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Courses

Processional, English Language Institute

UOPI 001 - Applied Integrated Skills Level 1 (5-10) In this high elementary (A1+) course, students develop the ability to understand essential concrete and abstract information about everyday topics from writing and speech, and to speak and write effectively and spontaneously about factual information from their daily lives. Using the classroom textbooks, they read and listen actively while taking notes, and engage with short articles on high-interest topics, using a variety of strategies, such as timelines. They also skim and scan written texts for general and specific information, and identify key features of the texts, such as topic sentences and supporting detail. In writing, students review the components of a complete sentence and a well-organized paragraph before writing several expositions, narratives, and one opinion paragraph.

UOPI 001 - Applied Integrated Skills Level 2 (5-10) In this lower-intermediate (A2) course, students develop the ability to understand essential information about everyday topics from writing and speech, and to speak and write effectively and spontaneously about factual information from their daily lives. Using the core textbook, they read and listen actively while taking notes, and engage with short articles on high-interest topics, using a variety of aids, such as footnotes and graphic organizers. They also skim and scan written texts for specific information, and make general predictions and inferences about writing content using target features, such as topic sentences or signposts. In writing, students review the components of a complete sentence and a well-organized paragraph before writing several expositions and one argument.

UOPI 001 - Applied Integrated Skills Level 3 (5-10) In this intermediate (B1) course, students develop the ability to express and support their ideas by integrating information from multiple sources on familiar and technical topics, stretching beyond routine expressions to use language with more creativity and coherence. Using the core textbook and supplementary online activities, students practice a variety of sentence structures and organizational strategies as they discuss and write about topics from a range of disciplines, including information technology, philosophy, marketing and nutritional science. Students learn to read and listen actively and critically as they apply different strategies to take and organize notes and develop them into essays or speaking points. By analyzing and evaluating others' points of view, students gain skills in questioning and expressing arguments supported by reasons and examples. 

Grammar Level 1 (5-10) In this elementary (A1+) course, students learn to speak and write more clearly about concrete facts related to their daily lives by improving the accuracy of the grammatical structures they use and expanding their vocabulary. Through text and speech analysis, guided practice exercises and communicative tasks, students study the form, meaning and use of new grammatical structures and work to integrate them into their everyday language production. In particular, students focus on correct simple and progressive present and past tense verb usage and noun phrase construction in simple and compound sentences, as well as the use of simple future forms, comparative and superlative adjectives, modals of necessity, and adverbs of manner and degree, among other topics. Students are also introduced to, but not expected to master, gerunds and infinitives and some common forms of complex sentences. Students apply and further develop their skills by completing activities and assignments in an online writing program.

Grammar Level 2 (5-10) In this lower-intermediate (A2) course, students learn to more clearly speak and write about concrete facts related to their daily lives by improving the accuracy of the grammatical structures they use and expanding their vocabulary. Through text and speech analysis, guided practice exercises and communicative tasks, students study the form, meaning and use of new grammatical structures and work to integrate them into their everyday language production. In particular, students focus on correct simple and progressive present and past tense verb usage and noun phrase construction in simple and compound sentences, as well as the use of simple future forms, modals, articles, prepositions, and comparatives. Students are also introduced to, but not expected to master, gerunds and infinitives and some forms of complex sentences. Students apply and further develop their skills by completing activities and assignments in an online writing program. Finally, they extend and personalize their learning by writing and refining journal or blog entries in different time frames on topics of their choosing, and presenting one of their entries in a final presentation.

Grammar Level 3 (5-10) In this intermediate (B1) course, students learn to more clearly speak and write about concrete facts related to their daily lives by improving the accuracy of the grammatical structures they use and expanding their vocabulary. Through text and speech analysis, guided practice exercises and communicative tasks, students study the form, meaning and use of new grammatical structures and work to integrate them into their everyday language production. In particular, students focus on correct simple and progressive present and past tense verb usage and noun phrase construction in simple and compound sentences, as well as the use of simple future forms, modals, articles, prepositions, and comparatives. Students also further refine their understanding and use of gerunds and infinitives and some forms of complex sentences. Students apply and further develop their skills by completing activities and assignments in an online writing program. Finally, they expand their academic writing skills by researching and writing an opinion essay that includes paraphrased and quoted information from at least authentic outside sources.

