GENERAL English

ESL Literacy G / Intensive Speak-out 1 (15 weeks: 270 hours) – Level 1

Course requirementCaMLA EPTCaMLA SpeakingCaMLA WritingTotal Range for Placement
Placement Test0-260-30-50-34
Course Description/ GoalESL Literacy G and Intensive Speak-out 1 courses are designed to build foundational skills for nonnative speakers in American English, focusing on aural/ oral development. These courses help students develop their ability to understand and produce the basic sounds, vocabulary and sentence patterns of American English.
Course HoursESL Literacy G: 210 hours (14 hrs/week), Intensive Speak-out 1: 60 hours (4 hrs/week)

Beginning ESL G / Intensive Speak-out 2 (15 weeks: 270 hours) – Level 2

Course requirement

CaMLA EPT

CaMLA Speaking

CaMLA Writing

Total Range for Placement

Placement Test

27-40

3-8

5-12

35-60

Course Description/ Goal

Beginning ESL G and Intensive Speak-out 2 courses build upon basic American English literacy through the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Additional grammatical forms and communicative modes are studied. These courses further develop students’ ability to understand and produce the basic sounds, vocabulary and sentence patterns of American English.

Course Hours

Beginning ESL G: 210 hours (14 hrs/week), Intensive Speak-out 2: 60 hours (4 hrs/week)

Intermediate ESL G / Intensive Speak-out 3 (15 weeks: 270 hours) – Level 3

Course requirement

CaMLA EPT

CaMLA Speaking

CaMLA Writing

Total Range for Placement

Placement Test

41-50

8-12

12-18

61-80

Course Description/ Goal

Intermediate ESL G and Intensive Speak-out 3 offer nonnative speakers’ intensive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the study of grammatical structures and functions needed for increased fluency in writing and speaking. These courses develop students’ ability to comprehend American English to develop students’ use of spoken American English in a variety of settings, begin to apply knowledge of grammatical structures in both written and spoken American English, and actively engage in authentic texts on a variety of topics.

Course Hours

Intermediate ESL G: 210 hours (14 hrs/week), Intensive Speak-out 3: 60 hours (4 hrs/week)

High Intermediate ESL G / Intensive Speak-out 4 (15 weeks: 270 hours) – Level 4

Course requirement

CaMLA EPT

CaMLA Speaking

CaMLA Writing

Total Range for Placement

Placement Test

51-61

12-16

18-25

81-102

Course Description/ Goal

High Intermediate ESL G and Intensive Speak-out 4 offer continued intensive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and increased emphasis on grammatical correctness in writing and speaking for success in daily life. These courses develop students’ ability to comprehend American English, further develop students’ use of spoken American English in a variety of settings, effectively apply knowledge of grammatical structures in both written and spoken American English, and expand students’ ability to actively engage in authentic texts on a variety of topics.

Course Hours

High Intermediate ESL G: 210 hours (14 hrs/week), Intensive Speak-out 4: 60 hours (4 hrs/week)

Advanced ESL G / Intensive Speak-out 5 (15 weeks: 270 hours) – Level 5

Course requirement

CaMLA EPT

CaMLA Speaking

CaMLA Writing

Total Range for Placement

Placement Test

62-68

16-20

25-30

103-118

Course Description/ Goal

Advanced ESL G and Intensive Speak-out 5 further develop students’ ability to read and write fluently and coherently using standard American English and advanced grammatical forms and structures.

Additionally, these courses further develop students’ ability to listen and speak fluently and coherently using standard American English and advanced grammatical forms and structures.

Course Hours

Advanced ESL G: 210 hours (14 hrs/week), Intensive Speak-out 5: 60 hours (4 hrs/week)

 

F1 international students must take at least 18 hours a week as a full-time student to meet their F1 visa requirements.