Chatham University

Programs of Study

+ LOW INTERMEDIATE

Level description: At the low intermediate level, students will take courses in Reading, Writing, Listening/Speaking, and Grammar. Language courses at this level are designed to develop students' social interactions and start to develop their academic English knowledge and skills. In addition to classroom instruction, students participate in out-of-class activities such as conversation hours, international parties, cultural exchanges and excursions. Upon satisfactory completion of the High Basic level, students can progress to the Intermediate level.

Level goals:
After finishing the Low Intermediate level, students will be able to:
  1. communicate with teachers, classmates, and university staff about simple issues related to their studies and daily life (oral interaction)
  2. describe orally a place, an event, and a future plan, using various sentences and tenses in a relatively organized manner (speaking)
  3. comprehend oral announcements, short descriptions, short narratives, and factual texts (listening)
  4. comprehend short descriptions, short narratives, and factual texts (reading)
  5. describe a place, an event, and a future plan, using various sentences and tenses in a short essay form (writing)
  6. Reach an overall proficiency level equivalent to TOEFL 425 or IELTS 4.5

ELI 081 Listening and Speaking (3 credits)
This course develops the students' abilities to communicate in simple tasks requiring a direct exchange of information and to participate in discussions in the classroom context. The course also focuses on developing listening comprehension skills and strategies as well as everyday and academic vocabulary.

ELI 083 Grammar (3 credits)
This course develops learners' ability to understand the meaning and use of new grammatical forms to plan and assess their spoken and written output.

ELI 085 Reading (3 credits)
This course develops students' skills in reading simple factual and literary texts. Students continue developing abilities to identify main ideas and details by answering a variety of question types. The course also focuses on developing high frequency and academic vocabulary as well as sentence structures.

ELI 087 Writing (3 credits)
This course develops students' abilities to write well-developed and fairly well-organized texts on familiar topics. The course introduces different writing process strategies and expands students' knowledge and use of vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and paragraph structure.

+ INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Description: At the Intermediate level, students will take courses in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Grammar. Language courses at this level are designed to develop students' academic English knowledge and skills. In addition to classroom instruction, students participate in out-of-the-class activities such as conversation hours, international parties, cultural exchanges and excursions. Upon satisfactory completion of the Intermediate level, students can progress to the High Intermediate level.

Level goals:
After finishing the Intermediate level, students will be able to:
  1. interact with ease with teachers, classmates, and offices on campus about topics related to their studies and daily life (oral interaction)
  2. describe orally a place, an event, and a future plan, using a variety of sentence structures, cohesive devices, and tenses (speaking)
  3. comprehend lengthy stories and descriptions and simple academic talks (listening)
  4. comprehend academic texts with relatively straightforward arguments (reading)
  5. write a relatively well-developed essay on an academic topic that contain a clear thesis, topic sentences, supporting details, and conclusion (writing)
  6. Reach an overall proficiency level equivalent to TOEFL 450 or IELTS 5.0

ELP 082 Listening/Speaking 2 (3 credits)
This intermediate level listening and speaking course is designed to develop students' knowledge and skills in academic interactions such as lectures, classroom discussions, and presentations in the classroom context. The course also focuses on developing students' listening comprehension skills and strategies, note-taking skills, and building general and academic vocabulary, as well as improving their cohesion, coherence, and clarity of speech.

ELI 084 Grammar 2 (3 credits)
This intermediate grammar course develops learners' ability to notice and understand the meaning and use of new grammatical forms in intermediate-level texts; use new grammatical forms in speaking and writing with improved accuracy; and plan, monitor, and assess their spoken and written output.

ELI 086 Reading 2 (3 credits)
This intermediate reading course develops students' skills in reading a variety of academic and literary texts. The focus is on developing students' abilities to identify the main ideas and supporting details in the reading texts and use the information in responses to readings and classroom discussions. The course also focuses on expanding students' academic vocabulary.

ELI 088 Writing 2 (3 credits)
This intermediate level writing course is designed to develop students' abilities to write well-developed, well-organized and cohesive essays on personal and academic topics. The course introduces different strategies in the writing process and expands students' knowledge and use of vocabulary, sentence structures, and organization.

+ HIGH INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

HIGH INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Description: At the High Intermediate level, rigorous English courses in composition, communication, grammar, and content-based reading courses prepare students for the English they will encounter in their academic courses and campus life in a 4-year college or university in the United States in general, and Chatham University in particular.

Level goals:
After finishing the High Intermediate level, students will be able to:
  1. tell a coherent story with various time frames, using a variety of sentence structures and cohesive devices(speaking)
  2. express opinions and support their opinions with reasons and examples in a coherent manner (speaking)
  3. comprehend straightforward authentic academic talks and lectures (listening)
  4. comprehend straightforward authentic academic texts (reading)
  5. write well-organized essay that incorporates various types of evidence (including library sources) to support their position (writing)
  6. Reach an overall proficiency level equivalent to TOEFL 500/ IELTS 5.5

ELI 091 US Culture (3 credits)
This course introduces students to various topics related to U.S. culture, values, traditions, and ways of life through readings, discussion, and reflection on experiences. It also develops students' reading skills, such as identifying the main ideas and supporting details and using the information in responses to readings and classroom discussions. The course also focuses on expanding students' academic vocabulary.

