In this mixed skills class, students reinforce their understanding of the grammar points taught by applying it in their writing. Students also learn to self-edit for mistakes in grammar and writing conventions. In lower level classes, students focus on writing paragraphs and will progress to essays in higher intermediate levels. Students learn multiple genres of essay writing in preparation for the advanced levels where the focus moves to writing research papers of mixed genres similar to what would be expected of them in a university class.
These lower level classes are structured to help students progress quickly in reading. There is a strong focus on vocabulary building strategies and increasing passive vocabulary. We recognize that a strong vocabulary base is essential for the developing reader. The reading section of the course emphasizes reading for comprehension and increasing reading speed. Students learn scanning and skimming strategies, recognition of rhetorical modes, and inference through intensive and extensive reading.
This is a more advanced reading class for upper levels. In addition to continued work on reading and vocabulary strategies and speed, students also focus on critical reading skills such as identifying audience, bias, tone, mood, and purpose. Students learn to express their opinions and support them through analysis of a text. Classes read and discuss selections from authentic sources as well as selections from graded readers. Novels are used in class for extensive reading. Topics range from simple stories, to academic readings across a variety of disciplines.
In these lower level classes, students become proficient and comfortable speaking English through practice in the following areas: English conversation patterns, formal and informal speeches, role-playing, debates, vocabulary development, group discussions and pronunciation practice. Students are introduced to note taking strategies and continue to develop their listening comprehension strategies. Context clues, inferences, and a focus on learning to decipher emotion and figurative speech are also addressed.
This upper level listening class has a strong focus on comprehension and the skills needed for success in lecture classes, seminars, and labs. This class focuses on refining note taking strategies and learning to use these notes to outline, summarize, discuss and develop critical opinions about lectures (skills that are expected of American university students). Students are exposed to real-time university lectures as well as podcasts and other authentic listening opportunities. By doing this, they learn to recognize lecture format and cues that signal important information, bias, and point of view.
The goal of this upper level speaking class is to help students develop speaking skills they will need to participate in American university classes. In that spirit, formal presentation and discussion skills are emphasized. Students refine their oral ability through doing impromptu speeches as well as several formal, structured presentations in different genres. In addition to this, students learn how to effectively participate in class discussions, debates, and group work. Pronunciation and fluency skills are also addressed.
These classes focus on very specific skill topics. They help students improve and fine-tune the skills taught in their core classes. Students are free to choose from several classes offered each session.
Examples of Skills Topic classes:
- Pronunciation and Spelling
- Writing Mechanics
- Test Preparation
- Developing Fluency through Verbs
- Idioms and Slang (check out the class blog, Idiomatic English!)
- Advanced Vocabulary
These are classes that help students practice the skills they are learning in their core classes. Instead of learning about English, students use their English to study topics, communicate with classmates, and access information. Students are free to choose from several classes offered each session.
Examples of Special Topic classes:
- Native American Cultures
- Introduction to American Culture: Communicating in a new environment
- Discussing Culture: A deeper examination of American and global cultures
- Critical examination of an American novel
- IELI Newsletter/Blog Production
- English through Film
This course is required for all new students at the IELI (who are placed in the Intermediate level or above) and all students who progress to the Intermediate level at the IELI.
This multi-level course is meant as an introduction to the culture of universities in the USA. Students will practice developing academic skills needed to be successful American university students in the context of discovering the academic services, facilities, clubs, organizations, and activities that are available to them at HSU. Students will also become familiar with language forms and standard processes that are characteristic of the university experience.