Advanced Elective Courses

601 & 602 Academic Writing

The Academic Writing Class ıs broken into two consecutive levels and prepares students who have reached the C2 language proficiency level. This course equips students with the necessary language skills to write and present academically. These skills help students to be a competitive candidate for higher education programs and the job- market. Students who reach this C2 language proficiency level now challenged to draw on their previous knowledge and are now producing and dealing with materials at a more academic and cognitively challenging level. Students in the Academic Writing class are assessed on their ability to demonstrate the level of language mastery and academic skills indicative of proficiency and covered in the course.

602 TOEFL

The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the format of the TOEFL iBT and the skills and knowledge tested on the exam and to improve students’ overall TOEFL exam scores. It is open for students who complete the B2 level or test into C1 on the placement exam.

603 American History and Culture through Film and Literature

This is class is Part I for a two part class and must be taken in succession. ESL 603 is a prerequisite for ESL 604. This class sheds light on the diverse and, sometimes, rough history of the United States of America (US) throughout many eras. This course begins with the discovery and colonization of North America and ends in the 1940s with World War I and the Great Depression. Students will learn about the key events and movements in the US through reading, discussion, museum visits and movies. Each film has been chosen for a specific purpose which will be explained in detail in the curriculum. The goal of this class is to inform students of topics they are unfamiliar with and make them think critically about historical figures and events.

604 American History and Culture through Film and Literature

This is class is Part 2 of a two part class and must be taken in succession with ESL 603. This class sheds light on the diverse and rough history of the United States of America through several eras. This continues from the first class by starting with the 1940s and continues until now. Students will learn about the key events and movements in the United States through reading, discussion, museum visits and movies. Each film has been chosen for a specific purpose which will be explained in detail in the curriculum. The goal of this class is to inform students of topics they are unfamiliar with and make them think critically about historical figures and events.

607 News and Media Today

This course is for C2 advanced students who have high level skills in all four areas; reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This course highlights how important it is for students to be exposed to current issues in The United States of America and around the world. News and media serves as an authentic, practical, and easily accessible way to be informed of these issues. Additionally, because of the advancement of technology both traditional (print) news and digital media news (i.e., CNN, Buzzfeed) will be explored in this class.