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ESL 20: English as a Second Language II (10 Credits)

Provides intensive instruction and practice at the low intermediate level. Provides an introduction to the sound system, stress, intonational and rhythmic patterns of English through listening and speaking exercises. Includes individualized instruction to improve basic reading comprehension. Requires practice in writing with emph asis on building basic sentence structures, grammar and sentence - level writing. Credits are not applicable toward graduation.


If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  1. Given a short text or short section of a longer text , the student will be able to:
    • read to answer specific factual questions
    • read to answer inferential questions
    • distinguish fact from opinion in the text
    • state the main idea of the text
    • participate effectively in group discussions of the ideas in the text
    • restate ideas from the text in their own words
    • respond to the text in writing
  2. Use simple, compound, and complex sentence patterns in your writing.  After generating ideas about a topic, you will be able to:
    • Construct simple sentences
    • Construct compound and complex sentences
    • Use punctuation appropriate to each sentence pattern
  3. While working with authentic texts, you will be able to:
    • use an English-English dictionary with increasing speed and accuracy
    • rely on context clues, both for guessing and in conjunction with dictionary usage
    • expand vocabulary by learning synonyms
    • expand vocabulary by using suffixes to change word forms

  4. After generating ideas about a topic, you will be able to:
    • construct simple sentences
    • use punctuation appropriately

  5. Given a topic, you will be able to:
    • develop ideas through free-writing
    • focus and organize ideas through planning, outlining, and drafting
    • refine writing by reviewing and revising
    • edit writing focusing on basic mechanics
    • edit writing for verb forms, verb tense, and word forms

Possible Assignments Include: (Subject to change each semester. The actual assignments are available in the Syllabus in the Blackboard course site on the first day of classes.)

14 Practice Quizzes
9 Discussions
8 Journals
Pre Course Exam
Midterm Exam
Final Exam

Your final grade may be based on the following scale.

Grading Scale
75 - 100 %
0 - 74 %

There are 3 exams in this course.

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Last Updated: September 16, 2013