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Beginning in the Fall Semester of 2013, AELP Courses will no longer receive institutional* credit. 

  *Institutional credit means that the course grade is calculated into the GPA.
AELP courses have never counted toward a degree and have transferred to only a small number of colleges and universities.
 

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The American English Language Program (AELP) at Montgomery College

AELP EL - Writing Courses

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AELW 910 (EL 101): American English Language I
AELW 920 (EL 102): American English Language II
AELW 930 (EL 103): American English Language III
AELW 940 (EL 104): American English Language IV 

 

 

 

AELW 910 (EL 101): AMERICAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE I

Course Description:   The first course for American English Language Program (AELP) students in a sequence of four courses designed to teach academic writing of American English. Emphasis on parts of speech, basic sentence patterns, and appropriate use of verb tenses. PREREQUISITE: Placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English. Five hours each week. Additional laboratory required. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic American English grammar by identifying basic grammar structures, including sentence patterns and basic verb forms and tenses.
  • Produce complete sentences.
  • Recognize and use targeted academic vocabulary in writing.
  • Use the basic writing process to produce content-based paragraphs both in and out of class of a minimum of 100 words with the following characteristics: topic sentences and specific supporting details and unity and coherence.

 

AELW 920 (EL 102): AMERICAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE II

Course Description:   The second course for AELP students in a sequence of four courses designed to teach academic writing of American English. Emphasis on appropriate use of a variety of sentence structures, complex verb forms, modifiers, and punctuation, and on the writing of sentences in context. PREREQUISITE: AELW 910 (EL 101) with a grade of C or better or placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English. Five hours each week. Additional laboratory required. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Construct a variety of simple, compound, and complex sentences to show relationships between ideas
  • Demonstrate control of verb forms, aspect, and tenses
  • Recognize and produce academic vocabulary in an appropriate context
  • Use the writing process to produce content-based paragraphs both in and out of class of a minimum of 125 words with the following characteristics: topic sentences, specific supporting details, transitions, and conclusion, unity and coherence, appropriate

 

AELW 930 (EL 103): AMERICAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE III

Course Description:   The third course for AELP students in a sequence of four courses designed to teach academic writing of American English. Competence in writing unified and coherent paragraphs is developed through intensive grammar review and extensive composition exercises. PREREQUISITE: AELW 920 (EL 102) with a grade of C or better or placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English. Five hours each week. Additional laboratory required. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of primary sentence parts as well as modifiers, qualifiers, and determiners.
  • Identify the key elements of the essay.
  • Support their ideas with content from a variety of sources and acknowledge these sources.
  • Use grammatically-accurate language including appropriate use of subject-verb
  • Use the elements of the general writing process including brain storming, planning, drafting, writing and editing.
  • Use this writing process to produce unified, coherent, well-crafted paragraphs in a variety of organizational patterns, including but not limited to cause/effect and comparison/contrast. These paragraphs will be a minimum of 150 words in length.
  • Utilize academic register and content-specific vocabulary in writing. 

 

AELW 940 (EL 104): AMERICAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE IV

Course Description:   The fourth course for AELP students in a sequence of four courses designed to teach academic writing of American English. An advanced composition course for non-native speakers of English whose proficiency in English is substantial. Emphasis on the stages of the writing process including editing, revising, and the use of major patterns of organization. May not be taken as a substitute for ENGL 101 or ENGL 101A. PREREQUISITE: AELW 930 (EL103) with a grade of C or better or placement by testing required by the College for non-native speakers of English. PRE- or COREQUISITES: AELS 920 (EL 110) and AELR 930 (RD 103). Five hours each week. Additional laboratory required. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Follow the writing process (i.e., pre-writing, planning, drafting, revising, and editing) to generate writing both inside and outside class.
  • Locate and edit for problems in language and content writing.
  • Produce a timed essay of approximately 350 words that adequately demonstrates the ability to function in first-year college courses that require writing.
  • Use accurate, complex syntax, task-appropriate vocabulary, and academic collocations/idiomatic language in writing.
  • Utilize information (e.g., readings, classroom discussion, and college experience) in a variety of ways (e.g., analyze, summarize, synthesize, paraphrase, cite, etc.) to produce sufficient and relevant academic content and support suitable for college-level

 


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