The program focuses on building and enhancing the English language competencies necessary to communicate effectively in academic contexts.


Graduates of the Academic English program will be able to successfully participate in academic discourse at the university level through:
• Composition of academic essays and research papers
• Critical analysis of academic texts
• Meaningful contributions to debates and discussions on academic topics

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Academic Writing – Click to Learn More

Lecture Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 120
Total Clock Hours: 180
Quarter Credit Hours: 12

This course is designed to give students the tools they need to meet the challenges of writing in first-year university
courses. In addition to teaching students how to develop and elaborate their ideas into longer, essays, significant
emphasis will be on improving the accuracy, sophistication, and variety of students’ writing. Students will learn and
use writing strategies and the writing process to develop clear, well-organized essays. They will identify and apply
specific organizational patterns and connecting words and phrases in their writing. Students will also learn how and
why to support their ideas through reading and research, how to include and attribute quotations and facts from outside
sources in their writing, how to find and identify reliable sources, and how to paraphrase and summarize information from
other texts. Through the use of these processes and skills, students will complete the course by writing a high-quality,
academic research paper.

Academic Grammar and Vocabulary – Click to Learn More

Lecture Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 120
Total Clock Hours: 180
Quarter Credit Hours: 12

In this course, students will read, analyze, and discuss a wide variety of texts, including excerpts from actual university
textbooks, current media, and an original version novel. Students will learn methods of analyzing, summarizing, and
synthesizing texts that are typically required in college courses, as well as how to find and evaluate reliable information
sources, take organized, detailed notes from a text, and distinguish between fact, theory and opinion. Other key
objectives are to build students’ vocabulary, familiarity with text conventions, and reading strategies to enable them to
read quickly enough to cope with the demands of introductory-level university courses.

Academic Reading and Critical Thinking – Click to Learn More

Lecture Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 120
Total Clock Hours: 180
Quarter Credit Hours: 12

In this course, students will read, analyze, and discuss a wide variety of texts, including excerpts from actual university
textbooks, current media, and an original version novel. Students will learn methods of analyzing, summarizing, and
synthesizing texts that are typically required in college courses, as well as how to find and evaluate reliable information
sources, take organized, detailed notes from a text, and distinguish between fact, theory and opinion. Other key
objectives are to build students’ vocabulary, familiarity with text conventions, and reading strategies to enable them to
read quickly enough to cope with the demands of introductory-level university courses.