ESOL - English Second Language

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This course is designed for international students at the low- to mid-intermediate level of English proficiency (COMPASS ESL Placement Test scores less than 80 on Reading and 82 on Listening). This course uses case studies, critical incidents, and discussion topics to learn to speak and act comfortably in a new culture.

  • This course concentrates on improving the writing ability of low- to mid-intermediate non-native users of English. Students will strengthen their paragraph writing skills and begin to write multiple paragraph essays. Students will also practice editing skills in order to correct their writing for basic verb forms, mechanics, and punctuation. Intended for students who earned below an 83 on the COMPASS ESL Grammar/Usage Placement Exam.

  • This course develops the low- to mid-intermediate English speaker's speaking and listening skills. Students will use level-appropriate academic content as a means for vocabulary development and to practice note-taking skills. Group work, whole class discussions, and presentations will offer students ample opportunity to practice their English conversational skills in order to be able to move to the advanced level of study. This course is intended for students who earned less than an 82 on the Listening portion of the COMPASS ESL Placement Exam.

  • This course focuses in improving reading fluency, vocabulary, and academic skills from a low-intermediate to a high-intermediate level of proficiency. Students will learn to apply pre-reading, while-reading, and post-reading practices such as identifying main ideas and supporting details, outlining, skimming, and making predictions and inferences to increase reading competence while building academic vocabulary through word- and sentence-level activities. This course is intended for students who earned less than an 80 on the Reading portion of the COMPASS ESL Placement Exam.

  • This course is designed for international students and is focused on equipping them with the cultural understanding they need in order to successfully interact with speakers of American English. Students will gain a deeper understanding of American values, behavior, attitudes, and communication styles through readings, cross-cultural communications exercises, and discussion. Time will also be devoted to the idioms and phrasal verbs that dominate informal American English.

  • This course focuses on equipping non-native English speaking students with the English language writing skills necessary to be successful in entry level college courses. Students will learn to minimize the influence of the native languages through targeted practice and the use of specific linguistic strategies. Intended for students who have TOEFL scores less than 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computer based test, or 61 on the Internet based test.

  • This course focuses on the development of listening comprehension and conversational proficiency through engaging tasks using authentic academic contexts and the teaching of listening and speaking strategies. Students will learn to take part in academic discussions, lectures, student study groups, and one-on-one times with instructors across a wide variety of academic disciplines. This course is intended for students who have TOEFL scores less than 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computer based test, or 61 on the Internet based test.

  • This course focuses on improving reading fluency, vocabulary, and academic skills necessary for success in entry level college courses. Students will learn to apply pre-reading, while-reading, and post-reading practices to increase reading efficiency while building academic vocabulary through word and sentence-level activities. This course is intended for students who have TOEFL scores less than 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computer based test, or 61 on the Internet based test.