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ESOL Courses

Listed on this page is a brief description of the courses offered by the ESOL Program at BGSU.

Undergraduate-level courses:

 

ESOL 1000: ACADEMIC COMPOSITION I

For intermediate-level non-native speakers of English. Students engage in extensive grammar review and develop their ability to identify and correct grammar mistakes in the context of frequent, short writing assignments. Academic vocabulary is also emphasized. Students will be introduced to American norms of academic honesty. For students placed into ESOL 1000, this course is a prerequisite to ESOL 1010 and General Studies Writing (GSW) courses. Admission by placement. Graded S/U.

ESOL 1010: ACADEMIC COMPOSITION II

For upper-intermediate-level non-native speakers of English. Students review and practice grammar concepts in the context of writing short essays. With the goal of becoming independent writers, students learn rhetorical concepts, self-editing strategies and academic vocabulary. Students will also become more familair with American norms of academic honesty and proper citation practices. Admission by placement or advancement from ESOL 1000. Prerequisite to General Studies Writing (GSW) courses. Graded S/U.

ESOL 1030: ESOL ACADEMIC ORAL/AURAL SKILLS I (LISTENING/SPEAKING)

For intermediate-level non-native speakers of English. Students focus on building overall fluency, developing presentation skills, improving pronunciation, improving oral grammar, increasing listening skills, and developing academic vocabulary. Admission by placement. For students placed into ESOL 1030, this course is a prerequisite for ESOL 1040. Graded S/U.

ESOL 1040: ESOL ACADEMIC ORAL/AURAL SKILLS II (LISTENING/SPEAKING)

For upper-intermediate to advanced-level non-native speakers of English. Students focus on building overall fluency, developing presentation skills, improving pronunciation, improving oral grammar, increasing listening skills, and developing academic vocabulary. Admission by placement or advancement from ESOL 1030. Graded S/U.

 

Graduate-level Courses

 

ESOL 5000: SENTENCE AND THEME DEVELOPMENT

For intermediate-level non-native speakers of English. Students placed in this class need intensive work on grammar and sentence structure. This class aims to help students gain the ability to express themselves with increased grammatical complexity and accuracy to meet the demands of academic writing at the graduate level. Students learn documentation conventions in their field of study. Admission by placement. Graded S/U.

ESOL 5010: ACADEMIC COMPOSITION I

For upper-intermediate-level non-native speakers of English. Designed to be field-specific, the course develops rhetorical skills and integrates grammar and vocabulary support to assist students in graduate level academic writing. Students learn documentation conventions in their field of study. Admission by placement or advancement from ESOL 5000. Graded S/U.

ESOL 5030: INTERMEDIATE LISTENING AND SPEAKING

For non-native speakers of English. Students placed in this class focus on pronunciation: individual consonants and vowels, word and sentence stress, intonation, and rhythm. Emphasis is also placed on building vocabulary, listening strategies, and overall fluency.

ESOL 5040: ENGLISH FOR INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE ASSISTANTS I

For non-native Ensligh-speaking Graduate Assistants or Associates who either tutor students or provide instructional support in labs. Designed to meet Ohio Revised Code Section 3345.281, instruction in this course is focused on improving the communication skills of students with specific focus given to interaction strategies. Graduate Assistants or Associates placed in this course are allowed to tutor or provide support in labs on a probationary status for one semester while concurrently enrolled in the course. Admission is by placement. May be repeated. Graded S/U.

ESOL 5050: ENGLISH FOR INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE ASSISTANTS II

For non-native English-speaking Graduate Assistants or Associates who are in charge of a class or lab. Designed to meet Ohio Revised Code Section 3345.281, instruction in the course is focused on improving the commuication and pronunciation skills of students with special emphasis on interactive and pedagogical communication. Graduate Assistants or Associates placed in this course are allowed to teach or lead labs on a probationary status for one semester while concurrently enrolled in the course. Admission is by placement. Graded S/U.

ESOL 5060: ACADEMIC COMPOSITION II

For advanced-level non-native speakers of English to support graduate students in writing tasks they are completing for departmental classes, or their thesis or dissertation. The course is highly individualized to meets students' needs and provides them with opportunities to investigate various expectations and conventions for written discourse within their specific academic fields. Admission is by placement. This course is not a requirement for graduation. Graded S/U.

ESOL 5080: ADVANCED LISTENING AND SPEAKING

For intermediate- to advanced-level non-native speakers of English. Focuses on building overall oral fluency, listening skills, presentation skills, pronunciation, oral grammar, and academic vocabulary. Admission is by placement. Graded S/U.