Iowa State University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English


TESL/Applied Linguistics: ESL Courses

OverviewESL students


The English Department offers international undergraduate and graduate students advanced courses to support academic English skills.  This support is offered through courses numbered ENGL 99 and 101.  Five courses are currently offered.  ENGL 99 address academic listening and reading skills, while all ENGL 101 courses address written communication.  

Students should begin English 99 and 101 instruction in their first semester of enrollment based on their English Placement Test (EPT) result and complete them within the first year.  A hold will be placed on studet registration otherwise.  (101C/D may be taken in the second semester.)  Students who do not place into the courses may also take them if space is available.  

For further information about ESL courses, contact Prof. Carol Chapelle (

Questions about the EPT test should be sent to



ENGL 99L Academic Listening Strategies
ENGL 99R Academic Reading Strategies
ENGL 101B Academic English I (for undergraduate and graduate students)
ENGL 101C Academic English II (for undergraduate students)
ENGL 101D Academic English II (for graduate students)


ENGL 99 and ENGL 99R: Academic Listening / Reading for Graduates and Undergraduates

May be taken concurrently with ENGL 101B, 101C, 101D or 150.  These courses are only offered during the spring and fall semesters.  


Academic Listening Strategies [no credit, graded A-F]

Development of listening skills in English, improving the comprehension of spoken English, developing strategies for listening to academic lectures in English, developing note-taking skills, and acquiring vocabulary in English. Teaches students listening skills needed in daily life and university classes/settings.


Academic Reading Strategies [no credit, graded A-F]

Development of student reading skills in English, developing fluency and self-confidence in reading, developing reading strategies, developing vocabulary, and providing practice in understanding a variety of published reading sources. Teaches students reading skills needed for academic coursework.

*Information on 99L/R course fees is available at  

ENGL 101B: Academic English 1 for Graduates and Undergraduates [3 credits, graded A-F]

Instruction in the essentials of academic writing at sentence and paragraph level. Students practice grammar, vocabulary, mechanics, style, and organizational patterns, as well as the key compositional processes of planning, drafting, and revising.  


ENGL 101C: Academic English 2 for Undergraduates [3 credits, graded A-F]

Prerequisite: 101B or placement into 101C

Instruction in language and composition skills for responding to academic assignments with appropriate writing conventions. Critical thinking is emphasized as the process of developing, organizing, and revising drafts is practiced. Includes vocabulary development and error correction strategies; responsible use and accurate summarizing of published source material; and the design and presentation of web 2.0 compositions. Prepares students for ENGL 150 and for writing in other disciplines. 101C may NOT be taken concurrently with 101B.  


ENGL 101D: Academic English 2 for Graduates [3 credits, graded A-F]

Prerequisite: 101B or placement into 101D

Instruction in writing professional communication, academic papers and reports and in using published source material in writing.  Provides experience in presenting oral reports and participating in discussions.  Prepares students for academic writing in their disciplines.  Students may take the class "Pass/Fail".  This is arranged with student's adviser and department.  Instructors will report a grade for all students, whether or not they are taking the class pass/fail.  101D may NOT be taken concurrently with 101B.