Level 3 courses
Reading and Writing
The goal of this course is to lay a foundation for deeper, analytical reading of academic text and gain basic competence in extended written discourse. Reading instruction focuses on analyzing texts and summarizing. Beginning academic vocabulary study and fluency activities are used to aid text comprehension. Writing instruction focuses on three-paragraph essays following compare/contrast and problem-solution organizational structures. The writing processes (planning, drafting, revising, and editing) are also introduced as a key writing strategy.
Listening and Speaking
This course teaches academic listening and speaking language skills through content about introductory academic topics. It is the intermediate level course that targets skills and content considered necessary for communicating about academic topics and contributing to classroom interactions.
The PIE Level 3 Content-Based Instruction course uses sustained content to help students develop their language skills and academic preparation strategies. The course offers scaffolded language-learning and content-learning support. It is organized around 3 thematic units on academic topics that each culminate in a major speaking-or writing-based project. To gain foundational knowledge for each unit topic and project, students read and listen to a diverse collection of academic sources related to the topic. The goal of the course is for students to combine key information from these materials with their own insight and opinions in order to create meaningful projects.
Grammar and Writing
The purpose of Grammar and Writing Level 3 is a writing-focused course to develop students’ accuracy in the use of English grammar and knowledge of English grammar as an integral part of academic success. This goal is accomplished by engaging students in: (1) instruction in the form, meaning, and use of various grammar features; (2) production of discrete-item and prompt-based writing tasks; and (3) identification and correction of common grammatical errors.
The Reader’s Workshop is intended to help students become a successful, efficient, and more confident reader of English as they prepare for academic success in the university environment. Reader’s Workshop is divided into three major reading activity types: 1) scaffolded silent reading (ScSR); 2) teacher-guided reading; 3) fluency training. Reading strategy training is also a major part of the class. Students engage in a lot of reading both in class and out of class.