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ESL Levels and Courses

Level 4 - Bridge to University

Score 67 to 78

Typically one full semester, program will be broken down into Semester A and Semester B- Successful completion, will fulfill the language proficiency requirement for admission to Niagara University

Students will read a variety of types of writing encountered in college-level coursework such as essays, literature, articles, and textbook material.  Students will learn the vocabulary needed to discuss the structure, evaluate arguments, and write what they have read. 

Students in this course will have the opportunity to work with peers and instructors on both their reading and vocabulary assignments from ESL 0410 as well as other courses. Students will benefit from additional time for collaboration and guided reading skills practice.

Students will practice academic writing: e.g., short answers, journal entries, opinion papers, and essays. Students will learn expected structure and process of drafting, reviewing, and revising one’s work. Students will learn the English vocabulary needed for academic writing. Specific attention will be given to the American standards of plagiarism.

Students in this course will have the opportunity to work with peers and instructors on both their writing assignments from ESL 0420 as well as other courses. Students will benefit from additional time for collaboration and guided writing skills practice.

Students will increase their comprehension of spoken American English in various academic settings both formal and informal. Students will learn and demonstrate the appropriate use of American English in different contexts focusing on college-level classroom discussion and presentations or speeches.

Students will improve the clarity of their English pronunciation at the word, phrase, and sentence level. Attention will be paid to consonants, vowels, stress patterns, and English pronunciation rules regarding voicing assimilation. Students will develop the level of fluency and clarity required for interaction with the average college-ready American.

Students in this course will prepare for the entire American college experience. They will learn about norms in campus life and expectations both in and beyond the classroom. Students will also investigate different learning and teaching styles, practice efficient note-taking and examine other study skills.

Students will learn and practice public speaking with a focus on the types of performances demanded in college. This includes spontaneous class discussion, formal presentations, debates, and speeches. Students will develop the level of fluency and clarity required for interaction with the average college-ready American. 

Level 3 - Advanced

Score 45 to 66

Typically one full semester, to advance to next level - program will be broken down into Semester A and Semester B

 

In this course, students will increase their reading and language development skills in order to think critically about the enormous amount of information they encounter every day. Students will read increasingly difficult non-fiction and fiction texts, glean needed information quickly, and evaluate writing for tone and purpose.

Students in this course will have the opportunity to work with peers and instructors on both their reading and vocabulary assignments from ESL 0310 as well as other courses. Students will benefit from additional time for collaboration and guided reading skills practice.

In this course, students will extend their command of proper written American English. Students will cover grammar as needed to clearly express themselves in types of writing. Students will move from expertly crafted paragraphs to well-structured essays.

Students in this course will have the opportunity to work with peers and instructors on both their writing assignments from ESL 0320 as well as other courses. Students will benefit from additional time for collaboration and guided writing skills practice.

Students will learn, practice, and demonstrate an ability to listen and respond to complex or extended American English speech. Students will hone their active listening strategies and conversational skills.

Students will improve the clarity of their English pronunciation at the word, phrase, and sentence level. Attention will be paid to consonants, vowels, and stress patterns. Students will develop the level of fluency and clarity required for successful interaction with English speakers inside and outside the classroom. 

In this course, students will explore various, specific topics with readings and assignments appropriate for an advanced English language learner.

In this class students will learn and practice American conversation customs. Special attention will be paid to identification and use of rhetoric and idiomatic speech. ESL 0370 is intended for advanced English language learners looking to strengthen their ability to have meaningful interactions in English.

Level 2 - Intermediate

Score 41 to 53

Typically one full semester, to advance to next level - program will be broken down into Semester A and Semester B 

Students will learn to read and evaluate a variety of types of writing including essays, newspapers, literature and magazine articles. Students will learn vocabulary building skills as well as active reading strategies needed to read critically and discuss their ideas with others.

Students in this course will have the opportunity to work with peers and instructors on both their reading and vocabulary assignments from ESL 0210 as well as other courses. Students will benefit from additional time for collaboration and guided reading skills practice.

In this course, students will refine their command of proper written American English. Students will cover grammar as needed to create specific types of paragraphs including definition, process, descriptive, opinion, and analytical. The course will equip students for a variety of writing needed for both academic and every-day purposes.

Students in this course will have the opportunity to work with peers and instructors on both their writing assignments from ESL 0220 as well as other courses. Students will benefit from additional time for collaboration and guided writing skills practice.

Students will increase their ability to understand and respond to spoken American English. Students will be taught listening strategies to get the general idea, identify specific details, make predictions, and inferences. Students will learn and demonstrate the appropriate use of American English in different contexts focusing on conversation skills.

Students will improve the clarity of their English pronunciation. Students will learn about pronunciation rules and strategies for the word, phrase, and sentence level. Students will develop the level of fluency and clarity required for meaningful interaction with English speakers in a variety of social settings.

In this course, students will explore various, specific topics with readings and assignments appropriate for an intermediate level English language learner.

In this class students will learn and practice American conversation customs. Special attention will be paid to turn-taking cues and idiomatic speech. ESL 0270 is intended to empower intermediate level English language learners to have successful interactions in English.

Level 1 - Beginners

Score less than 40

Typically one full semester, to advance to next level - program will be broken down into Semester A and Semester B.

Students will read a variety of types of writing encountered in everyday life such as magazine articles, advertisements, and newspapers. Students will learn vocabulary building skills as well as active reading strategies needed to grasp the main idea and discuss it with others.

Students in this course will have the opportunity to work with peers and instructors on both their reading and vocabulary assignments from ESL 0110 as well as other courses. Students will benefit from additional time for collaboration and guided reading skills practice.

In this course, students will learn the basics of proper written American English. Students will learn essential grammar including sentence structure, tense, prepositional phrases and other modifiers. During this course, students will go from putting together a complete sentence to a comprehensive paragraph.

Students in this course will have the opportunity to work with peers and instructors on both their writing assignments from ESL 0120 as well as other courses. Students will benefit from additional time for collaboration and guided writing skills practice.

Students will be exposed to spoken American English in a variety of settings. They will learn listening strategies to maximize comprehension. Students will learn and demonstrate the appropriate use of American English in different contexts focusing on basic conversation skills needed to interact with native English speakers.

Students will improve the clarity of their English pronunciation. Students will learn about pronunciation rules and strategies for the word, phrase, and sentence level. Students will develop the level of fluency and clarity required for successful interaction with English speakers in everyday situations.

In this course, students will explore various, specific topics with readings and assignments appropriate for an introductory level English language learner.

Students will learn common American idioms. Students will practice identifying and using them in a variety of everyday situations. ESL 0170 is intended to empower introductory level English language learners to have successful interactions in English.