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Intensive Academic English for Graduates Program
The Intensive Academic English for Graduates Program (IAEG) is specially designed to help incoming students improve their English as quickly as possible. The graduate IAEG offers two courses: Intensive Intermediate English (ELIN 0301) and Intensive Advanced English (ELIN 0302). Students have a maximum of two semesters to complete ELIN 0301 and/or ELIN 0302.
Students enrolled in either course attend three and a half hours of class each day, four days per week. Instruction is given in the skill areas of writing, reading and vocabulary, listening and speaking to help graduate students improve their overall English language abilities.

Based on teacher evaluations and the results of the content unit exams, students may repeat a level, may be advanced to the next levels, or be admitted directly to their graduate program. Those students placed in the Academic English Modules will be required to take from one to three of the modules, depending on their examination scores.

GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES
 
In both ELIN 0301 and ELIN 0302, students improve their proficiency in the following skill areas:
Writing
Reading
Vocabulary
Listening
Speaking
 
Students at this level are expected to take responsibility for their learning by:
Participating actively and thoughtfully in class activities
Completing both in-class and homework assignments
Attending sessions regularly
Developing good study habits and learning strategies
Developing critical and analytical thinking skills
Expanding their intellectual horizons and adapting to the University’s graduate student environment
 
In order to develop the above skills, instructors work with students in small classes to achieve the course goals, course objectives and student learning outcomes listed below:
 
WRITING
Course Goals
Writing correct and effective sentences
Writing effective paragraphs including introductory and concluding paragraphs
Writing a four to five paragraph expository academic essay (for ELIN 302 only)
Course Objectives:
Use pre-writing strategies to plan writing
Give critical peer-feedback 
Use peer and teacher feedback to edit writing 
Comprehend the overall and internal organizations of the four to five-paragraph essay
Identify and create effective thesis statements and topic sentences
Increase academic vocabulary volume and accuracy
Improve accuracy of sentence structure in academic writing
Improve accuracy of grammar within sentences
Increase proficiency in formatting and punctuating type-written texts
Student Learning Outcomes
•    Write a 4-5 paragraph essay addressing a given prompt appropriately(ELIN302 only)
•    Write unified paragraphs with clear topic sentences, supporting sentences, and a conclusion.
•    Write an effective thesis statement based on a prompt
•    Write a well-organized, well-developed introduction paragraph for an essay
•    Write a well-organized, well-developed concluding paragraph for an essay
•    Incorporate ideas from a reading into a written response using formulaic academic phrases
•    Write a summary of a reading    
•    Use learned content and academic words effectively in writing
•    Combine sentences
•    Demonstrate correct usage of English mechanics
•    Revise and edit sentence grammar and structure

 
READING
Course Goals
•    Developing academic reading strategies and skills
•    Reading critically
•    Discussing orally or in writing issues raised by a text

Course Objectives
•    Use pre-reading strategies
•    Identify reading skills and strategies
•    Vary reading strategy depending on purpose
•    Develop metacognitive awareness of reading skills and strategies
•    Paraphrase information from a text orally or in writing
•    Understand information in written texts
•    Discuss the main concepts within a reading
•    Engage in extensive personal reading

Student Learning Outcomes - ELIN 301
•    Use appropriate reading strategies for various reading tasks with support
•    Engage in extensive personal reading with support
•    Develop appropriate reading speeds for various tasks while improving comprehension
•    Organize textual information by completing partially filled graphic organizers or notes
•    Identify explicit main points and major details using text wording
•    Identify the author’s point of view
•    Interpret graphs and other diagrams
•    Make plausible predictions
•    Express an opinion about the reading
•    Use context clues to determine meaning of unknown words
•    Use knowledge of word parts and forms to determine meaning of unknown words

 

Student Learning Outcomes – ELIN 302
•    Implement appropriate reading strategies for various reading tasks
•    Engage in extensive personal reading
•    Increase reading speed for various tasks while maintaining comprehension accuracy
•    Identify explicit and implicit main ideas and details
•    Organize textual information by completing graphic organizers or by taking notes
•    Summarize/outline main points and major details by paraphrasing
•    Relate information from graphs and other diagrams to the text
•    Identify authors’ purpose, audience and viewpoint
•    Make plausible inferences
•    Critically analyze readings
•    Use context clues to determine meaning of unknown words and phrases
•    Use knowledge of word parts and forms to determine meaning of unknown words
 

VOCABULARY 
Course Goals
Build a passive academic vocabulary
Build an active academic vocabulary
Develop the skill of determining the meaning of unknown words
Course Objectives
Use new vocabulary correctly orally and in writing
Distinguish between academic and informal vocabulary
Understand the concept of word forms and their use
Use online resources to enhance vocabulary acquisition
Student Learning Outcomes
•    Use a dictionary to find a word and select the meaning appropriate to the context
•    Use new vocabulary correctly orally and in writing                
•    Distinguish between formal and informal vocabulary and use both appropriately
•    Use academic vocabulary in writing                        
•    Spell words correctly in writing                        
•    Use correct word forms in speaking and writing                
•    Identify correct word forms based on the context                
•    Use contextual clues to infer the meanings of unknown words        
•    Apply knowledge of prefixes, roots, and suffixes to infer the meanings of unknown words       