Computer Assist. Lang. Learning, All Levels (3-5) This lab is designed to help ESL students practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation and typing skills using online resources and computer-based technology. The course incorporates online practice for Applied Integrated Skills, Grammar, and Pronunciation.

Pronunciation, All Levels (2-5) In the English Pronunciation Fundamentals (EPF) course, students learn and practice the basic elements of English pronunciation, including stress, intonation, rhythm, thought grouping, and articulation of specific vowel and consonant sounds. In class presentations based on listening, analysis, and paired communicative activities, students gain familiarity with word stress patterns and how native English speakers group their words into meaningful phrases and use stress and intonation to draw listeners' attention to important ideas. Students also complete a diagnostic assessment using Carnegie Speech's Native Accentâ program, which uses speech-recognition software to identify the specific sounds and pronunciation elements that students need to improve. Students then complete exercises from the independent study program generated by Native Accentâ  both in and outside of class. In addition, they strengthen their articulation of sounds by activities and exercises chosen by the instructor based on their specific needs. Through consistent instructor and computer-generated feedback, students learn to identify challenging pronunciation areas and improve the intelligibility of their speech.

Writing Workshop Level S-1 (3-5) The Writing Workshop: Beginner-Lower Intermediate (WW1) course provides essential grammar and writing support for students at the beginner, elementary, and lower-intermediate levels as they develop their ability to compose text in English. In addition to teaching fundamental structures for written English and the steps of the writing process, a primary goal of the course is to build students' confidence so that they can write and revise their work more independently. Students develop their understanding of writing techniques through lessons on sentence and paragraph structure and writing workshop sessions, participate in structured and free-form writing activities in and outside of class, and regularly review and critique one another's work. Through step-by-step practice crafting more and more complex sentences, linking them into paragraphs, and rereading and revising their writing, students learn to compose engaging paragraphs on familiar topics. In addition, a significant portion of the class is used as a writing workshop, in which students choose their own writing tasks, learn about their own writing process, and meet with peers and the instructor for individual feedback. By moving from practiced forms to original compositions of their choosing, students increase their flexibility and ability to use English to express their meaning in writing.

Writing Workshop Level 2-3+ (3-5) The Writing Workshop: Intermediate - Upper Intermediate (WW 2) course enables students at the intermediate to upper-intermediate levels to practice developing thoughtful, well-organized academic writing based on analysis of short readings. Students read passages that present different perspectives on a topic, then engage in a recursive, critical-thinking-based reading and writing process that culminates in original paragraphs and essays. Through journaling, focused vocabulary development, active reading with annotations, and investigation of the literal and implied meanings in reading passages, students learn to use others' ideas to generate their own. In subsequent writing workshops, students learn new writing strategies and develop the ideas they have collected into cohesive writing. In addition, students compare narrative and academic writing and analyze the differences. By practicing grammar and syntax that supports the more removed and objective point of view and "dry" tone of academic writing, students develop their ability to craft the type of writing which will be expected in university-level coursework.

Presentation Skills Level 2-3+ (2-5) In the Presentation Skills (PS) course, students learn the essential features of effective presentations and practice techniques for engaging an audience, delivering meaningful content, and using pronunciation to support message delivery. Students learn both how to prepare a well-organized presentation and to use their voice and body language to connect with listeners. In preparation for delivering short talks, students analyze video excerpts of speeches, synthesize sources of information, study presentation structure, and improve their pronunciation through iterations of scripted speech. Regular paired and group practice prepares students to present themselves with poise and demonstrate how their ideas are relevant for their audience. Students learn several different presentation types, including introducing others, defining terms, delivering information, explaining processes, and presenting solutions to problems. By learning to design presentations to appeal to audiences, students develop skills they can use to effectively share their ideas in academic and professional settings.

Trends in American Pop Culture Level 2-3+ (2-5) The Trends in American Pop Culture (TAPC) course allows students to examine various facets of American pop culture to learn how they reflect and influence American life. Students first discuss what defines pop culture, and then explore cultural expressions in videos and readings about American television and film, sports, fashion, music, and social media. Through interactive discussions and analysis, students apply critical thinking to gain basic media literacy, learning to identify the values conveyed through verbal and visual symbols in media, interpret cultural messages, and deepen their understanding of stereotypes and realities of American life. Students expand their learning through assignments requiring interactions with Americans, and express their reflections and interpretations in writing and presentations.

