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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 at either the 200 or 300 level.

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 291: Special Topics - Learning to Learn II

In Learning to Learn II, students learn more about the US education system and practice doing group work and project work and setting goals.  They learn more about their learning styles and strategies and further campus resources.

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 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 391: Special Topics - Learning to Learn III

In Learning to Learn III, students learn more about the US education system and practice doing group work and project work and complete extensive semester-long projects demonstrating goal-setting.  They learn more about their learning styles and strategies and further campus resources and prepare to enter the university.