The ESOL program develops foundational English language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking that apply directly to students’ academic, personal, and professional lives. Reading classes focus on vocabulary expansion, development of reading strategies for comprehension, and building background knowledge as well as knowledge of text structure, grammar, and vocabulary. In writing classes, students learn essential grammar and the writing process to produce clear, grammatical, organized, and well-developed writing at the sentence, paragraph, and essay level. Students in listening/speaking classes study American English pronunciation and intonation, and develop their competencies in grammatical structures related to oral/aural work. In all classes, students read, write, discuss, and think critically about information from a variety of sources.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the ESOL program will be able to:
- Write an essay with a thesis statement that is clear, direct, and answers the prompt.
- Write supporting paragraphs with major and minor details related to each topic sentence.
- Organize writing with unity and coherence.
- Speak, read, and write with a variety of complex sentence and grammatical structures with minimal errors that do not interfere with meaning.
- Express a clear and coherent opinion about a selected topic and provide at least two points of appropriate support for an opinion in a speech of three to five minutes.