Curriculum Description

CELCIS classes prepare students to study at Western Michigan University and other American colleges and universities. Additionally, CELCIS classes can help professionals improve their English for work.

  • Students may study in one of five levels.
  • Each level is composed of four hours of instruction per day, five days a week.
  • The instruction is divided into four classes.
  • Students in all levels will take one hour per day of Speaking/Listening, one hour per day of Grammar/Communication, and two hours per day of Reading/Writing.
  • The Speaking/Listening and the Grammar/Communication classes meet for the full semester; the Reading/Writing (section 1 and 2) classes meet for seven weeks each. Full-time students are in class for a total of 20 hours per week.

CELCIS levels

Pre-Elementary

Elementary

Intermediate

Pre-Advanced

Advanced

Pre-Elementary

Speaking/Listening

  • Develop fluency in speaking; learn basic communication skills in English.
  • Learn to participate in small group and whole class discussions.
  • Practice giving short talks.
  • Learn to recognize and use basic English vocabulary.

Grammar/Communication

  • Develop fluency in speaking and writing.
  • Learn basic English grammar.
  • Learn to self-edit for grammatical accuracy in speaking and writing.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing

  • Develop fluency in reading and writing.
  • Develop vocabulary skills.
  • Develop the ability to use text organization for comprehension.
  • Learn to write well formed paragraphs with main ideas and supporting details.
  • Learn conventional writing mechanics.
  • Develop the ability to react to readings in writing and speaking.

Elementary

Speaking/Listening

  • Develop fluency in speaking; learn basic communication skills in English.
  • Learn to participate in small group and whole class discussions.
  • Practice giving short talks.
  • Learn to to use basic note-taking skills.

Grammar/Communication

  • Develop fluency in speaking and writing.
  • Learn basic English grammar.
  • Learn to self-edit for grammatical accuracy in speaking and writing.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing

  • Develop fluency in reading and writing.
  • Develop vocabulary skills.
  • Develop the ability to use text organization for comprehension.
  • Learn to write well formed paragraphs with main ideas and supporting details.
  • Learn conventional writing mechanics.
  • Develop the ability to react to readings.
  • Develop basic research and library skills.

Intermediate

Speaking/Listening

  • Communicate with and comprehend English speakers.
  • Participate in small group discussions in academic situations.
  • Participate in whole class discussions and activities.
  • Give oral presentations.
  • Take comprehensible notes.

Grammar/Communication

  • Develop fluency in writing and speaking.
  • Increase grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Self-edit for accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing

  • Read and comprehend texts.
  • Write academic papers.
  • Create study guides.
  • Write essay exam answers.
  • Use research and library skills.

Pre-Advanced

Speaking/Listening

  • Communicate with and comprehend English speakers.
  • Participate in small group discussions in academic situations.
  • Participate in whole class discussions and activities.
  • Give oral presentations.
  • Take comprehensible notes.

Grammar/Communication

  • Develop fluency in writing and speaking.
  • Increase grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Self-edit for accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing

  • Read and comprehend texts.
  • Write academic papers.
  • Create study guides.
  • Write essay exam answers.
  • Use research and library skills.

Advanced

Speaking/Listening

  • Communicate with and comprehend English speakers.
  • Participate in small group discussions in academic situations.
  • Participate in whole class discussions and activities.
  • Give oral presentations.
  • Take comprehensible notes.

Grammar/Communication

  • Develop fluency in writing and speaking.
  • Increase grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Self-edit for accuracy in writing and speaking.
  • Develop awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning.

Reading/Writing

  • Read and comprehend texts.
  • Write academic papers.
  • Create study guides.
  • Write essay exam answers.
  • Use research and library skills.