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ESOL Courses

English for Speakers of Other Languages classes include:

101. INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC WRITING FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH (3, 0, 3). Placement : A minimum score on one of the following exams: 79 TOEFL iBT composite, 6.5 IELTS composite, 450 Critical Reading SAT, or 18 English ACT. ESOL 101 is considered to be the equivalent of ENGL 101 for degree purposes. Designed to introduce international students to the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills required in the university and beyond. Students will produce polished prose that has been reviewed and revised. ESOL101 engages issues of cultural themes and diversity. 

102. WRITING AND RESEARCH ABOUT CULTURE FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH (3, 0, 3). Prereq: A grade of "C" or better in ESOL 101. Students will build on and advance the thinking, reading, and writing skills learned in ESOL 101 while focusing on rhetoric and research. The purpose of ESOL 102 is to build on the writing skills students learned in ESOL 101 by focusing on academic research. Reading and writing assignments in ESOL 102 focus on various topics including international issues. Students who complete ESOL 101 and 102 with a grade of "C" or better are considered to have met University freshman level English requirements.

402. ADVANCED PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING COMPREHENSION FOR ESOL STUDENTS (3, 0, 3). This course is designed for upper division students or students who are candidates for an international teaching assistantship. It focuses on oral/aural skills and provides practice in sound patterns, presentation/teaching skills and cross-cultural training. Credit not applicable to degree requirements. Grade of NC (no credit) or CR (credit) is awarded.


Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).