Enrichment Courses

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The Center offers a variety of enrichment courses that are interesting and make learning English fun. These courses provide you with many opportunities to interact with teachers, other students and people in Philadelphia. They also help you develop your English skills while you are participating in interesting activities.

Courses Offered

American Idioms will help students to gradually develop and build an awareness of informal, non-academic American idiomatic expressions. Students at the beginning of the course may not be accustomed to using or recognizing idioms in either oral or written discourse. The goal of this course is to prepare students to recognize commonly used written and spoken idioms, use them appropriately in a variety of speaking and writing activities, and react appropriately to them.

Advanced English for Business aims to help students at the advanced level learn the specialized language required for business courses and careers. Students will develop receptive skills by reading and listening to business news items and reports. They will work on the productive skills needed for writing and revising business correspondence such as emails and those needed for summarizing business materials and reports. They will also develop the skills required for taking part in spoken business interactions.​

 

Advanced English for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a project-based enrichment course that aims to help students at the advanced level learn the specialized language required for STEM.  This active class is appropriate for all language learners, including those preparing for STEM courses and careers. Students will develop receptive skills by reading and listening to STEM articles, reports, and videos. They will work on the productive skills needed for writing and revising STEM texts such as reports, summaries, and correspondence. They will also develop the skills required for taking part in spoken interactions, including describing processes, giving and following instructions, and giving and receiving feedback.

English Podcasting is a technology-enhanced language course for students who wish to primarily develop their listening skills by selecting, reviewing, and analyzing popular English-language podcasts. By the end of the course, students will know how to improve their English through using podcasts. Specifically, students will learn and practice active listening skills in order to turn podcasts into authentic learning materials for vocabulary development and speaking. In addition, students will also be tasked with self-directed learning by identifying and reporting on podcast episodes which they will find and choose on their own. As a final course project, students in small groups will create their own podcast episode and present this to the class.  Each Tuesday, students will practice their skills through interactions with Americans either by engaging in chatting sessions or by doing volunteer work.  You will choose your “Tuesday Experience” during the first week of class.  Attendance in these experiences is required and will count as a class assignment.

One Book, One Philadelphia focuses on building advanced critical reading skills Each January, The Free Library of Philadelphia sponsors the One Book, One Philadelphia project during which Philadelphia-area citizens come together to read and discuss one designated book.  The Library sponsors many events throughout the region focused on the theme of the chosen book including discussions with the author, organized book discussion groups at area coffee shops, arts events focused on an aspect of the book, presentations by experts on the topic, and many other interesting and engaging  activities.  In this class, we will read the novel together and examine the culture, language, and insight offered by the themes of the novel.  Students will work in small groups to analyze the novel, create a final project focused on one of the events or characters in the book, and attend Chatting with Americans on Tuesdays to discuss the themes with everyday Americans.   They will also attend at least one public event sponsored by the One Book, One Philadelphia project.

Writing Workshop teaches the skills necessary to perform well on timed writing assignments. Drawing from selected readings and online videos, students learn to outline, synthesize, and argue a point of view. Students also practice and apply target grammar and sentence structures in their writing. Throughout the course, students will gradually develop the skills necessary to form essay responses that address selected authors’ arguments and opinions using accurate grammar and essay structure within a specified time frame.  Each Tuesday, students will practice their skills through interactions with Americans either by engaging in chatting sessions or by doing volunteer work.  You will choose your “Tuesday Experience” during the first week of class. Attendance in these experiences is required and will count as a class assignment.

High Intermediate

 

High Intermediate English for Business aims to help students learn the specialized language required for business courses and careers. Students will develop the comprehension needed to read and listen to business news items. They will also work on the skills needed for writing business correspondence and synthesizing business texts and audio materials. They will also develop the skills required for taking part in spoken business interactions.​

Writing Workshop teaches the skills necessary to perform well on timed writing assignments. Drawing from selected readings and online videos, students learn to outline, synthesize, and argue a point of view. Students also practice and apply target grammar and sentence structures in their writing. Throughout the course, students will gradually develop the skills necessary to form essay responses that address selected authors’ arguments and opinions using accurate grammar and essay structure within a specified time frame.  Each Tuesday, students will practice their skills through interactions with Americans either by engaging in chatting sessions or by doing volunteer work.  These “Tuesday Experiences” are a required class assignment.

