Program Overview

Beyond Basic ESL (BBESL)

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Durham Tech offers core classes in Reading/Writing, Listening/Speaking, and Grammar, to teach the fundamentals of US English to internationals who wish to improve their English skills. These classes are designed for those who already have a basic understanding of English and/or have already studied English either in the US or another country. The classes also work well for students who have finished the basic ESL program or for those whose test scores are higher than the most advanced-level of free ESL classes.


Please check your schedule carefully before registering — if you change your mind about a class, it can take several weeks to get a refund for your registration fees.

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Additional questions? Contact the Center for the Global Learner at 919-536-7264 or contact Barbara Pinter at 919-536-7264, ext 3224. You may also visit the Center for the Global Learner section to view information about related programs.

Are you looking for Basic Skills ESL classes? View information about Basic Skills ESL.

Are you interested in for-credit curriculum based English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program? View information about EAP.

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Use the green registration button below to view registration, cancellation, and refund  information. Online registration is not available for these courses. Use the Center for the Global Learner registration form.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

$75 or $130

FLI-3701A2 Listening and Speaking for AP - B

This INTERMEDIATE level content-based course will focus on developing LISTENING and SPEAKING English skills necessary to succeed in academic settings. Assignments will emphasize critical thinking and integrative skill development through listening and speaking activities using high-interest content materials. Listening and speaking strategies and practice activities will be centered on authentic recordings from "person on the street" interviews, social conversations, radio programs and university lectures. Students will listen to audio and view video recordings, acquire information about an academic content topic, take notes, participate and lead small group discussions and learn how to organize ideas and deliver presentations. The course will address common pronunciation challenges in American English but does not focus on pronunciation. The course utilizes a content-based language teaching approach, which means students will use English to communicate knowledge and ideas about a variety of academic content topics like anthropology, art, biology, business, ecology, economics, history, literature, psychology and sociology. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. The course is designed for intermediate level students.
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FLI-3701A3 Listening & Speaking for AP-C

This ADVANCED level content-based course will focus on developing LISTENING and SPEAKING English skills necessary to succeed in academic settings. Assignments will emphasize critical thinking and integrative skill development through listening and speaking activities using high-interest content materials. Listening and speaking strategies and practice activities will be centered on authentic recordings from "person on the street" interviews, social conversations, radio programs and university lectures. Students will listen to audio and view video recordings acquire information about an academic content topic, take notes, participate and lead small group discussions and learn how to organize ideas and deliver presentations. The course will address common pronunciation challenges in American English but does not focus on pronunciation. The course utilizes a content-based language teaching approach, which means students will use English to communicate knowledge and ideas about a variety of academic content topics like anthropology, art, biology, business, ecology, economics, history, literature, psychology and sociology. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. The course is designed for ADVANCED level students. Students are required to have the textbook on the first day of class.
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COM-3711CJ Reading and Writing for AP - B

This INTERMEDIATE level content-based course will focus on developing READING and WRITING English skills necessary to succeed in academic settings. Assignments will emphasize critical thinking and integrative skill development through reading and writing activities using high-interest materials. Students will learn to recognize common structures of reading materials and learn the foundation of academic writing. The course utilizes a content-based language teaching approach, which means students will use English to communicate knowledge and ideas about a variety of academic content topics like anthropology, art, biology, business, ecology, economics, history, literature, psychology, and sociology. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. The course is designed for intermediate level students.
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COM-3711CK Reading and Writing for AP C

This ADVANCED level content-based course will focus on developing READING and WRITING English skills necessary to succeed in academic settings. Assignments will emphasize critical thinking and integrative skill development through reading and writing activities using high-interest materials. Students will learn academic reading strategies and will write academic essays in order to develop reading, writing and analytical skills needed for university study. The course utilizes a content-based language teaching approach, which means students will use English to communicate knowledge and ideas about a variety of academic content topics like anthropology, art, biology, business, ecology, economics, history, literature, psychology and sociology. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. The course is designed for advanced level students.
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COM-3711CL English Grammar Level B

This integrated-skills and student-centered grammar class helps students understand and practice English grammar in context. Students will focus on the following target grammar points: The English tense system (present, past, future, perfect tenses), questions, gerunds, infinitives and phrasal verbs, adjective clauses, reported speech, modals, and the passive voice.
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COM-3711CM English Grammar Level C

This ADVANCED course aims to engage students and help them understand, practice, and use English Grammar with a student-centered approach. The course combines comprehensive grammar coverage with plenty of communicative activities, critical thinking skills and ongoing assessment. Students will be completing meaningful projects, participating in debates and role-plays, learning to self-assess/edit, and will be able to start communicating more confidently, accurately and fluently.
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COM-3711BD Current Events

