The main objective of this course is to prepare students for reading and writing on the college level. Reading activities will concentrate on developing fluency and comprehension. The course will provide ample opportunities for reading. Students will be engaged in massive amounts of pleasure reading throughout the semester. Writing will be approached as a recursive process in which authors arrive at meaning through the stages of invention, drafting, and revising. Students will receive feedback on their writing from both the teacher and classmates and revise their papers.
This course is designed to provide students with a variety of speaking and listening activities in order to help them develop these two crucial language skills. The course is defined not around specific content areas, but rather around speaking/listening activities typical of everyday situations. It aims at putting the student in the role of speaker as much as possible, and so its success depends on the students taking an active role in all classroom activities. In this learner-centered class, the instructor will not be a lecturer, but rather a coordinator. Students will role play, practicing everyday schemata (e.g. restaurant ordering, telephone conversations, doctor's office protocol, making purchases, asking for directions, etc.) and language functions (e.g. apologizing, complaining, complementing, etc.); present short speeches, both prepared and impromptu (e.g. how-to speeches, introductions); present short reports on teacher-assigned and student-chosen topics; participate in class discussions; listen to audio and video recordings.
This class gives you an opportunity to focus on language forms as well as to practice them. It is not meant to be an exhaustive overview of the English grammar, but rather a review of selected topics. Even though some students may believe that they already know this material, the reality is that even if they have studied it, they will still have difficulty using it. The teacher will provide explanation of grammar points as needed. Students are also encouraged to bring to class grammar problems (texts or sentences) they would like to have discussed and explained in class.
This course is designed to make you aware of the different ways in which words can be formed in English and the various possible relationships among them. We will, therefore, analyze words, phrases, and collocations in various contexts. The texts you read in other courses contain a lot of new vocabulary, often more than you are able to memorize after a few weeks. The teacher will provide you with opportunities to use the new vocabulary items in controlled exercises, as well as in your own language use. You will also use the internet to get a better sense of how the new lexical items are used in English. Your work will be graded to give you a good sense of your progress. It is your vigorous participation in classroom activities that helps you learn and use new words. In each class, you will be working on various vocabulary exercises to analyze both new and familiar words in order to discover the organizational rules that underlie the English lexicon.
This class is designed to provide students with the experience of real-life academic lectures. The objective of this course is to help develop and/or improve the students' listening comprehension, their note-taking skills, and their ability to use their notes in a follow-up discussion of the lecture. The class will be organized around a series of lectures given by ISU professors from a variety of departments. Each lecture will be the focus of a two-week unit that will consist of pre-lecture activities, the lecture itself, and follow-up activities. The pre-lecture activities will, on the one hand, involve readings and discussions introducing the students to the basic issues and concepts to be covered in the lecture; on the other hand, they will provide the students with some technical information on note-taking and the organizational features of a lecture.
Students will learn to use an online course management program, Reggienet. Instruction will infuse current events while students learn how to use the assignments feature, calendaring, announcements, discussions, grade book, resources/materials, syllabus, tests and quizzes. In addition, they will also learn how to use presentation and report technologies such as PowerPoint, Prezi, enhanced Word features, Excel, and Publisher. In addition, the labs may cover instructional technology skill-building in connection with other ELI courses.
This class is designed to prepare students for success in higher education at ISU and elsewhere by teaching various pedagogies, expectations, and technologies commonly used in higher education classrooms in the United States. The class will provide students opportunities to experience each of these expectations and activities in class activities and through assignments, in-class lectures by guest speakers. Students will engage with a wide variety of pedagogical approaches used in US classrooms, such as lecture, discussion, presentation and direct instruction. Students will also learn the typical expectations related to student-professor interaction, classroom interactions, in and out of class participation, communication, grades, academic conduct, and written work. Students will have hands-on experiences with presentation and learning technologies that they are likely to find in US higher education classrooms.