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Top IEPG 001NC PRONUNCIATION (3) 
Focuses on developing pronunciation skills for GE students of all levels. Activities include audio journals, presentations, and conversations. Students practice vowel sounds, word and sentence stress, and intonation to improve clarity and fluency of speech. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 003NC TOURISM FOR EVERYONE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Focuses on vocabulary and commonly spoken English for Special Programs' short-term groups. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 005NC AMERICAN IDIOMS (6) 
Develops vocabulary emphasizing common and popular colloquial, slang, and idiomatic expressions in English. Students practice their skills with idioms in live conversations, classroom listening and speaking activities, and interviews with native speakers. Other emphases include pronunciation, intonation, and appropriate use of idiomatic vocabulary. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 006NC FOUNDATION PREP READING (6) 
Engages students in activities that familiarize them with the English alphabet and spelling conventions, and the most common sight words building up to sentence-level understanding. They learn to identify and scan for details in adapted materials from written sources including calendars, timetables, schedules, signs, leaflets, brochures and advertisements. Prepares students for the language use at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 007NC FOUNDATION PREP VOCABULARY (6) 
Engages students in activities that familiarize them with the English alphabet and survival vocabulary. They learn to recognize and use survival vocabulary and communicate personal information and basic needs. Prepares students for the language use at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 008NC EXPLORING THE WORLD (6) 
Focuses on vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension skills. Students explore a variety of topics related to geography, culture, travel, technology, and the environment. Activities include presentations on global topics, reading activities, and vocabulary activities. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 009NC FOUNDATION PREP LISTENING/SPEAKING (6) 
Engages students in activities that familiarize them with English pronunciation and conversation models. They learn to participate in basic conversations on survival topics using formulaic expressions and understand and give basic instructions. Prepares students for the language use at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 010NC READING/WRITING 1 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of basic reading and writing skills. Using topics from everyday life, focus is on vocabulary, spelling, sentence and paragraph writing and reading of short passages. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 011NC LISTENING/SPEAKING 1 (9)  Offered in current or future terms
Designed to provide the language and cultural tools for survival in an English-speaking environment. Primary focus is on basic English words, phrases and sentences and the ability to use them appropriately in practical, everyday contexts through short conversations and oral reports. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 013NC MEDIA LAB (3) 
Designed to develop individual, independent learning and language acquisition strategies, including goal setting and self-monitoring. Guided by instructors, students make use of digital, print, and audio media to improve specific language skills, such as listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, etc. Focus is on compensating for gaps in skills and on specializing needs. Classes meet in the Learning Center. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 017NC PRACTICAL GRAMMAR 1 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Study of forms and patterns of basic English grammar used in everyday conversations and simple sentences. Primary focus is on students being able to understand and produce grammatical structures necessary for achievement of Level 1 learning outcomes. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 020NC READING/WRITING 2 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of reading and writing skills beyond basic level. Reading focus is on comprehending longer texts on a wider range of topics. Writing focus continues sentence and paragraph work and introduces basic composition skills. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(2)

Top IEPG 021NC LISTENING/SPEAKING 2 (9)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of listening and speaking skills beyond the basic level. Primary focus is to practice and expand listening and conversational skills. Students participate in discussions, conduct interviews and make short oral reports using everyday English vocabulary. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELLL(2)

