Print
English Language Program

Course Code
ELP 093  Credits
Title Reading I 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course provides focused instruction and practice in the skill of reading. Students will work with texts at an appropriate level for their proficiency in English. Students will learn basic characteristics that distinguish textual genres. Students will learn to approach texts with purpose and with a process to assist them. Students will learn to comprehend texts at the literal and reorganization levels on Barrett’s scale of comprehension by applying knowledge and skills developed in other ELP courses. placement test and instructor permission. 



Course Code
ELP 094  Credits
Title Introduction to Writing Conventions 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is the foundational course in writing in the English Language Program. The course is dedicated to learning about and understanding the basic structures and formats of the English writing system. Students will apply what they have learned in ELP 095 and ELP 096 about syntax, sentence structure, and vocabulary to the skill of writing. In addition, they will learn the basic mechanics of written English. Placement test and instructor permission. 



Course Code
ELP 095  Credits
Title Basic English Syntax 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course introduces basic syntax features of English and provides practice with them in all four skill areas. Priority is placed on oral skill development, but the use of syntax in written skills will also be covered. Placement test and instructor permission. 



Course Code
ELP 096  Credits
Title Conversational Vocabulary 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course provides focused attention and practice on the most frequent words of English. Students will learn the pronunciation, spelling, and meanings of the words so that they may comprehend them and produce them with ease. Students will also become familiar with common spelling patterns of English and some of the most frequent prefixes and suffixes. Students will learn to relate words to each other to create a semantic web of English. Placement test and instructor permission. 



Course Code
ELP 101  Credits
Title Pronunciation Lab I 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Pronunciation Lab I provides focused and individualized assistance in the pronunciation of English. Students develop their abilities to hear and produce the sounds of English in isolation and in combination within words and sentences. Instruction may take place in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences lab spaces or in other spaces on campus and are arranged on an individual or small group basis. Placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 102  Credits
Title Conversation I 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Conversation I combines the skills of listening and speaking in one course for students at a beginning level of English. Students develop the interpersonal communication skills necessary to interact with others in a variety of settings. In addition to learning to conduct social interactions with peers, students will learn to conduct transactions with strangers, and interact appropriately with professors and supervisors. Placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 103  Credits
Title Reading II 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course continues to provide focused instruction and practice in the skill of reading that was begun in ELP 093. Students continue to work with texts at an appropriate level for their proficiency in English. Students will learn more characteristics that distinguish textual genres. Students will learn to approach texts with purpose and with a process to assist them. Students will comprehend texts at the literal and reorganization levels on Barrett’s scale of comprehension by applying knowledge and skills developed in other ELP courses. Students will begin to make inferences based on information presented in a text. B or higher in ELP 093 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 104  Credits
Title English Writing I 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course introduces students to the concepts behind the composition process as well as the process itself. The course focuses on the development of effective paragraphs and students’ abilities to create topic, supporting, and concluding sentences by using a process of idea generation, drafting, revision, and editing. Students will continue to develop fluency by journaling and will learn to place the focus on accuracy in the editing stage of writing. B or higher in ELP 094 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 105  Credits
Title Intermediate English Syntax I 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course moves from basic syntax features of English to complex syntactic patterns and provides practice with them in all four skill areas. In addition, more difficult aspects of verb forms and other categories will be addressed. Priority is placed on oral skill development, but the use of syntax in written skills will also be covered. B or higher in ELP 095 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 106  Credits
Title Foundational Vocabulary 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course builds a student’s vocabulary beyond the most frequent words of English. Students continue to expand their vocabularies by adding more words, learning their pronunciations, spellings, and syntactic categories. Students continue to learn more derivational prefixes and suffixes and develop skill in using the morphology of English to guess the meanings of unfamiliar words. Students continue to learn the ways words relate to each other and learn to use these relationships to guess more unfamiliar words in context. Students begin to use English-English dictionaries. B or higher in ELP 096 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission. 



Course Code
ELP 107  Credits
Title Orientation to Campus & Community 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course helps new arrivals to the ELP program learn about the MSUM campus and community as well as the Fargo-Moorhead community. It is an extension of the initial orientation sessions provided before the beginning of the semester. Students will read a variety of sources of information, such as the MSUM bulletin, MAT bus schedules, and Internet sites. They will also interview faculty, staff, and students and listen to guest speakers to learn about the campus and community. 



