Catalog

Academic English for Multilingual Students

Administrative Office
Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 204
Phone: (415) 422-6862
Email: aem@usfca.edu 
Website: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/aem/

The Department of Rhetoric and Language at USF provides programs of instruction to students for whom English is not their first language and who wish to improve their English skills.

AEM Courses

ESL 1 - Academic Oral Comm Skills I (0)

Focus is on active listening and speaking skills that are necessary to function successfully in a university class. Development of listening strategies, note taking techniques, presentation skills and discussion skills are emphasized. Cross-listed with: ESL - 111.

ESL 100 - Success at USF: University and Classroom Culture (3)

This Jumpstart course is designed to help USF conditionally-admitted students improve their academic English and build their competence in understanding USF and U.S. university culture in order to be more successful when they begin studies in the U.S. Many adult students of English have had opportunities before coming to the U.S. to study formal features of the English language, but they have not had much chance to use those skills extensively for communicative academic purposes. for this reason, this course is designed to resemble a U.S. university course. In other words, students will be expected to learn the content of the course.

ESL 101 - U.S. Culture: Understanding and Negotiating a New Landscape (3)

This Jumpstart course is designed to help USF conditionally-admitted students in China improve their academic English and build their competence in understanding aspects of U.S. culture that are relevant for their cultural adjustment to living and studying in the U.S., and USF in particular. The orientation of the course will be to take a social-psychological view of life in society more broadly as the foundation for understanding and negotiating differences between the students' countries and U.S. culture.

ESL 102 - Fluency Development (4)

This course focuses on fluency-building in all the skills for intermediate learners of English. Fluency is the ability to produce and receive a sufficient amount of language with ease that is both intelligible and comprehensible. Attention to fluency supports the ongoing development of accuracy. Students will be placed in this course on the basis of their test scores.

ESL 11 - Academic Oral Comm Skills II (0)

Focus on active listening skills in academic and non-academic situations. Development of note taking techniques and discussion and writing skills needed when responding to academic lectures. Cross-listed with: ESL - 121.

ESL 110 - Academic Reading/Writing I (8)

Focus is on improving students' abilities in reading comprehension and vocabulary skills and on the organization and writing of paragraphs and short essays. Cross-listed with: ESL - 002. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 460-497/ibtTOEFL 48-60.

ESL 111 - Academic Oral Communication I (4)

Focus is on active listening and speaking skills that are necessary to function successfully in daily life and in a university class. Cross-listed with: ESL - 001. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 460-497/ibt TOEFL 48-60.

ESL 113 - Grammar I (4)

Focus is on intermediate English grammar structures and functions. Cross-listed with: ESL - 003. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 460-497/ibtTOEFL 48-60.

ESL 114 - English Through Computers (4)

Focus on using computers in improving English skills and on learning basic computer skills such as word processing, spread sheets, graphics programs, e-mail, and the world wide web.

ESL 115 - Seminar Series (2)

Focus on specific aspects of English such as idioms or vocabulary and overall improvement in English language skills. Cross-listed with ESL - 015. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 460-547/ibtTOEFL 48-80.

ESL 116 - TOEFL (4)

Focus on test taking and skill areas covered on the TOEFL test: listening, speaking, writing, and reading/vocabulary. Some focus on written structure also. Emphasis is on building test taking and language skills needed to do well on the TOEFL. Cross-listed with ESL - 016. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 460-547/ibtTOEFL 48-78.

ESL 12 - Acad Reading/Writing II (0)

Focus is on reading university-level material more rapidly and more efficiently, and on demonstrating comprehension through an articulate oral or written response and on the skills needed for writing academic reports and essays. Cross-listed with: ESL - 120.

ESL 120 - Academic Reading/Writing II (8)

Focus on reading university-level material rapidly and efficiently, and on demonstrating comprehension through an articulate oral or written response and on the skills needed for writing academic reports and essays. Cross-listed with IEP 012.

ESL 121 - Academic Oral Comm II (4)

Focus on active listening and speaking skills that are needed to function successfully in a university class. Development of listening strategies, note taking techniques, oral production skills and formal presentation skills. Cross-listed with ESL - 011. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 500-574/ibtTOEFL 62-78.

ESL 122 - Oral Skills III (4)

Focus on high-level performance of longer speeches in academic and professional settings with emphasis on listening, complex construction, pronunciation, behavioral skills, visual aids, and greater comfort with a variety of audiences. Cross-listed with IEP-020.

ESL 123 - Grammar II (4)

Focus is on advanced English grammar structures and functions. Cross-listed with IEP - 013. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 500-547/ibtTOEFL 62-78.

ESL 124 - Academic Reading/Writing III (8)

Focus on reading complex university-level material of various genres more efficiently and rapidly, on responding to readings and academic topics using multiple and appropriate writing and speaking genres, and on advanced academic writing, research and documentation skills. Cross-listed With: IEP 018.

ESL 126 - Grammar III (4)

Focus is on advanced English grammar structures and functions. Cross-listed with IEP-021. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 500-547/ibtTOEFL 62-78.

ESL 128 - English for Business (4)

This course focuses on improving students’ abilities in all four basic language skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking) by surveying key areas of business and by providing students opportunities to understand and express key concepts in business. Cross-listed with IEP-021. Prerequisite: pbtTOEFL score of 500 or higher, ibtTOEFL score of 61 or higher, or an IELTS of 5.5 or higher.

ESL 13 - Grammar II (0)

Focus is on advanced English grammar structures and functions. Cross-listed with: ESL - 123.