English for Business Level S-1 (3-5) The English for Business: Beginner-Lower Intermediate (EFB 1) course exposes students to essential business-related vocabulary, expressions and concepts through lessons on a variety of business topics, such as careers, companies, marketing, and business planning. In addition to improving their general English proficiency through exercises in all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), students develop specific business-related communication skills, including exchanging information, giving and asking for opinions, participating in meetings, and writing email and letters summarizing decisions made. Students also learn phrases and strategies for managing business small talk and social business outings, including scenarios that demand cross-cultural communication. Students are challenged to apply their learning in authentic speaking tasks, such as role plays and case study analysis and discussion. In addition, students extend and reinforce their learning by completing a multi-part independent project: proposing, researching, and presenting a new product.

English for Business Level 2-3+ (3-5) The English for Business: Intermediate (EFB 2) course exposes students to essential business-related vocabulary, expressions and concepts through lessons on a variety of business topics, such as brands, business travel, finance, management, human resources, international markets, ethics and leadership. In addition to improving their general English proficiency through exercises in all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), students practice specific business-related communication skills, including managing meetings, networking, negotiating, presenting, and writing email, meeting minutes, reports and summaries. Students will also learn phrases and strategies for managing business small talk and networking, including scenarios that demand cross-cultural communication. Students are challenged to apply their learning in authentic speaking tasks, such as role plays and case study analysis and discussion. In addition, students extend and reinforce their learning through independent research designed to support business-related performance tasks: presenting a trade show poster promoting a hotel for business travelers, delivering an employee investment training seminar mini-presentation, and negotiating the best business strategy to turn around a struggling company in a meeting simulation.

Conversation Skills and Techniques Level S-1 (2-5) The Conversation Skills and Techniques: Beginner-Lower Intermediate (CST 1) course provides students with the support and encouragement to engage in conversation with confidence. During the first part of the course, students use rejoinders, questions, and comments to show interest and understanding as they practice starting, extending, and ending casual conversations in controlled exchanges. As students listen to multiple dialogues, they gain familiarity with English pronunciation and build the listening comprehension necessary to begin to actively participate in spoken interactions. Students then build on this foundation as they learn and apply strategic communication skills, such as eliciting confirmation to check for understanding, asking clarification questions that target specific information, and responding with details to keep a conversation going. In the final part of the course, students apply their skills more spontaneously by engaging in simple, structured discussions on high-interest topics. They are challenged to form, express, and discuss their opinions in small groups as they seek to reach a specific outcome. By learning set expressions through targeted practice, and then applying them in less and less controlled formats, students develop skills that enable them to sustain conversations and more flexibly and naturally respond to conversational shifts.

Conversation Skills and Techniques Level 2-3+ (2-5) The Conversation Skills and Techniques-Intermediate-Upper Intermediate (CST 2) course enables students to learn conversational speaking and facilitation skills that support effective academic interactions, whether as part of classroom discussions or when completing academic tasks with peers. Students practice specific phrases and questions to ask for and give elaboration and clarification; support ideas with examples; maintain focus in conversations and build on ideas; and paraphrase and synthesize new ideas as they are developed. After analyzing radio interviews and short articles, students offer and support viewpoints while applying various conversation skills. Through numerous activities that require students to formulate and reformulate their ideas, students learn to move from simple sharing of information to the development and evaluation of ideas and arguments. Students regularly assess their own usage of conversation skills and reflect on how their conversations shape their ideas and understanding, while learning to facilitate conversations by asking thought-provoking questions and maintaining a flow of conversation that leads to depth of thought.

Contemporary English Level 2-3+ (2-5) The Contemporary English (CE) course examines how English is used most often in everyday life with a focus on current expressions. Students learn how Americans change their words, pronunciation and grammar when they are speaking informally, and practice analyzing authentic spoken and written materials to learn how the speakers use language differently in different contexts. Through text and video analysis, observation, journaling, and class discussion, students develop their ability to comprehend colloquial speech and change their level of formality based on audience and context. They also learn and practice strategies for asking questions to improve their understanding of the social interactions around them. Students write a weekly journal in which they describe, narrate, and explain their observations of colloquial speech, and use their reflections to develop personal inquiries for class discussion. They also practice translating informal speech to formal speech, create dialogues and skits applying the vocabulary and phrases they have learned, and develop and deliver final The Contemporary English (CE) course examines how English is used most often in everyday life with a focus on current expressions. Students learn how Americans change their words, pronunciation and grammar when they are speaking informally, and practice analyzing authentic spoken and written materials to learn how the speakers use language differently in different contexts. Through text and video analysis, observation, journaling, and class discussion, students develop their ability to comprehend colloquial speech and change their level of formality based on audience and context. They also learn and practice strategies for asking questions to improve their understanding of the social interactions around them. Students write a weekly journal in which they describe, narrate, and explain their observations of colloquial speech, and use their reflections to develop personal inquiries for class discussion. They also practice translating informal speech to formal speech, create dialogues and skits applying the vocabulary and phrases they have learned, and develop and deliver final presentations.

