GRADUATE ENGLISH PROGRAM



 

 

 

The oral ESL program is designed to help international Ph.D. students (for whom English is not their first language) and supported Masters' students raise their English proficiency to a level that enables them to be able to teach in English. For those graduate students who do not show adequate proficiency in speaking as measured by the iBT TOEFL, IELTS, or TSE, two levels of ESL course work are offered at the graduate level: ESL 581 Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills; ESL 583 High Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills; ESL 585 Advanced Oral/Aural Skills.  

 

English Proficiency Requirements

 

TSE 40-44, IELTS 5-5.5, or iBT TOEFL speaking part 15-18: the student must take ESL 581 Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills Class; no TA-ing responsibilities. Successful completion (A- or higher) of the course leads to ESL 585; B+ or B leads to ESL 583; a B- necessitates repetition of this course. 

 

TSE 45-49, IELTS 6.0, or iBT TOEFL speaking part 19-21: any student can grade and some may be ready to run recitation sessions but the student must take ESL 583 High Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills Class. While in ESL 583, students must limit teaching activity to grading undergraduate work and/or running recitation sessions. Successful completion of this course (B or higher) leads to ESL 585; a B- necessitates repetition of this course.

 

TSE 50-54, IELTS 6.5-7, or iBT TOEFL speaking part 22-24: the student must take ESL 585 Advanced Oral/Aural Skills Class (can concurrently TA) A “B” or higher results in no more ESL work since the English Proficiency Requirement has been met. While enrolled in this class, students may engage in teaching activities. Successful completion of this course (B or higher) clears the student from the oral/aural ESL requirements;  students with a “B-“ or lower must repeat the course.

 

TSE 55 and higher, IELTS higher than 7, or iBT TOEFL speaking part higher than 24: cleared from ESL as this would satisfy SUNY Korea’s English proficiency requirements.  

Graduate Course Descriptions

 

ESL 581 Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills Class (No student contact)  The purpose of this course is to do intensive work in aural and oral language skills. Emphasis is on the segmental level: vowel/consonant work, syllable work and word stress as well as rhythm on the sentence level. Summarizing and questioning are practiced with work on learning styles. Students’ awareness of American teaching and cultural patterns are stressed. Observing American professors and students in class is encouraged. A student will receive a diagnostic assessment of her/his language segmental and suprasegmental difficulties from the instructor and will be expected to work on improvement in these speech areas both in the classroom and independently in the language laboratories. Successful completion (a B or higher) of the course leads to ESL 585; a B- necessitates repetition of this course. (Prerequisite: IELTS score of 5-5.5, or iBT score of 15-18)  

 
ESL 583 High Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills Class (Can grade and run recitation sessions)  The emphasis of this course is threefold: developing language skills, teaching skills and cultural awareness. Language skills will focus on sentence stress, phrasing, linking and pausing with field specific language practice. Teaching skills stressed include questioning techniques for discussion and assessment, leading effective discussions and assessing student learning. The cultural awareness focuses on idioms, American cultural values and norms as well as non-verbal communication. Successful completion of this course (B or higher) leads to ESL 585; a B- necessitates repetition of this course. (Prerequisites: an IELTS score of 6.0, or iBT score of 19-21)

 

ESL 585 Advanced Oral/Aural Skills Class (Can TA)  This course further develops language skills at the suprasegmental level, teaching skills, cultural awareness and presentation skills. Intonation is taught with self-monitoring strategies. The teaching skills examine strategies for introducing yourself, your syllabus, explaining a visual, defining terms, giving presentations and giving successful lectures. Analysis of presentations is given to each student. Cultural awareness is centered on some assumptions affecting teaching in the American classroom. Successful completion of this course (a B or better) clears the student from the oral/aural ESL requirements. (Prerequisites: an IELTS score of 6.5-7, or iBT score of 22-24)

 

 

Graduate ESL Requirement

 

 

TOEFL
iBT
Speak

IELTS

Speak

Course
Requirement

Result

25-30

7.5 or Higher

none

Eligible to TA

22-24

6.5-7

ESL 585

Eligible to TA

19-21

6

ESL 583

Eligible to run recitation and lab sessions and/or grade

15-18

5-5.5

ESL 581

Not eligible to TA

 


Intermediate Level

 

The mandatory English Proficiency Test (EPT) determines placement in the program. 

 

Students placed in this level are required to register for all the intermediate ESL courses described below. Successful completion of the courses in this level (a B or better from all the required courses) leads to the advanced level.

 

ESL 581  Intermediate Oral/Aural English

  • The purpose of this course is to do intensive work in aural and oral language skills.
  • Language skills will focus on segments (vowels/consonants), syllable structure, word stress, and rhythm on the sentence level.
  • Summarizing and questioning are practiced with work on learning styles.
  • Students’ awareness of American teaching and cultural patterns are stressed.
  • The cultural awareness focuses on idioms, phrasal verb, American cultural values and norms as well as non-verbal communication.
  • Students receive a diagnostic assessment of their language segmental and suprasegmental difficulties from an instructor and will be expected to work on improvement in these speech areas both in the classroom and independently.
  • This course will include workshops to develop students' oral communication skills, including their ability to make simple oral presentations, participate in face-to-face conversations on given topics and identify the main ideas and factual information in level-appropriate listening passages.
  • Students will learn to recognize and use a variety of subtle language cues that native speakers of English employ in order to understand/express a person's intentions.