Course Code
ELP 201  Credits
Title Pronunciation Lab II 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Pronunciation Lab II continues focused and individualized assistance in the pronunciation of English. Students further develop their abilities to hear and produce the sounds of English in isolation and in combination within words and sentences. Instruction may take place in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences lab spaces or in other spaces on campus and are arranged on an individual or small group basis. This course focuses on helping students improve the comprehensibility of their oral language production. Because an accent in spoken language is one of the most persistent features for language learners, students should not expect to “sound like an American” at the completion of the course, but rather they will learn how to reduce the influence of accent so that they are able to communicate more effectively in English with both native speakers and other non-native speakers. B or higher in ELP 101 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 202  Credits
Title Conversation II 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Conversation II expands on students’ existing skills of listening and speaking together in one course. Students develop the interpersonal communication skills necessary to interact with others in a wider range of settings and over a wider range of topics than those covered in ELP 102. In addition to conducting more extensive social interactions with peers, students will learn to conduct more extensive transactions with strangers and interact appropriately with professors and supervisors. B or higher in ELP 102 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 203  Credits
Title Reading III 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course continues to provide focused instruction and practice in the skill of reading. Students continue to work with texts at an appropriate level for their proficiency in English. Students will learn more characteristics that distinguish textual genres. Students will approach texts with purpose and with strategies to assist them with all stages of the reading process. Students will comprehend texts at the literal, reorganization, and inference levels on Barrett’s scale of comprehension by applying knowledge and skills developed in other ELP courses. Students make inferences about texts and begin to think critically about the information in them. B or higher in ELP 103 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 204  Credits
Title English Writing II 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course moves students away from the conventions for writing by hand and into the conventions for writing with technology. They also develop greater depth in their understanding of paragraph structure and how it can be effectively put to use to create personal essays and longer papers. They continue to develop fluency in writing while further developing their accuracy with written forms. B or higher in ELP 104 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 205  Credits
Title Intermediate English Syntax II 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course further develops student knowledge and understanding of syntax features of English. Students will encounter complex syntactic patterns and practice them in all four skill areas with particular emphasis on comprehending the meanings of these forms in written texts. In addition, more difficult aspects of verb forms and other categories will be addressed. B or higher in ELP 105 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 206  Credits
Title General Academic Vocabulary 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course moves students’ vocabulary from the frequency word lists to the general service academic word lists. Students will continue to focus on the pronunciation, spelling, and meanings of words across all language skill areas. Students will also continue to develop strategies for guessing the meanings of unfamiliar words from context and for looking up the meanings, spellings, and pronunciations of words in a dictionary. Students will begin to look at nonliteral usages of words, such as idiomatic expressions, similes, and metaphors. Students will begin to consider the origins of words. B or higher in ELP 106 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 207  Credits
Title Introduction to America 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course provides students in the program with an overview of major aspects of U.S. geography, history, and culture. B or higher in ELP 107 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 301  Credits
Title Pronunciation Lab III 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Pronunciation Lab III continues focused and individualized assistance in the pronunciation of English. Students further develop their abilities to hear and produce the sounds of English in isolation and in combination within words and sentences. Instruction may take place in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences lab spaces or in other spaces on campus and are arranged on an individual or small group basis. B or higher in ELP 201 OR Placement test and instructor permission required. This course focuses on helping students improve the comprehensibility of their oral language production. Because an accent in spoken language is one of the most persistent features for language learners, students should not expect to “sound like an American” at the completion of the course, but rather they will learn how to reduce the influence of accent so that they are able to communicate more effectively in English with both native speakers and other non-native speakers. B or higher in ELP 201 and instructor permission or placement test and instructor permission required. 



Course Code
ELP 302  Credits
Title Discussions and Debates 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course moves students from using their oral language skills for personal interactions to using them for professional interactions. Students learn how business meetings in a variety of work settings differ from conversations and how language choices alter as well. Students learn some of the formal mechanisms of conducting a meeting and some of the formal mechanisms of debate, such as argumentation and rebuttal. B or higher in ELP 202 and instructor permission OR placement test and instructor permission required.