Non-Native English Speakers Beyond Basic ESL
Accent Reduction for International Medical Professionals
Register Now! The course starts August 12.
This mini-course is designed for advanced level non-native English speakers in medical professions who want to improve their professional communication skills. Topics include production of key consonants, vowels, contractions, and grammatical endings. Stress, rhythm, and intonation, all within the context of the medical setting with medical terminology, are also targeted. 12 hoiurs, $74. Course outline
Required Textbook: Medically Speaking RULES Healthcare Edition, 2007 Purchase at this website: http://www.eslrules.com/product/medically-speaking-accent-modification-for-the-medical-profession-with-audio/
All students must be registered by Tuesday, Sept. 8 for the classes below. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and closes when the class fills. Please note that Monday, Sept. 7 is a holiday and the college will be closed.
Additional courses will be added – please check back for more offerings.
Accent Reduction for International Professionals
This comprehensive course will help you learn to speak American English more clearly and accurately, which will have a significant impact on successful communication at work, from informal conversations with coworkers to formal presentations. All aspects of pronunciation are covered, including production and discrimination of consonants and vowels, as well as other important aspects of English pronunciation such as stress, rhythm, and intonation. Students are encouraged to set individualized goals for focused study throughout the semester. 24 hours $74.
Focused Listening: American Media
Students should already be able to speak and read English at a high intermediate or advanced level. Second language speakers often find that while they be mastering the art of conversation, they still have trouble following movies, video/streaming, television or radio in another language. This class will focus on practicing standard American English through the use of American media, as well as introducing how the evolution of American media has shaped American culture. TV newscasts, radio programs, documentaries, sports, sitcoms, and of course movies that reflect how Americans use the English language to express their culture and opinions will be viewed. This course is intended to improve and enhance student comprehension of the spoken idiomatic and colloquial use of American English. Emphasis will be on comprehension of standard American English spoken with slang and colloquialism through American media. Subtitles will not be used. 30 hours. $129 Course outline
This course will develop the English skills necessary to communicate effectively in academic settings. Assignments will emphasize critical thinking, formulating opinions, and integrative skill development through reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Students will learn to recognize the common structures of reading materials while producing summaries and opinion essays, deepen their understanding of essential grammar and sentence structures, and increase their vocabulary. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. 65 hours $184. Students are required to have the textbook on the first day of class: Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT 2nd Edition by Deborah Phillips ISBN: 9780132056908 Course Outline
Essential English for Academic Purposes
This course will develop the English skills necessary to communicate effectively in academic settings. Assignments will emphasize critical thinking, formulating opinions, and integrative skill development through reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Students will learn to recognize the common structures of reading materials while producing summaries and opinion essays, deepen their understanding of essential grammar and sentence structures, and increase their vocabulary. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. Course. 50 hours $129. Course Outline
Intermediate Guided Conversation
There is no admissions test or prerequisite class for this course; however, students who place themselves in this class are expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of accuracy and fluency in speech and pronunciation. In addition, they should be able to work with intermediate level reading and listening materials. Students will improve their ability to converse in standard American English in academic and professional situations and increase their understanding and use of idiomatic expressions. The course will address common pronunciation challenges in American English, but does not focus on pronunciation. No required textbook. 50 hours $129.
Advanced Guided Conversation
There is no admissions test or prerequisite class for this course; however, students who place themselves in this class are expected to demonstrate a high-intermediate to an advanced level of accuracy and fluency in speech and pronunciation. In addition, they should be able to work with higher level reading and listening materials. In this course, students will practice conversation while considering elements of American culture. Conversations in class will focus on everyday topics, as represented in newspapers, magazines, books, blogs, and other media. Students will enhance and refine their conversation, listening and pronunciation skills, and build higher level vocabulary and expressions. The cultural and strategic aspects of oral communication will also be explored. Different skills are emphasized in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, allowing students to repeat the course, if desired. 40 hours $129. Course Outline
Business English I
Business English, Part I is the first of two courses intended to give students a solid foundation and a working knowledge of business English. The class is taught at an intermediate level and students should have a level of intermediate English language proficiency and writing experience. Various aspects of business English will be covered, including, but not limited to measurements, social language, participation in meetings, and presentations. Also, the course covers an introduction to business letters — enquiries, ordering, confirmations, etc. 50 hours $129.
Focused Grammar Review
This course is intended for students with an advanced academic level of English language proficiency and will focus on specific grammar points in standard American English which are often more difficult for a non-native English speaker to master. A grammar diagnostic will be given in the first class to identify areas for improvement. Instruction is at the advanced level using a variety of practice activities in all four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course will include a quick review of some of the basic and common elements of English grammar; however, the specific emphasis and focus of instruction is on advanced grammatical concepts in American English in both the written and oral forms. 50 hours $129. Course Outline