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ESLA 1975 and ESLA 1985

Students who have studied English for several years enroll in ESLA 1975 and ESLA 1985. 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 1975 and ESLA 1985 are expected to be able to read fictional and nonfictional texts, including simple academic texts and narratives. They are able to identify the main idea and major support of an article or story and paraphrase those ideas. Students demonstrate an ability to write a well-developed paragraph or short composition with a main idea sentence and strong support to make a sufficient argument. They are able to use intermediate vocabulary and complex sentences to discuss familiar topics and rephrase ideas from a listening passage.

In ESLA 1975 and ESLA 1985:

  • Students read both 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 compositions with 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 learn about making academic presentations. They give presentations, argue persuasively and answer questions on a given topic.