Level 4 courses
Reading and Vocabulary
The goal of this course is to begin preparing students for academic reading through analytical reading of simplified academic texts and by helping students expand their academic vocabulary. Students engage in intensive reading of simplified academic texts through analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and reflecting. This course also engages students in extensive reading using graded readers to develop fluency and vocabulary. Throughout the course, reading and vocabulary go hand in hand, and vocabulary acquisition focuses on words from course reading material.
Listening and Speaking
Listening and Speaking courses teach academic listening and academic speaking language skills through academic content. It is the second of two levels that targets English-for-academic-purposes listening and speaking skills.
The 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 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
Grammar and Writing provides students with grammar lessons and timed writing practice to strengthen their academic writing. The goal of the course is two-fold: to improve language accuracy and to build fluency necessary for academic success. This goal is accomplished by engaging students in instruction in the form, meaning, and use of various grammar features; production of discrete-item and prompt-based writing tasks; and identification and correction of common grammatical errors.
Academic writing instruction focuses on five-paragraph essays that incorporate argumentative and cause-effect organizational structures. Multi-draft writing processes (e.g., outlining, drafting, instructor review, and revision) are emphasized and incorporation of outside sources in essay writing is introduced in this course.