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Classes & Levels

The intensive language program at UNO (ILUNO) consists of two core tracks: one that integrates reading, writing, and grammar and a second that integrates listening and speaking; both provide instruction on vocabulary. In addition to the 18 hours per week of core courses, student select an elective 3-hour course focused on a specific topic to complete their full-time enrollment of 21 hours per week.

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Reading & Writing Core Courses

The courses in this track focus specifically on reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills. Students build their critical thinking abilities as they complete tasks and assignments appropriate to their level of proficiency.

1300 Reading & Writing: Foundations

Students in the 1300 level build basic familiarity with the sounds and shapes of the English alphabet. This is done through careful guidance on writing letters, words, phrases, and simple sentences both by hand on paper and via typing on a computer. Students read level-appropriate texts at a rate of 100-120 words per minute. Grammar covers parts of speech, singular and plural nouns, proper word order for yes/no question construction, and sentence fragments.

1400 Reading & Writing: Low Intermediate

Students in the 1400 level write simple and compound sentences in coherent and unified paragraphs with attention to the rules of capitalization, indentation, and proper mechanics for punctuation. Reading focuses on finding the main idea and supporting details of teacher-selected texts. Students are able to summarize the main ideas from given texts in one complete sentence using reported speech and appropriate citation. Reading fluency is increased and vocabulary is expanded.

1500 Reading & Writing: Intermediate

Students in the 1500 level are introduced to writing one-paragraph summaries and short essays using proper citation. They are able to differentiate between main ideas and details in a given text. Grammar focuses on dependent clause structure, sentence-level coordination and subordination, modals, and additional concepts based on students’ needs. Reading fluency is increased and vocabulary is drawn from the Academic Word List in addition to teacher-selected lists.

1600 Reading & Writing: Low Advanced

Students in the 1600 level use a variety of sentence types and mechanics to write summary-responses and five-paragraph essays using APA citation for inclusion of outside sources. Grammar topics covered include passive voice, subjunctive mood, discourse markers, and parallel structure. Students practice reading strategies such as skimming and scanning. Reading fluency is increased and vocabulary is drawn from the Academic Word List in addition to teacher-selected lists.

1700 Reading & Writing: Advanced

Students in the 1700 level practice integration of reading, writing and problem solving strategies that develop independent evaluation and application of text genres, essay structures, and research sources. Students promote their ability to build content detail, develop counter-arguments, and incorporate bibliographic detail into essays while distinguishing personal opinions from source opinions. Students deduce vocabulary meanings from context and encode, decode and define level-appropriate words. Grammar topics include participle phrases, appositives, indirect questions, an introduction to choosing gerunds vs. infinitives, a review of commas and conjunctions, and continued reinforcement of sentence-level subordination and coordination.

Listening & Speaking Core Courses

In this track, students strengthen their proficiency in listening, pronunciation, and presentation skills. They participate in speaking activities which include improving the flow of conversation, expressing opinions, and sharing experiences and ideas. Teachers encourage students to practice thinking critically and interacting professionally via the English language.

1300 Listening & Speaking: Foundations

Students in the Foundations course receive an introduction to differentiating sounds of the English language; expressions for simple, informal conversations to express greetings and feelings; basic classroom discourse; asking questions for clarification; developing extensive and intensive listening skills; and increasing speaking fluency and vocabulary.

1400 Listening & Speaking: Low Intermediate

Students in the low intermediate class continue the development of listening and speaking skills that build on what students learned at the 1300 level. 1400-level students increase their listening and speaking skills via the use of model conversations, dictations, short narratives, and intensive and extensive listening assignments. Students also practice negotiating turn-taking during conversations. Teachers provide an introduction to note-taking skills and strategies. Oral fluency rates and vocabulary are increased.

1500 Listening & Speaking: Intermediate

Students in the intermediate level demonstrate listening comprehension through paraphrasing and summarizing conversations and short lectures. Students develop discourse management strategies such as interrupting a conversation and asking follow-up questions. Debate strategies are introduced. They continue to practice note-taking skills and strategies. Intensive and extensive listening assignments are expanded to cover more complex topics and last for a longer duration of time. Students also prepare and give 2-5 minute oral presentations. Vocabulary is drawn from the Academic Word Lists.

1600 Listening & Speaking: Low Advanced

Students in the low advanced course develop skills for advanced interactions such as interviews, speeches, and various presentations. They hold debates and learn about using evidence such as surveys as support. Students participate in conversations that take into considerations formality, audience, and tone. Students practice note-taking strategies for academic lectures as well as lengthened intensive and extensive listening assignments to demonstrate comprehension. Oral fluency rates increase and vocabulary is drawn from the Academic Word Lists.

1700 Listening & Speaking: Advanced

The 1700 level serves as a bridge between students’ current English studies and future academic, personal, or professional goals. Students demonstrate advanced discourse management strategies to account for audience, politeness, turn-taking, and circumlocution. They give presentations which synthesize multiple different aural sources, and the practice note-taking skills and strategies for lectures of 30 minutes or longer. Oral fluency rates increase and vocabulary is drawn from the Academic Word List.

Elective Courses

3350 Oral Fluency I: Learn to recognize and pronounce the consonant and vowel sounds.

3450 Conversation: Build confidence in basic speaking skills.

3470 Intermediate Vocabulary: Build your vocabulary with readings, exercises, and movies.

3620 Creative Writing: Read, write, and play with the English language by using a variety of descriptions, stories, poems, and other collections of work.

3650 Oral Fluency II: Review of all consonant and vowel sounds, learn about linking and reductions, stress and intonation, and increase overall oral reading speed.

3675 Academic Vocabulary: Learn the 500 words most often used in the English language. Acquire field-related vocabulary so you can talk, read, and write about family, friends, your home, school activities, and shopping.

3677 Current Events: Learn what is happening in the world, then read about the issues.

3680 Paper TOEFL: Review and practice TOEFL Listening Comprehension, Structure and Written Expression, Reading Comprehension, and Test of Written English.

3685 University Orientation: Learn the strategies you need to be successful in an American college or university.

3690 Critical Thinking: Challenge yourself to practice high-level cognitive tasks in English.

3695 Service Learning: Get involved in the local community and build your English language skills in real-life settings.