Accelerator Courses

EAP 1 (8-10) In this high-intermediate (B2) course, students develop well-supported oral and written arguments and expositions that integrate information from multiple sources. Using the core textbook and supplementary online activities, students practice a variety of organizational strategies for different types of formal papers, including analysis, description, compare and contrast, summary, cause and effect and persuasion. Students analyze texts and recorded talks in paired and group discussions, as well as learn notetaking strategies to organize ideas. Topics covered in the text come from a range of disciplines, including sociology, consumer behavior, education, and fine arts. By developing supported arguments and evaluating others' points of view, students increase their ability to initiate discourse and contribute meaningfully to spoken and written academic discussions and debates. 

EAP 2 (3-5) In this low -advanced (C1) course, students develop the ability to determine a speaker's or writer's main idea and the overarching conversation in which it is located. By utilizing a range of notetaking strategies, students process and organize these ideas. They then practice responding to the ideas with assertions based on and supported by evidence, grounding their own opinions in the wider context of the conversation. By examining and practicing academic conversation and writing moves, students learn to express and support their viewpoints more effectively, developing their capacity to participate in university-level coursework.

EAP 2 Writ (3-5) In this low-advanced writing class students will develop formal writing skills, and produce academic essays that show improved grammatical accuracy in writing.  They will be able to identify important details and main ideas in complex essays. In addition, students will be able to: identify the content of news articles and reports on a wide range of professional topics, obtain information, ideas, and opinions from highly specialized sources, Identify an author's stance or viewpoint on an issue, express opinions, emotions, and viewpoints in writing, and relate them to other viewpoints, write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects, synthesize information and arguments from multiple sources, write an essay that develops an argument systematically, highlight specific points and details, summarize a wide range of texts, connect main ideas to each other.

English Studio 1 (1-2) English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course.  Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary. 

English Studio 2 (1-2) English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course.  Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary. 

English Studio 3 (1-2) English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course.  Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary. 

English Studio 4 (1-2) English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course.  Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary. 

English Studio 5 (1-2) English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course.  Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary. 

Live, Learn, Grow 1 (1-2) 'Live Learn Grow' is a series of three courses which together form a first-year experience that focus on achieving three primary goals. The first goal is orienting international students to UOP, its surrounding area, and the embedded national cultural context. The second goal is fostering student success through learner-centered class activities and assignments. The third goal is to maintain student success for the first year of study and beyond at UOP. In this first Foundation semester, students will be provided with essential information, exposure to key services, and help to familiarize students with their physical and cultural surroundings.

Live, Learn, Grow 2 (1-2) 'Live Learn Grow' is a series of three courses which together form a first-year experience that focus on achieving three primary goals. The first goal is orienting international students to UOP, its surrounding area, and the embedded national cultural context. The second goal is fostering student success through learner-centered class activities and assignments. The third goal is to maintain student success for the first year of study and beyond at UIC. The course has three themes that serve as a structure for its three-semester first year experience. In this second Bridge semester, the focus is on exploring and developing the personal qualities of students that will foster their success in various interpersonal dynamics, in analyzing career and life prospects, and in further surveying campus and community services and resources.

Live, Learn, Grow 3 (1-2) 'Live Learn Grow' is a series of three courses which together form a first-year experience that focus on achieving three primary goals. The first goal is orienting international students to UOP, its surrounding area, and the embedded national cultural context. The second goal is fostering student success through learner-centered class activities and assignments. The third goal is to maintain student success for the first year of study and beyond at UIC. The course has three themes that serve as a structure for its three-semester first year experience.  In the 3rd semester students further explore themselves and the broader global community to become engaged as world citizens.  Attention is given to connecting their studies and life to a dynamic and changing world.