ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

English as a Second Language Institute
Director: Hanson, J.;
Lecturers: Case, Denlinger, Lanier, Tyvoll.

The English as a Second Language Institute offers a flexible program for non-native speakers of English. Classes are designed primarily for international and southeast Asian students who need to improve or strengthen their English for studying at the university. The classes are also appropriate for persons who have a serious interest in studying English as a Second Language for personal or business reasons.

Classes are offered at four levels of English proficiency: beginning/high beginning, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, and advanced. A student's level is determined by a placement test (the La Crosse Battery) which is given before classes begin.

Admission/Placement
All international students who have official TOEFL scores of 549 or below (212 or below on the computer TOEFL exam) and all international students who have not taken the official TOEFL exam will be tested by the ESL Institute via the La Crosse Battery of Exams during registration week prior to formal registration in classes. Students who submit TOEFL scores of 550 or above (213 on the computer TOEFL exam) will not be tested by the ESL Institute, will be exempt from ESL classes and will be granted full admission status. (However, Graduate Program Directors may require graduate students with 550 or above to take the Placement Exam.) Students who receive a score of 80 or above on the La Crosse Battery will be granted exemption from ESL classes and will receive full admission status. Students who receive a score of 79 or below on the La Crosse Battery will be given limited university status and will be placed in the appropriate ESL class-levels, as described below:

La Crosse Battery
The La Crosse Battery consists of three tests: Test of Aural Comprehension, Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension), and the La Crosse Composition Test. The La Crosse Battery takes approximately three hours to complete. These tests, which demonstrate a student's proficiency in each language skill, will determine the placement level per skill. For example, a student who receives an average score of 60 on the Battery Exam, but scored 65 on the reading comprehension test, will be placed in ESL 100, 102, 103 and 151.

Total Average Score

Classes

La Crosse Battery

ESL Levels

62 or below
Limited university admission

20 hr./wk.
4 ESL courses (Full-time ESL)

63 - 68
Limited university admission

15 hr./wk.
3 ESL courses + 1 univ. course

69 - 73
Limited university admission

10 hr./wk.
2 ESL courses + 2-3 univ. courses

74 - 79
Limited university admission

5 hr./wk.
1 ESL courses + 3-4 univ. courses

80 or above
Full university admission

Full-time univ. Courses (ESL courses optional)

ESL 100 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Speaking
This course provides opportunities for students to practice speaking English in structured and semistructured situations. Special attention is given to a limited set of functions (such as requesting, apologizing and complaining). Pronunciation work focuses on basic regularities of English pronunciation. Prerequisite: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 101 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Reading
Focus is on comprehension of reading passages with time limits and with understanding of main and supporting ideas. Students increase their passive vocabularies through the study of word formation and by learning to use an English-English dictionary. Reading skills such as skimming, scanning, prediction, use of context clues and recognizing thought groups are also stressed. Prerequisite: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 102 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Writing/Grammar
Focus is on the basics of writing: spelling, punctuation, paragraphing and simple organizational patterns. Writing includes controlled exercises and some free writing. Prerequisites: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 103 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Listening
This course gives students practice in under-standing samples of spoken English of limited length and complexity and prepares students to understand segments of natural conversation on a variety of topics. Special attention is given to the various phonetic shapes that words can have. Prerequisites: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 150 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Speaking/Listening
Special attention is given to communication strategies - developing ways to communicate when pronunciation or vocabulary limitations make communication difficult. Prepares students for academic lectures by introducing standard forms of organization and common transition signals used in American Pronunciation work emphasizes stress and intonation and problems of individual students. Prerequisites: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 151 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Reading
Focus is on drawing inferences from a reading, recognizing paraphrase, identifying the author's point of
view, and using knowledge of the structure of readings to aid comprehension. Prerequisites: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 152 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Writing/Grammar
Focus is on a variety of organizational patterns, with review of the basics of writing. Students are introduced to elements of the writing process, including prewriting, revision and editing. Reviews and adds to students' skills of basic structures, emphasizing increasingly complex structures, with attention to form, meaning and use. Prerequisites: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 155 Cr. 1-16 Transcript*
Special Topics in ESL
These courses are designed for special or contract groups in need of intensive English for non-academic purposes. Listening, reading, speaking, writing and cultural activities will be stressed, according to group needs. Each program-design could be for 1-16 institute credits - according to contractual agreements and amount of intensive English required. Prerequisite: non-native speakers of English and/or appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 200 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Speaking/Listening
Emphasis is on the use of English in academic settings as well as in conversation. Course concentrates on lecture comprehension, with special attention to note-taking, recognizing main ideas and support and determining the attitude of the speaker toward the subject. Students also work on comprehension of complex information presented in non-lecture format, as in the dynamics of small-group discussion. Pronunciation focuses on individual needs of students. Prerequisites: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 201 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Reading
Emphasis is on reading for academic purposes. Students work on comprehension of academic reading selections, as well as challenging non-academic material. Students work on tone and distinguishing fact from opinion. Prerequisites: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 202 Cr. 4 Transcript*
ESL Writing/Grammar
Emphasis is on writing as a process of thinking, planning, writing and rewriting. Increased emphasis is placed on writing for academic purposes. Reviews and adds to students' repertoire of structures with increased emphasis on the verb phrase and on control of grammar in writing. Prerequisites: non-native speakers of English and appropriate score on ESL placement test. (Transcript credit only). Pass/Fail grading.

