ELPP Course Offerings
The University of Michigan-Dearborn English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) offers a variety of courses that will build both academic and social skills. Through testing and instructor recommendation, students will be placed in the course level best suited to their current abilities.
Reading and Vocabulary Development - Students will improve their reading skills/comprehension and build vocabulary for academic purposes including cultural nuances (e.g. when reading narrative test for literature courses) and specific reading skills (e.g. skimming, searching, summarizing; and text-based discussions).
Oral Communication - Students will develop their listening skills in order to participate effectively in small group discussions typical of university seminar and lecture class formats. Students will work on developing oral language fluency, including developing skills in turn taking and questioning in both small group and whole class settings, and listening comprehension, including lectures and group discussions.
Writing and Grammar - Students will engage in authentic writing for academic purposes to improve writing fluency and grammar. Skills required for academic writing will be emphasized, including, paragraph organization and writing to develop short essays. At higher levels, coursework will include more advanced syntax, organizational strategies and research and citation protocols. Students will be introduced to the role of plagiarism in academic writing and provided with tools to monitor their own writing so as to meet academic standards.
Math Development - Courses will address topics from introductory and intermediate algebra in a setting that will emphasize the language and application of mathematics. Students will be exposed to verbal, tabular, symbolic and graphical representations of the functions, equations and inequalities addressed in these courses.
Additional offerings include Advanced Standardized Test Taking and Culturally Speaking, a course that prepares students to engage effectively in U.S. culture and student life.
For more detailed descriptions please see the list of ELPP Course Offerings.