TESL/Applied Linguistics: ESL Courses

esl courses

Overview

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.  Five courses are currently offered.  ENGL 99 courses address oral coomunication and reading skills, while all 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.

 

Courses

ENGL 99R Academic Reading Strategies
ENGL 99S Academic Oral Communication Strategies
ENGL 101B Academic English I (for undergraduate and graduate students)
ENGL 101C Academic English II (for undergraduate students)
ENGL 101D Academic English II (for graduate students)

ENGL 99R and ENGL 99S: Can be taken concurrently with ENGL 101B, 101C, 101D or 150.  These courses are only offered during the Spring and Fall semesters.

  • ENGL99R. Academic Reading Strategies [no credit, graded A-F] Development of student reading skills in English, developing fluency and self-confidence in reading, developing reading strategies, developing vocabulary, and providing practice in understanding a variety of published reading sources. Teaches students reading skills needed for academic coursework.
  • English 99S. Academic Oral Communication Strategies [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 ENGL99R/S course fees is available at http://www.registrar.iastate.edu/fees/othfee.


ENGL 101B: Academic English 1 for Graduates and Undergraduates [3 credits, graded A-F] : Instruction in the essentials of academic writing at sentence and paragraph level. Students practice grammar, vocabulary, mechanics, style, and organizational patterns, as well as the key compositional processes of planning, drafting, and revising.


ENGL 101C: Academic English 2 for Undergraduates [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 2 for Graduates [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.