Students are placed in CIL 201 Intermediate Academic Writing, CIL 202 Advanced Academic Writing, or CIL 208 Academic Reading and Language Skills according to TOEFL test scores. TSA students taking CIL 201 are required to take CIL 203 Perspectives on American Life and CIL 200 Introduction to American Values and Society. Students in CIL 202 or 208 must choose at least one of these two ESL courses. Students with an iBT score of 76 or above may choose to take only CIL 208, subject to the approval of their adviser during fall registration.
Each student completes additional coursework to total a minimum of 12 credits, choosing courses from across the curriculum. Students are advised about courses appropriate for their interests and English ability. Non-academic courses, such as physical education or music, also are available for credit.
In the Spring Semester, two TSA courses are offered: CIL 204 The American Experience and CIL 205 Seminar on Social Trends. Students have the option of taking a language placement test prior to registering for Spring Semester courses. Depending on the outcome of the placement test, students may be required to take one or both TSA courses.
As required for Fall Semester, each student completes additional coursework from the Earlham curriculum to total a minimum of 12 credits. May Term, a three-week academic intensive term, provides additional course options. The total course load for Spring Semester and May Term combined may not exceed 18 credits.
CIL 199 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUCCESS IN THE U.S. (1 credit) (first 7 weeks)
This course provides tools to succeed as an international student at Earlham. We discuss cultural adjustment and cross-cultural communication, using participants' current and past experiences as the basis for discussion. We examine Liberal Arts education and U.S. classroom culture, including expectations and policies at Earlham. Students learn about how U.S. laws pertain to them and how to navigate the U.S. healthcare system. Finally, students explore resources and opportunities available at Earlham College and in the Richmond community.
CIL 200 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN VALUES AND SOCIETY (4 credits)
This course examines various United States institutions (religion, government, business, education). The class considers a global view of issues affecting contemporary American society, but also analyzes them at the local level. Students participate in volunteer work in the community weekly and reflect on their experiences in class discussion.
CIL 201 INTERMEDIATE ACADEMIC WRITING (3 credits)
This course integrates reading and writing for academic purposes. Students read about contemporary topics. Vocabulary work and writing assignments related to the readings help students develop both skills. In addition, step-by-step process-writing assignments introduce students to common academic genres. Co-requisite: CIL 203.
CIL 202 ADVANCED ACADEMIC WRITING (4 credits)
This course teaches academic essay and research writing. Stimulating readings provide material for critical thinking and writing. Assignments prepare students for the variety of academic writing commonly found in college-level courses. Students are required to write a research paper on an American or international contemporary issue. They are guided through the process step-by-step.
CIL 203 PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICAN LIFE (3 credits)
This course focuses on common American topics. The aim is to develop listening and speaking skills, including the acquisition of idiomatic expressions. Activities progress from casual communicative activities to discussion and in-class presentations. There are short reading assignments at first. However, in groups, students eventually read memoirs written by Americans and review their books in oral presentations at the end of the semester. Co-requisite: CIL 201, CIL 202 or CIL 208.
CIL 204 THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (4 credits)
Students examine what it means to be an American through viewing films and attending several theater productions on and off campus. At the end of the semester, in order to integrate their own personal experiences with what they have learned about Americans, students create and present their own personal interpretations of the American experience.
CIL 205 SEMINAR ON SOCIAL TRENDS (4 credits)
In this seminar students read major U.S. newspapers and become seminar leaders who provide background information and lead discussions about articles focusing on current social, political and economic topics/events. Students record noteworthy quotations from articles of interest and comment on their meaning or significance in "quote books."
CIL 208 ACADEMIC READING AND LANGAUGE SKILLS (4 credits)
This course focuses on reading a variety of texts, from science to the humanities, with the goal being to increase the student’s reading skills and academic vocabulary in preparation for regular academic courses. Each year an Earlham first-year reading will be one of the texts. Discussion of relevant topics and writing assignments about the text are important parts of the course. In addition, there is support work focusing on note taking, presentation skills and pronunciation or accent reduction.