LISTENING
Course Goals
•    Understand academic lectures
Course Objectives
•    Identify listening and speaking skills and strategies
•    Develop metacognitive awareness of listening and speaking skills and strategies
•    Distinguish between fact and opinion, relevant and irrelevant information
•    Listen to and take notes on a variety of comprehension passages
•    Use notes as a basis for class discussions and activities
•    Paraphrase, synthesize and organize information

Student Learning Outcomes

•    Identify topic, main ideas, and details of a listening passage        
•    Define key vocabulary from a listening                 
•    Develop inferencing skills while listening                
•    Identify speakers’ point of view (ELIN301), purpose, opinion    
•    Use context clues to determine meaning of unknown words        
•    Develop (ELIN 301) or improve (ELIN302) note taking skills     
•    Use notes for academic performance and success


SPEAKING
Course Goals
•    Speak in an academic contexts
•    Give effective oral presentations based on Internet research

Course Objectives
•    Identify listening and speaking skills and strategies
•    Develop metacognitive awareness of listening and speaking skills and strategies
•    Participate in discussions based on academic topics, videos and lectures
•    Use notes as a basis for class discussions and activities
•    Participate effectively in class discussions and debates
•    Improve pronunciation, fluency, and grammatical accuracy of speech
•    Improve academic research skills
•    Paraphrase, synthesize and organize information
•    Give an effective oral presentation on an academic topic

Student Learning Outcomes For both levels:
•    Speak fluently and intelligibly
•    Use content and academic words effectively in speaking
•    Use grammatically correct words and phrases in speech
•    Prepare well-researched, content specific academic oral presentations
•    Deliver technology-supported academic oral presentations

ELIN 301 – Student learning outcomes  
•    Participate orally in class discussions, group work, and partner activities
•    Speak for 3-7 minutes on a given topic or prompt
•    Summarize a short text orally by speaking for 1-2 minutes


ELIN 302 – Student learning outcomes   
•    Engage effectively in class discussions, group work, and partner oral activities
•    Speak for 3-12 minutes on a given topic or prompt
•    Summarize an extended text orally


IAEG Assessment Framework

 

ELIN 301
An overall grade of 70% or more is required to pass to the next level.  Students with an overall score of 80% or more as well as over 80% in the writing and the recommendation of the instructor(s) can qualify to take an exemption exam.  

Formal Assessments = 60%

Formal assessments will be administered based on the themes covered in the Content/Skills class and will count as 60% of the over-all ELIN 301 grade.

Unit Exams:  40%

There will be four unit exams, each covering content and language skills taught within the unit.  The exams will consist of Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking sections and, with the exception of the final oral presentation, will be based on the content of the unit being tested.

The weighting of the tests will be as follows:
Unit Test #1 – 5%
Unit Test #2 – 15%
Unit Test #3 – 20%
The weight of the parts of each unit exam will be as follows:  
Writing – 50%
Reading – 15%
Vocabulary – 10 %
Listening – 15%
Content – 10%

Formal Oral Presentations: 20%
There will be three formal presentations, with the first two based on the unit being studied and guided by each student's interest in the topic.  

Presentations will be weighted as follows:  
Presentation #1 – formative assessment
Presentation #2 – 8%
Presentation #3 – 12%

Classwork = 40%
There will be various assignments in each of the classes attended which will be graded by the instructor and reflected in the over-all ELIN 301grade. 

The weighting of each class's grade is as follows:
Content/Skills Class- 20%- Grade will be based on attendance, class work, class discussions, quizzes, and homework.

Reading Lab- 10% - Grade will be based on attendance, completion of reading skills activities, class discussions, weekly out-of-class reading log, and Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) participation.

CALL Class- 10%- Grade will be based on attendance and weekly CALL journal.

ELIN 302

An overall grade of 70% or more is required to pass to the next level.  Students with an overall score of 80% or more in a given subskill, will be exempt from the relevant modules.  

Formal Assessments = 60%
Formal assessments will be administered based on the themes covered in the Content/Skills class and will count as 60% of the over-all ELIN 302 grade.

Unit Exams:  40%
There will be four unit exams, each covering content and language skills taught within the unit.  The exams will consist of Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking sections and, with the exception of the final oral presentation, will be based on the content of the unit being tested. 

The weighting of the tests will be as follows:
Unit Test #1 – 5%
Unit Test #2 – 5%
Unit Test #3 – 10%
Unit Test #4 – 20%

The weight of the parts of each unit exam will be as follows:  
Writing – 50%
Reading – 15%
Vocabulary – 10 %
Listening – 15%
Content – 10%

Formal Oral Presentations: 20%

There will be four formal presentations, with the first three based on the unit being studied and guided by each student's interest in the topic.  

Presentations will be weighted as follows:  
Presentation #1 – formative assessment
Presentation #2 – formative assessment
Presentation #3 – 8%
Presentation #4 – 12%

Classwork = 40%
There will be various assignments in each of the classes attended which will be graded by the instructor and reflected in the over-all ELIN 302grade. 

The weighting of each class's grade is as follows:
Content/Skills Class- 20%- Grade will be based on attendance, class work, class discussions, quizzes, and homework.

Reading Lab- 10% - Grade will be based on attendance, completion of reading skills activities, class discussions, weekly out-of-class reading log, and Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) participation.

CALL Class- 10%- Grade will be based on attendance and weekly CALL journal.