.  This is a beginning level course with placement into the ELI by exam. 

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites.

Corequisite: ELI 116

ELI 116: Communications-1

The course focuses on developing academic listening and speaking skills as well as critical thinking skills and vocabulary. Students will have opportunities to use language in a variety of contexts.  Practice exercises include group interaction, role-play, debate, public speaking, and listening comprehension.  This is a beginning level course with placement into the ELI by exam.  

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisite courses.

Corequisite: ELI 115

ELI 215: Academic Reading/Writing -2

This course is designed to build writing skills through authentic readings and a multi-drafting process approach to writing, in order to prepare for academic work in English.  Reading exercises in this course focus on comprehension, vocabulary development, and study skills.  Writing exercises emphasize sentence structure, paragraph organization, short essays, and the use of formal English grammar.  This is an intermediate level course with placement into the ELI by exam or by completion of the beginning level.

Prerequisite: ELI 115 and 116 (at the beginning level)

Corequisite: ELI 216 (at the intermediate level)

ELI 215: Communications-2

The course focuses on developing academic listening and speaking skills as well as critical thinking skills and vocabulary. Students will have opportunities to use language in a variety of contexts.  Practice exercises include group interaction, role-play, debate, public speaking, and listening comprehension. This is an intermediate level course with placement into the ELI by exam or by completion of the beginning level.

Prerequisite: ELI 115 and 116 (at the beginning level)

Corequisite: ELI 215 (at the intermediate level)

ELI 315: Academic Reading/Writing -3

This course is designed to build writing skills through authentic readings and a multi-drafting process approach to writing, in order to prepare for academic work in English.  Reading exercises in this course focus on comprehension, vocabulary development, and study skills.  Writing exercises review paragraph organization and focus on essay construction as well as the use of formal English grammar.  This is an advanced level course with placement into the ELI by exam or by completion of the intermediate level.

Prerequisite: ELI 215 and 216 (at the intermediate level)

Corequisite: ELI 316 (at the advanced level)

ELI 315: Communications-3

This course focuses on developing academic listening and speaking skills as well as critical thinking skills, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Students will have opportunities to use language in a variety of contexts.  Practice exercises include group interaction, role-play, debate, whole group discussions, public speaking, and listening comprehension. This is an advanced level course with placement into the ELI by exam or by completion of the intermediate level.

Prerequisite: ELI 215 and 216 (at the intermediate level)

Corequisite: ELI 315 (at the advanced level)