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English as a Second Language


ESL: Transitions

ENG 103; 0 s.h./term

This non-credit English as a Second Language course is designed to improve students' English language and literacy skills. It will also introduce them to the customs and culture of the United States as well as the greater Philadelphia region. The course will help students develop the academic skills necessary for a smooth transition to the American classroom. Students will work on increasing vocabulary as they engage in conversation, reading, writing, and cultural field trips. 

ESL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

ENG 001-011; 0 s.h./term

This non-credit English as a Second Language course is designed to improve reading, writing, and conversational skills, as well as to increase vocabulary through reviewing how the English language is put together. The grammatical structures will be taught using not only explanations and exercises, but also through reading texts by various authors showing the use of those structures. Focused writing will be an integral part of the course as well.

The course is designed to meet the needs of three different levels. In the first semester we have beginning and intermediate classes, and students will advance in the following semester (beginners become intermediate, and intermediate students go to the advanced class).

Texts: L.G. Alexander, New Concept English Books 2 & 3; additional selected readings as needed.

Introduction to Literature

LIT 011; s.h./term

This course offers intensive instruction in advanced reading, writing, and conversational skills for non-native English speakers who have completed ESL. Two semesters of this course will be counted as one three-credit course in the liberal arts for students who transfer into the Bachelor’s program.

Readings will include essays, short stories, plays and novels.


KEY TO THE COURSE LIST

Odd-numbered courses generally meet in the fall and even-numbered courses meet in the spring.

The designations "s.h." (semester hours) and "g.c." (graduate credits) indicate credit-hours given per term for undergraduate and graduate courses, respectively.

Yearlong, two-semester courses are designated by hyphenated course numbers. Students must successfully complete both semesters of required yearlong courses to satisfy the graduation requirement.

The symbol * indicates a course that is not offered every year. 

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