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Course Descriptions

ESL Bridge Reading – This course focuses on helping international students to adjust to the reading demands that are a core part of higher education.  Students learn how to do essential academic reading tasks such as skimming, scanning, recognizing the main idea, and understanding vocabulary in context.  Students are challenged to go deeper in their ability to read college-level academic texts at a faster pace and to understand their meaning. 

ESL Bridge Speaking and Listening – This course focuses on enabling international students to develop their speaking and listening skills in line with the kinds of tasks that will be asked of them in other undergraduate classes.  Students will learn how to effectively listen to a lecture, take notes, and grasp the key ideas being communicated.  Students will also grow in their ability to do common university speaking tasks such as expressing opinions in group discussions and doing oral presentations.

ESL Bridge Writing – This course focuses on developing international students’ ability to write cohesive and coherent paragraphs and essays in English.  It also highlights the types of writing assignments that they will face in the university setting.  This course also focuses on students’ correct use of grammar and helps them to see the unique aspects of English writing style in the university context.

ESL Bridge Advanced Writing -  This course focuses on equipping international students for the composition classes that they will be taking.  It includes emphases on library research, writing a research paper, academic integrity, and referencing the sources that were used.  This course serves as a foundation for the English classes that students will take throughout their time in university.