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Course Descriptions

ESL_25

a. Pronunciation:

This class is designed to help students whose native language is not English, develop the basic elements of pronunciation, and speak clearly and effectively in academic, formal and informal settings. Students will also be able to actively listen to a conversation, radio or TV program and grasp the main idea of the information they hear.


b. Listening and Speaking:

This class is designed to help students whose native language is not English master elements of pronunciation and speak clearly and effectively in academic, formal and informal settings. Students will also be able to actively listen to a conversation, radio or television program and grasp the main idea of the information they are hearing.


c. Reading and Vocabulary:

The Reading and Vocabulary course provides practice and instruction to help students master English reading skills to improve comprehension, speed, and skimming and scanning skills. Students will also expand their vocabulary.


d. Grammar:

This course will cover a variety of grammar topics with the goal of helping students develop their English grammar. Even though the emphasis is on grammar, students will be expected to participate verbally in the class. Teaching methods may include teacher-led discussion, group or pair work, dictation, role-play, games, and written exercises.


e. Writing:

This course will focus on the organization and formatting of written paragraphs from simple paragraphs to Academic essays. Students will be able to identify and write a thesis, topic sentences, supporting detail, and conclusions using a variety of rhetorical modes. Teaching methods may include teacher-led discussions, group or pair work, peer editing, reading and written exercises.


f. Critical Thinking Skills and Academic Writing:

This course will cover a variety of topics with the goal of helping students improve proficiency in using English and presenting prepared material before their peers. The emphasis is on critical thinking, presentation skills, and researched essays. Students will be expected to participate verbally in the class. The students will work primarily on fluency in verbal skills while giving academic presentations and having academic discussions. Teaching methods may include teacher-led discussion, group or pair work, dictation, role-play, games, and written exercises.

a. Learning in Your pace (Computer Lab):

This class is designed to maximize students’ listening abilities via multidimensional, interactive online listening exercises.


b. Writing Center:

This class helps students to improve their writing skills. This is a private class and the instructor focuses on editing essays, writing reports and correcting grammar.


c. Speaking Center:

This class helps students to improve their speaking skills. . This is a private class and the instructor corrects students’ pronunciation, intonation and sentences.


d. Field trip:

Trips to cultural events and locations in Los Angeles.


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