University Courses

PALS offers several ESL courses to Rutgers University undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate

Comprehension and Conversation (both levels)

21:049:109 (N3 credits)

This course is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students whose listening comprehension and expressive language is limited. In this course, students work on developing a repertoire of strategies for listening to lectures, interviews, and conversations containing academic content and themes. In addition, students also develop a repertoire for oral communication in academic settings, including participating in and leading group discussions, giving classroom presentations, and having a debate. Coursework is supplemented with resources from the PALS Computer Lab. Students are encouraged to seek a conversation partner through the Rutgers–Newark Center for Modern Languages.

Grammar and Composition (undergraduate only)

21:049:110 (N3 credits)

This course is meant to prepare students for English Composition ESL Section (21:355:098). It is designed to help students develop the ability to write grammatically correct paragraphs and essays, to read critically in English, and to correct grammatical weaknesses. Students will write a minimum of four to five essays during the semester. Grades and evaluation will be based on final revisions and overall progress in the course.


Graduate

Comprehension and Conversation (both levels)

21:049:109 (N3 credits)

This course is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students whose listening comprehension and expressive language is limited. In this course, students work on developing a repertoire of strategies for listening to lectures, interviews, and conversations containing academic content and themes. In addition, students also develop a repertoire for oral communication in academic settings, including participating in and leading group discussions, giving classroom presentations, and having a debate. Coursework is supplemented with resources from the PALS Computer Lab. Students are encouraged to seek a conversation partner through the Rutgers–Newark Center for Modern Languages.

Grammar and Composition (graduate only)

26:049:500 (N3 credits)

This course is designed for graduate students who demonstrate a need for formal grammar instruction as determined by a PALS writing examination. The course will focus on grammar and paragraph writing using a variety of rhetorical modes. Students will work on increasing the accuracy, complexity, and clarity of their use of English grammar. Additionally, students will be introduced to strategies for editing their work and for avoiding plagiarism. At the paragraph level, students will review basic paragraph organization including topic, supporting, and concluding sentences as well as the connectors used in academic writing. An additional focus of this course is on critical reading and analyzing and using persuasive rhetorical devices.

Graduate ESL Seminar

26:049:501 (N3 credits)

The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Grammar and Composition (26:049:500) or special permission. This course is designed for graduate students whose grammar may need only minimal work, but who still demonstrate a need for instruction on organization, cohesion, attribution, and writing for academic audiences. The once-a-week class meeting is supplemented by a mandatory weekly individual meeting. The course focuses on various types of academic writing including reports, reviews, and essays.