Top IEPG 026NC AE PREPARATION (6) 
Preparation for study in the Academic English Program. Read and listen to content on topics common in university classrooms. Gain vocabulary knowledge and develop skills such as note-taking and outlining. Explore the campus firsthand to learn about the American university system. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 027NC PRACTICAL GRAMMAR 2 (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Review and practice of Level 1 grammar and development and use of the basic forms and patterns of Level 2 grammar. Primary focus is on speaking, listening, and writing activities using the targeted structures. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 029NC SPECIAL TOPICS (3 or 6)  Offered in current or future terms
ST/ENGLISH THROUGH ANIMATION (6): Develops the ability to understand authentic spoken English. By watching animated popular TV segments, students will learn to understand English as it is really spoken. In addition to developing listening skills, students develop their speaking ability, expand their vocabulary base, and deepen their understanding of culture in the U.S. and in the countries of classmates. Conversation and speaking will be emphasized through the use of dialogue. Graded P/N. ST/ENGLISH THROUGH MUSIC (6): Course focus is on strengthening listening and idiomatic vocabulary skills through music in English. Goals of vocabulary activities with song lyrics include increasing students' knowledge of idiomatic, slang, and cultural expressions, as well as how more common, familiar words are used in expressive, poetic, and unique ways. English through Music will significantly enhance and strengthen students' listening skills through a variety of activities. Graded P/N. ST/ENGLISH FOR TOURISM (6): Learn vocabulary and commonly spoken English for working in the tourism industry and for traveling. Prepare to manage a restaurant, work for an airline, give tours or share the history and culture of your country with others. Graded P/N. ST/ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS (6): Students learn the conventions of business and professional demonstrations. Focus is on specialized vocabulary for communicating professional information clearly and fluently. Students practice creating job resumes and cover letters, as well as hold mock interviews and business conferences. Graded P/N. ST/GLORIOUS FOOD (3): Course focuses on the vocabulary of cooking and food preparation. Primary emphasis is on cross-cultural communication. Students share culinary traditions from their home countries and learn about American food culture. Students present on traditional foods and diets. Class discussions also involve conversations about nutrition, healthy, and unhealthy eating. Graded P/N. ST/PRESENT YOURSELF (6): Focuses on learning the necessary skills in for giving effective presentations on a range of topics in a variety of situations. Graded P/N. ST/AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CULTURE (6): Focuses on helping students adapt to university culture. Students learn and practice everyday language used on a college campus, explore cultural differences in communication, and learn about services and programs available on and near campus. Graded P/N. ST/SPELLING (3): Focuses on fundamental rules for correct spelling. Students learn and practice rules to help them improve spelling, learn spelling rules about consonant and vowel sounds, and understand links between pronunciation and spelling. In addition, students practice computer skills to improve writing. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 030NC READING/WRITING 3 (6) 
Engages students in a variety of texst and compositions. They summarize the main points in adapted fiction on non-fiction from popular sources, skim for main ideas, and scan for specific details in factual texts. They acquire the basics of paragraph writing. They summarize factual information and describe personal experiences will enough to make another person understand the main points. Prepares students for language use at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(3)

Top IEPG 031NC LISTENING/SPEAKING 3 (9) 
Engages students in communication about practical topics and problems. They listen to recordings of adapted material to understand the main points. They learn to give personal opinions in informal conversations, solve practical problems find out information, and ask for and follow detailed directions. They give short prepared presentations on personal experiences or other very familiar topics. Prepares students for language use at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELLL(3)

Top IEPG 033NC ENGLISH THROUGH LITERATURE (6) 
Course focus is on strengthening reading comprehension and vocabulary skills through reading adapted English novels and novellas, while introducing students to English history and culture through literature. Activities include summary presentation, active reading strategies, and extensive class discussion about literary themes, concepts, and the relationships between those themes and current events. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 035NC VOCABULARY BUILDING (6)  Offered in current or future terms
Develop and increase vocabulary used in classroom and social contexts. Students receive multiple exposures to target words from leveled word lists through self-assessment, reflection, word study strategies, reading, discussions, writing, and games. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 037NC PRACTICAL GRAMMAR 3 (6) 
Focus on more tenses and aspects of English grammar. Students begin combining tenses learned in Level 2 with those studied in Level 3 to develop increasingly complex sentences for use and practice in conversations, sentences and short compositions. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 039NC SPECIAL TOPICS (6) 
ST/ENGLISH THROUGH MOVIES (6): Designed to explore 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 in deepening understanding of characters, plot actions, and themes. Classroom activities also include opportunities for small group and class discussion. ST/FANFICTION (6): Explore an important movie or short novel/short story. Develop comprehension skills, vocabulary and grammar structures while learning about the culture of the story. Then use the story as a base to write original fiction by practicing writing structures and literary elements important in creative writing. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 040NC READING/WRITING 4 (6) 
Engages students in activities that help them communicate in various social and cultural contexts. They scan authentic and adapted materials to identify information of practical use and identify the purpose, point of view, tone and conclusions in informative and persuasive texts. They learn to write coherent and cohesive paragraphs and longer texts with reasonable accuracy. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELRL(4)

