Course Goals

Curricular goals in the intensive English program support the mission of the program and lead to student learning outcomes. Goals for each course taught in the program are listed below.  Please note that elective courses vary each semester and may have prerequisites.

High Beginning Level

Level 1 Listening and Speaking

To develop students' basic ability to comprehend and respond appropriately to simplified spoken English and to produce basic spoken English in academic and social situations.

Level 1 Grammar

To develop students' ability to comprehend and use basic grammatical structures of written and spoken English.

Level 1 Reading and Writing

To develop students' basic ability to comprehend and analyze simplified texts in English; to develop students' ability to recognize word order and/or phrase structure and construct sentences in English; and to increase students' ability to produce and develop written language related to a single topic or idea.

Intermediate Level

Level 2 Listening and Speaking

To improve students' ability to comprehend and respond appropriately to intermediate-level spoken English and to improve students' ability to use spoken English in academic and social situations.

Level 2 Grammar

To improve students' ability to comprehend and use grammatical structures of written and spoken English in an academic context.

Level 2 Reading and Writing

To develop students' ability to to comprehend and analyze intermediate texts in English; to develop students' ability to organize and write a paragraph and a short essay; and to increase students' ability to produce and develop fluent written language in a variety of rhetorical patterns.

High Intermediate Level

Level 3 Listening and Discussion

To broaden students' ability to comprehend and respond appropriately to spoken English and to use spoken English in a variety of academic, social and professional settings.

Level 3 Grammar

To broaden students' ability to comprehend and use grammatical structures of written and spoken English in an academic context.

Level 3 Reading and Writing

To broaden students' ability to comprehend and analyze texts in English; to expand students' ability to organize and develop essays; and to increase students' fluency in producing written language in a variety of rhetorical patterns.

Advanced Level

Level 4 Listening and Discussion

To deepen students' ability to comprehend and respond appropriately to authentic spoken English and to use spoken English in a variety of academic, social and professional settings.

Level 4 Grammar

To deepen students' ability to comprehend and use grammatical structures of written and spoken English in an academic context.

Level 4 Reading and Writing

To deepen students' ability to comprehend and analyze authentic texts in English; to expand students' ability to synthesize and organize information to produce summaries, essays and documented papers; and to increase students' fluency in producing written language in a variety of rhetorical patterns.

Elective Courses

Pronunciation

To develop students' ability to produce spoken English with appropriate stress, rhythm and intonation patterns and to articulate high-frequency consonants and vowels; to enhance students' awareness of phonological differences  between their native language and English which may affect their pronunciation.

Speaking Fundamentals

To increase student confidence in using basic spoken English.

Oral Fluency

To develop students' proficiency and confidence in academic and social speaking situations, including presentations, discussions and informal debates; to enhance students' understanding of personal and cultural differences in delivery and communication styles.

TOEFL Preparation

To familiarize students with the format of the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT); to be able to apply appropriate test-taking strategies in the skill areas of reading, listening, speaking and writing.

Career English

To develop students' career-related language proficiency; to enhance students' awareness of and confidence in career-related and cross-cultural communication and workplace technology.