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Course Description

This is the third course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to expand the development of reading, writing, and grammar skills of high-intermediate ESL students. The course focuses on vocabulary development through the application of different reading strategies to a variety of selections of topics of interest to academically- bound students. It also involves the further practice and refinement of sentence and paragraph skills, structure and punctuation. PREREQUISITE: ESL 533 and ESL 532, or ESL 537 or ESL assessment recommendation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and outline the main ideas of a reading selection.
  • Recall and relate the most important points of a reading to peers.
  • Interpret the ideas and concepts in a reading and make inferences.
  • Read, recognize and write affirmative and negative statements and questions using the following verb tenses: simple present, present continuous, past continuous, simple past, future, present perfect, present perfect continuous, past perfect, and past perfect continuous in the active and passive voice.
  • Identify adjective clauses and combine and separate sentences through the addition of or deletion of adjective clauses.
  • Make comparisons utilizing comparative, superlative, and equalative forms of adjectives and adverbs.
  • Identify, analyze and use gerunds and infinitives in sentences.
  • Compose an original paragraph consisting of a topic sentence, supporting sentences, transitions and a concluding sentence.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of"writing as a process"by clustering, brainstorming, outlining, writing, editing and rewriting paragraphs.
  • Write simple, compound and complex sentences utilizing the correct structure, word order, and punctuation.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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