Curriculum Description

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

  • Students may be placed into one of two programs: the ESL Skills Program or the ESL Academic Program.
  • Students placed into the ESL Skills Program will work toward achievement of the proficiency level necessary to enter ESL Academic Program. Students placed into the ESL Academic Program may study in one of four levels. 
  • Instruction is divided into four classes: Speaking/Listening , Grammar/Communication, Reading/Writing I, and Reading/Writing II.

ESL Skills Program

In the ESL Skills Program, students will work toward achievement of the proficiency level necessary to enter the ESL Academic Program. The instruction will be individualized and gauged towards the students’ abilities.

The ESL Skills program follows the same schedule that is offered in regular levels. However, the program is based on individualized instruction and may include students ranging in level of proficiency. At the end of the ESL Skills Programs, students are offered an opportunity to retake the placement test. Promotion for higher levels will be based on grades, end-of-semester assessment, and test scores.

ESL Academic Program

Levels:

Elementary

Intermediate

Pre-Advanced

Advanced

NOTE: In the case of limited enrollment, lower-level students may be placed in the ESL Skills Program.

Elementary

Speaking/Listening

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Pre-Advanced

Speaking/Listening

  • 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

  • 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

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

Advanced

Speaking/Listening

  • 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

  • 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

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