School of General Education

 

The School of General Education offers the general education courses that are required for the undergraduate degree programs English as a Second Language (ESL).

IAU seeks to provide its students with an education rich in diverse experiences and perspectives. Such an education is intended to provide students with knowledge and perspectives fostering adaptability and flexibility in a changing world, as well as enhancing students’ understand of, and tolerance for, differences among peoples.

The coursework is considered foundational and meant to ground students in various disciplines before advancing to their major field of study. The program has required courses which provide students with a broad educational foundation through exposure to diverse disciplines, including the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and the arts; and the development of intellectual skills, such as critical thinking and communication.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Department offers English language classes to nonnative speakers of English to help them succeed in college, at their jobs, and in the community. Students can take classes at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels during the day or at night.

Students from all ages, cultures and educational backgrounds enroll in our classes in order to improve their English to accomplish their own unique English goal. Some students take ESL classes to improve their English to succeed in other college courses, some take classes to find or keep a job, and some take classes to improve their communication with their family, neighbors, co-workers and community. The ESL Department is here to help students with all of their needs.

The general education program is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore new fields and to expand their general knowledge. Objectives of this program include:

  1. Written and Oral Communication: Students can communicate by means of written or spoken language in conveying information, stating a position, and other expressive purposes using appropriate conventions and formats.
  2. Critical Thinking: Students can seek relevant information and apply critical thinking techniques to become better informed and deciding a position on contemporary issues and differentiate between facts, opinions, theories, and hypotheses.
  3. Quantitative Reasoning: Students will have the ability to apply mathematical and quantitative concepts in solving a range of problems.
  4. Ethics: Students are introduced to Christian ethics and morality and learn how they are applied in real world ethical situations.
  5. Information Literacy: Students are well versed in the use of the online library in performing research in various disciplines. Students are also literate in the use of software applications in presentations.

English as a Second Language (ESL)