TESL/Applied Linguistics: ESL Courses

esl courses


The English Department offers international undergraduate and graduate students advanced courses to support academic English skills.  This support is offered through courses numbered ENGL 99 and 101.  Four courses are currently offered.  ENGL 99 courses address oral communication skills, while ENGL 101 courses address written communication.

Students should begin English 99 and 101 instruction in their first semester of enrollment based on their English Placement Test (EPT) result and complete them within the first year.  A hold will be placed on student registration otherwise.  (101C/D may be taken in the second semester.)  Students who do not place into the courses may also take them if space is available.

For further information about ESL courses, contact Prof. Carol Chapelle (carolc@iastate.edu).

Questions about the EPT test should be sent to ept@iastate.edu.


ENGL 99SAcademic Speaking and Pronunciation
ENGL 101BAcademic English I (for undergraduate and graduate students)
ENGL 101CAcademic English II (for undergraduate students)
ENGL 101DAcademic English II (for graduate students)

English 99S. Academic Speaking and Pronunciation [no credit, graded A-F] Development of oral communication skills in English, developing strategies for orally communicating with classmates in both classroom and study contexts, with instructors and teaching assistants during class time and office hours, and with university staff for various purposes. Focus is on the improvement of pragmatic competence and clear pronunciation when orally conversing in academic contexts.

*Information on ENGL99S course fees is available at http://www.registrar.iastate.edu/fees/othfee.

**ENGL 99S can be taken concurrently with ENGL 101B, 101C, 101D or 150.

ENGL 101B: Academic English I for Graduate and Undergraduate Students [3 credits, graded A-F] : Instruction in the essentials of expository and argumentative writing for academic purposes. Focuses on development of the key writing processes of appropriately defining tasks, planning, formulating, evaluating, and revising, as well as editing and formatting. Students also learn advanced points of English grammar, usage, and mechanics relevant to academic written communication. Undergraduates who pass continue to ENGL 101C; graduate students who pass continue to ENGL 101D.

ENGL 101C: Academic English II for Undergraduate Students [3 credits, graded A-F]
Prerequisite: 101B or placement into 101C

Instruction in language and composition skills for responding to academic assignments with appropriate writing conventions. Critical thinking is emphasized as the process of developing, organizing, and revising drafts is practiced. Includes vocabulary development and error correction strategies; responsible use and accurate summarizing of published source material; and the design and presentation of web 2.0 compositions. Prepares students for ENGL 150 and for writing in other disciplines. 101C may NOT be taken concurrently with 101B.

ENGL 101D: Academic English II for Graduate Students [3 credits, graded A-F]
Prerequisite: 101B or placement into 101D

Instruction in writing professional communication, academic papers and reports and in using published source material in writing.  Provides experience in presenting oral reports and participating in discussions.  Prepares students for academic writing in their disciplines.  Students may take the class “Pass/Fail”.  This is arranged with student’s adviser and department.  Instructors will report a grade for all students, whether or not they are taking the class pass/fail.  101D may NOT be taken concurrently with 101B.