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Academic English Studies

Course Listing for Nonnative Speakers

Fall I 2014

September 2-December 17, 2014

Core: AES 107 - Low Intermediate Reading and Writing

Taught by: David Hoffman

Core: AES 127 - Intermediate Reading and Writing

Taught by: Julie Vorholt, Laura Shier

Core: AES 167 - High Intermediate Reading and Writing

Taught by:  John Barritt, Mary Brooks

Content: The Core Reading and Writing courses integrate language skills, emphasizing reading and writing to develop language proficiency. These classes are content-based; in other words, the content is the basis for all the lessons. Throughout the levels, there is a continuum from a language skills focus for developing basic communication skills to an increasingly greater focus on developing academic language skills. These classes also guide students though the process of doing library research, debating a topic, and producing a research paper.

Prerequisite: AES 107: Placement exam. AES 127: Completion of 107 or placement exam. AES 167:  Completion of AES 127 or placement exam.

Semester Credits: 8

AES 103: Low Intermediate Communication Skills

Taught by:  Julie Vorholt

AES 130: Intermediate Communication Skills

Taught by: Alexis Olson, Erica Harris

AES 163: High Intermediate Communication Skills

Taught by:  Brittney Peake, John Barritt

Content: These courses are designed to complement the Core class. The underlying principle is the integration of language skills, although there is a greater focus on listening and speaking skills. Communication Skills is also topic/theme based.

Prerequisite: AES 103: Placement exam. AES 130: Completion of AES 103 or placement exam. AES 163: Completion of AES 130 or placement exam.

Semester Credits: 4

Content-Based Topics

AES 105: Low Intermediate Content-Based Topics:  Non Fiction

Taught by:  Suzanne Groth

AES 106: Low Intermediate Content-Based Topics: Skills for University Success

Taught by: Erica Harris

AES 150-01: Intermediate Content-Based Topics: Higher Education Strategies I

Taught by: Brittney Peake

AES 150-02: Intermediate Content-Based Topics: American Destinations

Taught by: David Hoffman

AES 151-01: Intermediate Content-Based Topics:  Higher Education Strategies II

Taught by:  Brittney Peake

AES 151-02: Intermediate Content-Based Topics:  Environment

Taught by: Alexis Olson

AES 165-01: High Intermediate Content-Based Topics: Assessment Strategies I:  IELTS

Taught by: Alexis Olson

AES 165-02: High Intermediate Content-Based Topics: Speech

Taught by: Erica Harris

AES 166-01:  High Intermediate Content-Based Topics: Assessment Strategies II:  TOEFL

Taught by:  Suzanne Groth

AES 166-02:  High Intermediate Content-Based Topics:  US History 1930’s-1940’s

Taught by:  Mary Brooks

AES 250: Advanced Content-Based Topics:  South African Reconciliation

Taught by:  Mary Brooks

AES 251: Advanced Content-Based Topics:  History of Conspiracy Theories

Taught by:  David Hoffman

Content: These content-based courses offer specialized English instruction through a variety of topics and themes.  During the academic year, students take two consecutive eight-week courses each term.  The half-term courses allow students to study the humanities, social sciences, business, science and/or technology .  Content-based courses have been designed around such topics as English for math, globalization, speech, psychology, ecology, sociology, and sustainability issues.. The topics at each level vary from term to term in order to give students a broader exposure to a variety of English language usage.

Prerequisite: AES 105 & 106: Placement exam. AES 150 & 151: Completion of AES 105 & 106 or placement exam. AES 165 & 166:  Completion of AES 150 & 151 or placement exam.  AES 250 & 251: Completion of AES 165 & 166 or placement exam.

Semester Credits: 2

AES 210:  Advanced Reading

Taught by: Erica Harris

Content: English language study based on unadapted readings of cultural and academic interest, fiction and non-fiction. The focus is on reading strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, as well as vocabulary acquisition skills and increased reading speed.

Prerequisite: Completion of AES 167 or placement exam.

Semester Credits: 4

AES 221:  Advanced Writing

Taught by: Brittney Peake

Content: Advanced Writing includes extensive practice in academic writing: developing a wide variety of sentence types and rhetorical patterns; appropriate writing and formatting conventions – in particular, as related to research skills (databases, reference materials, and internet resources), issues of academic integrity, and research writing conventions (citation and documentation). Also included is a comprehensive review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

Prerequisites: for AES 221: Completion of AES 167 or placement exam; for AES 222:  Completion of AES 221 or placement exam.

Semester Credits: 4

AES 222:  Advanced Writing

Taught by:  Alexis Olson

Content: Advanced Writing includes extensive practice in academic writing: developing a wide variety of sentence types and rhetorical patterns; appropriate writing and formatting conventions – in particular, as related to research skills (databases, reference materials, and internet resources), issues of academic integrity, and research writing conventions (citation and documentation). Also included is a comprehensive review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

Prerequisites: for AES 221: Completion of AES 167 or placement exam; for AES 222:  Completion of AES 221 or placement exam.

Semester Credits: 4

AES 240:  Seminar: US Culture in Film

Taught by: Suzanne Groth

Content: The seminar focuses on an academic subject area in direct preparation for undergraduate classes.   Students may be required to produce a research paper, which is used as the basis of on oral presentation.  The content of the seminar varies from term to term, thus making it possible to transition-level and part-time students to repeat this course.  Typical topics are Media, Film & Society, Global Issues, American Literature, and Environmental Studies.

Prerequisite: Completion of AES 163 or placement exam.

Semester Credits:  4