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eli_scheduleCORE GRAMMAR

In this course you will master English grammar as you develop listening and speaking skills.  Through audio clips, videos, presentations, and plenty of conversation you will become confident understanding and expressing yourself in spoken English.

This course will enable you to successfully read and write academic English.  You will be immersed in the world of academic reading, writing, and critical thinking.  You will improve these skills and add to your vocabulary by reading articles in such areas as sociology, technology, and travel, analyzing them, and then writing your own academic papers.

In this course you will become confident speaking to different types of audiences, and confident speaking fluently with individuals.  While having fun with interesting topics that engage you and your audience in meaningful ways, you will deliver 14 speeches as well as learning and practicing techniques to maintain successful conversation.

"Intro" will introduce you to the college experience before you enter college.  You will step outside the language classroom to visit credit classes, take private tours of college departments, meet enrolled international students, and learn about useful services at the university and around the community.  And beyond Jacksonville you will explore regional historical sites, nature reserves, Fortune 500 businesses, and other attractions in the region.

This course serves as a simulation of a "real" university class, requiring academic reading, writing, and classroom discussion, while at the same time introducing you to the history of the country where you are living.

In this course you will practice the sounds of American English, including intonation, stress patterns, and other elements that fluent speakers recognize and use.  Fun activities, unique exercises for producing sound, and constructive peer analysis will encourage you to improve how you express yourself verbally.

In this optional course you can prepare for either IELTS or the TOEFL, tests that are commonly required for admission to American universities.  In the course you will learn test-taking strategies, take practice tests, and analyze correct answers.

In this optional course you can relax and watch a movie.  The selected movies will expose you to the culture of the United States, both past and present.  When the movie is over you will discuss it--describing the characters, analyzing specific scenes, and considering the cultural relevance of the movie.  Yes, there will be popcorn!

Here you are paired with a JSU student with whom you meet every week under the guidance of a teacher. In addition to gaining practice listening and speaking, you will learn more about JSU and American culture.

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