IEL101: English Listening and Speaking
Elementary listening, separation of linguistic sounds, identification of words and inflection, and reading facial expressions are the fundamentals of spoken language. In this course, students will explore basic social transactions such as greetings, introductions, and asking and answering simple questions. Students will learn to confidently request and provide basic information (address, phone number, personal background, likes and dislikes, etc.), and build skills in conversational English. Students will learn to listen and take notes on instruction, will learn pronunciation of basic vocabulary words, describe people, places and things within the American environment, and understand the basics of verbal conversations. Students will begin to understand stress patterns of words and sentences, and will perfect conversations both in person and over the telephone.
IEL102: American Culture and Diversity
Attending a post-secondary institution in America is significantly different than studying within the student’s home culture. In this course, students will understand basic cultural norms within American culture, will practice conversation within a variety of social contexts, and will practice conversational English in an immersive context. Students will learn to read a map of the local area, understand the history and social significance of landmarks and destinations within the campus community, practice using the local transit system, discuss driving and other transportation options, and understand a range of resources offered within the city and state in which the campus is located. Additionally, the student will learn basic personal financial literacy, including counting American currency, using a cash machine in English, paying bills and utilities, budgeting for trips and leisure activities, and succeeding as a student in America. The course also addresses cultural diversity and expectations within the city, state, and country, and it teaches English language skills within the context of being a successful American student.
IEL103: Grammar and Punctuation
Attaining a grasp of written English requires an understanding of basic grammar and punctuation. Within this course, students begin to understand the rules and guidelines of written English, focusing on parts of speech, expression of thoughts and ideas, and punctuation. Students learn to identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, and they learn to use and identify tenses, possessives, and other grammatical structures accurately. This knowledge is applied to the construction of grammatically correct sentences. Students learn to use numbers, apostrophes, mathematical characters, and simple scientific notation properly, and they are provided a range of reference guides to support their learning throughout their academic careers. Students also discuss and practice grammar and punctuation within social media, and discuss the different expectations of correctness within formal and informal writing situations.
IEL104: Reading and Vocabulary
Building an English vocabulary is essential to the educational process, and within a technical program, learning to read for new vocabulary words and concepts is essential. Within this course, students will learn to read magazine articles, websites, technical articles, and newspapers to understand main concepts, read for new vocabulary words, and investigate unknown words within other resources. Students begin with simple texts and discuss with the class the main concepts and ideas, and learn to identify words, phrases, and concepts they do not understand in order to conduct further research. Students build a weekly vocabulary bank of new English words and phrases and apply a growing vocabulary to daily life. Students also study vocabulary of daily life, including road signs, information on posters and billboards, menus, and vocabulary within other social situations.