It is the intent of the English as a Second Language program (ESL) to elevate students to a level of proficiency within the Common European Framework (CEFR) in three principal dimensions: language activities, the domains in which they occur, and the competencies on which we draw when we engage in them. We intend for all students within ESL to improve in the areas of reception (listening and reading), production (speaking and writing), interaction (speaking and writing), and mediation (translating and interpreting) to a level of competence academically and otherwise within the English language. By interacting not only within the classroom but also in the community, students find the confidence needed to listen, speak, read and write in English at a mastery level. Students will be able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. They will be able to express themselves fluently and spontaneously and use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Students will be able to produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
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