Curriculum

The ELI's intensive English program curriculum is available by clicking on the links below. Course descriptions are at the bottom of the page.

The goals, student learning outcomes, and course objectives for each course are available by level. Student learning outcomes describe what a student will be able to do at the end of a course. Course objectives address the course goals and are specific curricular elements taught through content and activities. Objectives are labeled as:

I - Introductory - Instruction does not assume previous student knowledge.

D- Developing - Instruction will deepen and extend current learner understanding.

M - Mastery - Instruction will deepen and extend current learner understanding and support learners striving to meet program outcomes, i.e., mastery for the purposes of collective curriculum.

Level 1 Curriculum

Level 2 Curriculum

Level 3 Curriculum

Level 4 Curriculum

Level 5 Curriculum

Course Descriptions for Intensive Program

Level 1 Oral Integrated

The focus of this course is to develop students' basic listening and speaking skills necessary for everyday American life.  They will learn basic listening strategies, interact with others about simple topics, and produce simple sentences and questions with target vocabulary and grammatical accuracy.  Students will practice articulating consonant and vowel sounds correctly and produce accurate stress and intonation patterns in their speech.  This course is for students who have very little knowledge of English.

Level 1 Written Integrated

The focus of this course is to introduce basic writing and grammar skills.  Students will produce simple sentences on a variety of topics related to their personal needs.  Timed and multi-draft writings will include complete simple sentences, correct use of capital and lower case letters, legible handwritten letters, and appropriate high-frequency vocabulary.  Basic grammatical structures, such as simple and progressive tenses and question formation, will be introduced.  This course is for students who have very little knowledge of English.

Level 1 Reading and Vocabulary

The focus of this course is to increase students' ability to read and comprehend simple and short authentic printed material and to increase their ability to recognize familiar words in everyday contexts such as advertisements, announcements, application forms, and written directions. Students will develop vocabulary associated with simple topics, such as personal information, weather, time, food, clothing, transportation, people, housing, health, workplace, and education. Students will read short texts from basic-level readers and ELI library books. They will acquire vocabulary using a picture dictionary.  This course is for students who have very little knowledge of English.

Level 2 Oral Integrated

The focus of this course is to develop students' abilities to carry on short, sustained social conversation.  They will apply listening strategies to comprehend, take short notes on, and discuss simple passages.  They will interact with classmates to ask questions, express opinions, and give reasons and examples.  Students will learn to use high-frequency vocabulary to produce simple and compound sentences with correct verb tenses.  Accurate articulation of consonant and vowel sounds and appropriate use of stress and intonation will continue to be developed, as will use of connected and reduced speech.

Level 2 Written Integrated

The focus of this course is to introduce the elements of paragraph writing and to develop basic grammatical understanding.  Students will produce paragraphs in a variety of rhetorical modes and on topics related to personal needs.  Timed and multi-draft paragraphs will include a topic sentence, simple transitions, three main points with some supporting details, and a concluding sentence.  Basic grammatical structures, such as compound sentences, comparative and superlatives adjectives, and noncount nouns, will be introduced.  Error-correction tasks, peer evaluations, and self-evaluations will be done to develop students' self-editing skills.

Level 2 Intensive Reading & Vocabulary

The focus of this course is to increase students' comprehension of printed material and acquire high-frequency vocabulary.  Students will read simplified texts and apply reading skills, such as identifying main ideas and details, inferencing, and understanding sequence. Students will acquire high-frequency vocabulary by using definitions from the text to find meaning and by interpreting vocabulary from the context. They will build vocabulary through using dictionary skills.  

Level 2 Communicative Grammar The focus of this course is to build students' communicative competence, or their ability to communicate effectively and appropriately. To that end, basic grammar points will be studied and practiced in ways that simulate everyday conversations and scenarios.  Students will engage in a variety of communicative activities that focus on the productive skills of speaking and writing. 
Level 3 Oral Integrated

The focus of this course is to develop students' emerging academic listening and speaking skills.  Students will apply listening and speaking strategies to show understanding of simple academic listening passages, take notes on academic lectures, rephrase and summarize academic lectures and discussions, discuss advantages and disadvantages, make suggestions, talk about solutions, and support opinions with reasons and examples.  They will also give short informative and impromptu presentations.  Emphasis will be on generating compound and complex sentences using simple academic vocabulary and simple and progressive tenses as well as the present perfect tense.  Attention will be given to pronouncing English sounds accurately and following intonation and stress patterns appropriately.

Level 3 Written Integrated

The focus of this course is to produce well-developed paragraphs in a variety of rhetorical modes on academic topics.  Timed and multi-draft paragraphs will include a topic sentence, one and multi-word transitions, three main points with two to three supporting details, some academic vocabulary, and a concluding sentence.  This course will culminate in an introduction to essay writing.   Students will identify and evaluate the elements of an essay, including introductory and concluding paragraphs and body paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting details.  Intermediate grammatical structures, such as complex sentences, adjective clauses, and the present perfect, will be introduced.  Error-correction tasks, peer evaluations, and self-evaluations will be done to develop students' self-editing skills.

Level 3 Intensive Reading & Vocabulary

The focus of this course is to increase students' vocabulary and comprehension of longer and more varied reading passages.  Students will be able to identify the topic, main ideas, and details in a passage as well as recognize the writer's point of view, purpose, and tone in simple academic texts when guided by questions.  Students will also be able to understand the structure of a text with transition words and the relationship between the main point(s) and supporting examples.  Strategies to discern meaning of words from context will also be practiced.  Students will build and retain vocabulary through using dictionary skills and a vocabulary retention log.

