Course: ESL 1130

Division: Humanities
Department: English/Second Language
Title: Level 4 American Culture and History

Semester Approved: Summer 2015
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2020
End Semester: Summer 2021

Catalog Description: This course will provide international students with an introduction to American culture and history through reading and discussing essays. Students will research various topics regarding US government, history and culture, and report their findings to the class.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 3 in the ESL Department or placement in ESL 1130 through the department

Justification: The ESL Department at Snow College houses the intensive ESL program which is accredited through the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). The four-level program provides instruction for students at Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (elementary through exiting levels). This course is part of the core curriculum for Level 4.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Successful ESL 1130 students will have a basic understanding and appreciation of US culture, government structure, history and geography.  

Students will demonstrate the mastery of the above skills through homework assignments, class presentations, quizzes, tests and a final exam. 

In this course, students will study American history, US government and geography. They will complete research on various topics, such as historical holidays, Native Americans, immigrants, and individual states, and then present this information to their peers.

Key Performance Indicators:
Percentages are approximate. Students who earn a grade below B (85%) will be required to repeat the course. At the instructor's discretion the following criteria will be used for the purpose of assessment:

Attendance 15-25% 

Class participation 10-15% 

Homework 10-15% 

Oral presentations 15-25% 

Quizzes 10-15% 

Reports 10-20% 

Tests 15-25% 




Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Vivian Bernstein, America's History Land of Liberty, current edition, Steck-Vaughn.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 12