SPE - AMERICAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM (ESL)

SPE-001 Speaking/Listening I for International Students

This course for international students is designed for beginning students whose native language is not English. The course aims at developing comprehension of the spoken language, greater fluency, and intelligibility in speaking American English. This course should be taken in conjunction with American Language I. Lecture [3.00].

Credits

3

SPE-002 Speaking/Listening II for International Students

This course is designed for intermediate students whose native language is not English. The course aims at extending and reinforcing students' skills in listening comprehension, pronunciation, and fluency through extensive practice in using spoken American English. This course should be taken in conjunction with American Language II. Lecture [3.00].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SPE-001

SPE-006 American Language Pronunciation

This is a course designed to help the nonnative speakers of English improve their American pronunciation. Basic drill material on all the individual sounds, the more important combinations of the English sound system, and the study of intonation and stress in ordinary speech patterns will be provided for practice. Laboratory [2.00].

Credits

1

SPE-007 Advanced Pronunciation for English Language Learners

This course is designed to help advanced non-native speakers of English to polish their American pronunciation. The primary goals of pronunciation training are clarity of speech and effective communication. Emphasis of this course is placed on rhythm, phraseology, intonation, thought groups, and linking. Individual challenging vowels and consonant blends are addressed. This course offers ample opportunities to help students internalize and use their new skills through interactive activities. Laboratory [2.00].

Credits

1

Prerequisites

SPE-006

SPE-008 Advanced Listening for English Language Learners

This course is a one-credit listening course that aims to develop listening strategies and improve listening comprehension skills in high intermediate and advanced English language learners. In this course students will practice listening to college lectures, understanding main ideas and details, making inferences, and taking effective notes. Students will increase their abilityto understand academic listening passages by studying lecture organization, recognizing language cues, noting numbers and statistics, and learning academic vocabulary. Laboratory [2.00].

Credits

1

Prerequisites

SPE-002

SPE-009 American Language Foundations: Speaking and Listening

This course is for international students with little or no exposure to English. It provides them with instruction in basic expression and understanding simple oral language, including following instructions. They will learn to use vocabulary in everyday speaking situations. Lecture [3.00].

Credits

3

SPE-010 Idioms, Conversation, and American Culture (Home and School)

This course aims to develop cultural awareness and improve conversation skills in high intermediate and advanced English language learners through the understanding of idioms. Students will recognize and produce the high-frequency idioms and expressions needed in a range of conversational and academic situations. Students will increase their ability to understand spoken and written discourse through structured and communicative activities. This one-credit elective provides training for students who want to build their idiomatic vocabulary and cultural fluency for communicative success in a variety of situations. Laboratory [2.00].

Credits

1

Prerequisites

SPE-002

Corequisites

SPE-002

SPE-011 Idioms, Conversation and American Culture (Life and Work)

This course aims to develop cultural awareness and improve conversation skills in high intermediate and advanced English language learners through the understanding of idioms. Students will recognize and produce the high-frequency idioms and expressions needed in a range of conversational and academic situations. Students will recognize and produce the high-frequency idioms andexpressions needed in a range of speech acts, focusing on idioms related to thire daily like and work life. Students will increase their ability to understand conversations through structured and communicative activities. This course will help learners to build their idiomatic vocabulary and cultural fluency for increased communicative success. Laboratory [2.00]

Credits

1

SPE-100 Advanced Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers

This course is designed to help advanced English language learners master the oral/aural skills necessary to succeed in college and professional settings. Students will learn to speak confidently and effectively while focusing on academic presentations, group discussions, and extemporaneous oral communication. This course will address pronunciation and intelligibility issues, teach vocabulary for clear presentations, examine cultural differences, and reduce speech anxiety. Students will improve their ability to comprehend college lectures, academic speeches, and conversational discourse. Lecture [3.00].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SPE-002 Or Accuplacer placement into SPE-100