Special courses

A.ESL PROGRAM

ESL 102: Elementary Grammar (60 hours – core)

This course focuses on developing a solid core of basic English grammar skills for beginning learners of English. In particular, it covers the structure of declarative, interrogative and imperative sentences; simple present, past and future forms; personal and possessive pronouns; plural nouns; and simple conjunctions.

ESL 163: Elementary Speaking and Listening (90 hours – core)

This course aims at developing students’ ability to handle a variety of basic social situations (introductions, ordering meals, asking directions, making purchases, taking & leaving simple messages, etc.). Students will learn to tell simple stories and describe pictures in simple sentences, and to understand simple narratives. They will also increase their vocabulary. The course includes an introduction to North American vowels and consonants as well as basic intonation patterns.

ESL 183: Elementary Reading and Writing (90 hours – core)

This course focuses on developing basic reading and writing skills. After completing the course, students are expected to be able to write short messages and descriptions; fill out simple forms; apply basic principles of capitalization and punctuation; read simplified short texts on familiar topics and answer factual questions about the reading; scan to locate information in text; categorize vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms). Students will also increase their vocabulary.

ESL 193: Introduction to Debate (30 hours)

This elective course focuses on helping students build strong conversation skills through a variety of problem-solving activities and discussion of controversial issues.

ESL 194: Fluency Through Video I (30 hours)

In this course, students will follow the adventures of six friends from different countries who are now living, studying, and working in exciting New York City. The course is designed to improve the students’ listening comprehension skills and help them become confident and fluent speakers of English. Useful cultural points and colloquial language will be explained throughout the course.

ESL 195: Vocabulary Development I (30 hours)

In this course, students will learn and apply new vocabulary by associating words with colorful and engaging visual images. This approach encourages students to associate words with meanings rather than reverting to their native language for a definition. Vocabulary Development I uses a variety of engaging communicative activities and problem solving exercises.

ESL 197: Life Skills (30 hours)

This course teaches students the necessary life skills that they will need in order to function successfully and competently in an English-speaking society. Students will learn essential vocabulary and strategies to communicate effectively at home, at work, in school, and in their communities.

ESL 202: Intermediate Grammar (60 hours – core)

This course includes a review of basic sentence types and simple tense forms and introduces the students to a variety of higher-level grammatical constructions, with a particular focus on developing the students’ ability to use simple, continuous and perfective forms; modal verbs; comparative constructions; and quantifiers.

ESL 215: Business English I (30 hours)

Students will focus on improving their listening and speaking skills in key areas of business communication: taking part in meetings, telephoning, negotiating, and socializing.

ESL 216: Conversation Strategies (30 hours )

This course offers students the opportunity to improve their conversation skills by learning to recognize and use a variety of subtle language cues that native speakers of English employ in order to understand a person’s intentions and to achieve desired outcomes.

ESL 218: Introduction to Public Speaking (30 hours )

In this course, students learn to explain, support, and organize their own opinions, and to examine, question and refute opposing points of view. The course focuses on developing critical thinking, listening, and speaking skills; furthermore, the strategies learned in this course will also help students become more effective writers.

ESL 263: Intermediate Speaking and Listening (90 hours – core)

This course focuses on developing students’ oral communication skills, including their ability to make simple oral presentations, retell simple stories, participate in face-to-face conversations on topics going beyond the most immediate needs, and identify the main ideas and factual information in level-appropriate listening passages. This course includes a review of English sounds, word-level stress, and reduction, linking, and contractions.

ESL 283: Intermediate Reading and Writing (90 hours – core)

In this course, students will improve their reading comprehension skills and begin to learn how to write well-structured paragraphs. Specifically, students will learn to use a variety of pre-reading strategies to become more effective readers, to identify main and supporting ideas of a text, and to identify pronoun antecedents. In addition, students will conduct basic internet searches and use word-processing software to write, edit, and format written assignments.

ESL 294: Fluency Through Video II (30 hours )

This course is designed to improve the students’ listening comprehension skills and help them become confident and fluent speakers of English. Students will follow the adventures of six friends from different countries who are now living, studying, and working in exciting New York City. The course is designed to improve the students’ listening comprehension skills and help them become confident and fluent speakers of English. Useful cultural points and colloquial language will be explained throughout the course.

ESL 300: TOEFL Preparation – Intro (60 hours )

Students will learn effective test-taking strategies and extensively practice completing all types of exercises found on the TOEFL iBT. This course serves as a spring board to advanced TOEFL preparation courses.

ESL 302: Advanced Grammar (60 hours – core)

This course includes a thorough review of the English tense and aspect system as well as basic principles of capitalization and punctuation. The course focuses on complex and compound sentences (including relative clauses and embedded questions), conditional forms; passive, gerunds, infinitives, and perfective forms with modal verbs.

