Course Descriptions

Academic Writing

Writing 101 : English Language and Culture I (3 credits)

Designed for the non-native speaker of English, this course examines basic phonology and syntax in both theory and practice. The course is designed to strengthen writing and general composition skills, and to refresh and broaden the knowledge of spelling, vocabulary and grammar.  The main goal of this course is to provide students with writing skills they can use in current and future academic and professional courses and situations.  Prerequisites:  Permission from the instructor.  Credits: 3 (3-0). This course can be taken twice for full credit in order to provide more time for English language skills practice.

Writing 201 : English Language and Culture II (3 credits) 

This course is designed as the second level of academic writing for non-native speakers of the English language. The main goal of this course is to help students advance their reading and writing skills, broaden their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar, and hone their research  writing skills. While major grammar trouble spots are reviewed in Writing 101, Writing 201 will provide an additional opportunity to practice the newly acquired writing skills.  Prerequisites:  WRTG. 101 and permission from the instructor.  Credits: 3 (3-0). This course can be taken twice for full credit in order to provide more time for English language skills practice.

Academic Speaking

INTD 188 Experimental : Academic Vocabulary & Discourse on College Campus (3 credits) 

This course is designed to give non-native speakers of English an opportunity to learn and practice oral English skills necessary in an academic environment via in-class presentations, discussions, new academic vocabulary, idiomatic expressions often used in the American classroom, etc. The course will also assist them in learning cultural references to better understand native speakers in and outside of the classroom. The course incorporates workshops, lectures, in-class individual and group work. 

INTD 110 : ESL Oral Communication (1 credit)

This course presents basic communication survival skills to students learning English as a second language. The primary focus will be on functional English, pragmatic language skills and understtanding cultural differences. A secondary focus will be on pronunciation, learning vocabulary, idioms and common English sentence structure. May be taken twice under different subtitles.

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