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Curriculum

Course NumberCourse Title
ESL 065 Beginning Reading/Writing
ESL 066 Beginning Listening/Speaking
ESL 075 Intermediate Reading/Writing
ESL 076 Intermediate Listening/Speaking
ESL 085 High-Intermediate Reading/Writing
ESL 086 High-Intermediate Listening/Speaking
ESL 095 Advanced Reading/Writing
ESL 096 Advanced Listening/Speaking

Elective Courses

ELI offers elective courses based on student interests and needs as enrollment permits.  Topics include Pronunciation and TOEFL Preparation.

ESL 091 - Special Topics

Friday Afternoon Activities

Friday afternoon activities are scheduled on most weeks.  These activities allow students to explore the campus, the Pueblo community, and the state of Colorado.  These activities sometimes include a small charge for participants.

English Policy

Students are required to speak English within the classroom and when participating in ELI activities. Communicating in English helps develop listening and speaking skills more quickly.

Core Courses

Reading  (5 hours/week, M – F) The Reading curriculum is designed to provide students with both the skills and the practice that is necessary for them to function successfully in U.S. university courses where academic reading is required.  Students will acquire new vocabulary.  They will develop effective reading strategies for different types of tests. All students participate in an Extensive Reading (ER) program in order to increase their reading fluency, provide them with choices and variety in their reading materials, and improve their overall reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Writing  (5 hours/week, M-F)
The Writing curriculum is designed to provide students with both the skills and the practice that is necessary for them to function successfully in U.S. university courses where academic writing is required.  Students will acquire new vocabulary and spell it correctly.  Working on closely related reading and writing assignments, students will develop proficiency in understanding what they read and in thinking, drafting and revising their own ideas in writing by working through the writing process with input from their teachers and classmates.  They will learn to use and document outside sources.

Listening/Speaking  (10 hours/week, M – F)
The main objectives of Listening/Speaking are to provide students the opportunity to improve their listening and speaking skills in English as well as to gain confidence in using these skills.  Students learn and practice appropriate skills in conversation management, receive instructions regarding problem areas in pronunciation, and learn appropriate vocabulary.  These objectives are accomplished by means of a variety of classroom activities which focus on everyday situations that students are likely to encounter as they adjust to life in the U.S., ranging from informal conversations to college-level lectures.

Structure

In order to provide students with the basic grammatical structures that they will need to communicate effectively in English, grammar instruction is integrated into both skill classes.  The emphasis is on communication, both comprehension (listening and reading) and production (speaking and writing).

Electives

TOEFL Preparation  (2 hours/week) The purpose of this course is to develop and reinforce the test-taking and content-related skills necessary to pass the TOEFL exam.  Students will learn to:
• Identify strategies to analyze and interpret exam questions.
• Identify and restate the main idea in both spoken and written passages of English.
• Identify incorrect grammar.
• Identify and practice test-taking strategies for the TOEFL exam.

 Pronunciation  (2 hours/week) The purpose of this course is to develop the pronunciation skills necessary for students to speak and to understand spoken English.  Students will learn to:
• Identify sounds and features of rhythm through listening recognition exercises.
• Differentiate between vowel sounds and choose the appropriate vowel sound for vocabulary words.
• Pronounce consonant sounds correctly, focusing on consonant clusters and difficult consonant pairs.
• Increase vocabulary though pronunciation work.

International Programs

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