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ESL Course Descriptions


All of the ESL courses listed below are not offered every semester. Please look at Blugold CampS semester schedule or contact the coordinator for an accurate list for the coming semester (carlsol@uwec.edu). Students take a placement test to identify where they place, and then typically enroll in 4-5 classes in one semester, mainly at the same level (100, 200 or 300).

100 level - Beginning

ESL 101: Integrated English Language Skills I

This beginning level multi-skill ESL course is designed to cover the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, while giving systematic attention to grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary.

ESL 125: Cross-Cultural Talk

This course focuses on small group discussion with emphasis on social and academic situations applicable to the university environment.

ESL 135: Focus on Reading and Writing

This course, which focuses on the processes of reading and writing, will develop the basic reading and writing skills of non-native speakers of English.

ESL 140: Beginning Pronunciation

This course will improve students' ability to hear, identify and clearly articulate the most important sounds and basic stresses and rhythms of American English. Listening skills, oral skills and the ability to clearly communicate simple messages will be enhanced.

ESL 150: Exploring Regional History and Culture

This course is designed to use English language skills to introduce students to life in Wisconsin from yesterday to today.

ESL 191: Special Topics Learning to Learn I

In-depth study of a special area in the learning of English as a Second Language for high-beginner or intermediate level English language learners only. Topics are specified in the Class Schedule.

200 Level - Intermediate

ESL 201: Integrated English Language Skills II

This intermediate level multi-skill ESL course is designed to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary while preparing students for academic learning.

ESL 205: Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing

This course, which focuses on the processes of reading and writing, will develop the academic writing skills of non-native speakers of English.

ESL 215: Pronunciation of American English

Designed for non-native speakers of English. To promote clear pronunciation for effective communication with a focus on comprehensibility to appropriate native-like target pronunciation. This course teaches ESL learners to hear, identify, and clearly articulate the sounds and patterns in spoken English.

ESL 260: Oral Presentation Skills

This course is intended to equip ESL students with the pragmatic and linguistic tools necessary to communicate more effectively in English. The course is designed to provide them with meaningful oral communication practice and speaking solutions toward the improvement of interaction, presentation, and pronunciation skills.

ESL 275: Global Current Events Through News Media

This course is designed for ESL students to improve listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary skills. Using a variety of news media, students will be required to read, research, and write about global current events.

ESL 285: Advanced Listening and Note-taking Skills

Prepares advanced-level ESL students for the demands of academic lecture comprehension and notetaking. Students will develop the ability to understand lectures and to take organized and comprehensible notes in academic content lessons.

ESL 291: Special Topics - Learning to Learn II

In-depth study of a special area in the learning of English as a Second Language. 

300 Level - Advanced

ESL 301: Integrated English Language Skills III

This advanced level multi-skill ESL course is designed to improve listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills while preparing students for further academic work or a career using English.

ESL 305: Advanced Academic Writing

This advanced-level course which focuses on the processes of reading and writing will prepare non-native speakers of English for success in academic writing in University-level courses.

ESL 310: Multicultural Literature

Designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills through the study of multicultural literature.

ESL 315: Advanced Pronunciation

This course will improve students' ability to hear, identify and clearly articulate the sounds, stress patterns, intonation and rhythm of American English. Listening skills, oral skills, and clear communication with native speakers will be improved.

ESL 320: Business English

Designed for non-native English speaking students. Intended to equip English language learners with the English writing, speaking, and listening skills necessary to communicate effectively on the job while building learners' English vocabulary for the business discourse domain.

ESL 360: U.S. Culture and Institutions

This advanced-level language proficiency course is designed for ESL students to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills while providing an introduction to the institutions and cultures of the U.S.A. and the implications these have on how Americans think and behave both nationally and internationally.

ESL 391: Special Topics - Learning to Learn III

In-depth study of a special area in the learning of English as a Second Language. This special topics course is for advanced level English language learners only. Topics specified in the Class Schedule.

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