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ESL-062 Advanced Reading & Writing

8.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 4 credits


This highly interactive reading and writing course is of interest to students who wish to enhance their academic English reading and writing skills in preparation for further education and training at NIC. One focus is the development of clear, grammatically accurate and effective written expression for a variety of academic contexts, including transactional letters, paragraphs, and short essays. To this end, points of sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, style, and format will be studied, with special emphasis being given to areas of particular difficulty for ESL students at the advanced level. The second focus of this course is the development of reading, academic, and lexical skills through the study of authentic texts, focused vocabulary work, and an introduction to paraphrasing.


Prerequisite(s):

  • IELTS 5.0 or Assessment by ESL Department

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ESL-065 Advanced Listening & Speaking

8.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 4 credits


This highly interactive listening and speaking course is of interest to students who wish to enhance their academic English listening and speaking skills in preparation for further education and training at NIC. One focus is the development of clear, grammatically accurate and fluent spoken expression for a variety of academic contexts, including group work, class discussions, oral presentations, and role-plays. To this end, points of sentence structure and grammar will be studied, with special emphasis being given to areas of particular difficulty for ESL students at the advanced level. In addition, students will improve their pronunciation by learning and practicing the sound, rhythm and stress patterns of English. The second focus of this course is the development of listening and comprehension skills for a variety of contexts, including academic lectures and interviews. Students are encouraged to draw on their personal experience and the information provided through listening materials and/or basic research to discuss and analyze a variety of current and relevant themes. Students will increase their lexical skills and use/comprehension of idiomatic language in addition to gaining academic skills such as note-taking, critical thinking, and basic research skills.


Prerequisite(s):

  • IELTS 5.0 or Assessment by ESL Department

For more information visit our timetable

ESL-092 Coll/Univ Prep Reading & Writing

8.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 4 credits


ESL 092 is a continuation of ESL 062, and meets the English language requirement of the majority of College and University Transfer programs at NIC. This highly interactive reading and writing course is of interest to students who can already communicate quite comfortably in English but wish to further refine their academic English reading and writing skills to the level required for entry into further education and training at NIC. One focus is the further development of clear, grammatically accurate and effective written expression for a variety of academic contexts, including summaries, longer essays, written responses, and guided research-based writing. To this end, points of increasingly complex sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, style, and format will be studied, with special emphasis being given to areas of particular difficulty for ESL students at the college-entrance level. The second focus of this course is the development of higher level reading and lexical skills through the study of longer authentic texts and focused vocabulary work. Academic skills such as note-taking, summarizing, and reference/citation will also be covered.


Prerequisite(s):

  • IELTS 5.5 or Assessment by ESL Department

For more information visit our timetable

ESL-095 Coll/Univ Prep Listening & Speaking

8.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 4 credits


ESL 095 is a continuation of ESL 065; it meets the English language requirement of the majority of College and University Transfer programs at NIC. This highly interactive listening and speaking course is of interest to students who can already communicate quite comfortably in English but wish to further refine their academic English listening and speaking skills to the level required for entry into further education and training at NIC. One focus is the further development of clear, grammatically accurate and fluent spoken expression for a variety of academic contexts, including group work, class discussions, formal presentations, debates, and role-plays. To this end, points of increasingly complex sentence structure and grammar will be studied, with special emphasis being given to areas of particular difficulty for ESL students at the college-entrance level. In addition, students will further refine their pronunciation by learning and practicing higher-level sound, rhythm and stress patterns of English. The second focus of this course is the further improvement of listening and comprehension skills for a variety of contexts, including longer, more complex academic lectures. Students are encouraged to draw on their personal experience and the information provided through listening materials and/or research to effectively discuss and analyze, at some length, a variety of current and relevant themes. Students will further increase their lexical skills and use/comprehension of idiomatic language in addition to honing academic skills such as note-taking, critical thinking, research, and formal presentation skills.


Prerequisite(s):

  • IELTS 5.5 or Assessement by ESL Department

For more information visit our timetable