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Top IEPA 002NC FOUNDATION LISTENING/SPEAKING (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Engages students in activities that familiarize them with English pronunciation and conversation models. They learn to participate in basic conversations on everyday topics using formulaic expressions and understand and give basic instructions. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: Placement Test ELLL(0)

Top IEPA 003NC ORIENTATION: SKILLS FOR LIVING IN THE U.S. (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Focus on helping international students adjust to living in the United States. The emphasis is on developing skills and strategies that contribute to success in- and out of the classroom. Additional topics include personal safety, health, and American culture. Graded P/N only. PREREQS: New students only.

Top IEPA 005NC TEST PREPARATION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Become familiar with the components and question types of standardized math (ALEKS), English language (IELTS), and graduate school examinations (varies by section). Learn test-taking strategies and focus on the language skills that are essential for success on the examinations. Graded P/N only. This course is Level 5 or above. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits.

Top IEPA 007NC FOUNDATION READING/VOCABULARY (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Engages students in activities that familiarize them with the English alphabet and the most common sight words building up to sentence-level understanding. Extensive practice with activities designed to help students identify and scan for details in adapted materials. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: Placement Test ELRL(0)

Top IEPA 008NC PRONUNCIATION AND ORAL FLUENCY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Improve spoken English by learning ways to pronounce words and phrases more clearly. Work on areas such as stress, linking, intonation and individual problem sounds. Get individual instructor feedback, focusing on specific target areas. Graded P/N only. This course is Level 3 or above. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits.

Top IEPA 009NC FOUNDATION WRITING/GRAMMAR (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Engages students in activities that familiarize them with English spelling and writing conventions. They learn to write simple sentences with basic grammar for everyday purposes. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: Placement Test ELRL(0)

Top IEPA 011NC ACADEMIC LISTENING/SPEAKING 1 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of basic listening and speaking skills. Extensive practice with activities designed to help students listen and respond to authentic and adapted texts about everyday topics and classroom language. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELLL(1)

Top IEPA 013NC GUIDED LEARNING (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Designed to support learning taking place in Foundation and Level 1 classes. Students meet in the Learning Center and manage their learning using individualized activities which are provided by the instructor. Primary focus is on vocabulary and basic English skills. Graded P/N only. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits. PREREQS: Placement Test EWRL(1) and Placement in Level 1 courses.

Top IEPA 014NC ACADEMIC READING/VOCABULARY 1 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of basic reading and vocabulary skills. Extensive practice with activities designed to help students read adapted texts about everyday topics. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(1)

Top IEPA 018NC ACADEMIC WRITING/GRAMMAR 1 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of forms and patterns of basic English grammar used in simple sentences and paragraphs. Extensive practice with activities designed to help students understand and produce grammatical structures necessary for achievement of Level 1 learning outcomes. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(1)

Top IEPA 021NC ACADEMIC LISTENING/SPEAKING 2 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of listening and speaking skills with a movement beyond the basic level. Extensive practice with activities designed to help students comprehend longer listening texts on a wider range of topics and improve conversational skills. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELLL(2)

Top IEPA 024NC ACADEMIC READING/VOCABULARY 2 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of reading and vocabulary skills with a movement beyond the basic level. Extensive practice with activities designed to help students comprehend longer texts on a wider range of topics. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(2)

Top IEPA 028NC ACADEMIC WRITING/GRAMMAR 2 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of forms and patterns of English grammar used in paragraphs and compositions. Extensive practice with activities designed to help students understand and produce grammatical structures necessary for achievement of Level 2 learning outcomes. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(2)

Top IEPA 031NC ACADEMIC LISTENING/SPEAKING 3 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of listening and speaking skills with a movement toward academic tasks and projects at Level 3. Extensive practice in longer and more varied listening with a focus on developing listening and note taking strategies in addition to presentational skills. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top IEPA 032NC ACADEMIC READING/WRITING/GRAMMAR 3 (9) 
Developing of reading, writing, and grammar skills with a movement toward academic tasks and projects at Level 3. Extensive practice in longer and more varied reading with a focus on developing reading and vocabulary acquisition strategies. In writing and grammar, focus in on developing syntax and composition skills. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 27 credits.

Top IEPA 033NC GUIDED LEARNING (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Designed to support the learning taking place in Level 3 classes. Students meet in the Learning Center and assume greater responsibility for their learning, including setting and evaluating goals with the help of the instructor. Includes computer-assisted learning. Graded P/N only. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits. PREREQS: Placement in Level 3 courses.

Top IEPA 034NC ACADEMIC READING/VOCABULARY 3 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of reading and vocabulary skills with a movement toward academic tasks at Level 3. Extensive practice in longer and more varied reading with a focus on developing reading and vocabulary acquisition strategies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(3)

Top IEPA 035NC INTRODUCTION TO TOEFL (3) 
Instruction and practice in the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar required for IELTS or TOEFL (both iBT and paper-based) success. Introduction to the forms and sections of the test with materials suitable for Level 3 and 4 students. May be taken for two consecutive terms. Graded P/N only. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits.

