level 5 academic courses

Reading Writing Grammar
EAP 0541/1/2: Level 5 (B2 upper-intermediate)

Goal #1: Develop students’ ability to read, understand, and analyze texts on a wide range of academic themes.

Goal #2: Develop students’ ability to write academic essays that establish and maintain an argument supported by additional source material.

Goal #3: Develop students’ ability to apply increased grammatical knowledge and implement upper-intermediate level grammar in verbal and written communication.

Student Learning Outcomes


  • Demonstrate understanding of academic words critical to comprehension of level-appropriate text.
  • Use a variety of context clues to aid comprehension of unfamiliar words and phrases in upper-intermediate level readings.
  • Demonstrate reading strategies such as previewing, skimming, scanning, annotation, and note taking at the upper-intermediate level and in upper-intermediate texts.
  • Identify cohesive devices in different readings at the upper-intermediate level.
  • Identify central ideas, details, and their relationships.
  • Make inferences about meaning, mood, bias, tone, author’s position, and target audience.
  • Paraphrase and summarize upper intermediate level source materials.
  • Perform instructor-guided Internet and library searches to find credible sources of research.


  • Produce six freewriting passages on teacher-generated topics and edit for lesson focus.
  • Demonstrate ability to accurately spell and employ core academic vocabulary to enable writing about a variety of academic topics.
  • Paraphrase and summarize source material.
  • Produce four multi-paragraph essays incorporating paraphrase, summary, and citation:
    • Cause and Effect essay.
    • Compare and contrast.
    • Argument essay with detailed support for central claim.
    • Summary Response essay.
  • Use varied sentence structures and punctuation to add variety, flow, and interest to writing.
  • Create cohesion at the sentence and paragraph levels, and between paragraphs.
  • Use self-editing skills, peer-review, and instructor feedback for review and revision of essays.
  • Compose essays incorporating outside sources, under timed, exam conditions.


  • Demonstrate command of Passive Voice including form and function, passive verb forms for simple, progressive, and perfect tenses.
  • Demonstrate command of get-passive and participial adjectives.
  • Demonstrate command of adjective clauses including:
    • Adjective clauses with expressions of quantity.
    • Adjective clauses modified by where/when.
    • Use of which to modify whole sentence.
  • Demonstrate command of adverb clauses and related structures with emphasis on use of subordinators:
    • Time
    • Cause and effect
    • Direct contrast
  • Demonstrate command of past time modals/modal expressions (including negative forms):
    • Regret: should have; ought to have
    • Past conclusion: could have; may have; might have; must have
    • Obligation: had to
    • Ability: could; was/were able to
    • Expectation: was/were supposed to
  • Demonstrate command of gerunds and infinitives including:
    • Gerunds as objects of prepositions
    • Infinitives of purpose with in order to
  • Demonstrate command of coordinating conjunctions with a focus on parallel structure and paired conjunctions.
  • Demonstrate command of conditionals:
    • Real/true (present/future)
    • Unreal (present, future and past)
    • Wish and hope

Listening Speaking Pronunciation
EAP 0510/1/2: Level
5 (B2 upper-intermediate)

Goal #1: Develop students’ ability to listen to, follow, and comprehend short lectures on a variety of general and academic topics.

Goal #2: Develop students’ ability to articulate ideas in general and academic discussions and presentations with a high degree of fluency, prosody, grammar, vocabulary, and cohesive devices at the upper-intermediate level.

Goal #3: Develop students’ comprehensibility and intelligibility with a focus on use of prosody and phonemic awareness for overall effect.

Student Learning Outcomes

Listening and Speaking

  • Understand vocabulary from audio and video clips on the topics of Globalization, Education, Medicine, The Environment, Architecture, Energy, Art and Design, Aging.
  • Participate in formal class discussions on academic topics.
  • Participate in conversations demonstrating knowledge of varying interactional styles and formality.
  • Give a 6‐8-minute cause/effect‐style presentation showing evidence of research, providing proper spoken citations.
  • Identify the main ideas and distinguish relevant supporting details of an unmodified academic passage on a familiar topic.
  • Identify the main ideas and distinguish relevant supporting details of an academic listening passage on a familiar topic.
  • Identify main ideas, viewpoints, and key details in an academic discussion or conversation. 
  • Demonstrate comprehension of relationships between ideas in brief academic passages.
  • Utilize notes from lectures and academic passages to demonstrate comprehension.
  • Summarize an academic listening passage without in‐class preparation.


  • Listen for and produce consonant clusters.
  • Listen for and produce intonation for certainty and uncertainty.
  • Listen for and produce intonation for tag questions.
  • Demonstrate deliberate use of prosodic elements in academic discussion and presentations.
  • Demonstrate emphasis in contrasting questions, intonation related to emotion, and stress in word families.
  • Demonstrate consonant reductions and connected speech.
  • Listen for and demonstrate use of neutral tone of voice, and stress in hedging language.
  • Listen for and demonstrate contrastive stress in numbers and comparisons.