Academics

Course Descriptions

SCF offers EAP courses in speech/listening, reading, writing, and grammar at all four levels.

EAP 0100 Speech/Listening I
This is an introductory level listening and speaking course in which EAP students develop their ability to understand and participate in brief conversations on familiar topics and begin to develop their pronunciation.  A grade of C or better is necessary to move to EAP 0200 Speech/Listening II.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

    Use concrete vocabulary that refers to familiar topics.                            

  • Ask and answer simple questions and initiate and respond to simple statements.
  • Participate in brief face-to-face conversations on a familiar topics.
  • Recombine learned material in original ways with limited grammatical accuracy.
  • Use a limited range of grammatical structures correctly.
  • Understand words and phrases in familiar situations that fulfill immediate personal needs

EAP 0120 Reading I
This is an introductory level reading course in which EAP students develop their ability to comprehend limited written materials and to build basic vocabulary.  A grade of C or better is necessary to move to EAP 0220 Reading II.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Read word by word or in short phrases.
  • Understand many common words and/or phrases.
  • Understand new words and/or phrases when the context supports the meaning.
  • Understand common sentence connectors and transitional devices.
  • Locate facts in short, simple texts.
  • Understand clearly related sentences when in context, background knowledge, or visual  information support meaning.          

EAP 0140 Writing  I
This is an introductory level writing course in which EAP students develop their ability to write grammatically correct sentences and learn basic organizational skills for paragraph writing.  A grade of C or better is necessary to move to EAP 0240 Writing II.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of sound/letter correspondence and mechanics.
  • Produce sentences and short phrases which have been previously learned.
  • Write on personal topics.
  • Demonstrate evidence of organizational ability.

EAP 0160 Grammar  I
This is an introductory level grammar course in which EAP students develop their ability to understand and use basic verb tenses and sentence patterns appropriately.  A grade of C or better is necessary to move to EAP 0260 Grammar II.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Produce simple sentences.
  • Understand and use basic verb tenses.
  • Have control over basic syntax.

EAP 0200 Speech/Listening  II
This is a high-introductory level listening and speaking course in which EAP students continue to develop their ability to understand and participate in brief conversations on familiar topics and to develop their pronunciation skills.  A grade of C or better is necessary to move to EAP 0300 Speech/Listening III.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Perform basic communication tasks in many social situations.
  • Demonstrate awareness of target culture by choosing language appropriate to   context.
  • Initiate and participate in simple conversations on topics of interest.
  • Provide added detail to facilitate conversation.
  • Attempt to use more academic vocabulary.
  • Understand new information in brief personal interactions.
  • Identify subject and details when listening to extended speech.

EAP 0220 Reading  II
This is a high introductory level reading course in which EAP students continue to develop their ability to comprehend text with emphasis on developing reading skills and vocabulary.  A grade of C or better is necessary to move to EAP 0320 Reading III.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Read simple texts on familiar topics with some fluency and speed.
  • Understand the meaning of new words from context.
  • Distinguish between main and supporting ideas which are accessible because of familiar content and/or language.
  • Use textual cues such as sentence connectors and transitional devices to comprehend the meaning and structure of a text.
  • Understand common cultural references.

EAP 0240 Writing  II
This is a high-introductory level writing course in which EAP students continue to develop their writing skills in the context of guided discourse on personal topics with an emphasis on logical thought and mechanics.  A grade of C or better is necessary to move to EAP 0340 Writing III.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Write on selected concrete and familiar topics.
  • Organize and provide support.
  • Demonstrate some control of sentence structure and punctuation to indicate sentence boundaries.

EAP 0260 Grammar  II
This is a high-introductory level grammar course in which EAP students continue to develop their control of basic grammatical structures and statement/questions patterns.  A grade of C or better is necessary to move to EAP 0360 Grammar III.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate limited control of basic sentence structures.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic grammatical structure.
  • Use simple grammatical structures with few errors.
  • Understand basic syntax.

EAP 0300 Speech/Listening III
This is an intermediate level course in which EAP students develop the speaking and listening skills necessary for participation in classroom discussions with an introduction to oral presentations and critical listening skills.  Further improvement of pronunciation is also emphasized.  A grade of C or better is necessary to move to EAP 0400 Speech/Listening IV.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use a variety of concrete and abstract vocabulary.
  • Have control over many basic and complex grammatical structures.
  • Communicate in most social situations.
  • Clarify or rephrase message to facilitate conversation.
  • Be understood by attentive listeners.

EAP 0320 Reading III
This is an intermediate level reading course for ESOL students designed to develop the ability to read text on familiar and basic academic topics. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary expansion and application of critical reading skills.  At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand Read simple texts on familiar topics with some fluency and speed.
  • Understand the meaning of new words from context.
  • Distinguish between main and supporting ideas in texts which are accessible because of familiar content and/or language.
  • Understand new information from texts with familiar language.
  • Use a variety of textual cues such as sentence connectors and pronoun reference to  comprehend the meaning and structure of a text.
  • Understand texts that are grammatically complex or on unfamiliar topics.
  • Understand common cultural
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