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Curriculum Overview by Skill

Reading Through the Curriculum

Semester I - Silver Track

The student is introduced to and develops the individual skills of understanding vocabulary in context, recognizing a writer’s pattern(s) of organization, identifying a writer’s main ideas, extracting a writer’s primary supporting points, making inferences, evaluating the relevance of supporting evidence, and is introduced to the additional skills of inferring main ideas, and analyzing rhetorical choices in response to low intermediate to intermediate English for Academic Purposes material. In addition, the student develops the ability to apply ideas contained within texts to his/her own life.

Semester II - Gold Track

The student refines the individual skills introduced and developed in Semester I and is introduced to the additional skills of analyzing the significance of similarities and differences between texts, distinguishing between fact and opinion, recognizing solid arguments, and analyzing how texts support and challenge one another, in response to intermediate to high-intermediate English for Academic Purposes material. In addition, the student further refines the ability to apply ideas contained within texts to his/her own life.

Writing Through The Curriculum

Semester I - Silver Track

The student is introduced to fundamental activities common to response-based writing assignments. The student learns to compose formally structured sentences and rhetorically structured paragraphs for a variety of academic purposes. In addition, the student summarizes, paraphrases, and integrates information and reacts to the ideas of published writers while gaining familiarity with guidelines for formatting academic papers and developinggrammatical and mechanical competence.

Semester II - Gold Track

The student refines the skills introduced in Semester I and is introduced to the additional skills of composing an academic essay, synthesizing information from several texts, and incorporating quoted material into her or his own writing. The student continues to refine the areas of grammatical and mechanical competence.

Listening Through The Curriculum

Semester I - Silver Track

The student is introduced to basic listening skills used in everyday academic situations including identifying main ideas, examples, and content and transition words in low-intermediate to intermediate lectures and other oral texts of equivalent level. Special emphasis is given to listening for and recalling specific information while practicing note-taking strategies. In the second half of the semester, students will be introduced to the additional skills of making inferences and identifying inductive and deductive reasoning in intermediate lectures and other oral texts of equivalent level. Special emphasis is given to drawing conclusions and organizing information while practicing note-taking strategies. In addition, the student is introduced to appropriate methods of formulating opinions in response to oral text.

Semester II - Gold Track

The student refines the skills introduced and developed in Semester I and is introduced to the additional skills of identifying a speaker’s pattern(s) of organization, distinguishing between fact and opinion in lectures and interviews, and evaluating the nature and relevance of a speaker’s evidence in high-intermediate to low-advanced lectures and other oral texts of equivalent level. Special emphasis is given to listening for and assessing a speaker’s overall point or argument while practicing note-taking strategies. In addition, the student is introduced to appropriate methods of formulating opinions in response to oral text.

Speaking Through The Curriculum

Semester I - Silver Track

The student is introduced to public speaking skills used in everyday academic situations and in formal presentations at the low-intermediate to intermediate level. The student learns principles of narration and exposition, basic interview techniques, fundamental platform skills, principles of demonstration, and primary research for presentations. Emphasis is on reporting and discussing personal information and on observations outside the self. Students will also increase their use of academic vocabulary and demonstrate level-appropriate oral grammar and fluency.

Semester II - Gold Track

The student refines the public-speaking skills introduced and developed in Semester I and is introduced to the additional skills of reporting on controversial information without bias, assembling and organizing relevant information for persuasion, and commenting on the nature and relevance of support in the arguments of others for presentations at the intermediate to high-intermediate level. Emphasis is on orally presenting information derived from written or visual texts. Students will also increase their use of academic vocabulary and demonstrate level-appropriate oral grammar and fluency.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is an essential and integral part of every language skill. Student acquisition and development of the English language vocabulary is integrated into all the courses of the IEP. Vocabulary instruction focuses initially on high frequency vocabulary in use in everyday academic English and then emphasizes more advanced academic vocabulary. Most significantly, by the time the student completes the IEP, he/she will be familiar with much of the academic vocabulary that is necessary for success in undergraduate coursework.

Guided and Extensive Reading

Reading is the key that unlocks language. The IEP provides Guided Reading for Semester I and Extensive Reading for Semester II. This encourages students to develop their independent reading skills, increase their reading vocabulary, comprehension, and reading speed. Students will learn the pleasure associated with reading and reading exploration.

Semester I - Silver Track: Guided Reading

This course is based on the main principle of Guided Reading, which aims at giving students greater reading opportunities in a supportive learning environment. Focus is placed on students’ comprehension and fluency of graded readers. This program has proven to support the English language skills necessary for success in an academic environment.

Semester II - Gold Track: Extensive Reading

This course is based on the main principles of Extensive Reading Programs, which aim at giving students a more positive and motivating reading experience by providing a variety of reading material and allowing students to choose according to their interest and level.  Focus is placed on the amount a student reads rather than difficulty level. This program has proven to support the English language skills necessary for success in an academic environment.

Grammar

Semester I - Silver Track: Grammar I

This course focuses on introducing students to low-intermediate to intermediate grammatical structures and enabling them to comprehend and use these structures with focus on syntactically and semantically sound sentence structures, and offers practice in recognizing, improving, and correcting them in written and spoken English in an academic context. The course offers practice in recognizing, improving, and correcting sentences both in written and oral applications. This course focuses on developing students’ ability to comprehend and use intermediate grammatical structures.

