English as a Second Language Program

ESL Course Descriptions

ESLP 0120, 0130 Beginning ESL II 
This class is a continuation of basic communication in students' new language, with further listening and speaking development.  The formal skills of writing, reading, vocabulary and grammar will progress, along the lines of everyday situations, interesting contexts, and a variety of material.  Newly-arrived learners as well as those students who need more classroom focus, are welcome to participate, so that they may increase their participation in the English-speaking world and enjoy more success.  

ESLP 0140 Beginning Writing II  
Students will develop sentence, paragraph, and essay writing skills.  Focus will be on learning grammatical structures and using this knowledge within the writing context. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to develop strategies to improve their organizational skills and to expand and practice new vocabulary.  Students will be required to keep a journal in which they will practice new skills and express their views.  

ESLP 0231 Intermediate Reading I
In this class, students will develop and broaden vocabulary and practice it in context.  Reading as a central means of processing forms and ideas will help establish academic skills of critical thinking in English.  The skills of prediction, the comprehension of main ideas and details, and the importance of inferences are all required. In addition, students will become familiar with parts of speech, prefixes, suffixes, and roots as aids in understanding new vocabulary.  

ESLP 0241 Intermediate Writing 1
Students will develop writing skills that are needed to produce coherent essays in American English.  Focus will be on the process of writing (prewriting activities, revising, editing), rhetorical formats, sentence structure, and grammar.  Furthermore, there will be interactive class discussions of readings and writing strategies.  

ESLP 0321, 0322 Intermediate Conversation/Listening
Students will become familiar with North American customs, popular idioms, phrases and expressions that are used in daily life.  Students are taught to develop competence in natural conversation through role-play and outside activities. Improvement in listening comprehension will be achieved through awareness-building drills and exercises.  

ESLP 0332 Intermediate Reading II 
In this course, students will develop their reading skills – specifically, prediction, comprehension of main ideas and details, and inferences.  In addition, students will keep a reading-response journal in which they write about the material and develop active and appropriate usage of vocabulary.  Reading comprehension activities will include, in addition to writing and texts, independent, small-group, and whole class activities.  Both short reading passages and more extensive texts, such as abridged novels, will provide sustained practice and content.   

ESLP 0342 Intermediate Writing II
Students will develop sentence, paragraph, and essay writing skills necessary to write a coherent effective academic essay.  These skills will include the development of organization skills, expansion of vocabulary, and grammatical structures. Students will be involved in in-class and out-of-class reading and writing activities.

ESLP 0352 American Culture II & ESLP 0353 American Culture III
Various aspects and conventions of U.S. culture provide the content for this course, as a way to develop language skills.  Emphasis will be on spoken communication: fluency, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, and pronunciation, but the skills of reading, writing, organizing, and studying will also be involved. Topics such as U.S. historical and cultural figures, social conventions, comparing cultures, news and events, and entertainment will be drawn from experience, text, interesting articles, TV, radio, film presentations, internet, and trips in N.J/N.Y.    

ESLP 0420 Advanced Conversation/ Listening
This course focuses on the spoken communication and active listening skills necessary for college level study.  Students practice a variety of listening skills including note taking, comprehension of main idea and detail, inference, and determining viewpoint, genre and/or tone.  Speaking topics are designed to allow students to apply the content, language, grammar, and style they have practiced in their texts and cassettes.  Speaking activities include interviews, debates, role play, and group presentations.

ESLP 0431 Advanced Reading I
In this class, students will learn the skills necessary to comprehend academic texts, news articles, and essays.  There will also be the opportunity to read two full-length novels for sustained practice and development.  Discussions, vocabulary dynamics, writings such as double-entry journals and in-class essays, will be important components of the course.  Skills which will be developed include: the comprehension of main ideas, details, and inferences.  In addition, students will become familiar with parts of  speech, prefixes, suffixes, and roots as aids in understanding new vocabulary.

ESLP 0441 Advanced ESL Writing I
Advanced Writing I is the first half of a two-part course in expository composition. The course covers all aspects of coordination within sentences and between sentences as well as vocabulary development, verb tenses, pre-writing strategies, and patterns of essay organization. Students are encouraged to bring to class for solution specific problems in writing from content-based subjects.  

ESLP 0450 Intermediate ESL Academic Skills 
ESLP0460 Advanced ESL Academic Skills

These two courses provide an intensive review and development of language skills at the university level. Each course deals with both the more formal skills of writing, grammar, reading, and organization strategies, as well as speaking and listening skills, presentations, and conversation.  Included will be study skills, critical thinking expansion, technology workshops and utilization, vocabulary development, and practice for fluency.

ESLP 0453 Advanced Vocabulary Development
This class will enrich the quality and quantity of vocabulary from a variety of contexts.  Lexical expansion, essential for academic work, professional development, and standardized exams, will be offered through systematic and imaginative strategies.  Students will learn techniques for understanding vocabulary from context, analyzing lexical roots, prefixes and suffixes, associative mapping, diachronic analysis, and others.  Much emphasis will be placed on idiomatic expressions.

ESLP 0532 Advanced ESL Reading II
This course focuses on the development of advanced reading strategies that help the reader interact with texts and construct meaning. Through thematically based readings from periodicals, essays, short stories, folktales, and short novels (novellas), students develop advanced thinking skills: inference, interpretation, evaluation, analysis, synthesis, and application. Reading skills include vocabulary enrichment, identifying main ideas and supporting details, summarizing, and identifying a writer's purpose and tone. A short research paper relevant to the readings is assigned.  