 

ESL 587  Intermediate Reading and Writing

  • In this course, students will improve their reading comprehension skills and begin to learn how to write well-structured paragraphs. Specifically, students will review the basic principles of paragraph organization and essay structure, and learn to express ideas in sentences, paragraphs and essays.
  • It strives to develop students’ writing skills through the use of the dictionary, practicing structures of written English, and learning to self-edit in preparation for advanced editing in the advanced level writing course.
  • To accomplish these goals, students work on expanding their vocabulary through reading and use of the dictionary, work on strategies that promote independence and self-editing of their writing, complete many short writing assignments, and produce one longer revised essay. Emphasis is placed on reading and summarizing of text.
  • The students prepare a portfolio of three pieces of writing from the semester that represent their best work in the class – one from their shorter paragraph assignments, one in-class reading and summarizing of text, and one longer essay that includes a summary of written text.
  • Students will also develop their reading skills in the interpretation, analysis, summarizing, and criticism of ideas encountered in academic reading.

 

  • A final exam is administered that is judged by a committee composed of ESL writing instructors. The final exam is an essay which requires a summary of written text, a response to a prompt, mastery of basic essay organization and the semester’s grammar work. The committee decides if the students possess the skills necessary to succeed in ESL 588.

 

ESL 527  Intermediate Grammar and Usage

 

  • This course begins with a review of simple sentence types, verb tense, and subject/verb agreement and introduces the students to a variety of higher-level grammatical constructions, with a particular focus on developing the students' ability to use simple, continuous and perfective forms; modal verbs; comparative constructions; plurality of nouns; articles; and quantifiers. Complex and compound sentences (including relative clauses and embedded questions), conditional forms, passive, gerunds, infinitives, and perfective forms with modal verbs are covered later on.
  • This course refines the ability to produce acceptable academic English through intensive written and oral practice to promote accurate and appropriate language use for students who have studied grammar extensively.

 

Advanced Level

 

Students placed in this level are required to register for all the advanced ESL courses described below. Successful completion of the courses in this level (a B or better from all the required courses) clears the student from the English requirements.
 

ESL 585  Advanced Oral/Aural English

  • The emphasis of this course is threefold: to further develop presenting skills, cultural awareness and improve the suprasegmental aspects of English.
  • Intonation is taught with self-monitoring strategies and compensation skills.
  • The presentation skills examine questions in detail, characteristics of good, rhetorical issues related to presentation development along with compensation strategies.
  • The cultural awareness focuses on idioms, phrasal verbs, American cultural values and norms as well as non-verbal communication. 150 field specific vocabulary need to be pronounced with 95% accuracy. Video recording of presentation is examined.

 

  • This course also focuses on developing students' discussion and debate skills as well as listening comprehension.
  • Students will understand main ideas and specific details of recorded passages on academic and general interest topics; take notes while listening and summarize the information orally; produce oral summaries of written material; prepare and deliver structured technology-assisted presentations on topics of general interest or a specific topic from their field; participate in group discussions and orally summarize the outcome, etc.

 

  • A final presentation is evaluated and judged by a committee composed of IEP instructors. The committee decides if the students possess the skills necessary to pass this course.

 

  • Prerequisite: An appropriate EPT score or successful completion of the IEP intermediate level

 

ESL 588  Advanced Writing and Grammar

  • The purpose of this course is to provide students with writing experiences designed to improve their essay writing skills through the process of prewriting, drafting, editing and revising. It also strives to build confidence, fluency and grammatical correctness in students’ writing.
  • To accomplish these goals, students keep a journal, work on expanding their English competence on the sentence level, work on strategies that promote independence and self-evaluation of their own writing, complete many short writing assignments, and produce at least two longer revised essays and a short research paper. The longer essays emphasize summarizing and responding to written text and the use of learned rhetorical modes such as narration, persuasion and argumentation. Paraphrasing and usage of original language are emphasized.
  • To work on a research paper, the whole procedure of writing a research paper will be reviewed: structure of a paper; compiling articles that students will use for their papers; taking effective notes; citing sources; and references.

 

  • A portfolio of the final revised versions of these works is submitted with the final exam. A final exam is administered that is judged by a committee composed of ESL writing instructors. The final exam is a process writing assignment that includes a summary of written text and a response to a prompt that is related to that text. The committee decides if the students possess the skills to pass the course.

 

  • This course also provides separate grammar workshops. This session will promote accurate and appropriate language use in students’ writing. Students will review grammar skills, including verb tense, verb formation, subject/verb agreement, plurality of nouns, articles, etc. Complex and compound sentences will also be practiced using relative clauses, embedded questions, conditional forms, etc. Students also work on developing self-editing skills that enable students to express themselves accurately in writing.

 

  • Prerequisite: An appropriate EPT score or successful completion of the IEP intermediate level

 

ESL 582  Advanced Integrated English (Selected Topics)

  • This course develops comprehensive language skills encompassing speaking, listening, reading, and writing, given a specific topic. Topics may differ depending on students’ academic interest. This course gives students opportunities to improve their skills in their academic area. 
  • Students will read about issues in their field (e.g., science and technology) to improve their reading, vocabulary, discussion, grammar, and writing skills. They will define terms, participate in debates, give presentations and learn to defend their point of view in writing. They will also complete many short essays responding to their reading articles or short movie clips. 100 field specific vocabulary will be collected and defined throughout the semester. Analysis of presentations is given to each student throughout the semester.

 

  • Prerequisite: An appropriate EPT score or successful completion of the IEP intermediate level