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For complete 2022-2023 programs/academic plans, please refer to Academic Programs.
861-400 English Language Learner College Transition Course
This 36-hour course will assist English Language Learners (ELL) in bridging the gap between ELL program completion and readiness for success in a postsecondary program. Students will develop basic computer and academic skills, as well as identify and explore career interests. Students must have instructor recommendation to enroll.
861-701 English as a Second Language, Advanced Communication
Learners will discriminate common stress patterns, reductions, intonation, pitch patterns, and thought groups. Learners will utilize rules of grammar to form affirmative and negative statements and questions using simple, continuous, perfect and perfect continuous tenses. The use of conditional sentences and active/passive voice will be explored. Learners will be expected to use sustained speech to participate in discussions about unfamiliar topics, share experiential stories, and present oral reports of various types.
861-711 English as a Second Language, Beginning Literacy, Communication
Instruction and practice in the use of formal and informal conversational language. Students build vocabulary and learn to use numbers, emergency and health language, identify types of jobs and classroom objects. Basic pronunciation, speaking, and listening strategies are developed. Basic grammar and writing skills are introduced and practiced. Programs are infused with and enhanced by technology.
861-715 English as a Second Language, Beginning Literacy
Students develop basic language skills in the area of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the context of real-life survival skills. It is aimed at developing the listening comprehension and oral skills of beginning level learners of English. Students at this level function minimally, if at all, in English.
861-718 English as a Second Language, Beginning Literacy, Reading
Instruction to teach discrimination and correct orientation of the English alphabet, to introduce symbol/sound relationships, and the meaning of common signs and symbols. Students learn to recognize personal information print, use maps, calendars, and picture dictionaries. Students also begin to develop basic comprehension strategies at this level.
861-731 English as a Second Language, Low Beginning, Communication
Instruction to improve basic communication skills including: speaking, listening, pronunciation, writing, and grammar. Students learn to write and speak using simple past, present and future verb forms, generate simple affirmative and negative statements and questions, discriminate sounds, and respond to simple imperatives. Computer technology will assist students.
861-735 English as a Second Language, Low Beginning
Classes at this level provide relevant language in real-life contexts. This class uses an experience centered approach to give student survival skills as quickly as possible. This program provides plenty of opportunity to use language, while developing grammatical skills. Students at this level will begin to form simple sentences and be able to communicate with others. Students learn about standard social norms in the United States, the work ethic in the Unites States, and how to apply basic study skills.
861-738 English as a Second Language, Low Beginning, Reading
Instruction to improve basic reading skills and expand vocabulary. Students learn to comprehend and respond to a range of printed material, employ a variety of comprehension strategies, recognize formal and informal language, and develop fluency.
861-751 English as a Second Language, High Beginning, Communication
Instruction to improve speaking, listening, pronunciation, writing, and grammar skills. Students learn to use the writing process to compose short paragraphs and workplace reports, develop an awareness of language patterns, utilize rules of grammar, use formal and informal conversational language and respond to multi-step process directions. Computer technology is used to enhance the learning experience. Students will learn to use word processing tools.
861-755 English as a Second Language, High Beginning
Students learn about school services and how to access them. They will participate in formal and informal conversations about legal and basic human rights. Students learn to write cover letters, resumes, and to complete job applications. Development of study skills is stressed, and students will learn to apply learning and test taking skills and strategies and actively participate in the learning process.
861-758 English as a Second Language, High Beginning Reading
Instruction to improve reading skills and expand vocabulary. Students improve comprehension skills and learn to respond critically to a range of printed material. Employability vocabulary and the use of workplace terminology are expanded. Students develop greater fluency and increase their reading rate.
861-771 English as a Second Language, Low Intermediate Communication
Learners will identify sounds of English, use basic pronunciation strategies, and discriminate speech. Formal and informal conversational language skills will be developed through participation in a variety of activities. Learners will use sustained speech to give short explanations, descriptions, and process directions.
861-775 English as a Second Language, Low Intermediate
Learners will use pre-employment resources such as classified ads, employment agencies, web sites and the Rock County Job Center to complete a variety of assignments and tasks. Employer expectations such as punctuality, attitude, team work, and appreciation for diversity will be discussed. Learners will participate in activities to prepare for interviews.
861-778 English as a Second Language, Low Intermediate Reading
Learners will demonstrate comprehension of a range of printed materials including road signs, safety signs, newspaper articles, rhythm chants, short narratives, and fairy tales. Comprehension strategies studies will include recognition of compound words, homonyms, prefixes, and suffixes. Learners will demonstrate an awareness of a variety of language patterns and utilize rules of grammar to form statements and questions in simple and continuous tenses.
861-795 English as a Second Language, High Intermediate
Learners will identify the raise-promotion process, discuss the purpose of personnel files, discuss employer expectations, and identify discriminatory practices. Interview etiquette will be discussed and practiced. Activities will lead to greater understanding of American cultural practices such as volunteerism, competitiveness, parenting, and neighborhood interaction.