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Core ESL Courses

Level 1 Core Courses

ESAL 012: Basic Grammar
Students will learn basic forms of English Grammar including simple and progressive verb tenses, parts of speech, prepositions, and an introduction to modals. Students will practice these structures through communicative and functional activities.

ESAL 013: Basic Language Skills
This course offers integrated skills with an emphasis on improving English proficiency and understanding of Canadian culture. It includes continued practice in listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary building, grammar, reading, writing and learning strategies. It also includes using computer technology and university and community resources.

ESAL 015: Basic Oral Communication
Through listening comprehension and oral performances, students will practice their communication skills. Students will learn to comprehend the main ideas in short passages and listen for specific detail as well as engage in short conversations and report personal information and express opinions.

ESAL 017: Basic Reading Skills
This course will focus on reading strategies. Emphasis will be on vocabulary growth and comprehension and expression of the main idea. Students will develop study and reading skills such as pre-reading and reading rate strategies.

ESAL 018: Basic Writing Skills
This course will focus on writing strategies. Emphasis will be on development of sentence structure and sentence variety to the paragraph level. Students will also be introduced to the paragraph form, including expression of the main idea in topic sentences. Level 2 Core Courses

ESAL 022: Pre-Intermediate Grammar
This course is intended to assist students in improving and practicing their spoken English and written grammar. Students will study past, present and future verb tenses in the simple, progressive and perfect forms. Students will also study gerunds and infinitives, phrasal verbs, comparatives, prepositions, modals, determiners, articles and agreement.

ESAL 023: Pre-Intermediate Language Skills
This course will integrate language skills with an emphasis on improving English proficiency and understanding of Canadian culture. It includes continued practice in listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary building, grammar, reading, writing and learning strategies. It also includes using computer technology an university and community resources.

ESAL 025: Pre-Intermediate Oral Skills
This course is intended to assist students to improve their communication skills. Students will develop their listening and speaking skills.

ESAL 027: Pre-Intermediate Reading Skills
This reading course will continue to strengthen basic skills of vocabulary development and comprehension with a variety of written material of gradually increasing difficulty. The objective is to progress from mechanical to more meaningful reading.

ESAL 028: Pre-Intermediate Writing Skills
This introductory composition course for second language students will focus on recognizing and practicing grammatical structures and sentence patterns, within the familiar thematic context of shared personal and cultural experience. Pre-writing and revision strategies will be introduced.

Level 3 Core Courses

ESAL 032: Intermediate Grammar
Within the relevant academic contexts, a variety of difficult structures in English grammar will be examined and practiced both orally and in written work. Structures studied will include the tense aspect system; phrasal verbs; modal meanings, and the use of prepositions.

ESAL 034: Intermediate Grammar
Within the relevant academic contexts, a variety of more difficult structures in English grammar will be examined and practiced for a better understanding of their uses. Structures studied will include articles, count and non-count nouns and expressions of quantity, subject-verb agreement, the passive voice, gerunds and infinitives, and conditional sentences.

ESAL 035: Intermediate Oral Communication
This course is designed to enable the student to refine conversational skills for the purpose of participating in academic discussions. ESAL 035 focuses on acquiring strategies for effective oral communication. Students will participate in group discussions, give oral presentations and practice their listening skills.

ESAL 037: Intermediate Reading and Study Skills
This is a reading skills course intended to prepare the ESL student for University materials. The focus will be on improving comprehension and reading rate, and on strengthening reading vocabulary. As well, study skills will be introduced and practiced.

ESAL 038: Intermediate Composition
This writing course will focus on academic paragraph writing. Various forms and purposes for paragraph writing will be analyzed and practiced. Sentence skills will be reviewed and essay writing will be introduced.

Level 4 Core Courses

ESAL 042: Advanced Grammar
The purpose of this course is to support advanced academic writing, by developing and refining the grammar and editing skills necessary to detect and remedy common ESL writing problems. While the focus will be on accuracy, this course will also include logical analysis of the components of a composition, and editing for improved clarity and effectiveness.

ESAL 045: Advanced Oral Communication
The student will practice strategies for speaking clear and appropriate English in a variety of academic situations. Attention to fluency, pronunciation and intonation will also be emphasized. ESAL 047: Advanced Reading and Study Skills This course includes a wide range of fictional and nonfictional reading. Emphasis is on the analysis and evaluation of both form and content as well as on pre-reading strategies and vocabulary development. Study skills include note-taking, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

ESAL 048: Advanced Writing Skills
A continuation of ESAL 038, this course reviews the paragraph as a component of the English essay. Emphasis is on the planning, development and revision of multi-paragraph compositions. Students will focus on particular problems with their writing and practice editing. Level 5 Core Courses

ESAL 057: Academic Reading Skills
Intended for advanced ESL students, this course is designed to prepare for reading college level material effectively and efficiently. Specific approaches to reading will be taught for both factual and fictional writing. Emphasis will be on the short story. Students intending to take English 110 must achieve a C+ or better in ESAL 057.

ESAL 058: Academic Writing
ESAL 058 focuses on the process of writing. However, integral to the writing process are the skills of reading and listening, actively and critically. Collaboration and teamwork will be important components of this course, as well. These skills enhance writing ability and also contribute generally to success in both education and employment. Students will be expected, therefore, to read, research, discuss, and work co-operatively, as part of the composition process.

Level 5 Core Courses

ESAL 057: Academic Reading Skills
Intended for advanced ESL students, this course is designed to prepare for reading college level material effectively and efficiently. Specific approaches to reading will be taught for both factual and fictional writing. Emphasis will be on the short story. Students intending to take English 110 must achieve a C+ or better in ESAL 057.

ESAL 058: Academic Writing
ESAL 058 focuses on the process of writing. However, integral to the writing process are the skills of reading and listening, actively and critically. Collaboration and teamwork will be important components of this course, as well. These skills enhance writing ability and also contribute generally to success in both education and employment. Students will be expected, therefore, to read, research, discuss, and work co-operatively, as part of the composition process.