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English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS)

Placement

Students are placed into EMLS classes based upon Accuplacer scores in both Listening and Reading. (see PDF) International students must take the Accuplacer before starting classes at SMSU.

For more information on the Accuplacer exams, see the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center and the SMSU Testing Center.

English book

The Listening Exam places students into:

Classes the listening exam places students into.

Course

Score

EMLS 098: Basic Listening and Speaking

Below 70

EMLS 125: Intermediate Listening and Speaking

70-79.9

EMLS 150: Advanced Listening and Speaking

80-89.9

*Students with scores of 90 or higher do not need to take the EMLS Listening and Speaking courses and may instead enroll in COMM 110: Essentials of Speaking and Listening.

Note: EMLS 150 is equivalent to COMM 110: Essentials of Speaking and Listening and fulfills the same MnTC requirement as the latter course.

The Reading Exam places students into:

Courses the reading exam places students into.

Course

Score

EMLS 099: Basic Writing and Reading

1-2

EMLS 126: Intermediate Writing and Reading

3-4

EMLS 151: Advanced Writing and Reading

5

ENG 151: Academic Writing

6

Note: EMLS 151 is the academic equivalent to ENG 151. Passing EMLS 151 with a “C” or better means that students can register for ENG 251: Writing in Professions.

Course Sequence

These courses are intended to be taken in sequence—taking one course is not enough. Only EMLS 150 and 151 meet Goal 1 MNTC requirements. The start of the course sequence depends upon a student’s initial placement.

Students must earn a “C” or better to advance to the next course. If a student is placed into EMLS 099, they must then take EMLS 126, then EMLS 151. If a student is placed into EMLS 126, they do not need to take the lower-numbered course.

Please see E-Services for course offering schedule.

Course Descriptions

EMLS 098: Basic Listening and Speaking

This class will focus on strategies that develop basic, effective listening and speaking skills in academic situations such as class notetaking, answering questions In class, speaking to advisors, speaking to professors, and speaking to other students, as well as basic skills to avoid plagiarism in an American classroom. This class may include one or more simple presentations. There will be considerable one-on-one instruction In this class. Students will need to receive a "C" or better to proceed to EMLS Intermediate Listening and Speaking. This course is required of students identified through placement procedures of the University or the English Department. The English program reserves the right to remove students from the course who do not meet prerequisites.

EMLS 125: Intermediate Listening and Speaking

This class will focus on intermediate speaking and listening skills that include more advanced note taking, inferring ideas and meaning, and communicating non-verbally. Students will continue to develop their presentation skills, crafting arguments that they deliver to their classmates through the use of persuasive language and presentation aids. These presentations will include citing and referencing sources. There will be considerable one-on-one instruction in this class. Students will need to receive a "C" or better to proceed to EMLS Advanced Listening and Speaking. This course is required of students identified through placement procedures of the University or the English Department. The English program reserves the right to remove students from the course who do not meet prerequisites.

EMLS 150: Advanced Listening and Speaking

This class will focus on more advanced speaking and listening skills such as delivering various types of class presentations like speeches and Power Point presentations, engaging in class discussions, and doing group work with native speakers. Speeches and presentations will include the integration, analysis, and synthesis of academic sources. There will be considerable one-on-one instruction in this class. This course is required of students identified through placement procedures of the University or the English Department. The English program reserves the right to remove students from the course who do not meet prerequisites.

EMLS 099: Basic Writing and Reading

This course is designed to prepare students for the EMLS126 Intermediate Writing and Reading class, and students must earn a grade of "C" or better in the Basic class in order to enroll in the Intermediate class. Students will become skilled In writing various types of paragraphs along with becoming skilled in the standard conventions of academic writing particularly in the areas of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.Students will also engage in various reading assignments that are designed to Improve their Critical Thinking skills and to Improve their vocabulary at the same time. Additionally, students are required to attend one Writing Center session.This course is required of students identified through placement procedures of the University or the English Department. The English program reserves the right to remove students from the course who do not meet prerequisites.

EMLS 126: Intermediate Writing and Reading

This course is designed to prepare students for the EMLS 151 Advanced Writing and Reading class, and students must earn a grade of "C" or better in the Intermediate class in order to enroll In the Advanced class. Students will compose longer pieces of writing culminating in a complete essay as well as give one presentation during the semester. In addition, more complex readings will engage students In enhancing the Critical Thinking and vocabulary skills they already possess. This course is required of students identified through placement procedures of the University or the English Department. The English program reserves the right to remove students from the course who do not meet prerequisites.

EMLS 151: Advanced Writing and Reading

This course is designed to prepare students for English 251, and students must earn a grade of "C" or better in this Advanced class in order to enroll in English 251. Students will compose complete papers with various purposes and audiences. Additionally, they will learn to synthesize ideas and complete a research assignment. Students will also build upon the vocabulary skills they already have through more advanced readings and exercises.

Clubs & Organizations

Facilities & Services

Well-equipped computer labs across campus provide students with computing resources that support writing and electronic research. Students also have access to e-mail and the Internet via Macintosh and PC labs. The SMSU Writing Center, an on-campus facility staffed by student employees, offers prospective teachers the opportunity to work first-hand with students seeking help with their writing skills.

The McFarland Library gives students access to research, books, and other materials needed for every class. In addition, it has many online movies and music CDs for borrowing. It is also a great place to study alone or with classmates in private study rooms.

English majors have their own lounge, the Holm & Dacey Lounge, which houses a lending library of books and literary magazines. All English majors are encouraged to join the English Club. Campus residents may opt to live in the Fine Arts Community, the home for all English, Speech, Theatre, and Art majors.

Contact Information

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BA 221, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

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