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English Language Institute University Preparation

The English Language Institute offers English language training for all non-native speakers of English, including immigrants, refugees, permanent residents, U.S. citizens, and foreign nationals holding all types of visas. You can register for the following classes by phone, online, or in person on campus with International Student Programs in House 6 or in Arts and Humanities Division office in R230. Payment is due at the time of registration. For additional information about our programs or to register, please call (425) 564-3185. Books and other classroom materials can be purchased at the BC Bookstore.

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ELIUP 001 Reading • 4.5 Cr.

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ELIUP 002 Speaking and Listening • 4.5 Cr.

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ELIUP 003 Writing • 9 Cr.

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ELIUP 004 University Prep-HOLD • 17.5 Cr.

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ELIUP 031 Writing Level I • 5 Cr.

Introduction and practice of sentence structure, question patterns, verb tenses, and parts of speech. Students practice academic and creative writing assignments focusing on the sentence, and learn and practice the writing process. Course is linked with ELIUP 032. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 032 Grammar Level I • 5 Cr.

Introduction to and practice of sentence structure, question patterns, verb tenses, and parts of speech. Course is linked with ELIUP 031. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 033 Reading I • 5 Cr.

Students learn to scan, locate specific information, improve comprehension, make connections between sounds and letters, build vocabulary, and use a dictionary. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 034 Speaking & Listening I • 5 Cr.

Students learn and practice using grammatical language in everyday situations, give and follow directions, ask for clarification, and apply appropriate vocabulary. Minimal pairs, intonation patterns and present and past tense verb endings are emphasized. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 041 Writing Level II • 5 Cr.

Students learn and practice more difficult sentence structures, verb tenses, modals, comparatives, adverbs of manner, and the usage of determiners and modifiers with nouns. Writing instruction emphasizes organization, transitions, examples and details, and topic sentences. Students begin to develop paragraphs. Course is linked with ELIUP 042. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 042 Grammar Level II • 5 Cr.

Students learn and practice more difficult sentence structures, verb tenses, modals, comparatives, adverbs of manner, and the usage of determiners and modifiers with nouns. Course is linked with ELIUP 041. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 043 Reading II • 5 Cr.

Students learn and practice scanning, skimming, locating main ideas, making basic inferences based on given information. In addition, they build passive and active vocabularies, guess vocabulary from context, and develop study skills. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 044 Speaking & Listening II • 5 Cr.

Continuation of work begun in Level 1. Students improve their ability to express themselves in formal and informal situations. There is a balance between speaking and listening during class. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 051 Writing Level III • 5 Cr.

Students master control of basic verb tenses in increasingly advanced intermediate level sentences and situations. They identify and produce accurate compound and complex sentences using passive, pronouns, and modals. Students apply the process of writing to paragraphs, mastering narrative, descriptive and expository modes. Greater accuracy of syntax and grammar are expected. Course is linked with ELIUP 052. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 052 Grammar Level III • 5 Cr.

Students master control of basic verb tenses in increasingly advanced intermediate level sentences and situations. They identify and produce accurate compound and complex sentences using passive, pronouns, and modals. Course is linked with ELIUP 051. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 053 Reading III • 5 Cr.

Students develop and practice comprehensive and critical reading skills including skimming, scanning, vocabulary development, etc. Identifying the author's main point of view and expressing an opinion about the passage are also emphasized. Study skills include finding materials in the library and interpreting graphs and tables. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 054 Speaking & Listening III • 5 Cr.

Students are introduced to oral presentation and begin acquiring and using analysis, organizational, and synthesis skills. Increasingly difficult oral proficiency skills are taught and practiced, including pronunciation. Students take notes, demonstrate eye contact and summarize orally. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 061 Integrated Skills IV • 5 Cr.

Course emphasizes academic writing skills, including formal instruction in sentence level expression (grammar). Assigned writing tasks are varied with an emphasis on timed writing and revision. Course is linked with ELIUP 062. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 062 Reading IV • 5 Cr.

Course emphasizes academic reading skills. Assigned reading includes a variety of lengths, styles, and levels of difficulty. Course is linked with ELIUP 061. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 063 Read and React IV • 5 Cr.

Emphasizes reading, related discussion, and critical thinking. Lengthy pieces of fiction and non-fiction are read, interpreted, evaluated and discussed. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 064 Speaking & Listening IV • 5 Cr.

Students develop their skills using lectures, presentations, and assigned readings. Oral presentation practice and development are featured. Listening skills include identifying mood and tone, anticipation of topics etc. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 065 Advanced Grammar • 5 Cr.

Students learn and practice advanced grammar constructions in both oral and written communication. Emphasis is on self-correction and practice with authentic language. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 066 American Culture • 5 Cr.

Students learn about and discuss values, assumptions, communication styles, behavior, and other aspects of cultural and ethnic diversity, concentrating specifically on American culture. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 067 English Through Film • 5 Cr.

Students increase their communication skills by viewing, discussing and thinking critically about films. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 068 Pronunciation & Accent Reduction • 5 Cr.

Students learn and practice specific difficult sounds, proper mouth position, stress, intonation, and rhythm, and how to assess and improve their own pronunciation. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 069 TOEFL Preparation • 5 Cr.

Students improve their test-taking skills, practice taking the TOEFL, and improve their listening comprehension, structure, and reading skills by focusing on specific TOEFL-type exercises. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 071 Integrated Skills V • 5 Cr.

Course emphasizes academic writing skills, including formal instruction in sentence level expression (grammar). Assigned writing tasks are varied with an emphasis on timed writing and revision. Course is linked with ELIUP 072. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 072 Reading V • 5 Cr.

Course emphasizes academic reading skills. Assigned reading includes a variety of lengths, styles, and levels of difficulty. Course is linked with ELIUP 071. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 073 Read & React V • 5 Cr.

Emphasis is on authentic material at a high level. Students read, interpret, evaluate, and discuss adult/college level fiction or non-fiction. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 074 Exploring Contemporary Issues • 5 Cr.

Course integrates instruction in speaking and listening skills through the exploration of contemporary topics. High interest topics are selected and current articles, videos and/or guest speakers are used to introduce new language and improve students' skills. Students work in teams to "present" their topics in class. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 080 Academic Preparation • 10 Cr.

Students learn and practice critical thinking, study skills, research techniques, and listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the content areas. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 084 English Through Music • 5 Cr.

Presents English grammar and vocabulary through songs in English. Students listen to different types of music (in English) to recognize and respect different perspectives of music. Students survey others about music and present their favorite songs in English to the class. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 087 English Through Technology • 5 Cr.

Designed to improve ESL students' English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills with the aid of technology, multimedia tools, and discussions related to technology. Includes activities using the internet, social media, blogs, digital photography, digital voice recording, podcasting, digital storytelling, digital video production, discussions and readings on current technology trends. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.

ELIUP 094 Special Topics in Intensive ESL • V1-10 Cr.

Covers additional topics in combination with English as a Second Language classes to help students achieve goals related to specific academic or vocational interests. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair.

ELIUP 095 Special Topics in Intensive ESL • V1-10 Cr.

Covers additional topics in combination with English as a Second Language classes to help students achieve goals related to specific academic or vocational interests. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair.

ELIUP 096 Special Topics in Intensive ESL • V1-10 Cr.

Covers additional topics in combination with English as a Second Language classes to help students achieve goals related to specific academic or vocational interests. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair.

ELIUP 097 Special Topics in Intensive ESL • V1-10 Cr.

Covers additional topics in combination with English as a Second Language classes to help students achieve goals related to specific academic or vocational interests. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair.