English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL courses offered through UDM's Language & Cultural Training Department - Academic credit is available (3 credit hours based on 38 contact hours).  Call UDM's Language & Cultural Training Department to schedule class and for rates.

For Corporate and Community-based contexts on or off campus: Individual and small group classes can run at UDM or at the job site by calling 313-993-1102.

For UDM international students who have completed or tested out of ALCP courses:  Individual or small group classes are available for UDM international students who wish to improve their English language proficiency, while pursuing their academic majors.  Courses can be created when needed during any part of term, fall, winter and summer terms.  3 academic credits are available.  After completing a diagnostic, students will be placed according to competency needs in reading, writing, listening, speaking or combination of skill areas.  Call 313-993-1191 to schedule diagnostic and to discuss student's schedule.

Language Course Offerings - level placement determined by Standard English Diagnostic proficiency test (testing appointments can be made by calling 313-993-1191 or 313-993-1102).

Courses Offered

Credits available if needed.

ESL Course Descriptions

1100/ Introductory ESL - Level I
No prerequisite-placement based on proficiency test
An introduction to the English language including its sounds, writing system, vocabulary and structure. Students will experience the four skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading in a practical scenario with individualized attention. Emphasis will be placed on culture.

1110/Introductory ESL - Level II
Prerequisite ESL 1100 or equivalent (placement based on proficiency test)
A continuation of 1100 building upon previously-acquired language fluency and aimed at augmenting vocabulary and structure in a practical context. Increasing attention will be devoted to individual student practice and needs. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate level of English grammar. Culture will continue to be emphasized.

1120/Introductory ESL - Level III
Prerequisite ESL 1110 or equivalent (placement based on proficiency test)
A third level of language study permitting the student to utilize the target language in increasingly complex ways and in more rapid speech patterns. Culture will continue to be emphasized. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate level of English grammar.

1150/ Introductory Business English - Level I
No prerequisite.
An introductory level of English designed to present students with the basics in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing in the business context. Cultural business themes will be incorporated into instruction.

2100/Intermediate ESL - Level I
Prerequisite ESL 1120 or equivalent (placement based on proficiency test)
An intermediate level of English focusing on increased structural accuracy in speaking, listening , reading and writing. Students will be exposed to print and other media to improve proficiency in the four skill areas. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate level of English grammar.

2110/Intermediate ESL - Level II
Prerequisite ESL 2100 or equivalent (placement based on proficiency test)
A continuation of 2100 integrating past vocabulary and structures into new and more sophisticated forms of speaking and enhanced reading comprehension. Students will write cohesive summaries of material read or heard. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate level of English grammar.

2120/Intermediate ESL - Level III
Prerequisite ESL 2110 or equivalent (placement based on proficiency test)
A third intermediate level of English language study in which more complex forms of speaking, listening, reading and writing will be developed and reinforced through the use of a variety of materials and activities. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate level of English grammar.

By the conclusion of 2120, most of the language's critical structures will have been introduced or practiced. Students will demonstrate increased knowledge of the English language and its effect on the world.

2150/Intermediate Business - Level II
Prerequisite 1120, 1150 or equivalent
This course is designed to improve the language skill area (speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing) in the business setting. Business cultural proficiency will be enhanced as well. Job-specific technical vocabulary is integrated into the curriculum.

3100/Advanced ESL - Level I
Prerequisite ESL 2120 or equivalent (placement based on proficiency test)
An advanced level of study of the English language in which students will combine learned elements. They will connect discourse on a variety of topics. They will read and demonstrate comprehension of longer prose of several paragraphs in length. They will demonstrate correct usage of many components of English grammar and will scaffold on that knowledge.

3110/Advanced ESL - Level II
Prerequisite ESL 3100 or equivalent (placement based on proficiency test)
This second level of advanced English language study will expose students to authentic situations to promote martering listening and reading skills. Students will initiate and sustain conversations on practical, social, professional and abstract topics, hypothesize and support their opinions in spoken and written forms. They will continue to demonstrate correct usage of many components of English grammar and will continue to build on that knowledge.

3120/Advanced ESL - Level III
Prerequisite ESL 3110 or equivalent (placement based on proficiency test)
Students participating in this third level of advanced language study will exhibit pronounced accuracy in all four language skill areas and marked cultural proficiency. They will continuously expand vocabulary and master grammatical structures in order to communicate more effectively with others.

3150 Advanced Business English - Level III
Prerequisite ESL 2120, 2150 or equivalent (placement based on proficiency test)
An advanced level of business language study designed to increase precision in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Job-specific technical vocabulary is emphasized. Advanced cultural themes are an integral part of course themes and vocabulary.

3160 Accent Reduction
Prerequisite 3100 or equivalent
Designed for students who want to improve their speaking and listening skills. Instruction focuses on subject matter comprehension, discussion, and the improvement of speech articulation and pronunciation. Where a need is indicated, academic and business presentations are included. Those in business learn to improve their oral presentation skills.

3950 Advanced Conversation - Part I
Prerequisite ESL 3120 or equivalent
An advanced level of language study which focuses on improving participant's oral/aural proficiency by having them initiate and sustain dialogue in diverse subjects.

3950 Advanced Conversation - Part II
Prerequisite Advanced Conversation Part I
A second level of advanced conversation designed to improve fluidity of speech and usage of the language. Student will demonstrate fluency of English language through dialogue with others broadening the scope of subject matter.

3980 Advanced Reading/Writing
Prerequisite 2120 or equivalent
An advanced level of language in which selected short stories, poems and passages from contemporary literature are read, and comprehension of material is demonstrated through discussion.

3990 Advanced Culture (1 or 3 credits)
No prerequisite.
An advanced level of language in which selected short stories, poems and passages from contemporary literature are read, and comprehension of material is demonstrated through discussion.