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MC Alert: MC operations on the Clinton campus and at MC Law in Jackson will close at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in anticipation of severe weather. All classes at both the main campus and the law school beginning after 3:30 p.m. are canceled. Please monitor local conditions and stay weather aware.
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Intermediate Level Reading & Vocabulary

Curricular Aims

Students begin to engage with longer, more academic texts with a focus on inferencing and analyzing. Students also acquire vocabulary and vocabulary decoding strategies that help them interact in an academic environment.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the level, students will be able to:

  • read texts of approximately 500 words on simplified academic topics with a focus on understanding main idea, scanning for specific information, inferring meaning, and using information to complete an academic task.
  • analyze, understand and use information from non-linear texts to complete a task.
  • use, spell, and say select words from the Oxford 3000 and Academic Wordlist focusing on building academic lexis.

Intermediate Level Writing & Grammar

Curricular Aims

Students will build their writing ability by moving from paragraphs to a five-paragraph academic essay of around 250 words with a focus on thesis statements, supporting a thesis, and essay organization. Students will also study

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the level, students will be able to:

  • produce a five-paragraph academic essay of around 250 words on a topic studied in class.
  • produce compound sentences.
  • connect sentences and paragraphs using cohesive devices.
  • understand the form, meaning, and function of present perfect, comparatives and superlatives, and modals of permission, request and possibility.

Intermediate Level Listening & Speaking

Curricular Aims

Students continue to build their listening and speaking skills through role plays, modeling, guided practice, class discussions and oral presentations. Students also begin building note-taking skills through guided practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the level, students will be able to:

  • listen to modified recordings of routine speech acts and simulated academic situations of 5-8 minutes to find the main idea and specific information.
  • interact with community members and express basic needs, wants, opinions and relate biographical information.
  • participate in class discussions.
  • present a group presentation of 1-3 minutes on a topic related to daily routines, personal experience and/or biographical information.

MC Alert


MC operations on the Clinton campus and at MC Law in Jackson will close at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in anticipation of severe weather. All classes at both the main campus and the law school beginning after 3:30 p.m. are canceled. Please monitor local conditions and stay weather aware.