English as a Second Language Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

LS 101 Basic Writing 3-0-3
This course focuses on developing writing skills at the paragraph level. Students will have opportunities to develop writing skills through a learning process that integrates reading, writing, and grammar practice. In learning and practicing a variety of writing tasks, students will gain increasing competence in expressing themselves in appropriate written English in an academic context. The developmental process also encourages cultural learning. The three institutional credits awarded for this course do not count toward graduation requirements but are calculated into GPA. (Prerequisite: Students must attain a minimum composite score of 55 on the MTELP. Completion of this course with a grade of “C” or better will satisfy the prerequisite for LS201 Academic Writing.)

LS 102 Pronunciation Matters 3-0-3
The purpose of this course is to guide students into speaking clear and natural American English. It addresses basics in pronunciation for clear communication. Contents include sound/spelling patterns, syllables, consonant/vowel problems, linking, stress, and rhythm. The course will be a learner-centered, encouraging interactive activities and practice. The three institutional credits awarded for this course do not count toward graduation requirements but are calculated into GPA. (Prerequisite: Students must attain a minimum composite score of 55 on the MTELP. Completion of this course with a grade of C or better will satisfy the prerequisite for LS202 Clear Communication.)

LS 104 American Culture I 3-0-3
The major purpose of this course is to introduce and explore American culture through selected topics of interest. The course introduces typical American people, places, and ideas, providing students with essential information about the USA and stimulating cross-cultural exchange. This course emphasizes cultural awareness and addresses the four basic language skills - reading, writing, speaking, and listening. A variety of high-interest topics will enable students to take part in discussions, present short talks, solve problems, and interact with each other. The three institutional credits awarded for this course do not count toward graduation requirements but are calculated into GPA.  (Prerequisite: Students must attain a minimum composite score of 55 on the MTELP. Completion of this course with a grade of C or better will satisfy the prerequisite for LS204 American Culture II.)

LS 201 Academic Writing 3-0-3
The goal of this course is to continue to prepare students for English composition and other academic writing at the college level. It focuses on developing writing skills at the essay level. Students will move from writing structured paragraphs to organizing, drafting, and revising complete essays. Course content includes introduction to patterns of essay organization such as the comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and process analysis. Grammar and complex sentence structures will be reviewed as needed. The three institutional credits awarded for this course do not count toward graduation requirements but are calculated into GPA. Prerequisite: LS 101 Basic Writing with a grade of C or better, or permission of the Department Head of Cross-Cultural Education as determined using the student's score on the MTELP.

LS 202 Clear Communication 3-0-3
The primary goal of this course is to help non-native speakers of English develop skills of oral communication and listening comprehension. Various pronunciation needs for communicating more effectively in academic or professional settings will also be addressed. The learner-centered instruction guides students in developing communicative English through a variety of interactive practices including stresses of words, intonations of sentences and styles of communication. The three institutional credits awarded for this course do not count toward graduation requirements but are calculated into GPA. (Prerequisite: LS102 Pronunciation Matters with a grade of C or better, or permission of the Department Head of Cross-Cultural Education as determined using the student's score on the MTELP.)

LS 203 Grammar Practice 3-0-3
This course focuses on training students in developing proficiency through active grammar practice. Students will have various opportunities to learn grammar structures through systematic themes as well as practical application through exercises. Reading and other communicative activities will be integrated. Grammar exercises will cover a broad content of both a scientific and humanistic nature as well as selections from TOEFL. The three institutional credits awarded for this course do not count toward graduation requirements but are calculated into GPA. (Prerequisite: LS 101 Basic Writing with a grade of C or better, or permission of the Department Head of Cross-Cultural Education as determined using the student's score on the MTELP.)

LS 204 American Culture II 3-0-3
The major purpose of this course is to expand the students' knowledge of the American culture through selected topics of interest. The course not only provides students with essential information about the USA but also stimulates cross-cultural exchange. This course provides students with the opportunity to conduct research and then develop and deliver presentations to the class on their findings. Four language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening - are addressed in this course. The three institutional credits awarded for this course do not count toward graduation requirements but are calculated into GPA. (Prerequisite: LS104 American Culture I with a grade of C, or permission of the Department Head of Cross-Cultural Education as determined using the student's score on the MTELP.)

LS 205 Reading Comprehension 3-0-3
The main goal of this course is to move learners toward higher proficiency in reading comprehension and cultural literacy by investigating concepts and texts related to many fields of study to include business, science, psychology, politics, technology, etc. Classes will emphasize a developmental process that integrates reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion, problem solving, critical thinking, and cultural literacy. Readings from journals, newspapers, and works of fiction and non-fiction will be explored in this course. The three institutional credits awarded for this course do not count toward graduation requirements but are calculated into GPA. (Prerequisite: LS 101 Basic Writing or LS104 American Culture I with a grade of C or better, or permission of the Department Head of Cross-Cultural Education as determined using the student's score on the MTELP.)

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