Top IEPG 041NC LISTENING/SPEAKING 4 (9) 
Engages students in the use of informal spoken English. They listen to adapted and authentic recordings to understand main ideas and details. They learn to express themselves on a variety of subjects in everyday conversations. They learn to give instructions, explain problems, and make complaints. They give prepared presentations on cultural topics. Prepares students for language use at the B1+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELLL(4)

Top IEPG 049NC SPECIAL TOPICS (6) 
ST/ALL ABOUT OREGON (6): Introduces students to the diversity of Oregon culture, geography, geology, history and folklore. The course is both content based, teaching general information about Oregon, and language focused, with an emphasis on content-related vocabulary, listening strategies and reading skills. Students are encouraged to actively participate in learning by taking a field trip to a relevant site of interest. ST/ENGLISH THROUGH POPULAR SCIENCE CULTURE (6): Designed to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking through current scientific discoveries and innovations. Insights learned from recent advances in science will provide practical knowledge for the workplace environment and relevant relational dynamics. Graded P/N. ST/AMERICAN STUDIES (6): Introduces students to the culture and history of America through diverse readings, videos, audio recordings, and first-hand experiences. Skill emphases include vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension. Students create presentations to share what they learn about American traditions and customs. Class discussions explore the culture and history of the United States and its international relations with students' home countries. Graded P/N. ST/OUTDOOR PURSUITS (6): Designed to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking through interaction with common outdoor activities. Learn about how to live a healthy and environmentally aware lifestyle from insights from local experts in the university and local community. Graded P/N. ST/STRATEGIES FOR INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (6): Develops the necessary skills for effective communication in small groups. This course will help students learn helpful language for collaborating with a team, provides strategies for navigating complicated discussions, and builds confidence in communication in English. Graded P/N. ST/CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION (6): Explore what culture is, what influences it, and how it affects the way people understand the world and communicate with others. Students learn about American culture, behaviors, norms, and values, and those of their classmates by comparing them to each other through a variety of interactive activities. Students have the opportunity to share a classroom with American university students. Graded P/N. ST/IT'S NEWS TO ME (6): Course focuses on reading and vocabulary comprehension skills and conversation skills through the use of adapted and authentic news media sources, including print newspapers, news radio, and news video. Students become familiar with the conventions of journalistic writing and learn about the structure of English language newspapers. Activities include reading comprehension tasks, analysis of news stories, presentations, and creating a class newspaper. ST/BUSINESS VOCABULARY BUILDING (6): Course focuses on improving the use of business English vocabulary and idioms. Students learn and apply a variety of authentic words from the text, in-class activities, and assigned practice to help them communicate more effectively in a business context. The course focuses on both acquisition of targeted vocabulary and strategies for decoding and retention. Graded P/N. ST/ENGLISH THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY (6): Focuses on improving English language skills through reading, listening and speaking about photography and by actually taking and showing photographs. Students will spend time outside of class to take pictures and then talk about the pictures in class. Presentations will be given about one's own photographs. Graded P/N. ST/ENGLISH THROUGH VOLUNTEERING (6): English and critical thinking skills are developed by exploring social and environmental issues in class and then by putting that knowledge into action by volunteering for community organizations. In the classroom, English skills are developed through discussions, reading, writing, and listening to people talk about the issues. The students will then go out into the community with the class to do meaningful volunteer activities, such as helping to build a house and grow vegetables for needy families (Session 1) or sharing one's culture and talents with children and seniors (Session 2). Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top IEPG 051NC LISTENING/SPEAKING 5 (9) 
Engages students in the use of standard spoken English. They listen to authentic radio, TV, podcasts, Internet and other media to understand main ideas and details. They learn to express themselves more naturally in conversation. They evaluate problems, lead class discussions, and give informal or formal presentations on contemporary topics. American culture is included in materials and activities. Prepares students for language use at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: or Placement Test ELLL(5)



 
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