ESL 132 - Pronouncing American English (2)

Designed for non-native speakers who wish to have more American pronunciation and speech patterns and who wish to gain confidence in using English in academic, professional and social situations. Cross-listed with ESL - 017.

ESL 135 - ESL Writing (4)

Focus is on preparing non-native speakers of English for college level writing by developing accuracy and fluency in written communication. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 550-587/ibtTOEFL 79-95.

ESL 14 - Special Topics II (0)

ESL 15 - Seminar Series (0)

Focus on specific aspects of English such as idioms or vocabulary and overall improvement in English language skills. Cross-listed with: ESL - 115.

ESL 16 - TOEFL (0)

Focus on test taking and skill areas covered on the TOEFL test: listening, speaking, writing, and reading/vocabulary. Some focus on written structure also. Emphasis is on building test taking and language skills needed to do well on the TOEFL. Cross-listed with ESL - 116. Prerequisite: paper and pencil TOEFL 460 and above /ibtTOEFL 48 and above.

ESL 17 - Pronouncing American English (0)

Designed for non-native speakers who wish to have more American pronunciation and speech patterns and who wish to gain confidence in using English in academic, professional and social situations. Cross-listed with: ESL - 132.

ESL 2 - Academic Reading/Writing I (0)

Focus is on improving students' abilities in reading comprehension and vocabulary skills and on the organization and writing of paragraphs and short essays. Cross-listed with: ESL - 110.

ESL 299 - Directed Study - Matriculated (1 - 4)

ESL 3 - Grammar I (0)

Focus is on intermediate English grammar structures and functions. Cross-listed with: ESL - 113.

ESL 30 - Grad Wrtg/Speaking Pract (0)

Focus on academic writing and speaking skills needed by graduate students. (ESL 601 open to IME students ONLY.) Cross-listed with: ESL - 007 and ESL - 601.

ESL 31 - Integrated Skills (0)

ESL 32 - Oral Communication Skills (0)

ESL 4 - Special Topics I (0)

Focus on the integration of English language skills in learning and discussing cultural and academic issues.

ESL 41 - Integrated Skills I (0)

Low intermediate level. Focus is on improving students' basic English skills of grammar, reading, vocabulary, and writing.

ESL 42 - Oral Communication Skills I (0)

Low intermediate level. Focus is on conversational skills, pronunciation, and vocabulary in daily situations.

ESL 51 - Integrated Skills II (0)

Intermediate level. Focus is improving students' basic English skills of grammar, reading, vocabulary, and writing with some discussion.

ESL 52 - Oral Communication Skills II (0)

Intermediate level. Focus is on listening and speaking skills in daily situations. Academic oral skills are also introduced.

ESL 61 - Integrated Skills III (0)

Low advanced level. Focus is on integration of the basic English skills of grammar, reading, vocabulary, and writing.

ESL 62 - Oral Communication Skills III (0)

Low advanced level. Focus is on listening and speaking skills in daily situations and academic settings.

ESL 7 - Grad Writing/Speaking Pract (0)

Focus on academic writing and speaking skills needed by graduate students. (ESL 601 open to IME students ONLY.) Cross-listed with: ESL - 601 and ESL - 030.

ESL 71 - Integrated Skills IV (0)

High advanced level. Focus is on integration of the basic English skills of grammar, reading, vocabulary, and writing for academic purposes.

ESL 72 - Oral Communication Skills IV (0)

High advanced level. Focus is on listening and speaking skills in daily situations and academic settings.

ESL 73 - Business English (0)

Focus is on integration of listening, speaking, reading, and writing using business content.

ESL 8 - ESL Writing (0)

Focus is on preparing non-native speakers of English for college level writing by developing accuracy and fluency in written communication.

ESL 99 - Dir Study - Non Matriculated (0)

IEP 083 - Pronunciation I (2)

This course is an introduction to American English Pronunciation.  Prerequisite: pBT TOEFL 460-497; iBT TOEFL 48-60; IELTS 5.0.

IEP 084 - Pronunciation II (2)

This advanced course improves American English pronunciation and includes presentation contexts.  Prerequisaite: pBT TOEFL 498 or higher; iBT TOEFL 61 or higher.

IEP 085 - Vocabulary and Idioms I (2)

This course is an introduction to academic vocabulary and common idioms in the U.S. at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: pBT TOEFL 460-497; iBT TOEFL 48-60; IELTS 5.0.

IEP 086 - Vocabulary and Idioms II (2)

This course focuses on increasing the academic vocabulary and idioms of multilingual students at the advanced level. Prerequisite: pBT TOEFL 500 and higher; iBT TOEFL 61 and higher.

IEP 087 - Introductory Academic Reading and Writing (8)

This course focuses on improving students' abilities in reading comprehension, building spelling and vocabulary skills, and writing well-formed simple and complex sentences and well-organized paragraphs. Prerequisite: pBT TOEFL 460-480; iBT TOEFL 48-54; IELTS 5.0.

IEP 088 - Introductory Academic Oral Communication Skills (4)

Focus is on basic listening and speaking skills that are necessary to function successfully in daily life and in a university class. Prerequisite: pBT TOEFL 460-480; iBT TOEFL 48-54; IELTS 5.0.

IEP 089 - Introductory Grammar (4)

Focus is on reviewing basic grammatical structures and reinforcing correct application of basic grammar forms in writing and speaking. Prerequisite: pBT TOEFL 460-480; iBT TOEFL 48-54; IELTS 5.0.