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.

  • Students may be placed into one of two programs: the CELCIS ESL Pre-Academic Program or the WMU Pathway Program.
  • Students placed into the ESL Pre-Academic Program will work toward achievement of the proficiency level necessary to enter the WMU Pathway Program or admission to an academic degree program. 
  • In the ESL Pre-Academic Program, instruction is divided in to four classes: Speaking/Listening , Grammar/Communication, Reading/Writing I, and Reading/Writing II
  • Students placed in the ESL Pre-Academic Program will study levels ranging from Elementary to Advanced.

Pathway Program (beginning Spring 2020)

In the Pathway Program, students will be dually-enrolled in ESL courses and some academic courses. The Pathway Program consists of two semesters: Pathway I and Pathway II. 

Pathway Eligibility
  Pathway I Pathway II
TOEFL minimum 52 61
CELCIS completion Pre-Advanced Level Advanced Level 1

ESL Pre-Academic Program 

Levels:

Elementary

Intermediate

Pre-Advanced

Advanced 1& 2 

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

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 1&2

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.