Semester II - Gold Track: Grammar II

This course focuses on expanding the grammar instruction from Semester I by focusing on second semester students’ ability to comprehend and use high-intermediate grammatical structures of syntactically and semantically sound sentence structures. It offers practice in recognizing, improving, and correcting them in written and spoken English in an academic context.

English Special Topics

The IEP has designed nine Special Topics courses that are built upon the theory of high student involvement and interest in the application of the English language.

  1. Novel vs. Movie: In this course, intermediate and high-intermediate students will strengthen their academic writing and critical thinking skills by analyzing and describing the differences between a book and its adapted movie. Students will read the book (fiction or non-fiction) and summarize it in a written synopsis.  They will then view the film adaptation of the book while taking notes on the differences in plot, character, and theme between the book and film.  Throughout the semester, students will synthesize and paraphrase both book and film in the creation of novel projects.

  2. Conversational English Through Contemporary Issues: This course builds students’ confidence in conversation and speaking, using a variety of learning techniques, including group and pair exercises. While primarily a conversation course, it will also reinforce listening and presenting skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary. Pronunciation and intonation will be improved by listening to audio samples. Students will select a contemporary issue dealing with business, technology, the arts, or current events, research their chosen topic, converse about it with peers, and in the final stage deliver a presentation. Peer evaluation of presentations will be practiced. Textbook activities will be implemented by in-class conversation practice, audio clips, songs, articles, short stories, movie clips, and listening dictation.

  3. Journalism Writing: This course focuses primarily on improving writing, reading, and listening English skills through lectures, pair and group work, student-instructor conferences, and projects. Students will learn the basic principles of journalism including reporting and photojournalism. They will also improve their reading through reading multiple magazines and newspapers. Students will also improve their writing skill by writing several articles using different writing genres used in journalism. Through interviews, students will practice listening, speaking, and note-taking skills.

  4. English Obsession: This course is designed to improve students’ English language proficiency in a fun, engaging, and positive learning environment by involving them with print and non-print media and activities that demonstrate students’ ability to think critically. Students will work independently, in groups, and as a class to maximize and vary their learning. Lively discussions, discovery through writing, and participation in campus life are among the highlights of this course.

  5. English Skills Through Drama: This course strengthens all four English skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through theater performance, and acting practice in pairs and small groups. Students will compare multiple short play scripts to improve their reading while also discovering the conventions of scriptwriting. Composing and editing their own reflections will improve students’ writing and critical thinking skills. Listening and speaking will be strengthened through rehearsals and the live performance of their final drama project at the end of the semester.

  6. Bring Reading to Life: In this innovative course, students will work both collaboratively and individually to bring reading to life through the arts. By engaging in a novel through drawing, music, drama, and/or movement, students will enhance their reading comprehension as well as their vocabulary, grammar, listening, and speaking while also deepening their understanding of novel plot, character, and theme. Project development will hone students’ critical thinking, summarizing/paraphrasing, and conversational skills. The course will conclude with an artistic and/or dramatic celebration of a literary work and a digital scrapbook of the semester’s multimedia creative process.

  7. Argumentation and Debate: In this course, students will follow the traditional American college debate format and present a stimulating formal debate on a topic of interest. Students will choose their topic and research evidence to support their argument. Debates will be performed in front of a live audience and panel of judges. Students will take notes during debates to refute and rebut the opposing team’s arguments. Each team will attempt to convince the judges that its arguments are superior to those of the opposition. This course develops students’ ability to analyze information quickly and formulate convincing arguments while also exercising listening and speaking skills. Class discussion and group activities will integrate listening, speaking, and reasoning skills.

  8. Business English: This course is designed to provide students who plan to major in business fields such as Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing with the basic language skills and knowledge needed for entry into business undergraduate courses. High frequency business vocabulary will be highlighted throughout the course. In addition to textbook tasks, students will listen and read about a variety of business topics. Through class discussions, students will integrate their own ideas and experiences while also improving listening and speaking skills.

  9. Introduction to Podcasting: Students in this course will learn about the fast-developing new technology of podcasting. They will learn how to access a wide range of podcasts and to generate their own podcasts. In this process they will develop their listening, speaking, critical thinking, and summarizing skills. Students will practice listening comprehension by choosing podcasts which interest them and are suitable to their level. By creating their own podcasts and sharing them with the class, students will enhance their oral communication skills. Through peer evaluation students will polish their podcasts to produce accurate and fluent English audio files. These will be uploaded as podcasts that are available to other students as well as a global audience.

  10. Habits for Success: The Habits for Success is a high-impact student success course that benefits and sustains students in college and beyond. This instructor-led course delivers a powerful blended-learning experience designed to: enhance student engagement, improve critical thinking skills, strengthen student learning, and improve life-college balance. Upon successful completion of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Studentscourse, students may earn a globally recognized personal leadership certificate, part of Franklin Covey’s Leadership Certificate Program. This certificate represents the first knowledge-level qualification of productivity, organizational trust, and strategy execution. Certificate requirements: students must pass the “7 Habits Fundamentals Assessment.”

Learning Laboratory

Students in the Learning Laboratory will receive one-on-one and/or group tutoring and writing assistance by course instructors as needed. Students may also receive short lectures or presentations as needed. This is not a graded course.


 

 
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