English as a Second Language (ESL)
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed for non-native speakers who wish to improve their English proficiency. IAU offers an intensive ESL program of study at six levels for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in the language skills of reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking. Understanding U.S. American culture is an integral part of each class. Teachers use audio/visual materials, multimedia-based technology, and individual attention to provide every student with the opportunity to master the English language. A holistic approach is utilized while teaching, listening, speaking, writing, and reading in an immersive environment. Students who complete the ESL program will demonstrate effective academic writing skills in terms of fluency, critical thinking, and reading comprehension.
PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES (PLOs)
Primary objectives of this program include equipping students with the knowledge and ability to:
- Demonstrate developmental writing skills that use a standard academic organizational pattern: topic sentence with main idea, supporting evidence, analysis, elaboration and concluding sentence using correct grammar and punctuation (ILO1).
- Demonstrate developmental oral presentation skills to communicate the main idea, provide supporting evidence, reasons and examples using clear and accurate pronunciation and grammar (ILO2).
- Apply critical thinking skills by reading and listening to English passages to identify the main idea, supporting details and make conclusions (ILO3).
MODE OF INSTRUCTION
Instruction can be completed through classroom-hybrid and/or online instructional methodologies.