Level 3 Extensive Reading The focus of this course is to increase students' reading fluency, or speed and ease of reading, by reading large quantities of texts from the ELI library. The focus of their reading will be on identifying overall meaning of texts and increasing reading speed rather than defining new vocabulary or analyzing grammar.  Class Readers will give the teacher the opportunity to help the students acquire the art of extensive reading, to improve their skills, and to monitor their progress closely.  Students will also choose their own texts for independent reading based on their personal interests and reading levels.  By reading texts that are individually suited for and chosen by the student, students should naturally become faster readers with increased reading fluency and positive attitudes toward reading in English.
Level 4 Oral Integrated

The focus of this course is to develop students' academic listening and speaking skills needed for successful extended academic discourse.  Students will demonstrate detailed understanding of academic listening passages by taking thorough notes, listening for rhetorical questions, distinguishing facts from opinions, making inferences, and inferring meaning of academic vocabulary.  Students will use speaking strategies to start, maintain, and end academic discussions; use fillers to show interest; and summarize information.  They will give informative, demonstration, and problem/solution speeches using visuals, transitions to organize ideas, and grammatically-correct sentences with academic vocabulary.  In addition to accurate production of sounds, stress, and intonation, students will continue to improve use of connected and reduced speech, effective pauses, and appropriate rates of speech.

Level 4 Written Integrated

The focus of this course is to develop students' essay writing skills and improve accuracy in grammar, mechanics, and spelling.  Essays will be produced in a variety of rhetorical modes on academic topics that include some authentic sources.  Timed and multi-draft essays will include an introductory paragraph with a hook and topic sentence, multiple body paragraphs, rich supporting details, academic vocabulary, a combination of simple and advanced cohesive devices, and a concluding paragraph.  Students will also be introduced to summarizing and citing authentic sources; these skills will be incorporated into their essays.   Complex grammatical structures, such as the past perfect, future perfect, and noun clauses, will be introduced.   Error-correction tasks, peer evaluations, and self-evaluations will be done to develop the students' self-editing skills.

Level 4 Intensive Reading & Vocabulary

The focus of this course is to increase students' academic vocabulary and comprehension of academic reading passages.  Students will identify the structure, purpose, and connection between ideas in academic texts by finding main ideas, topic sentences, and supporting details in a passage, and recognize the writer's point of view, purpose and tone in academic texts.  Students will understand the relationship between the main point(s) and supporting examples.  Students will use strategies to discern meaning of words from context.  They will acquire knowledge of word forms and will use dictionary skills to build vocabulary. 

Level 4 Extensive Reading The focus of this course is to increase students' reading fluency, or speed and ease of reading, by reading large quantities of texts from the ELI library. The focus of their reading will be on identifying overall meaning of texts and increasing reading speed rather than defining new vocabulary or analyzing grammar.  Class Readers will give the teacher the opportunity to help the students acquire the art of extensive reading, to improve their skills, and to monitor their progress closely.  Students will also choose their own texts for independent reading based on their personal interests and reading levels.  By reading texts that are individually suited for and chosen by the student, students should naturally become faster readers with increased reading fluency and positive attitudes toward reading in English.
Level 5 Oral Integrated

The focus of this course is to develop students' academic listening and speaking skills needed for successful extended academic discourse.  Students will use listening strategies to show detailed understanding of lengthy academic listening passages.  They will apply speaking strategies to share information and perspectives and communicate successfully with automaticity in a culturally-appropriate fashion.  Students will generate complex and academic speech using complex vocabulary with grammatical accuracy when summarizing information, participating in academic discussions, giving a professional introduction, presenting a group survey, giving an impromptu speech, and participating in a panel discussion.  In all speeches and discussions, students' concentration will be on consistently speaking intelligibly and fluently.

Level 5 Written Integrated

The focus of this course is to develop students' critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and classroom discussions. Students will refine their essay writing skills through both timed in-class and take-home essays and produce an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement, multiple body paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details that show originality and depth, academic vocabulary, advanced cohesive devices, and a concluding paragraph.  Students will summarize, analyze, synthesize information from various authentic sources, and use citations appropriately.Grammatical structures, such as complex sentences, adjective and adverb clauses, the present perfect, and conditionals will be mastered. Past perfect and noun clauses will be further developed.  The subjunctive and reduced adverbial clauses will be introduced.  Error correction tasks and peer evaluations will be done to develop the students' self-editing skills.

Level 5 Research Skills

The focus of this course is to introduce skills essential to conduct academic research at the university level. Students will learn how to brainstorm and narrow a topic for research. They will learn how to search for and evaluate academic sources in the library and online databases as well as how to read, analyze, and use the information gathered. The course also focuses on paraphrasing, summarizing, and using sources in citations and reference lists with APA format. 

Level 5 Media and Culture

The focus of this course is to gain a greater understanding of American culture and current events via extensive reading from print and digital media, leading to integrated learning outcomes, such as written assignments, oral presentations, and discussions. Students will learn how to differentiate real from fake news.  In addition, TV and radio programs, as well as podcasts and documentaries, will provide input for communicative activities and written and oral assignments, such as summaries, reports, discussions, and presentations.