March 10, 2012 GE STATUS REQUEST FORM: FOREIGN LANGUAGE Course ID/Name: ESOL 1500 Intermediate Reading in English ESOL 1550 Intermediate Academic Writing ESOL 1560 Intermediate English Grammar ESOL 2700 Advanced Reading in English ESOL 2750 Advanced Academic Writing ESOL 2760 Advanced English Grammar Step 1: Describe how your course provides broad introduction to the content or methods in the study of foreign languages. Demonstrate how your course is broadly foundational, rather than narrow or limited to the interest of specialists. Is your course available and taught in a manner accessible to non-majors? DSC ESOL courses are open to all English Language learners, including both residential and international students. No special program admission is required, although a combined ESL placement score is required. As of Fall 2011, the ESOL program was organizationally moved from the Developmental Studies department to the Foreign Language portion of the Humanities & Social Sciences department. Concomitant to this request for General Education Foreign Language status, a request is being submitted to the Curriculum Committee to renumber the above listed six classes to college-level (1000/2000) and increase each course to four credits. Students learning English as a Second Language are not engaged in developmental learning; they are learning another language just as native English speakers study Spanish, German, or any other foreign language. Therefore, ESOL classes should be college level as other foreign language classes are, which will allow students to fulfill foreign language requirement for AA/BA degrees. Foreign language classes are 4 credits because of the nature and intensity of second-language acquisition. In fact, the proposed 1000 and 2000 level ESOL courses require more advanced skills and knowledge than other 1000 and 2000 foreign language classes. Four hours of class time per week is required to accomplish the course objectives. ESOL is proposing six courses for GE FL status because students do not take a set program. In other words, one student may read well in English but has to take the Grammar and Writing classes. Another student might need Reading and Writing but not grammar. In addition, the FLATS ESOL test could provide up to 12 FL credits to students who pursue that route, just as it provides that number of credits to students who pass the exam for a myriad of other languages. The overriding objective of DSC’s ESOL program is that when English Language learners finish our program, they should be able to function communicatively as members of the Dixie State College community. 1. In reading, students will be able to comprehend most standard written English and have strategies for comprehending what is not immediately understood. 2. In listening comprehension, students will understand standard English spoken in and out of the classroom and have strategies for effective note-taking for specific academic material. 3. In speaking, students will be able to appropriately respond orally to the demands of college life and college-level classes, including giving classroom responses, speeches and presentations. 4. In writing, students will be able to produce appropriately clear and coherent responses to in-class or extended assignments. Students who graduate from an English-speaking high school will not be eligible to fulfill their GE Foreign Language requirement using ESOL courses. This restriction is similar to Step 2. Every GE area has established learning objectives that every student is expected to achieve as a result of any class which has been granted GE status in that area. Below is a list of the area learning objectives for Foreign Language GE courses. Foreign Languages General Education Learning Objectives As part of the requirements for an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees, students must meet a foreign language requirement. The study of a foreign language can broaden a student’s cultural and intellectual pursuits, increase the understanding of one’s own language, improve career options, and enlarge one’s understanding of other cultures. Therefore, students taking courses that meet the General Education Foreign Language requirement will, at a minimum: 1. Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the level of the course (beginning, intermediate, or advanced) in the following areas: speaking (signing for ASL students), listening (understanding the signing of others for ASL students), reading, writing, and vocabulary. The standardized test or course prerequisites and grading standards ensure that students are demonstrating English oral and written communication skills appropriate to the level of the course. 2. Communicate at the appropriate level with people of other ethnic and cultural backgrounds within their own country and from around the world. When learning English reading, writing, and grammar skills, ESOL students are building their communication skills. In addition, students receive instruction and practice in communication suitable for different environments: academics, business, social, etc. Students are frequently encouraged to share their own experiences in their home countries and in the U.S. 3. Gain an awareness of linguistics and a greater appreciation of their own languages. It is our belief that the study of any non-native language enhances one’s understanding and appreciation of one’s own language. 4. Develop global awareness by fostering a better understanding of and sensitivity towards people of other cultures and their human experience. All DSC ESOL classes enhance students’ abilities to relate to native students and their peers from other cultures. Every ESOL class includes a component focusing on American culture in order to help students succeed in their classes and other environments during and after their collegiate experiences. Students are frequently encouraged to share their own language experiences in their home countries and in the U.S. Since language is so intimately involved in all our relationships, discussion about the role of language in cross-cultural interactions and how language reflects our experiences is a frequent component of all ESOL classes.