Top IEPA 038NC ACADEMIC WRITING/GRAMMAR 3 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of writing and grammar skills with a movement toward academic tasks and projects at Level 3. Extensive practice with activities designed to help students develop syntax and composition skills. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(3)

Top IEPA 041NC ACADEMIC LISTENING/SPEAKING 4 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Further development of academic listening and speaking skills with a strong emphasis on critical thinking in the listening of lengthier, more complex listenings appropriate to Level 4. Extensive practice in listening and note taking to adapted lectures as well as discussions and presentations in small and large groups. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top IEPA 042NC ACADEMIC READING/WRITING/GRAMMAR 4 (9) 
Development of formal, academic writing skills including researching, analyzing and organizing the standard academic essay, using paraphrases, summaries, and quotations at Level 4. Introduction of the concept of intellectual property and referencing. Strong emphasis on critical thinking in the reading of lengthier, more complex material. Developing increased fluency, grammatical accuracy, and cohesion appropriate for Level 4. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 27 credits.

Top IEPA 043NC IDL (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Individualized Directed Learning (IDL) classes meet in the Learning Center. Students assume more responsibility for their learning, including goal setting and self-monitoring with the instructor providing a framework and a contractual agreement. Designed to support learning in Level 4. Focus is on compensating for gaps in skills and on specialized needs. Graded P/N only. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits.

Top IEPA 044NC ACADEMIC READING/VOCABULARY 4 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Further development of reading and vocabulary skills with a strong emphasis on critical thinking in the reading of lengthier, more complex material appropriate to Level 4. Extensive practice on developing reading fluency and vocabulary acquisition strategies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(4)

Top IEPA 048NC ACADEMIC WRITING/GRAMMAR 4 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of formal, academic writing skills including researching, analyzing and organizing the standard academic essay, using paraphrases, summaries, and quotations at Level 4. Introduction of the concept of intellectual property and referencing. Extensive practice with activities designed to help students develop more complex sentences appropriate to academic writing. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(4)

Top IEPA 049NC SPECIAL TOPICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
English Through Photography--Improve English language skills through reading, listening, writing and speaking about photography and by taking and showing photographs. Enhance ability to evaluate and describe in both written and oral form using photographs, and expand vocabulary of technical and art related terms. English Through Movies--Explore American culture and English language through the careful viewing of major motion pictures. Using theme-related background material and vocabulary, students enhance their appreciation of movies from various genres. Comprehension tasks aid a deeper understanding of characters, plot action and themes. Opportunities for small group and class discussion. Open to Level 3 and above. The World of Video Games--Practice English reading, writing, listening, and speaking by learning about the many facets of the video game industry. Learn not only about video game design and criticism, but also study other related academic topics such as computer science, business, marketing, and psychology. English Through Drama--Learn techniques that actors use for better self-expression. Discover how intonation, body language and facial expressions change the meaning of the message. Activities include theater games, role plays, and writing and acting out scripts. No previous acting experience necessary. Critical Listening and Speaking--Participate in debates and listening activities which focus on being critical about various topics. Spoken presentations could involve persuasive speeches, critical analyses of local/state events/laws, impromptu discussions and debates, watching an episode of a televised debate for discussion, critical reflective reports on students' own progress in different classes. Listening activities will involve more critical components, utilizing tools taught in the classroom. News and Views--Using print and broadcast media, get information and practice giving opinions on current issues in the news. Activities include reading newspapers and magazines, listening to TV, Internet and radio broadcasts, taking tours of local media operations and participating in class discussions. Intermediate Vocabulary Building--Learn to understand and produce 120 of the 500 most common words on the Academic Word List. Develop skills and strategies to decode unfamiliar words and--through self-assessment, reflection, reading, word study strategies, discussion, writing, and games--learn to use target words accurately in speaking and writing. English for Engineers--Become familar with the engineering methods and vocabulary needed to communicate effectively on group projects in an academic setting. Redesign a consumer product using MEA principles and engineering design principles, participate with on-campus organizations, and undertake problem-solving tasks using technology. Academic Success--Focus on effective materials organization, instructors' expectations, reading strategies, using one's individual learning style to study, how to understand and complete homework assignments, time management, and how to access learning support services. Keep a journal about experiences during the term and complete a portfolio of work throughout the term. English for Business--Focus on English for communication in professional business contexts. Develop writing, listening, reading, and speaking skills related to the U.S. and international business world through discussion of real-life scenarios and interactive activities. Produce high quality business-related materials such as resumes and digital integrate them into the community. presentation materials. INTO Adventure--Develop English language skills and critical thinking skills by exposure to a variety of adventure education and recreation pursuits. The course employs experiential learning, and students participate in adventure recreation activities designed to help better All sections designed for Level 4 and above. All sections graded P/N only. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 45 credits.

