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English Language Program

Exit Level Classes

 Advanced English I -  151 Speaking (3 Credit Hours)

A student who successfully completes 151 Speaking:
Demonstrates fluency in conversing about both academic and non-academic topics
Demonstrates fluency in “small talk” in non-academic situations
Demonstrates ability in basic communication skills, including working with a group, agreeing/disagreeing, interrupting, active listening, and impromptu speaking 
Can use level-appropriate vocabulary on a range of non-personal topics including current events, and topics covered in textbook and other readings
Can use grammar from previous levels, and can paraphrase short passages
Can produce consonant and vowel sounds, and can manage suprasegmentals
Can read level-appropriate material aloud
Can follow and participate in conversations at level
Can give sufficiently detailed explanations of level-appropriate academic vocabulary
Can support answers with clearly related reasons and examples
Can give summaries of level-appropriate academic material

Advanced English I - 154 Listening (3 credit hours)

A student who successfully completes 154 Listening:
Has sufficient vocabulary to comprehend an unsimplified academic lecture
Can paraphrase academic discourse effectively in writing and discussion from an academic lecture
Can identify main idea and supporting details of an unsimplified academic lecture
Can take independent, thorough, well-organized notes on unsimplified academic lectures.
Can integrate information based on notes from multiple sources and use for test preparation
Can summarize a lecture using notes
Can respond to a lecture topic or an opinion from the lecture
Has sufficient vocabulary to participate in life-skills based conversations
Can respond appropriately to conversational English
Can complete dictation exercises.
Can answer questions based on a short listening activity

Advanced English I - 152 Written Communication (6 credit hours)

A student who successfully completes 152 Writing will be able to use:
Grammar:
all verb tenses
simple, compound, complex, and compound/complex sentences
adjective, noun, and adverb clauses
conditionals 
gerunds and infinitives
modals of polite requests, necessity, advisability, expectations, making suggestions, degrees of certainty, ability, preferences, and progressive forms 
grammatical structures and patterns appropriate for advanced ESL writing 
  - quoted and reported speech
  - transitional words and phrases
  - parallel structure
 A student can also:
  - recognize and articulate orally and in writing structural phrases and clause patterns in different forms of authentic texts 
  - identify and edit structural common errors including comma splices, run-ons, and fragments
 Writing - A student can:
use prewriting and organizational skills
use increasingly advanced sentence structures to add clarity to writing
use correct essay form 
use appropriate citation format for academic writing
show written coherence through organization, development, and word choice
analyze and revise own writing
edit own writing for mechanical and structural errors
express individual ideas in different modes of academic essays
perform independent searches to find reliable sources of research
write a short research paper incorporating appropriate reliable sources
summarize, synthesize, and paraphrase authentic articles and sources in written and oral form
respond to readings in written and oral form

Advanced English I - 153 Reading and Vocabulary (6 credit hours)

A student who successfully completes level 153 Reading will be able to:
Comprehension
Comprehend un-simplified texts
Identify main ideas, supporting details, and conclusions
Preview and make predictions
Recognize organizational patterns
Make inferences 
Paraphrase and summarize
Recognize target (i.e. intended) audience
Recognize author’s purpose (to inform, instruct, persuade, or entertain)
Recognize tone and bias
Identify the author’s point of view
Recognize documentation of sources
Read critically
Apply ideas to new contexts 
Answer various types of comprehension questions
Consolidation of skills learned
 Vocabulary
Understand and use vocabulary at 153-level
Guess meanings of words in context
Understand word forms
Recognize and use collocations
Recognize and use connotations
Fluency
Read leveled text at minimum of about 240 WPM with at least 70% comprehension
Identify and use more strategies to increase reading rate
Use paced and timed readings to increase reading speed with leveled texts
Complete reading tasks within specified time
Classroom and Test-taking skills
Discuss readings
Use skimming/scanning techniques to answer questions
Respond to readings in short and/or essay-length answers
Understand academic test questions and directions
Read 153-level text at minimum of about 240 WPM with at least 70% comprehension
 Use paced and timed readings to increase reading speed with leveled texts and practice comprehension (at about 70%)
Practice note-taking skills