Would you like to understand and be able to discuss what is going on in the world while improving your English language skills? This content-based course for intermediate or advanced students will use authentic news materials to improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and develop your vocabulary. 20 hours $75
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COM-3711BB Conversation Workshop I

This course is designed for instructional areas related to interpersonal skills for the workplace: 1) dealing with conflict, 2) improving conversational and listening skills, 3) grammar, 4) reading skills, 5) writing skills 7) team communication and 6) identifying nonverbal cues in an intercultural setting.
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COM-3711BJ TOEFL Listening/Speaking II

This course is designed for instructional areas related to interpersonal skills for the workplace: 1) dealing with conflict, 2) improving conversational and listening skills, 3) grammar, 4) reading skills, 5) writing skills 7) team communication and 6) identifying nonverbal cues in an intercultural setting.
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COM-3711CA Intercultural Communication

This course is designed for instructional areas related to interpersonal skills for the workplace: 1) dealing with conflict, 2) improving conversational and listening skills, 3) grammar, 4) reading skills, 5) writing skills 7) team communication and 6) identifying nonverbal cues in an intercultural setting.
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COM-3711CC Conversation and Pronunciation

There is no better way to practice and improve your pronunciation and fluency than using the language in a student-centered environment. This course is designed to improve clarity, accuracy, and understanding of spoken English and to increase self-confidence while communicating in English about various topics. Emphasis will be on fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and the different aspects of pronunciation. The course is designed for all levels of students.
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COM-3711P American Media

Second language speakers often find that while mastering the art of conversation, they still have trouble following movies, television or radio in another language. This class will focus on practicing Standard US English through the use of US media, as well as introducing how the evolution of US media has shaped the culture. TV newscasts, radio programs, documentaries, sports, sitcoms and movies that reflect how Americans use the English language to express their culture and opinions will be viewed. This course is intended to improve and enhance student comprehension of the spoken idiomatic and colloquial use of US English. Emphasis will be on comprehension of Standard US English spoken with slang and colloquialism through US media. Subtitles will not be used.
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COM-3711BH TOEFL Reading/writing I

If you need to improve your reading and writing score for the TOEFL iBT exam, this is your chance. This advanced-level course is designed to provide extensive skill building practice in reading and writing for students preparing for the TOEFL iBT test. Besides general test-taking strategies, classes will focus on improving your ability to paraphrase and to skim and scan reading passages and use other reading strategies for comprehension. You will also learn how to organize your ideas and use appropriate vocabulary and grammar to become a better writer.
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COM-3711CH Presentations in the 21st Century

The goal of this ADVANCED level course is to help students achieve academic, personal and professional success by using TED Talks and other authentic models of effective communications and presentations. The course will primarily improve essential listening and speaking skills for the 21st century, together with critical thinking, collaboration and visual literacy. Students are required to have the textbook on the first day of class. Required Textbook: 21st Century Communication 4 by Christien Lee, First edition, National Geographic Learning ISBN: 978-1-337-27583-5
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COM-3711BC Conversation Workshop II

Are you ready to practice your speaking/listening skills in a fun, student-centered and content based language class? In this lower-intermediate course you will focus on improving your spoken English and active listening skills through communicative activities, like role plays, dialogues, interviews, real-life situations, class discussions, and games in academic, professional and social contexts.
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COM-3711CQ Accent Reduction for the Medical, Professional

There are very high standards in the healthcare field when it comes to communication, and it is crucial that medical professionals have effective, efficient and accurate language use. The course will address intonation and pronunciation in a student-centered environment with time to practice that will lead students to clearer speech and more confidence. Authentic materials are all related to the medical field, and the real-world exercises will make the learning effective and enjoyable.
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COM-3711CD US Culture and History

This content-based language course developed for non-native speakers of English will focus on American history, politics and culture from pre-colonial eras through the Civil War and until the 20th Century. Students will examine how U.S. history relates to contemporary life in the United States. When appropriate, the class will compare events in the USA to events in other countries. The course will use a variety of texts, including articles from newspapers, magazines, and other media sources. A reading assignment will be required for each class. Students will write research papers and use conversational skills in small groups. From time to time, controversial topics will be debated. There is no prerequisite class for this course; however, students are expected to demonstrate an advanced level in reading comprehension, and verbal expression.
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COM-3711CU English Through Acting and Role Play

