ESLI Curriculum

The curriculum framework of ESLI has been developed within the context of the National Standards for Foreign language learning as well as American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) standards. The curriculum framework presents five strands, which reflect the five C’s (Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) of the National Standards. Each strand is further defined as a goal. That is, ESLI students are taught to (1) be able to communicate with others in English comfortably and fluently (Communication), (2) gain knowledge and understanding of American culture (Culture), (3) connect English with other disciplines and acquire information (Connections), (4) develop insight into the the nature of students’ own language and culture, and English and American culture (Comparisons), and (5) participate in American communities as a life-long learner of English (Communities). Our curriculum is periodically updated to be compatible with the goals of the program,. The methodology that ESLI uses reflects the best current knowledge in the ESL field.

ESL Program is an integrated, multi-skill one that links grammar, listening, reading, communicative functions, and topics.

Grammar

Grammar is seen as an important component of communicative competence. It is always presented communicatively with exercises focusing on both accuracy and fluency. All that is achieved through information-gap tasks, pair work, and role plays.

Listening

The course reflects current understanding of the nature of listening comprehension in second and foreign language learning. Listening tasks make extensive use of extended listening passages and also include materials taken from real-world sources.

Pronunciation

This course is designed to help students develop the ability to discriminate and produce the sounds necessary for English pronunciation. The pronunciation exercises focus on important features of spoken English, including stress, rhythm, intonation, reductions, linking sounds, and sound contrasts.

Speaking

Speaking skills are a central focus of the program. Speaking activities in the course play a great attention to conversational fluency, such as the ability to open and close conversations, introduce and develop conversational topics, take turns in conversations, use communication strategies clarification requests, and understand and use idiomatic expressions.

Reading

The course is designed to help students improve their reading skills. It treats reading as an important way of developing receptive language and vocabulary. The reading passages provide stimulating adult content that both students and teachers will enjoy.

Writing/Composition

Writing activities focus on different forms of writing (e.g., recipes, directions, letters, descriptions, reviews, messages).

TOEFL Preparation

It is a course to help students acquire the skills necessary to take Test of English as a Foreign Language.