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English as a Second Language (ESL)


091 Reading Academic Texts (3) Develops English language skills for successful comprehension of university course material. Topics include: skimming, scanning and reading for details; recognizing authors’ purposes and methods of development; key and signal words; study reading; making inferences; critical reading, including distinguishing between fact and opinion, and recognizing bias; building sub-technical academic vocabulary; and becoming a more flexible and efficient reader. May include guided writing, listening and speaking practice. 


092 Writing for Academic Purposes (3) Develops English language skills for effective writing in university courses. Topics include: writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising and editing); text types (description, narration, argumentation and exposition); determining audience and purpose; rhetorical modes (methods of development); topic sentences; thesis statements; grammatical, structural and lexical choices; mechanics; coherence; unity; cohesion; clarity; and proper formatting. May include guided reading, listening and speaking practice.