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ESL Immersion Courses

The English Department offers 3-week (winter break) and 5-week (summer break) immersion courses for emergent bilingual students (i.e. students with ESL backgrounds). The courses typically meet every day Monday-Friday for 2½ hours per class session. All courses are open to matriculated Hunter College students only and are free of chargeCourses are subject to enrollment.

All three courses are described below:

· USIP Writing: Similar to English 005, this course focuses on paragraph and essay development with attention to in-class writing and researching skills.
· USIP Reading and Vocabulary: Similar to ENGL 002, this course focuses on close reading of texts and reading comprehension skills as well as work on overall improving both academic and conversational vocabulary use.
· USIP Integrated Academic Language Skills: This class is a multi-skills course that helps students at all levels improve their speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills for success in university-level courses. Instructors provide tips and practice for academic language skills such as note-taking, participating in discussions, meeting with professors in office hours, and giving oral presentations.

Each workshop focuses primarily on preparing students for the language skills needed to succeed in upper division college level courses. Students from all academic levels are encouraged to take the courses (Freshmen-Senior), and they are open to transfer, continuing, and incoming 1st year students. USIP Writing and USIP Reading and Vocabulary also offer help for students who need to pass the CUNY proficiency exams in reading (CATR) or writing (CATW). 

Students may sign up for more than one section (take all three if you are ambitious!), but you must take the USIP Writing class if you have not passed the CATW test, and you must take the USIP Reading and Writing class if you have not passed the CATR test.

Class activities in all of the courses vary between full group lectures and demonstrations, partner activities, and group project work. Instructors bring in a variety of reading texts from newspapers, magazines, and other print/online sources as well as use videos to introduce new vocabulary and ideas. In each class, students take field trips to local museums and cultural points of interest.

At the end of the seminars, instructors provide students with a comprehensive evaluation of their language skills including areas in need of improvement. See the Rubric for the Integrated Skills Course.

Summer 2015 Immersion Course Details

The Hunter College English Department is offering one free seminar on improving academic language skills for ESL-background students. All incoming and continuing Hunter College students (both undergraduate and graduate) are eligible to register.

The seminar details are as follows:

Integrated Academic Language Skills (Monday-Thursday 10:10am-12:30pm, from Monday, June 29th to Thursday, July 30th): This class is a multi-skills course that helps students improve speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills for success in upper-division courses.

Students can register for the seminar with Anna DeVita beginning on Wednesday, May 20th from 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-4:00pm in room 1211HW.  Registration will continue each day until the classes are full.  There is a 16 person limit for the seminar. Contact Anna DeVita for any questions about registration at or 212-772-4245.

For more information, feel free to contact Paul McPherron, ESL Program Coordinator, through email:, phone: 212-772-5201, or in his office: HW 1248.

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