Courses for Multilingual Learners

Courses for Multilingual Learners

Students whose home language is not English are encouraged to consider our intensive English-language courses designed for non-native speakers of English. These courses have been developed to improve formal and academic English and have been proven to increase a student’s command of English and confidence.

The following courses will be offered during the academic year.

  1. [ENGL 004] Basic Writing (for Multilingual Students)
    Intended for intermediate level non-native speakers of English, this course provides intensive practice in reading, in writing sentences and paragraphs, in grammar usage, and punctuation. This course may not be used to satisfy the basic minimum requirements for graduation in any baccalaureate degree program.
  2. [ENGL 015] Rhetoric and Composition (for Multilingual Students)
    Intended for Advanced level non-native speakers of English, this course helps students develop university-level academic reading and writing skills, with an emphasis on argument. This course is required for all degree-seeking students.
  3. [ENGL 100] English Language Analysis (for Multilingual Students)
    This course focuses on American English texts—spoken and written—and applies traditional, structural, and modern linguistic theories to the analysis of English language constructions: words, phrases, clauses, and discourse. Students will study the patterns and Rules (note the capital ‘R’!) that make up the English language; our emphasis will be on grammar-for-writing and on self-awareness of our language use.
  4. [CM LIT 153] (GH; IL) International Cultures: Film and Literature
    This course will compare narrative and artistic techniques employed by literature and film in portraying different social and cultural environments, which will range widely around the globe and may include Africa and the Middle East, East Asia, and South America, as well as European and North American examples. The purpose of this course is to have students examine how the selected artists have developed their intentions and their subject matter and to study modes of narration across different cultures and media. Through a combination of lectures and comparative discussions, students will examine how narrative components, including plot, genre, environment, character, and point of view are developed in films and fiction from diverse cultures.
  5. [CM LIT 184] (GH;IL) The Short Story
    This course on short stories from around the world includes lectures, discussion, readings in translation, with primary emphasis on writers of the 19th - 21st centuries.
  6. [AM ST 100] (GH;US) Introduction to American Studies
    Designed for the student new to America, this course serves as an introduction to American culture. Issues around education, freedom, democracy, individuality, equality, and customs will be examined from a variety of perspectives: literature, history, politics, film, race, gender, and geography.
  7. [CAS 100] (GWS) Effective Speech (for multilingual students)
    In this specially designed section of this required course, native and non-native speakers of English are introduced to speech communication, including formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.

If you are interested in summer study or in full-time, intensive English classes, learn about ELSIE - our English Summer Institute in Erie.