Academic III Listening and Speaking (ESLI 50)
In this class, students begin to focus on developing their academic listening and speaking skills as they increase their knowledge and use of high-level grammar and vocabulary. They encounter a much larger volume of academic vocabulary and begin to use it more actively in both formal and informal situations. They also begin to conduct basic research to find academically appropriate information and organize it in outlines as they develop and deliver well-supported and deductively organized academic presentations. Students also learn strategies for active participation in class discussions that have a wider variety of purposes, such as brainstorming or debating controversial topics in a civil manner.
Academic III Reading and Writing (ESLI 51)
Students begin to focus on developing their academic reading and writing skills and learn to monitor and evaluate their own performance. They begin to develop vocabulary and grammar that allow them to engage more fully with academic topics, ideas and opinions. They encounter a much larger volume of academic vocabulary and begin to use it more actively. They begin to develop critical thinking skills; specifically, they are introduced to logical reasoning, particularly common fallacies, and learn how to identify and develop a sound academic argument. They learn how to critically interpret information presented in graphs. They also conduct research to find relevant, credible, and academically appropriate information for research papers. And finally, they learn how to communicate effectively via e-mail with professors and peers.