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Students learn to construct a how-to essay, summaries of multiple paragraphs, and an essay in response to data. Emphasis is on more complex grammatical structures in writing.
The English Language Institute 151 IEP 0324 Academic Writing [Advanced]Students in this course write a short research paper using library and internet materials, a short letter of opinion, and a short examination essay. Students learn to read newspapers/magazines/journals in their own field of study with reasonable comprehension. GrammarThe courses in Grammar focus on common problem areas for ESL students. The classes begin with tag questions, past, continuous and future forms and common prepositions. At the Advanced Level, topics such as articles, noun clauses, and gerunds are taught. The classes are taught communicatively, giving attention to form and function. At the Advanced Level, attention is given to usage. Grammar taught in this course is designed to prepare students for success in their writing and speaking courses. The course description for each of the four levels is as follows: IEP 0331 Grammar I [High Beginner]This course begins with a comprehensive review of basic grammar, such as punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence components. Focus is on verb forms, articles, comparative and superlative adjectives/adverbs, question-formation styles, and tag questions. IEP 0332 Grammar II [Low Intermediate]This course treats the review of sentence patterns and tenses. Focus is on irregular verbs, modals, verb forms (present perfect, gerunds, infinitives, modals), complex sentence structures, and use of negatives. The course uses methods such as peer editing to master concepts. IEP 0333 Grammar III [High Intermediate]This course reviews and begins study on correct article usage (a/an/the), prepositions, the use of adjective/adverb clauses, and more verb forms (past perfect, future perfect, phrasal modals, negative and positive modals, passives, causatives, and parallelism within sentences. IEP 0334 Grammar IV [Advanced]This final grammar course focuses on usage rather than form of noun clauses, articles, prepositions, coordination, verbs (tenses, modals, gerunds, infinitives, participles, perfectives, conditionals), sentence formation, and subordination. A comprehensive review will be given in the course. Lab/Tutorials These experiences support the aforementioned three core subject areas – Listening and Speaking;Reading and Writing; and Grammar. Students will be required to register for a lab/tutorial for each level of the IEP program. The lab/tutorial hours (also 75 hours per semester) will be completed outside of the classroom in a variety of formats. Typically they are assigned projects by the 15 instructors of the three core subject areas. Oftentimes, they will include computer assignments utilizing specialized software that accompany the text materials for each course.