ESL Level 4

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ESL Level 4


  • Write cause and effect essays of at least four pages
  • Incorporate source material to logically and coherently support ideas
  • Use APA guidelines for formatting, and to create in-text and reference citations
  • Comprehend authentic academic (fiction and non-fiction) texts of 1,500+ words
  • Analyze the effect of authorial intent and genre on an audience.
  • Critically analyze and respond to texts
  • Understand authentic speech in order to identify and summarize main idea​s/important details
  • Speak about real-world experiences and give presentations on formal, researched topics
  • Provide cause and effect analysis for a formal presentation
  • Lead and participate in large- and small-group discussions
  • Express causative and conditional ideas with increased complexity and accuracy

Course Objectives

Level 4 grammar focuses on producing more advanced structures using all tenses and passive/active voice. Detailed studies of noun clauses, noun phrases, advanced conditionals, and passive modals are conducted. Upon completion of this level, students will be able to correctly use all verb tenses mixed in context, produce these tenses correctly in a variety of sentence structures, and incorporate these advanced forms into their writing.​​ ​​​​​​

Students entering this level should have a firm grasp of sentence structure and essay format. The focus of Level 4 writing is to research more academic sources and incorporate sources more effectively into writing, using both in-text citations and reference lists. Sentence structure instruction focuses on utilizing all sentence constructions to clearly articulate relationships between ideas. Upon completion of this level, students will be able to write 4-6 page argumentative essays using academic vocabulary and phrases to summarize and expound arguments, as well as consistently use transitions and subordination to show relationships between ideas. ​

Level 4 reading is designed to practice the same analytical skills previously learned, but in different contexts. The class focuses primarily on fiction works (short stories, poems, excerpts of longer works), and requires students to practice the same kinds of skills: basic comprehension, drawing conclusions, relating texts to other contexts, and answering longer essay questions. Literary terms are mastered, along with vocabulary and reading aloud. Students also critically analyze texts at a deeper level to understand authorial intent, audience, purpose, etc. Upon completion of this level, students will be able to read and understand short works of fiction and respond to these works through critical analysis and interpretation.​

Level 4 listening & speaking requires students to greatly expand the skills learned in previous levels. Students continue to participate in small group discussions, but will also learn how to participate in a formal debate. When giving speeches, students will incorporate PowerPoint into researched presentations. Students will also attend a CUD class, take Cornell notes, and offer a response to/summary of the lecture. ​​​

Accent and Voice Coaching focuses on increasing the confidence of students by improving stress, fluency, and pronunciation when speaking. Exercises focus on increasing clarity of expression and comfort with speaking. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use the skills learned in various speaking contexts, and will know how to navigate future pronunciation and speaking issues that may arise.​