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English Language Test Preparation Curriculum

ELP 049 Gateway to Standardized Testing 5 Credits

This course provides an overview of standardized testing in academic settings and introduces students to the IELTS™ and TOEFL iBT® exams. Students become familiar with the structure and format of the exams, analyze the types of questions asked, learn effective test-taking strategies, and participate in practice exercises in all sections of the exams: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Students complete a TOEFL® ITP institutional exam in order to measure their progress and create the real experience of taking a complete test using authentic test materials. Students who successfully complete this course are ready to enroll in Academic Preparation Listening and Speaking, Reading, or Writing courses that feature rigorous practice for standardized testing and academic study.
Prerequisite/Placement: Placement scores of IELTS 5.0, TOEFL iBT® 45, CASAS 230, or completion of ELP 032, ELP 040, ELP 041, or ELP 042

ELP 050 Academic Preparation Listening and Speaking 5 Credits

This module is designed to master listening comprehension oral response skills as well as provide students authentic practice that prepares them for the TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, and other similar tests. Students focus on developing the listening and speaking skills needed to use and understand the spoken American idiom in academic and professional settings. These skills include listening for specific information, pragmatic understanding of main ideas, understanding the implied stance of speakers, understanding the organization of information, and identifying relationships among speakers and content. Emphasis is placed on effective note-taking skills and on giving appropriate spoken responses. Students who successfully complete this module can expect to effectively understand spoken English in a variety of settings and to raise their scores on the listening and speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, and other similar exams.
Prerequisite/Placement: Placement scores of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT® 55, CASAS 240, or completion of ELP 040 or ELP 049

ELP 051 Academic Preparation Reading 5 Credits

This module is designed to refine professional and academic reading skills. Learners develop commonly measured reading skills such as using context to understand vocabulary, locating main ideas and supporting facts, inferring meaning, and understanding rhetorical purpose. The module focuses on developing students’ ability to quickly locate essential information and to extract meaning from written sources in order to facilitate systematic learning. Students who successfully complete this module can expect to become better readers, raise their score on the reading sections of the TOEFL iBT®, IELTS and other similar tests as well as see measurable improvements in other standardized test scores.
Prerequisite/Placement: Placement scores of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT® 55, CASAS 240, or completion of ELP 041 or ELP 049

ELP 052 Academic Preparation Writing 5 Credits

This module is designed to master written communication for professional and academic settings. Students focus on learning the skills necessary to quickly plan and write analytical, evaluative, comparative, process, and argumentative written responses. Students learn process writing techniques including effective note-taking in order to create concise writing that is logical, coherent, and cohesive. Students work in small groups and use peer editing techniques in order to effectively analyze their own writing and correct common errors. Students who successfully complete this module can expect to become competent in practical written English forms and to gain measurable increases in the written sections of the TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, and other similar tests.
Prerequisite/Placement: Placement scores of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT® 55, CASAS 240, or completion of ELP 042 or ELP 049.

ELP 053 IELTS Testing Practice 5 Credits

This module features a rigorous schedule of practice and gives students the opportunity to increase their speed and accuracy in identifying correct responses to all types of test items in all sections of the IELTS exam. Additional focus is placed upon the types of questions from each section that have been shown to be most problematic for a majority of students. Students are given opportunities to take simulated tests using authentic test materials in order to create the real experience of taking complete tests. It is suggested that students take the IELTS exam as soon as possible following the completion of this module.
Prerequisite/Placement:Placement scores of IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT® 70, CASAS 244, or completion of ELP 049, ELP 050, ELP 051, and ELP 052

ELP 054 TOEFL iBT® Practice 5 Credits

This module features a rigorous schedule of practice and gives students the opportunity to increase their speed and accuracy in identifying correct responses to all types of test items in all sections of TOEFL iBT® exam. Additional focus is placed upon the types of questions from each section that have been shown to be most problematic for a majority of students. Students complete a TOEFL® ITP institutional exam in order to measure their progress and create the real experience of taking a complete test using authentic test materials. It is suggested that students take the TOEFL iBT® exam as soon as possible following the completion of this module.
Prerequisite/Placement: Placement scores of IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT® 70, CASAS 244, or completion of ELP 049, ELP 050, ELP 051, and ELP 052

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