Courses

ESOL courses assist both undergraduate and graduate students in the development of academic English skills so that students can better meet the demands of their degree programs and/or their teaching responsibilities. The ESOL program also partners with the English department to offer graduate-level writing support to international students (see ENG 6040 and ENG 6060 below). Read the course descriptions below to learn more about our classes.

Undergraduate-Level Courses

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 University Writing Program (UWP) courses. Admission by placement. Graded S/U.

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 familiar with American norms of academic honesty and proper citation practices. Admission by placement or advancement from ESOL 1000. Prerequisite to University Writing Program (UWP) courses. Graded S/U.

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.

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

Designed to strengthen students’ language skills and strategies in support of successful graduate level work in English. This class follows an integrated skills approach, enabling students to develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in the context of academic and professional assignments. Attention also paid to grammar and vocabulary as well as academic honesty norms. Placement by standardized language proficiency test scores or department requirement. Cannot be used to meet degree requirements. Graded S/U.

For students whose first language is not English. Students in this class focus on pronunciation: individual consonants and vowels, word and sentence stress, intonation and rhythm. Focus is also placed on building vocabulary, developing presentation skills and overall fluency. May be repeated. Grade: S/U.

For non-native English speaking Graduate Assistants who either tutor students or provide instructional support in labs. Designed to meet Ohio Revised Code Section 3345.281, instruction in the course is focused on improving the pronunciation and communication of students with specific focus given to interaction strategies. Graduate Assistants placed in this course are allowed to tutor or provide support in labs on probationary status for one semester while concurrently enrolled in the course. Admission is by placement. Cannot be used to meet degree requirements. May be repeated for up to 6 hours. Graded: S/U.

For non-native English speaking Graduate Assistants who are in charge of a class or lab. Designed to meet Ohio Revised Code Section 3345.281. Instruction in this course is focused on improving the communication and pronunciation skills of students with special emphasis on interactive and pedagogical communication. Graduate Assistants placed in this course are allowed to teach or lead on labs on a probationary status for one semester while concurrently enrolled in the course. Admission is based by placement. Cannot be used to meet degree requirements. May be repeated up to 6 hours. Graded: S/U.

This course explores academic writing tasks and skills through a genre-based approach. In the course, students explore what effective writing means in their disciplines by analyzing model texts and composing a variety of writing projects. Critical reading and textual analysis are emphasized along with use of academic vocabulary and tone, methods of organization and development of ideas, and style. Students will also refine strategies to locate, synthesize, and cite academic sources. Graded A/F.

This course supports graduate students in writing their theses, dissertations, or other extended academic writing projects. The course is highly individualized to meet students’ needs and provides opportunities to investigate various expectations and conventions for written discourse within students’ specific academic fields. Graded A/F. Approved for distance education.

Focuses on academic and professional oral communication skills including: listening/note taking strategies, interacting with professors and classmates, presentation skills, academic vocabulary, nonverbal communication, and pragmatics. Students also build overall fluency, pronunciation, and oral grammar skills. Graded A/F.