Beyond the Basics

Beyond the Basics is a series of advanced English classes designed for non-native English speakers. Areas of focus include Advanced Conversation and Fluency, Pronunciation, Business Writing, and Interpersonal Skills for the Workplace (negotiating, problem solving, decision making, nonverbal communication).

Classes typically meet once per week for seven or eight weeks, and there is a small fee.  All instructors hold current credentials in the field of language instruction. 


Course Details & Registration Information

Course
Beyond the Basics: Better Scores on the TOEFL iBT - Writing
Name
SEF-3001BY2
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Students taking this class are interested in/focused on taking the TOEFL iBT for entrance to university, other educational program, or for employment.
Description
Do you need to improve your score on the writing portion of the TOEFL iBT? You're not alone! Join an interactive, dynamic learning environment focused on helping you score higher on the TOEFL iBT. This course is designed to build academic language skills and boost confidence with proven test-taking strategies. Students will get hands-on experience with a simulated TOEFL iBT. Both pre and post-diagnostic tests will be given.
Course Objectives
  1. be able to describe and make use of specific strategies for taking standardized tests such as the TOEFL iBT.
  2. be able to identify specific areas of language focus for this part of the TOEFL iBT and how to work toward further improvement of these language skills.
  3. be able to have hands-on experience with a simulated TOEFL iBT exam.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Week 1: Introduction to the course, overview of the TOEFL iBT, format of the writing portion, writing diagnostic pretest, how to synthesize and summarize what has been read in textbooks and heard in/outside of class.
  2. Week 2: How to form and express an opinion in response to information.
  3. Week 3: Ensuring that the essay has a clear main idea, a good structure, well-developed ideas supported by coherent evidence.
  4. Week 4: Grammar and vocabulary review; Essay length, tone, and conclusion; Use of transitional phrases.
  5. Week 5: Review, post-test.
Contact Hours
10
CEU's
1
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
No
CE to CU Articulation
No
Prerequisites
This course is taught for advanced English language learners.
Text and Supplies Needed
Textbook subject to change. Please click on DETAILS above to see the most up-to-date textbook requirement.
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Must be taught in a computer lab
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 80% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Students may miss one class and still receive a certificate of completion.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
None
Intended Audience
Students taking this class are interested in/focused on taking the TOEFL iBT for entrance to university, other educational program, or for employment.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
  • Beyond the Basics: Business Writing for Non-Native English Speakers - COM-3711E2
  • Beyond the Basics: Advanced Conversation and Fluency - COM-3711Z3
  • Beyond the Basics: Advanced Grammar for Non-Native English Speakers - COM-3711F2
  • Beyond the Basics: Verbal Communication for Business - COM-3711G2
  • Beyond the Basics: Pronunciation for Non-Native English Speakers Part 1 - SEF-3001BR2
  • Beyond the Basics: Pronunciation for Non-Native English Speakers Part 2 - SEF-3001BQ2
Course Contact Information
Susan Shostak
919-334-1536