ESLP 0542 Advanced ESLWriting II
Advanced Writing II is the second half of the two-part course in expository composition. The course covers all aspects of subordination for improved clarity of ideas and stylistic variation in writing. Vocabulary development, facility with idomatic expressions, and thematic coherence are emphasized. The course includes an introduction to research and documentation. Students are encouraged to bring to class for "workshopping" specific problems in writing from content area subjects.  

ESLP 0561 Pre-Academic Writing
This course provides an intensive workshop for structural and writing skills required for academic study and language proficiency.  In addition to grammatical evaluation and modification, there is also emphasis on writing a variety of patterns of simple and compound sentences, cohesive paragraphs, and well-organized essays. Accuracy of language use and precision in form are developed, through daily editing, feedback, re-writing, and a variety of activities: internet, computer lab, exercises, quizzes, and shared tasks.   

ESLP0570 English for Special Purposes: Technology
This course is designed to improve English language skills, at the high-intermediate and advanced level, within the context of computer technology. While discussing various relevant topics and completing projects on current issues in the field of information technology, course participants will work to develop fluency, structure, vocabulary, writing, and presentation skills.  Several workshops through the Computer Training Center (CTC) and guest presenters will be offered. Training sessions both during class time and as outside assignments will be assigned, to enhance participants' computer skills and knowledge.   

ESLP 0603 Advanced Grammar II
Revision of structural forms, within communicative contexts, is provided by this workshop.  Continuing from Advanced Grammar I, this course will review and reinforce sentence boundaries, conjunctions, adverbs, tag questions, verb tenses through past perfect and third degree conditionals, usage, and other grammatical needs of students.  Individual as well as group assignments will be given, and the other skills of writing, speaking, and comprehension will provide contexts for the analysis and modification of English forms.  

ESLP 0607 Advanced Grammar and Conversation 
This course will combine the skills of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing for the intensive development of English. Grammatical structures will be an integral focus of the course, found in all the above skills, and through practice in shared presentations, reading, writing, research, movies, computers.

ESLP 0621 Writing as a Professional  
This course covers the essential English skills and situations required for writing in a business and professional capacity: reports, letters, resume development, abstracts, documentation, proposals, and other forms.   Within these business and professional formats, students will receive intensive practice in standard English expression: grammar, usage, vocabulary, organization strategies, cohesion devices, and rhetorical formats (descriptive, persuasive, comparative, contrastive, problem-solution, cause-effect, and others).  The use of  software, including internet sites areas for specific business and professional contexts, is included.  

ESLP 0630 TOEFL Preparation 
This course deals with two aspects of standardized tests, preparation and test-taking strategies. Since the majority of international students plan to take the TOEFL for entrance to graduate and undergraduate programs, this will be the primary target, with examples, analyses, practice tests, timing, and computer- and internet-based sessions  This course will also be useful in developing standard academic skills essential for professional proficiency: reading comprehension, extensive vocabulary development, grammar, usage, writing skills.     

ESLP 0777 English for Business Purposes I
The course will be centered around four to five real case studies from domestic and international businesses. Students will learn about the company; define the problem; conduct business meetings, conferences, surveys, interviews; propose options for solving the problem; and write business communications appropriate for the case. The cases will be supplemented by authentic documents, videos, audiotapes and other outside resources. Giving PowerPoint presentations and conducting a job search will also be covered.

ESLP 0778 English for Business Purposes II: Bridge to the MBA
This English for Business Purposes course will use the MBA admissions process as a framework to develop language skills in speaking, writing, reading and listening. Students will experience the admissions process through exercises, presentations and research projects on a variety of topics, including self-assessment, school selection, the application (resume, statement of purpose, interview), as well as an introduction to the verbal portion of the GMAT test.   

ESLP 0800 Pronunciation and Speaking Skills  
The ability to express oneself clearly, with maximum comprehensibility, is the focus of this course. To achieve this, understanding and practice in the important skills of pronunciation -- stress, vowel reduction, length, phonetics, rhythm, timing, and intonation – will be covered in interesting and useful ways.  Each participant's particular needs are evaluated regularly as part of the course, and strategies for improvement are provided through daily assignments, drills, presentations, listening practice, discussion, and peer-evaluations.     

ESLP 0810 Advanced Conversation and Pronunciation
This course focuses on the spoken communication and active listening skills necessary for college level study. Understanding and practice in the important skills of pronunciation -- stress, vowel reduction, length, phonetics, rhythm, timing, and intonation – will be covered.  Speaking topics are designed to allow students to apply the content, language, grammar, and style they have practiced in their texts and cassettes. Speaking activities include presentations, interviews,  role play, and group discussions.

ESLP University Success: Mastering Academic Skills 
This course is designed to prepare students for success in the mainstream university classroom.  Among the topics covered will be marking a text, taking notes from a text, taking notes from a lecture, classroom expectations, study techniques, test-taking tips, using the library, using the Internet for research, and avoiding plagiarism.

Please see the semester schedule of courses for details on class meetings times, hours, sections. Use ESLP as the subject code.

Contact Us

English as a Second Language Program
(973) 761-9254
Fax (973) 761-7642
Jubilee Hall Rm. 571


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