English Language Learning

Courses Offered

In addition to individualized student and faculty support, the Office of English Language Learning offers credit courses designed to prepare students for Washington College’s academic environment.

Currently, the Office of English Language Learning offers two courses designed to be taken during the students’ first academic year. The sequence of the ELL courses is interchangeable; some students may take ELL 102 prior to ELL 101.

ELL 101 English for Academic Purposes I

This four-credit course is required for non-native speakers of English who have exceeded the minimum English language proficiency required for admission to Washington College but need additional language and academic assistance based on assessment scores. The focus is on English grammar and vocabulary as well as intensive practice of the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) as they relate to coursework and classroom interactions. The course also introduces students to the demands and conventions, including citations and peer review, of American academic culture.

This course is designed to be taken during the student’s first year at Washington College. Permission of the department chair or the Provost’s Office required.

ELL 102 English for Academic Purposes II

This four-credit course is required for non-native speakers of English who have exceeded the minimum English language proficiency required for admission to Washington College but need additional language and academic assistance based on assessment scores. It is a continuation of ELL 101 with a primary focus on introducing the fundamentals and standards of academic research.

Cooperative learning through collaborative research, including peer review and assessment, is promoted. Conventions in research documentation are thoroughly examined following the APA style guide. The course also continues to familiarize students with the demands and conventions of American academic culture.

This course is designed to be taken during the student’s first year at Washington College. Permission of the department chair or the Provost’s Office required.