American English as a Second Language

Writing Fundamentals for International Students

AESL081

This course is designed for international students who need to learn the fundamentals of writing. Students will develop the proper use of American English grammar, syntax, and skill in writing sentences and basic developmental paragraphs.

6 credits
Prerequisite: Placement by the Department of Language and Literature only
Corequisite: None

Reading Fundamentals for International Students

AESL083

AESL 083 is a reading course designed for international students who need to learn the fundamentals of reading. It focuses on reading comprehension skills: vocabulary development, including word definitions, word families, common American idioms, and familiarity with American cultural influences.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Placement by the Department of Language and Literature only
Corequisite: None

Oral Communication Fundamentals for International Students

AESL085

This course is designed for international students who need to learn the fundamentals of oral communication. Students develop their ability to understand spoken English and express themselves clearly in conversation and academic discourse. Individual and group work, as well as reading and writing assignments, build studentsí American English vocabulary.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Placement by the Department of Language and Literature only
Corequisite: None

Writing Skills for International Students

AESL101

This course is designed for international students who possess intermediate American English language skills. Students will master the proper use of American English grammar and gain skill in expository writing and vocabulary by writing developmental paragraphs. Transferability is determined by the transfer institution.

6 credits
Prerequisite: Placement by the Department of Language and Literature only
Corequisite: None

Reading Skills for International Students

AESL103

AESL103 is a reading course designed for intermediate level international students. Reading skills focus on reading comprehension and familiarity with American culture; vocabulary development, including word definition, denotation, connotation, and American idioms. Transferability determined by transfer institution.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Placement by the Department of Language and Literature only
Corequisite: None

Oral Communication Skills for International Students

AESL105

AESL105 is a required course for advanced intermediate international students that improves their conversation and speaking/listening skills. Group and individual work will build American English vocabulary and further the understanding and usage of idiomatic expression. Oral skills will be reinforced through reading and writing assignments.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Placement by the Department of Language and Literature only
Corequisite: None