Foundations of English: Overview

The Foundations of English program is designed for ESL students with beginning to low-intermediate English proficiency as determined by the TIEP Placement Exam.

Level 110 (High Beginning)

An elementary course for students with limited English proficiency. Emphasis on the development of speaking and listening skills, grammar, writing, reading, and vocabulary for everyday life.

Level 120 (Low Intermediate)

A transitional beginning-intermediate course which reviews and refines the foundations of English grammar. Emphasis is on application and practice in all four skill areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

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Spring I 2017 Classes

START: Jan 17, 2017

Jan 17 – Mar 10
Weeks: 8 | Register By: Jan 12


Spring II 2017 Classes

START: Mar 20, 2017

Mar 20 – May 12
Weeks: 8 | Register By: Mar 15


Summer 2017 Classes

START: Jun 5, 2017

Jun 12 – Aug 4
Weeks: 8 | Register By: Jun 5


Fall I 2017 Classes

START: Aug 28, 2017

Aug 28 – Oct 20
Weeks: 8 | Register By: Aug 24


Fall II 2017 Classes

START: Oct 23, 2017

Oct 23 – Dec 14
Weeks: 8 | Register By: Oct 19


English for Academic Purposes: Overview

The English for Academic Purposes program is designed for ESL students with intermediate to advanced English proficiency, particularly for those who plan to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program in a U.S. college or university. All levels teach the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as grammar, vocabulary, and study skills. The relative emphasis on each varies according to the level.

Level 130 (Intermediate)

An intermediate course with an emphasis on integrated skill development. Instruction in expository writing at the paragraph and short essay level and reading of simplified material. Includes review of all grammatical structures and introduction of more complex grammatical structures. Practice in basic listening and note-taking. Students prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS as a part of the curriculum.

Level 140 (High Intermediate)

A transitional intermediate-advanced course with in-depth study of selected complex grammar structures. Reading of both simplified ESL and authentic academic material. Writing of expository compositions and a brief library research paper. Practice in advanced listening, conversation, and use of idioms. Students prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS as a part of the curriculum.

Level 150 (Low Advanced)

Advanced integrated-skill course with a focus on academic preparation, designed to help bridge students into college and university work. Emphasis on strengthening university research and study skills, and developing reading, writing, speaking, and listening proficiency through in-depth reading of authentic texts, writing formal essays, reports, and an extensive research paper, taking lecture notes, and participating in various formal and informal speaking tasks. Attention given to vocabulary expansion, advanced grammar in context, pronunciation, test preparation, and individual students’ academic goals.

Depending on enrollment, actual course offerings may vary.