Top IEPA 050NC ACADEMIC READING/WRITING 5 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Primary focus on more sophisticated development and greater accuracy in writing essays and research papers, with accountability for sources of information at Level 5. Introduction of authentic college-level material to be read with increasingly discriminating ability, including an expanding awareness of opposing viewpoints. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top IEPA 051NC ACADEMIC LISTENING/SPEAKING 5 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Primary focus on developing listening and speaking skills for use in an academic context at Level 5. Assignments include researched expository and persuasive class presentations. Emphasis is on developing note-taking skills using authentic lectures at normal speed and on listening to guest speakers. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top IEPA 052NC GUIDED OBSERVATION (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Designed to prepare Level 5 or 6 students for the American university classroom. With instructor guidance, students select an OSU course to observe all term, become familiar with classroom practices and develop English skills, especially listening and note-taking. Discuss, write about and compare observations and explore relevant topics in American higher education. Graded P/N only. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top IEPA 055NC TOEFL PREPARATION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Develop strategies to improve scores on the iBT TOEFL exam for students at Level 5 or 6. Practice all skills, particularly integrated skills. Learn test-taking strategies and practice aspects and structures that occur frequently. Learn about the components of both iBT and paper-based tests. Become familiar with common question types. May be taken for two consecutive terms. Graded P/N only. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits.

Top IEPA 056NC ACADEMIC EXTENSIONS (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Integrated course that reinforces skills and strategies needed to be successful in a US university. Opportunities to improve comprehension of lectures, note-taking skills, and ability to work in groups. Additional focus on academic reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary study. This course is designed to be taken in place of IEPA 050 or IEPA 051. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top IEPA 057NC ADVANCED GRAMMAR THROUGH WRITING (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Increase the ability to recognize and use correct advanced grammar structures at Level 5 or 6. Develop increased fluency and accuracy in writing. Practice and perfect more complex grammatical structures, particularly those used frequently in university-level writing. May be taken for two consecutive terms. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits.

Top IEPA 059NC SPECIAL TOPICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Advanced Vocabulary Building--Develop and increase vocabulary used in an academic context. Get multiple exposures to target words from the Academic Word list through self-assessment, reflection, word study strategies, reading, discussion, writing and games. Creative Nonfiction--Develop critical thinking skills while reading and responding to creative nonfiction texts including narratives, descriptive essays, and biographies. Develop vocabulary skills while practicing using new vocabulary in new contexts. Develop a unique voice while writing creative nonfiction essays. Improve reading comprehension through exposure to vocabulary in creative contexts. English Through History--Develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as thought learning about world history. Read stories and articles and watch documentaries about different historical periods and teach classmates about parts of your country's history through short essays, stories, discussions and presentations. Critical Thinking Through Reading and Writing-- An introduction to the theory of critical thinking development and how awareness of critical thinking abilities impact academic (and personal success. Learn how critical thinking applies to core language skills, as well as its application in learning, culture and the workplace. Critical Thinking Through Listening and Speaking-- Develop critical thinking skills through classroom reflection and discussion activities. Practice listening and note taking skills through student chosen podcasts, videos, and lectures. English for Business-- Focus on English for communication in professional business contexts. Develop writing, listening, reading, and speaking skills related to the U.S. and international business world through discussion of real-life scenarios and interactive activities. Produce high quality business-related materials such as resumes and digital presentation materials. English for Business-- Focus on English for communication in professional business contexts. Develop writing, listening, reading, and speaking skills related to the U.S. and international business world through discussion of real-life scenarios and interactive activities. Produce high quality business-related materials such as resumes and digital presentation materials. All sections open to Level 5 or 6 and graded P/N only. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 27 credits.

Top IEPA 060NC ACADEMIC READING/WRITING 6 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of reading and writing skills and strategies at Level 6 to prepare students for reading tasks based on academic content as encountered in university classes. Focused on skills such as analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and critical thinking. Emphasis on skills required to produce a university-level research paper. Work focuses on writing critical reactions to readings, summarizing and paraphrasing. Evaluation and synthesis of information from a variety of sources, including library and online resources. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top IEPA 061NC ACADEMIC LISTENING/SPEAKING 6 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Focus on comprehending university-level material at Level 6. Note-taking skills are enhanced through a variety of listening activities including lectures. Students learn to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and respond to information through class discussions and oral reports. Emphasis on improving ability to demonstrate competent presentation skills for use in an undergraduate or graduate setting. Focus on incorporating outside sources from library and online research into presentations. Activities include group discussion, presentations, fluency exercises and practice developing compensatory strategies. Strong focus on self-evaluation and peer critique. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top IEPA 066NC ADVANCED ACADEMIC EXTENSIONS (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Integrated course that reinforces and expands skills and strategies need to be successful in a US university. Opportunities to improve comprehension of lectures, note-taking skills, and ability to work in groups. Additional focus on critical thinking, academic reading comprehension, academic writing fluency, and vocabulary study. This course is designed to be taken in place of IEPA 060 or IEPA 061. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top IEPA 098NC COMMUNICATION FOR IGTAs (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Enhance communication with American university students by practicing the skills IGTAs need to deliver materials in their fields: pronunciation, presentation skills and intercultural communication. Make presentations applying the language and communication skills learned in class. An independent panel of students and faculty evaluate the final presentations. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.



 
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