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ESLA 1974 and ESLA 1984

Students who have studied English for several years enroll in ESLA 1974 and ESLA 1984. These students usually feel comfortable and confident with their English skills and are ready to learn about the academic demands of American higher education. Students use English for academic purposes in these classes, continuing to increase fluency and control of both written and spoken English.

Students entering ESLA 1974 and ESLA 1984 are expected to be able to read fictional and nonfictional texts, including simple academic texts and narratives. They use materials that are written for ESL students as well as authentic readings. They are able to identify the main idea and major support of an article or story and begin to paraphrase those ideas. Students demonstrate an ability to write a paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence. They are beginning to use intermediate vocabulary within simple and compound sentences to discuss familiar topics and rephrase ideas from a simplified listening passage.

In ESLA 1974 and ESLA 1984:

  • Students read simplified and authentic materials including articles and unabridged novels. They write summaries and other compositions in order to develop reading skills and critical thinking.
  • They write multiple drafts of well-developed paragraphs and practice revising and editing skills.
  • They listen to news stories, interviews and lectures. They practice rephrasing main ideas, asking appropriate questions and taking notes.
  • They participate in class and group discussions. They give presentations, begin to argue persuasively and answer questions on a given topic.