This course is for students who already have a basic understanding of English, but want a greater fluency in their conversational skills. By using acting techniques such as role play, dialogues and improvisation the student will increase their ability to communicate with confidence. Jill Holmquist comes to us with a rich background in theater. She has directed, produced and acted in many theater productions. Jill has a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) in theater, a Master's in Communication and a Cambridge English teaching certificate. This is a new course and promises to be fun!
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COM-3711CS Professional Writing and Communication

Professional Writing and Communication is a course intended for students who are non-native speakers and English. The course will give students a solid foundation and a working knowledge in the communications aspects of business. It will specifically focus on developing skills that students need to write effective documents in the workplace.
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COM-3711AC TOEFL

If you need to improve your listening and speaking scores for the TOEFL iBT exam, this is your chance. The TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT) preparation class is an intensive English skills development course, which focuses on teaching standardized test taking strategies for the TOEFL iBT while strengthening the main skills of English learning: reading, listening, speaking and writing. Though the intent and focus of the course is specifically aimed at enhancing TOEFL students' iBT scores, the material covered in class will fine-tune any student's English communication for use in academic and professional settings.
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70348
1/25 - 4/4
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COM-3711BW English for Social Sciences

This content-based course is designed to help ADVANCED level students develop their academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while building content knowledge in the field of social sciences. Students will participate in class discussions, debates, teamwork and individual and group presentations. Content topics include psychology, sociology, political science, linguistics, law, history, geography, communication studies, economics, education and anthropology. The fall 2019 term's focus will be Sociology.
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FLI-3701W Essential English for Academic Purposes, Sp

This INTENSIVE integrated skills course is designed for non-native speakers of English who want to improve their English language skills for personal, professional and academic purposes. The course aims to develop the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that students need to communicate confidently in English. Our student-centered and content-based classes foster an effective language-learning environment where students can improve, not only their language abilities, but also their cultural awareness and understanding of the US.
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70347
1/24 - 4/3
Main Campus
131
F 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Classroom
70356
1/25 - 4/4
CHE
2417
S 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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COM-3711E Accent Reduction for International Prof

This comprehensive "lunch-and-learn" course will help you learn to speak US English clearly and accurately, which will have a significant impact on successful communication at work from informal conversations with coworkers to formal presentations. All aspects of pronunciation are covered, including production and discrimination of consonants and vowels as well as other important aspects of English pronunciation such as stress, rhythm and intonation. Students are encouraged to set individualized goals for focused study throughout the semester.
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COM-3711CR English for the Medical Professional

This course is designed for high-intermediate and advanced level non-native English speakers in medical professions who want to improve their professional communication skills. The course aims to develop the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that students need to communicate confidently in English in a medical context.
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COM-3711CT English for Business Communication

English for Business Communication will give non-native English speaker students a solid foundation and working knowledge in the communication aspects of English. The course aims to improve Business English language skills by developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills using authentic materials. Skills learned in this course will help students communicate with confidence in a professional setting.
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COM-3711BL Communicative Grammar I

This course is designed for instructional areas related to interpersonal skills for the workplace: 1) dealing with conflict, 2) improving conversational and listening skills, 3) grammar, 4) reading skills, 5) writing skills 7) team communication and 6) identifying nonverbal cues in an intercultural setting.
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COM-3711BU Everyday Pronuncation

This pronunciation course offers a communicative approach to give students the tools, tips and techniques they need to speak clearly, accurately and fluently. Students will learn rules of pronunciation of the level target points, participate in focused listening and speaking tasks and complete various assignments centered on every-day and high-interest topics to apply knowledge of pronunciation. All aspects of pronunciation are included - consonants, vowels, stress, rhythm and intonation. Everyday Pronunciation I is not a prerequisite for Everyday Pronunciation II. Either course can be taken independently. The course is designed for intermediate levels of students. 20 hours $75 Students are required to have the textbook on the first day of class. Required Textbook: Well Said: Pronunciation for Clear Communication 3rd edition, Linda Grant ISBN 1424006252
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COM-3711O Business English, Part I

Business English Part I is the first of two courses intended for students with an intermediate/high-intermediate level of academic English language proficiency. This integrated skills content-based language course aims to help students in or preparing for work who need to improve their communicative ability when socializing, telephoning, presenting, taking part in meetings and negotiating. Various aspects of business English will be covered, including (but not limited to) statistical graphs, measurements, social language, meetings and presentations. Also, in the course, there is an introduction to business letters - enquiries, ordering, confirmations, etc. Required Textbook: TBA
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