Academic Track Course Descriptions

ELI 80W Intermediate Grammar and Writing

This course offers intensive support for non-native speakers to develop sentence writing skills and the ability to write paragraphs for success at ELI 81 level. Grammar topics include verb tense and sentence structure.   Students use this knowledge to write a range of well-organized paragraphs and edit their writing in response to feedback from the instructor and peers.     

 
ELI 80R Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary

This course helps non-native speakers develop reading comprehension skills by identifying main ideas and supporting details, separating fact from opinion, and recognizing point of view and tone. Students learn to use context clues, the study of word families, roots, and affixes, and an English-only dictionary to expand their vocabulary knowledge. An introduction to the Internet to conduct a basic search is included.     

 
ELI 80L Intermediate Listening and Presentation Skills

This course helps non-native speakers develop basic oral communication skills necessary for college-level work. Students practice listening for details in short listening passages, completing an outline, and writing a summary. Students deliver short, prepared oral presentations using academic vocabulary,    participate in classroom discussions, analyze information presented orally, and develop their speaking skills, including pronunciation. 

 
 
ELI 81W High Intermediate Reading and Writing 

This course offers non-native speakers instruction in reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and writing for academic success. Emphasis is on analysis, interpretation, and synthesis of academic and general readings with academic vocabulary development. The content of readings provides material for students’ responses in logical and coherent paragraphs and well-developed expository essays. Students learn to edit their work and conduct a web search. 

 

ELI 81G High Intermediate Grammar

This course helps non-native speakers to improve their sentence structure and grammar skills through instruction, practice, and editing. Students practice forming compound and complex sentences and   develop their skills using varied verb tenses and grammatical structures to improve their oral and written accuracy and fluency.          
 

ELI 81L Oral Communication

This course gives non-native speakers practice in academic oral comprehension and classroom communication skills. Students practice taking notes from oral sources and writing short summaries from their notes. They learn how to paraphrase basic information in writing from original sources and credit the sources. Students deliver longer, prepared oral presentations and short, impromptu presentations using academic vocabulary and concentrate on personal pronunciation issues.      

 
ELI 82W Advanced Reading and Writing

This course for non-native speakers prepares students to understand and respond to college-level material across academic disciplines. It offers development of critical and inferential reading skills as well as practice producing logical and well-developed expository and persuasive essays through the editing process. Students read academic materials and analyze style and organization as the basis for developing their writing skills. Research skills are applied in a short research project. 

 

ELI 82G Advanced Grammar

This course provides continued support for non-native speakers to refine their sentence structure and grammar skills through focused practice and editing of their own and others’ work. Practice forming varied sentence types is emphasized. Correct use of perfect verb tenses, passive voice, indirect speech, conditionals, modals, and clauses is stressed.      

 

ELI 82L Academic Listening and Note-taking

This course gives non-native students practice in academic listening and note-taking. Students identify and differentiate between main ideas and supporting details in lectures by recognizing key words and organizational cues. Practice taking concise notes from lectures and utilizing the notes to write brief summaries are emphasized. Students deliver an oral summary and/or synthesis of multiple lectures. Correct spoken use of a broad range of academic vocabulary and grammatical structures is stressed.