School of Continuing & Professional Studies

ESL Program

Curriculum

We offer 9 levels of classes. All levels consist of classes in the following skill areas: listening & speaking and reading & writing with integrated grammar. Students must successfully complete all level 9 classes with a grade of B or better in order to graduate from the program.

For students who successfully complete level 7 of the program, we offer the option of a bridge program, in which students take 1 ESL class and 2 content area classes at SUU. Students must be selected and approved for the bridge program. The prerequisites for entrance into the bridge program is completion of all level 7 classes with a grade of B or better and approval by the Academic Coordinator. Students may participate in the academic bridge program for a maximum of two semesters.

Additional Course of Study: Academic Bridge Program

The ESL Program offers two “tracks” for our academic bridge program: one developmental, and one non-developmental. Placement test results will determine into which academic bridge track the student will be placed: developmental (0900-level courses ) or non-developmental (college credit-bearing courses). Students may participate in the academic bridge program for a maximum of two semesters, depending on placement. The prerequisites for entrance into the bridge program is completion of all level 8 classes with a grade of B or better and approval by the Academic Coordinator.

Option 1 - Developmental Track

Semester 1

Term 1

Math 0950

English 0990

ESL 0939 (Academic Reading)

ESL 0919 (Academic Writing)

Term 2

Math 0950

English 0990

ESL 0929 (Academic Communication)

ESL 0919 (Academic Writing)

*Students will also take UNIV 1020 for international students during their first bridge semester.

Semester 2

Term 1

Math 0990

English 0990 for ESL (?)

ESL experiential learning (6 credits)

Term 2

Math 0990

English 0990 for ESL (?)

ESL experiential learning (6 credits)

Option 2 - Non-Developmental Track

Semester 1

Term 1

Math based on placement exam

English 1010

ESL 0939 (Academic Reading)

ESL 0919 (Academic Writing)

Term 2

Math based on placement exam

English 1010

ESL 0929 (Acad.Communication)

ESL 0919 (Academic Writing)

*Students will also take UNIV 1020 for international students during their first bridge semester.

Semester 2

Term 1

Math or other class

English 1020

experiential learning ESL course (6 credits)

Term 2

Math or other

English 1020

experiential learning ESL course (6 credits)

Additional Course: ESL Experiential Learning

We are also excited to offer an experiential learning course for our ESL students. This course aligns with the university’s EDGE program, and provides students with an opportunity to develop, implement, and analyze an independent project. Students must successfully complete level 9 in order to register for the experiential learning course.

Course Goal: This course is an introduction to experiential learning, including an introduction to SUUs experiential learning program. This course is designed to offer students guidance in learning  to integrate learning with real-world experience. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the 5 Engagement Centers at SUU.

    • Community Engagement Center
    • Creativity Engagement Center
    • Global Engagement Center
    • Leadership Engagement Center
    • Outdoor Engagement Center

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles of experiential learning
  • Define and restate the EDGE Program process
  • Summarize the types of EDGE projects that might be proposed in four of the centers (Community, Creative, Global, or Outdoor).
  • Create a mini-project proposal in one of four EDGE centers (Community, Creative, Global, or Outdoor).
  • Implement the proposed mini-project
  • Analyze and critique project implementation

Sequence:

  • Week 1: Introduction to experiential learning: principles and practices
    • Assignment: paper/presentation
  • Week 2: Introduction to the EDGE Centers and the EDGE program process
    • Assignment: process map
  • Week 3: Review of sample projects/begin developing proposals
    • Assignments: quiz; proposal draft
  • Week 4: Project Proposals
    • Assignment: project proposal
  • Week 5: Project Implementation and Revision
    • Assignment: progress report
  • Week 6: Project Implementation and Revision/Begin Analysis and Critique
    • Assignment: progress report
  • Week 7: Analysis and Critique of Projects
    • Paper/Presentation