ELI 094 Writing for Success (3 credits)
This high intermediate course was designed to develop students' writing abilities to write well-developed, well-organized, and clear argumentative essays on a general or academic topic that incorporate some outside sources.

ELI 092 Communication for Success (3 credits)
This high intermediate course was designed to develop students' abilities to listen to short authentic academic talks and lectures. It also aims to develop their abilities to participate in classroom discussion and presentations.

ELI 097 Grammar 3 (3 credits)
This high intermediate grammar course was designed to develop students' ability to make grammar choices in writing as well as accuracy of their spoken English. It focuses on giving students corrective feedback, addressing common errors, teaching students' self-editing and monitoring skills, and introducing certain grammatical features useful for grammatical development.

+ ADVANCED LEVEL

Description: At the Advanced level, rigorous English courses in composition, communication, grammar, and content-based reading courses prepare students for the English they will encounter in their academic courses and campus life in a 4-year college or university in the United States in general, and Chatham University in particular. These courses also develop academic skills and content knowledge at the introductory college level. Degree-seeking students may also take these courses.

Level goals:
  1. express their opinions and support their opinions in a clear, coherent, and accurate manner (speaking)
  2. tell stories in all time frames, using appropriate cohesive devices and various sentence structures at a high level of accuracy (speaking)
  3. comprehend college-level academic lectures at a high level of accuracy (listening)
  4. comprehend college-level academic lectures at a high level of accuracy (reading)
  5. write well-organized essay that incorporates various types of evidence to support their position in a clear, coherent, and accurate manner (writing)
  6. write a well-organized research paper that incorporates outside sources in a clear, coherent, and accurate manner (writing)
  7. Reach an overall proficiency level equivalent to TOEFL 550/ IELTS 6.0-6.5

ELI 104 Academic Composition (3 credits, counts towards Humanities or Global in the General Education Curriculum)
This writing course is designed to develop the reading, writing, and research skills necessary for university study. Students will learn to identify the arguments and main ideas of assigned readings and then write their own essays in response. As academic writers, they will learn important composing strategies: forming a thesis, organizing an argument, using examples and quotations in support, developing analysis and synthesis of ideas, and addressing an audience. Through the process of scholarly research, students will locate and incorporate sources and use APA or MLA documentation in writing an extended, organized research paper. Writing will be approached as a process of drafting, revising, and editing. The course will also address vocabulary and grammar regularly.

ELI 108 Academic Communication (3 credits, counts towards Humanities or Global in the General Education Curriculum)
This advanced level course was designed to develop students' abilities to comprehend, summarize, and discuss academic lectures and academic presentations. Students will also develop their presentation skills as well as their accuracy and clarity of speech.

ELI 103 Advanced Grammar (3 credits)
TThis advanced grammar course was designed to develop students' ability to make grammar choices in writing and improve the accuracy of their written and spoken English to address writing and speaking tasks at the college level.

ELI 191 US Culture 1 (3 credits)
This course introduces students to various topics related to U.S. culture, values, traditions, and ways of life through readings, discussion, and reflection on experiences.

ELI 122 US Culture and Cinema (3 credits, counts towards Humanities or Global in the General Education Curriculum)
This course introduces students to various topics related to U.S. culture, values, traditions, and ways of life through readings, discussion, and reflection on experiences.

ELI 190 US Culture 1 (3 credits)
ThAmerican Culture/American Cinema is a reading-intensive course of study that allows the students to reflect on the cultural history and topics related to American cinema. It presents basic concepts in such a way as to encourage discussion of films. Detailed discussions of several genres, such as Comedy, The Musical, The War Film, and The Western, focus on the point at which each had the greatest impact on the industry, film aesthetics, and the broader American culture.

ELI 192 Readings in Language and Culture ((3 credits, counts towards Humanities or Global in the General Education Curriculum)
Readings in Language and Culture is a reading-intensive course that introduces students to various topics in language and culture, including the relationship among culture, communication, context, and power; cultural identities; intercultural communication; and U.S. values, traditions, and customs. Students will have opportunities to do intensive and extensive reading, discuss the content of the reading, relate what they read to their experiences, and compare different aspects of U.S. culture with their own.

ELI 193 US Culture:Pittsburgh (3 credits)
US Culture: Pittsburgh is a course of study which will acquaint each student with historical and cultural information about the city of Pittsburgh. It will also allow students to participate in and enjoy cultural experiences which are uniquely "Pittsburgh."

+ COURSES FOR PART-TIME STUDENTS

Part-time students (students on a F2 or tourist visa) can take one or two courses a semester offered by the ELP.

+ SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS

The ELP also offers customized programs to groups of participants. The length of the program can be as short as two weeks and as long as you desire. Examples of these programs are professional development programs for English language teachers, short-term language and culture programs, and short-term academic English programs. Please contact internationalaffairs@cahtham.edu to inquire about these programs.