All Intermediate

Grammar Workshop will focus on the grammar students need to correct their own, individual grammar errors.  Based on an initial skills assessment, the instructor will focus lessons on the aspects of grammar that students need most.  The lessons will focus on explicit grammar lessons as well as grammar in context, and students will practice grammar from both perspectives.  This will help students succeed in their other IELP courses, on tests, and in university classes or other situations that require accurate grammar production. 

IELTS Prep: Listening and Reading prepares students to perform well on the listening and reading sections of the IELTS test. Students at the beginning of the course may have minimal or no experience with taking this test. The goal of this course is for students to gradually develop listening and reading skills, including locating and understanding information in spoken and written texts, and using this information to answer questions typically found on the IELTS test.

IELTS Prep: Writing and Speaking aims to prepare students at the high-intermediate level or above to perform well on the speaking and writing sections of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test. Students at the beginning of the course may have minimal or no experience with taking this test. The goal of this course is for students to gradually develop speaking and writing skills, including accurately describing and summarizing visual information, writing a discursive essay, responding to questions in a fluent and coherent manner.

Intermediate English for STEM is a project-based enrichment course that aims to help students at intermediate and high intermediate levels learn the specialized language required for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). This active class is appropriate for all language learners, including those preparing for STEM courses and careers. Students will develop receptive skills by reading and listening to STEM news items. They will work on the productive skills needed for writing short texts including emails, paragraphs, and short essays. They will also develop the skills required for taking part in spoken interactions, including describing characteristics and processes, giving and following instructions, and understanding and answering questions. The main theme for this course will be an exploration of the sustainability initiatives at Temple University

TOEFL Prep will familiarize students with the TOEFL test including the test format and test-taking strategies. By analyzing various TOEFL question types, students will learn how the skills are scored. Sample test and exercises will reinforce learned skills. Prior experience with TOEFL is not required. Course materials are included.

TOEFL Practice will provide students the opportunity to apply the test-taking strategies of  iBT TOEFL test and enhance the back ground knowledge of various subjects covered in the test. Based on their prior knowledge of the test format, students will also practice the computer skills needed for each section. Prior knowledge and the iBT TOEFL test taking experience are helpful for taking this course.

University Life and Culture will help students improve speaking and listening skills while examining university life and American culture.  By exploring the campus, meeting Temple University professors, advisors, and students, visiting university classes and meeting Americans from all walks of life, students in this course will gain a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences between Americans and their home countries while also experiencing university life.  In addition to the excursions around campus, we will meet in the classroom for videos, readings, discussions, and journal writing. 

Intermediate

Intermediate English for Business aims to help students learn the specialized language required for business courses and careers.  Students will develop the comprehension needed to read and listen to business news items. They will also work on the skills needed for writing business correspondence and develop the skills required for participating in spoken business interactions.

Spoken English: Words & Sounds is an enrichment course that aims to help students at the intermediate level improve their comprehension and production of spoken English. In this course, students will work on recognizing, understanding, and producing both suprasegmental (e.g., sentence stress, pausing, rhythm, etc.) and segmental (e.g., individual vowel and consonant sounds, etc.) aspects of pronunciation. In addition, students will develop an understanding of the sound-spelling system of English.  Each Tuesday, students will practice their skills through interactions with Americans either by engaging in chatting sessions or by doing volunteer work.  You will choose your “Tuesday Experience” during the first week of class.  Attendance in these experiences is required and will count as a class assignment.

Writing Workshop teaches the skills necessary to perform well on timed writing assignments. Using selected readings and online videos, students practice outlining an essay and synthesizing information to support a point of view. Students also practice and apply target grammar and sentence structures in their writing. Throughout the course, students will gradually develop the skills necessary to form essay responses using accurate grammar and essay structure within a specified time frame.  Each Tuesday, students will practice their skills through interactions with Americans either by engaging in chatting sessions or by doing volunteer work.  These “Tuesday Experiences” are a required class assignment.                                      

Beginning

English in Action is for students who need to learn the basic “survival” skills necessary to navigate a city, use university resources, communicate over email and resolve emergencies. Drawing from selected readings, activities and online videos, students expand their active vocabulary, familiarize themselves with every-day situations and improve their listening and speaking skills. The course includes weekly outside the classroom activities to assist students’ language development.