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ESL 0101: High-Beginning English Grammar (4 credits)
This course reviews and practices: the simple tenses (present, past, and future), the resent perfect, the present progressive, interrogative and negative formation, basic modal verbs, frequency adverbs, pronouns, noun phrase formation, and basic comparatives and superlatives.

ESL 0111: High-Beginning ESL Speaking & Listening (4 credits)
This course focuses on basic pronunciation and listening comprehension, progressing from the phonemic level towards the short-conversation level. Both the bottom-up (phonemic and sentential) and top-down (situational, functional-notional, and topical) approaches to speaking and listening comprehension are emphasized. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0121: High-Beginning ESL Writing (4 credits)
This course focuses on sentence composition and paragraph development. Topics include: sentence structures, paragraph structures, the topic sentence, supporting and concluding sentences, and various types of paragraphs (definition paragraphs, descriptive paragraphs, opinion paragraphs, narrative paragraphs, etc.) Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0131: High-Beginning ESL Reading & Vocabulary (4 credits)
This course emphasizes sentence and paragraph reading comprehension as well as active vocabulary building through contexts. Topics include: analysis of sentence structures; identification of topic, main idea, and supporting details in paragraphs, and unity and coherence through transitions, words, and ideas. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0201: Intermediate English Grammar (4 credits)
This course reviews and practices: the simple tenses and various aspects, dependent clauses, passivization, comparatives and superlatives, infinitives and gerunds, noun phrase structures, and participial phrases. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0211: Intermediate ESL Speaking & Listening (4 credits)
This course focuses on the communicative practice of tenses, modals, and English pronunciation rules (e.g., linking, contractions, and intonation), as well as the comprehension of, and discussion about long conversations and short lectures. Both the structural and functional aspects of English are highlighted. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0221: Intermediate ESL Writing (4 credits)
This course focuses on paragraph development and short essay writing. Topics include: punctuation rules, introductory paragraphs (attention getter, topic sentence, and guide), concluding paragraphs (summary, evaluation, and/or prediction), and short essays (comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification essays). Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0231: Intermediate ESL Reading & Vocabulary (4 credits)
This course emphasizes strategic reading comprehension skills (e.g., finding main ideas and supporting materials, making inferences, summarizing and using context to improve comprehension, etc.) of short essays and active vocabulary building through contexts and etymology. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0301: High-Intermediate English Grammar (4 credits)
This course reviews and practices: dependent clauses and their reductions, quantification of noun phrases, unreal tenses and subjunctives, causative and sensory verbs, and clausal and phrasal connections. The structures introduced in ESL 0201 continue to be reviewed. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0311: High-Intermediate ESL Speaking & Listening (4 credits)
This course focuses on both note-taking skills and comprehension of long lectures and the practice of the communicative skills necessary for debates, group discussions, and public presentations. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0321: High-Intermediate ESL Writing (4 credits)
This course focuses on full essay writing. Topics include: coherence and unity, process essays, comparison and contrast essays, cause and effect essays, opinion and argumentative essays, classification essays, and reactions essays. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0331: High-Intermediate ESL Reading & Vocabulary (4 credits)
This course emphasizes critical reading skills, speed reading, and vocabulary building for academic disciplines, as well as the continued practice of strategic reading comprehension skills. Does not count toward graduation.