ESL 314: Business English II (30 hours )

The goal of the course is to familiarize the students with the basic communication modes of the modern American business world. The course includes extensive reading assignments and familiarizes students with basic forms of business writing such as memos, reports, invitations, resumes, letters, and agendas.

ESL 315: Current Events (30 hours – elective)

In this advanced elective course, students will read recent news stories, participate in debates, and learn to defend their point of view in writing.

ESL 318: Brilliant Essays in 30 Minutes – TOEFL Writing (30 hours )

This course focuses on developing note-taking and summarizing skills necessary for successful completion of integrated and independent writing tasks of the iBT TOEFL. Students will review the basic principles of paragraph and essay structure, learn effective not-taking techniques, develop time-management and stress-reduction strategies, and practice summarizing and synthesizing information from listening and reading passages.

ESL 322: Advanced Pronunciation (60 hours – core)

This course covers all aspects of pronunciation, from individual sounds to intonation, rhythm, and stress. Students will work on identification and articulation of vowels and consonants; produce and identify meaning change through intonation; use reduction, linking and contractions; stress polysyllabic words correctly; understand and apply the principles of sentential stress, rhythm, and phrasing.

ESL 324: Fluency Through Video III (30 hours )

In this advanced elective course, students will follow the adventures of six friends from different countries who are now living, studying, and working in exciting New York City. The course is designed to improve the students’ listening comprehension skills and help them become confident and fluent speakers of English. Useful cultural points and colloquial language will be explained throughout the course.

ESL 362: Advanced Speaking and Listening (60 hours – core)

This course focuses on developing students’ listening comprehension, summarizing, and presentation skills. Students will understand main ideas and specific details of recorded passages on academic and general interest topics; take notes while listening and summarize the information orally; produce oral summaries of written material; prepare and deliver structured technology-assisted presentations on topics of general interest; participate in and orally summarize the outcome of group discussions; and develop an ability to support opinions, explain in detail, and hypothesize.

ESL 382: Advanced Reading and Writing (60 hours – core)

This course reviews the principles of paragraph structure and focuses on basic essay organization, formatting, and revision. In addition, the course includes a review of punctuating complex and compound sentences, fixing run-ons and avoiding fragments. Students will work with a variety of academic reading materials to develop basic reading skills (skimming for main ideas and scanning for specific information) as well as higher-level skills (making inferences and distinguishing between fact and opinion). Students will also learn to deduce the meaning of unfamiliar words from contextual and structural clues.

ESL 395: Vocabulary Development II (30 hours )

This course focuses on developing students’ command of academic vocabulary. Students will also be introduced to a variety of strategies for dealing with unfamiliar vocabulary and for effective vocabulary learning and retention.

writing and correctly formatting simple research papers, paraphrasing and summarizing skills, test-taking skills, and preparing and delivering formal presentations on academic subjects.

ESL 414: Business English III – Oral Skills (30 hours )

In this course, students will improve their skills in the following key areas of business communication: taking part in meetings, telephoning, negotiating, presenting, and socializing.

ESL 415: Business English III – Writing (30 hours )

This course introduces high-advanced ESL students to the style, vocabulary, and various formats of business writing.

ESL 456: Language of the News (60 hours )

This course uses original news broadcasts and publications to help high-advanced students develop critical thinking skills and gain insight into American attitudes and values. The linguistic focus of the course is on listening and reading as well as on evaluating and summarizing material orally and in writing.

ESL 457: Expanding English Fluency (60 hours )

This course for high-advanced students focuses on oral skills development. Students will improve their listening comprehension skills, learn effective conversation strategies, and practice giving presentations and participating in formal debates.

ESL 458: Hot Topics: Reading and Discussion (60 hours – elective)

This course helps high-advanced students develop their reading and discussion skills. The readings explore controversial issues such as family structure, immigration, religion, addiction, and mental illness.

ESL 462: College Prep Speaking & Listening (60 hours – core)

This course focuses on developing academic listening and speaking skills. Students will learn to give short structured presentations and improve their ability to comprehend and analyze academic discourse. The course includes an accent-reduction component that focuses on helping students speak clearly and with appropriate intonation patterns.

ESL 482: College Prep Reading & Writing (60 hours – core)

In this course, students will review the basic principles of paragraph organization and learn to write five-paragraph essays. Students will also develop their reading skills in the interpretation, analysis, summarizing, and criticism of ideas encountered in academic reading. The course includes a review of effective strategies for understanding unfamiliar academic vocabulary and a remedial needs-based review of higher-level grammatical constructions.

ESL 494: Grammar Workshop (30 hours )

The Grammar Workshop focuses on developing self-editing skills that enable students to express themselves accurately in writing.

ESL 495: Vocabulary Development III (30 hours )

This intensive course focuses on developing students’ command of academic vocabulary. Students will also be introduced to a variety of strategies for dealing with unfamiliar vocabulary and for effective vocabulary learning and retention.