Curriculum Description

CELCIS classes prepare students to study at Western Michigan University and other U.S. American colleges and universities. Additionally, CELCIS classes can help professionals improve their English for work.

CELCIS offers in-person or online ESL courses 45 weeks of the calendar year in two semesters (Fall, Spring) and two sessions (Summer I, Summer II). In-person instruction is available for all proficiency levels, while online instruction is available for students with a higher level of language proficiency. CELCIS helps students meet University English proficiency requirements while studying on the WMU campus or while studying online in their home country. All summer session I courses will be offered through distance education. Keep up-to-date on the University’s response to COVID-19 at wmich.edu/covid-19.  

Instruction is divided in to four classes: 1-Speaking/Listening, 2-Grammar/Communication, 3-Reading/Writing I and 4-Reading/Writing II

Levels:

Elementary

Intermediate

Pre-Advanced

Advanced

Advanced Plus 

NOTE: Elementary-level students may be placed in the Intermediate Level when enrollment is limited. 

Students interested in applying for a WMU Pathway Program can find more information here

Elementary

Speaking/Listening (ESL 0110)

  • Develop fluency in speaking
  • Learn basic communication skills in English.
  • Learn to participate in small group and whole class discussions.
  • Practice giving short talks.
  • Learn to to use basic note-taking skills.

Grammar/Communication (ESL 0120)

  • Develop fluency in speaking and writing.
  • Learn basic English grammar.
  • Learn to self-edit for grammatical accuracy in speaking and writing.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing (ESL 0130 & 0140)

  • Develop fluency in reading and writing.
  • Develop vocabulary skills.
  • Develop the ability to use text organization for comprehension.
  • Learn conventional writing mechanics.
  • Develop the ability to react to readings.
  • Develop basic research and library skills.

Intermediate

Speaking/Listening (ESL 0210)

  • Communicate with and comprehend English speakers.
  • Participate in small group discussions in academic situations.
  • Participate in whole class discussions and activities.
  • Give oral presentations.
  • Take comprehensible notes.

Grammar/Communication (ESL 0220)

  • Develop fluency in writing and speaking.
  • Increase grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Self-edit for accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing (ESL 0230 & 0240)

  • Read and comprehend texts.
  • Write academic papers.
  • Create study guides.
  • Write essay exam answers.
  • Use research and library skills.

Pre-Advanced

Speaking/Listening (ESL 0310)

  • Communicate with and comprehend English speakers.
  • Participate in small group discussions in academic situations.
  • Participate in whole class discussions and activities.
  • Give oral presentations.
  • Take comprehensible notes.

Grammar/Communication (ESL 0320)

  • Develop fluency in writing and speaking.
  • Increase grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Self-edit for accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing (ESL 0330 & 0340)

  • Read and comprehend texts.
  • Write academic papers.
  • Create study guides.
  • Write essay exam answers.
  • Use research and library skills.

Advanced

Speaking/Listening (ESL 0410)

  • Communicate with and comprehend English speakers.
  • Participate in small group discussions in academic situations.
  • Participate in whole class discussions and activities.
  • Give oral presentations.
  • Take comprehensible notes.

Grammar/Communication (ESL 0420)

  • Develop fluency in writing and speaking.
  • Increase grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Self-edit for accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing (ESL 0430 & 0440)

  • Read and comprehend texts.
  • Write academic papers.
  • Create study guides.
  • Write essay exam answers.
  • Use research and library skills.

ADVANCED PLUS

Speaking/Listening (ESL 0665)

  • Communicate with and comprehend English speakers.
  • Participate in small group discussions in academic situations.
  • Participate in whole class discussions and activities.
  • Give oral presentations.
  • Take comprehensible notes.

Grammar/Communication (ESL 0665)

  • Develop fluency in writing and speaking.
  • Increase grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Self-edit for accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing (ESL 0665 & ESL 0665)

  • Read and comprehend texts.
  • Write academic papers.
  • Create study guides.
  • Write essay exam answers.
  • Use research and library skills.