This module may be skipped by any student receiving a comprehension score of 60% or higher on the Focal Skills listening assessment. During the Listening Module, students will spend 3 classroom hours each day engaged in activities geared toward the development of their ability to understand normal spoken English. A variety of classroom techniques are used in this module. During the remaining classroom hour each day, students engage in semi-independent study of their choosing in the IEP resource room. This may include reading, watching movies, watching lectures on the internet, listening to books on tape, practicing writing, reviewing vocabulary with computer software, etc. This semi-independent study is done with active teacher support. Students repeat the listening module, if necessary, until they achieve a passing score on the Focal Skills listening assessment. Prerequisite: admission to the Intensive English Program.
Students may skip this module if they receive a comprehension score of 60 or better on the Focal Skills reading assessment. During the Reading Module students focus the majority of their time developing their reading skill in English. This includes both the expansion of their English vocabulary understanding of grammatical structure and the development of reading speed and fluency.
Students engage in both extensive and intensive reading activities. Extensive reading is individual silent reading for pleasure done in class with teacher support. MUM has a large collection of graded reading material, both fiction and non-fiction so that students can always find something interesting for them to read at their current reading level. Intensive reading activities involve group reading with the teacher of contemporary newspaper and magazine articles selected by the students based on their own interests. This gives students the opportunity to clarify difficult passages, acquire advanced vocabulary and discuss any unfamiliar grammatical structures as needed in the context of their reading. Students in this module will have an hour each day for semi-independent study in our resource room as described in the Listening module description above. Prerequisite: A comprehension score of 60 on the Focal Skills listening test.
Students may skip this module if they receive a score of 70 or better on the Focal Skills writing assessment. The purpose of the writing module is to develop students’ ability to write clear, grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs in English. While this is not a composition class, the elements of good writing are discussed and practiced. Students repeat this module as necessary until they achieve a passing score of the Focal Skills writing test. Students in this module will have an hour each day for semi-independent study in our resource room as described in the Listening Module description above. Prerequisite: A comprehension score of 60 on the Focal Skills listening and reading assessments.
In the advanced module, students combine the skills of reading, listening, writing, and speaking to achieve the level of academic English necessary to for success in their academic classes. Through the use of authentic materials, students refine their ability to understand college lectures, read and comprehend college textbooks, write college-level essays, give classroom presentations, and actively participate in classroom discussions. Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better on the Focal Skills listening and reading tests and 70 or better on the Focal Skills writing test.
Please note: Depending on student enrollment and at the discretion of the department director, the Writing and Advanced modules may be combined into a single module.
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