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090 - Grammar

091 - Listening & Speaking

092 - Writing

093 - Reading

  

ESL 090 Advanced Grammar

 

Course Description:

This course will strengthen and develop the advanced level grammar structures set out below.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • choose appropriate verbs in terms of both time frame and aspect.
  • use and understand all 12 English verb tenses.
  • use passive verbs and participial adjectives.
  • use gerunds and infinitives appropriately.
  • communicate degree and comparisons of degree, using intensifiers and degree complements.
  • use all 5 conditional structures to make hypothetical statements, logical statements, and statements of probable result.
  • use modals to predict and infer.
  • communicate using both direct and reported speech.

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ESL 091 Advanced Listening & Speaking

 

Course Description:

This course will give students the opportunity to practice listening to advanced level speech for main ideas and specific information. Using various dialogues taken from social and academic contexts, they will examine and practice using idioms common to Canadian English. Students will participate in discussions and give short presentations.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, particpants will be able to

  • recognize and produce high-frequency idioms used in authentic North American English.
  • show development of appropriate pronunciation, intonation, word and sentence stress, and linking.
  • give individual and group class presentations (5 to 10 minutes long).
  • listen and find both main ideas and specific information from a variety of lectures and conversations.
  • use the telephone to deal with familiar and routine matters.
  • participate in formal and informal conversations, and group discussions involving problem solving, decision making.
  • show that their grammar and pronunciation errors rarely impede communication with most English speakers.

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ESL 092 Advanced Writing

 

Course Description:

This course will focus on paragraph writing for various purposes. Attention to unity, support, coherence and sentence skills will be emphasized. In addition, skills in writing for other purposes (e.g. correspondence, summarizing information, form completion, etc.) will be developed.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • demonstrate use of complex grammatical structures, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation with few errors.
  • use a multi-stage process approach to express ideas and present information in clear, well-organized paragraphs in various rhetorical modes.
  • evaluate and edit paragraphs in terms of unity, support, coherence and sentence skills.
  • build on paragraph skills by writing extended compositions.
  • write a personal or business message for a variety of purposes.
  • complete moderately complex information forms.
  • take notes from a variety of oral presentations and written passages.
  • write outlines and summaries of extended text.

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ESL 093 Advanced Reading

 

Course Description:

This course aims to increase students’ literal and critical reading comprehension skills and vocabulary skills. Discipline specific strategies for reading in the content areas will also be introduced. Various reading selections will be provided to help students learn and practice key reading skills.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • find the meaning of vocabulary from context.
  • find main ideas, identify supporting details, discover implied meanings, and make inferences.
  • distinguish between fact and opinion and determine the author’s purpose and tone.
  • gain vocabulary and specific reading strategies for content areas such as math, business, computers, sciences, etc.
  • understand some literary terms such as plot, characterization, setting, foreshadowing, etc.
  • discover the relationship between ideas through transition words and phrases and recognize various rhetorical modes (e.g. cause and effect, comparison and contrast, classification, etc.).
  • use a text’s index, table of contents, diagrams, charts, etc. for scanning and skimming.
  • research a topic using resources at the library.
  • critically respond to readings.
  • summarize and paraphrase a reading selection.

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