English as a Second Language is an integral part of the services offered to the diverse student population at Colorado College. Two adjunct courses, GS201 and GS202, provide auxiliary practice with written and spoken skills. In addition, ESL support is available to any non-native English speaker on campus.
Advanced Written Practice in English as a Second Language (GS 201)
Language practice and support for any student whose native language is not English. Review of and practice in American academic writing conventions, mechanics, and English grammar. ½ unit; taught during the fall and spring semesters; Instructor: Walter. Blocks 3-4, Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays
Advanced Oral Practice in English as a Second Language (GS 202)
Strengthening of oral fluency skills through pronunciation practice, vocabulary development, and review of idiomatic expressions and two-word verbs. Students will also participate in classroom discussions and oral presentations. ½ unit; taught during the fall and spring semesters; Instructor: Walter. Blocks 1-4, Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays
Advanced Practice in Written and Oral Fluency in English (GS 206)
Students will develop their linguistic and cultural competencies in the context of investigating contemporary social, economic, and political issues in the United States, such as immigration, American identity, and globalization. Students in this course will: 1) refine grammatical structures and syntax to provide clear communication of thought; (2) complete short oral presentations and demonstrate the ability to participate in class; (3) read primary and secondary sources and critically analyze them; and (4) create an argumentative thesis, choosing reliable sources for support. By the end of the class, students will be able to write thesis-driven, documented essays in a variety of rhetorical modes. They will develop strategies for listening comprehension, build their vocabularies, and speak confidently in class. Block 5.
Intensive Written and Oral Practice in English (GS 207)
During this half block course, students will enhance their linguistic and cultural competencies by investigating contemporary social, economic, and political issues in the United States, such as immigration, cultural identity, and globalization. Language instruction will be focused on the basics of oral and written rhetoric and composition. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate the ability to use reading and writing strategies, research skills, participate in discussion-based learning, and will produce a thesis-driven essay and corresponding oral presentation. Summer session.
Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (ED 200)
This course introduces students to theories, applications, and issues related to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learners (ELL). Students read second language acquisition theory and learn strategies for working with diverse populations and for making content area lessons accessible to ESL/ELL students. The course includes a field observation practicum component. Block 8.