English for Speakers of Other Languages


English for Speakers of Other Languages

Barbara T. Britt-Hysell, Director

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program that provides a variety of instructional services to a broad range of students for whom American English is not their first or native language. The program critically engages the cultural traditions and perspectives that challenge a student’s analytic discernment while discovering and explaining their ideas and solving problems using higher level thinking and writing skills. We aim to learn and benefit from how culture and language affect learning, speaking, listening, and reading as well as the writing process and the evaluation of academic discourse in the college classroom. Activities include a weekly radio show and a Spectator column called “From Where I Sit” as well as on-going tutorials, weekly conversation tables, pronunciation workshops, an interactive website, and two writing intensive courses.

The courses are designed to facilitate ESOL students in sharpening their writing skills for college-level work in all academic disciplines. Both courses focus on teaching students how to organize standard academic essays and how to form clear, coherent arguments at the college level.  All students are welcome.  Both provide regular academic credit toward graduation requirements and satisfy the College-wide requirements of writing-intensive courses.


101F The American Academic Essay

Students will learn how to write deeper, clearer, richer, and more satisfying papers than they have ever written before. This course will explore the techniques and methodologies in the processes of reading, writing, and critical thinking as it concisely advises and encourages students’ intellectual development. By experimenting with genres, students will learn to pay attention to what other writers have to say and why and how they make the genre work for them.  Students will deepen their understanding of American academic writing, augmenting the confidence and strengthening the skills necessary for college-level writing and beyond. (Writing –intensive). Maximum enrollment, 12. Britt-Hysell

102S The Etymology of American Social Movements

Words matter. In collaboration with a select group of guest lecturers, we will explore which cultural-symbolic concepts are best applied to understanding social movements across disciplines: history, religion, music, art, theater, philosophy, genetics, and literature. We will examine the ideology of racism and discrimination through the lens of human rights activism, in particular, the reasons why leaders, like Cornel West, believe a coalition strategy is the best approach to the American struggle to secure equal rights for all. (Writing-intensive.) Maximum enrollment, 12. Britt-Hysell.