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Special Topic Classes

About Special Topics

Special Topic classes are open to all non-native English speakers. You do not have to be a Drexel University or Drexel English Language Center (ELC) student to register. However, enrollment is limited to 15 students per class and full-time ELC students are given priority. For more information, please call, email, or visit the ELC.

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Special Topic Classes Include:

English in Everyday Life, (levels 1-2)

This course helps students to be able to handle everyday situations such as going to the store or going to the bank, asking for directions, using the telephone and many other things.

Beginning Grammar, (levels 1-2)

Students build on their ability to use common sentence and question patterns, and simple verb tenses of English grammar.

Presentations with Stories and Legends, (levels 2-3)

This course will help you become more confident in reading, writing, and presentation skills. Class activities will include reading and telling stories, folk tales, and legends from different countries; writing and revising stories; and building vocabulary. You will improve pronunciation, listening comprehension, and vocabulary.

Intermediate Grammar, (levels 3-4)

In this course, students will learn and practice such areas of grammar as the usage of verb tenses, indirect speech, conditional sentences and clause structure at the intermediate level.

Vocabulary Development, (levels 3-4)

In this course, students will develop strategies to improve their academic, technical, and general vocabulary. They will discover common English roots and improve their reading skills.

Skills for University Success, (levels 3-6)

This course focuses on academic skills topics such as listening to lectures and note taking, reading textbooks and synthesizing information, conducting research, and expanding awareness of the United States academic environment.

TOEFL iBT Preparation for Reading and Writing, (levels 4-6)

This course focuses on learning advanced reading and writing skills for academic and testing purposes. Students will look at how the iBT TOEFL questions are designed and learn to manage their time in taking the test.

Grammatical Analysis, (levels 4-6)

This course will provide instruction in advanced English grammar. Class activities will include practice in such areas as usage of verb tenses, indirect speech, conditional sentences, clause structure, and the passive voice. You will have a better understanding and ability to use grammar in writing and speaking.

Advanced Vocabulary and Idioms in American Culture, (levels 5-6)

This course will help ESL students build their knowledge of American culture by examining idiomatic language and cultural phenomena in radio and TV programs. The course will focus on building listening and speaking skills with an emphasis on vocabulary development and fluency.