ESL 250 Cr. 4
ESL Speaking
Focus is on strategies and techniques for success in academic classes, including formal and informal oral discourse patterns needed for American classes.Prerequisite: non-native speakers of English and/or appropriate score on ESL placement test.

ESL 251 Cr. 4
U.S. Culture and Film
Focus is on development of listening, speaking, reading and cultural understanding through the medium of American movies, television and related articles. Prerequisite: non-native speakers of English and/or appropriate score on ESL placement test.

ESL 252 Cr. 4
ESL Writing/Grammar
Focus is on skills needed at every stage of the writing process: finding a topic, determining an approach to the topic, assessing the audience, planning and drafting a coherent composition, revising and editing. Students learn to adapt their writing to the American audience and topic and to look at their own writing critically. Prerequisite: non-native speakers of English and/or appropriate score on ESL placement test.

ESL 255 Cr. 4-16
Special Topics in ESL
Focus for these content-based courses in ESL is on strategies and techniques for success in academic classes, including vocabulary development, lecture comprehension, textbook reading, note and test-taking. Topics may vary by semester and may be offered as adjunct courses to those in the regular university curriculum. Repeatable for credit - maximum 16. Prerequisite: non-native speakers of English and/or appropriate score on ESL placement test.

ESL 300 Cr. 3
Introduction to TESOL
This course provides an overview of resources available for teachers of English to Speakers of Other
Languages (ESOL). Emphasis is given to classroom applications of proficiency guidelines. Students gain experience tutoring English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students enrolled in the UW-L ESL Institute. Prerequisites: ENG 110, CST 110, EFN 205.

ESL 350 Cr. 1-6
ESL Program Development
This course is designed for teachers or prospective teachers working toward teacher certification or re-certification in ESL. Program topics, which focus on special needs of ESL learners and teachers, include methods, curriculum development, culture, language acquisition, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and sociopolitical concerns. Repeatable for credit - maximum 12.

ESL 450/550 Cr. 1-12
ESL National/InternationalIntern Program
A practicum and/or training course individually tailored to fit career needs in ESL: jobs or field experiences with government agencies, business and professional firms, adult literacy programs, teaching at college level or overseas. While some internships may be remunerative, not all are necessarily so. Only jobs and experiences approved by the director of the ESL Institute are acceptable for credit. Prerequisites: approval by ESL director, a declared major in Business, Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health, Recreation, or a declared minor in ESL, a cumulative grade point average of 2.50, native or near-native proficiency in English, FLG 475/575; ENG 332 or 330/530. Repeatable for credit - maximum 12. Pass/Fail grading.