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Intermediate


070 - Grammar

071 - Listening & Speaking

072 - Writing

073 - Reading
 

ESL 070 Intermediate Grammar


Course Description:

This course will strengthen and develop grammar structures through oral/aural and written practice. Students will be able to use and manipulate structures covered in Grammar Dimensions (Books 1, 2 &3).

Objectives:

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

  • ask and answer questions, use affirmative, negative, and abbreviated forms of the Present Habitual Tense and the Present Progressive Tense. Understand the differences in the usage and meaning of the two tenses and use them appropriately in spoken and written examples.
  • understand the difference between the count and non-count nouns and use appropriate measure words.
  • ask and answer questions, use affirmative, negative, and abbreviated forms of the Future Simple Tenses (“will” & “going to”). Understand the differences in the usage and meaning of the two tenses and use them appropriately in spoken and written examples.
  • ask and answer questions, use affirmative, negative, and abbreviated forms of the Simple Past Tense and the Past Progressive Tense. Understand the differences in the usage and meaning of the two tenses and use them appropriately in spoken and written examples.
  • ask and answer questions, use affirmative, negative, and abbreviated forms of the Present Perfect Tense and the Present Progressive Tense. Understand the differences in the usage and meaning between the two “perfect” tenses and the Simple Past Tense.
  • ask and answer questions, use affirmative, negative, and abbreviated forms of the modal verbs expressing – advice/opinion, possibility/probability, necessity/prohibition. Understand the differences in meaning and usage in the present, past, and the future.
  • compare and contrast using comparatives and superlatives, as. . .as, not as . . ., like, alike.
  • begin to use and understand Factual Conditional, Unreal Conditional (Present/Future & Past).

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ESL 071 Intermediate Listening & Speaking


Course Description:

This course will give students the opportunity to practice listening to intermediate level speech for main ideas and specific information. A wide range of idioms common to Canadian English will be examined and used in dialogues and role plays. Students will participate in small group discussions, games, and give short presentations.

Course Objectives:

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

  • listen to short selections of authentic spoken English for main idea, specific details, mood, speaker’s purpose, and inferred meanings.
  • recognize and produce high frequency idioms used in authentic North American English.
  • show initial development of appropriate pronunciation, intonation and linking.
  • demonstrate control of basic structures and tenses in controlled situations and start to use some complex structures.
  • give a short (3-4 min) presentation giving instructions on how to do something, tell a story, describe an event, etc.
  • participate appropriately in every day social interactions (respond to small talk , encourage conversation, indicate comprehension or the lack of it, answer the phone, ask for and give directions.)

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ESL 072 Intermediate Writing

 

Course Description:

In this course students will learn how to convey an idea, opinion, feeling, or experience in a simple paragraph. Prewriting strategies will be strengthened and writing for other purposes will also be introduced. Students will be working on mastering the use of simple structures and developing competence in using more complex structures.

Objectives:

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

  • use prewriting techniques and create outlines as plans for paragraphs.
  • write paragraphs to narrate/relate a sequence of events; to describe a person, object, scene, picture, procedure or routine; or to explain reasons.
  • provide an introduction, development and conclusion; and use appropriate logical connectors in a paragraph.
  • demonstrate good control of simple structures, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation (with few errors).
  • write a short business letter, a short informal letter, and fill out simple forms.
  • edit their own and their peers’ writing samples.

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ESL 073 Intermediate Reading


Course Description:

This course will develop the skills of reading for main idea, skimming, scanning, predicting, guessing meanings from context, and drawing inferences. Students will be working with a variety of written materials of gradually increased difficulty. This course will also help students expand their vocabulary; students will learn 50—70 important words and word parts, and use them in a variety of contexts.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will

  • be able to guess meanings of new words from context.
  • be able to look up words in the dictionary.
  • know how to prepare short reports on selected readings.
  • have expanded vocabulary.
  • have started to be familiar with broad Canadian culture through reading materials & special events.
  • have developed reading skills – skimming, scanning, predicting, drawing inferences, and reading for main idea.

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