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Course Description

This is the first course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to develop the reading, writing and grammar skills of ESL students. This beginning course focuses on vocabulary development, basic reading strategies and comprehension, basic grammar and beginning writing skills (sentence level and basic paragraphs.) The aim of this course is to assist beginning level students in becoming more literate while participating in holistic reading and writing activities based on engaging multicultural topics. PREREQUISITE: ESL 510B or ESL 503, or ESL assessment recommendation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the main idea and supporting details of a reading.
  • Skim and scan reading for specific information.
  • Employ context clues to derive meaning of new vocabulary.
  • Respond to a reading in both oral and written form.
  • Write simple sentences and very basic paragraphs using correct structure, word order and punctuation.
  • Read, recognize and write affirmative and negative statements and questions using the following verb tenses: simple present, present continuous, simple past and future.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the following parts of speech and structures: subjects, complements, nouns (including count&noncount), subject and object pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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