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Winterim 2017

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ESL090 - Elementary English I
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces non-native English speakers to basic language skills needed for academic purposes. Students who pass the course with a grade of C or higher have developed the ability to understand and use English in reading, writing, listening and speaking at the novice level. Requires additional laboratory practice weekly. Placement in English as a Second Language courses is determined by instructor or by placement test.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1) Prepare and give basic oral presentations.
2) Present limited personal information in a group setting.
3) Participate in short interviews and small group discussions.
4) Take limited notes and understand main ideas from college-level lectures.
5) *Apply the rules of punctuation and mechanics to at least 50 compound/complex sentences.
6) Compose at least 10 well-organized paragraphs containing topic sentences, sufficient and relevant details, and concluding sentences.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
The course is organized thematically into five units. Each unit contains grammar, vocabulary, and lessons about U.S. culture, which exposes students to language forms in a variety of contexts, always keeping authenticity in mind. Participation is required so that students develop the ability to practice critical thinking skills and express their thoughts using progressively higher levels of language.

Units are broken down as such:
1) Pre-reading activities: introduction of key vocabulary words, critical thinking practice
2) Reading activities (2 per unit)
3) Reading comprehension/Pre-writing activities: capturing the main ideas, making inferences, expressing opinions verbally
4) Listening activities (2 per unit)
5) Listening Comprehension/Pronunciation/Integrated Skill activities (online component done outside of class or in lab time)
6) Speaking Task: requires the use of vocabulary and grammar learned in the rest of the unit
7) Writing project based on unit Readings (at least one per unit)
8) Unit Test: Checks reading and listening comprehension and requires critical thinking and correct use of conventions in spoken and/or written discourse

Effective Term: Fall 2012