Level 5 courses
Reading and Vocabulary
The goal of this course is to prepare students for college level academic reading and vocabulary. Students engage in intensive reading of adapted academic texts while learning how to adapt their reading style to a variety of types of academic texts (e.g, book excerpts, online articles, and research articles). Students increase their critical thinking skills by analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing course materials. This course also engages students in extensive reading using graded readers to develop fluency and vocabulary. Reading and vocabulary go hand in hand, and vocabulary acquisition focuses on words from course reading material.
Listening, Notetaking, and Speaking
Listening, Notetaking, and Speaking courses teach advanced academic listening, academic notetaking, and academic speaking language skills through academic content. It is the foundational course that targets skills and content knowledge considered necessary for university readiness.
Grammar and Writing
The goal of Grammar and Writing in Level 5 is three-fold: to improve language use accuracy, to increase fluency using the writing process, and to address college-preparatory level writing topics and requirements. This goal is accomplished by engaging students in: (1) instruction in the form, meaning, and use of various grammar features; (2) identification and correction of common grammatical errors; and (3) writing strategies for developing content and organization. Students are guided towards identifying their strengths and weaknesses as writers on a global (content and organization) and local (language use and mechanics) level.
English for Specific Purposes
(Business): The English for Specific Purposes – Business course is an integrated skills course with an emphasis on academic lecture and article/textbook readings. The course offers content knowledge related to general business. It is organized around two presentation projects.
(Engineering): The English for Specific Purposes – Engineering course is an integrated skills course with an emphasis on academic lecture and article/textbook readings. The course offers content knowledge related to general engineering. It is organized around two presentation projects.
Track A: Eng 105 + Readers’ Workshop Accordion Open
Level 5 Readers’ Workshop is a support course for English 105. Students use authentic reading materials from online sources to practice and improve reading skills needed to successfully navigate academic articles for research and writing purposes.
Track B: PIE Writing Accordion Closed
The Writing course in Level 5 is designed to improve students’ academic writing abilities in preparation for the English-speaking university environment. The goal of the course is two-fold: to strengthen the content and organization of student essays, and to incorporate source information into students’ writing. Class activities will help students gain exposure to various essay genres to improve their understanding and execution of the required elements of academic writing assignments. Students in this course will follow the writing process, which includes planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Students will critically analyze their writing and make appropriate revisions to the content and organization of their writing.