Caterina Falli

Director of the Eastman Writing Center and Associate Professor of English as a Second Language

Director, ESL Program



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Caterina Falli has over twenty years of experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), a position that she fills at Eastman as assistant professor. Falli has taught at California’s Chabot College, San Francisco State University and at the Academy of Art College, teaching reading, writing, international business communication, and leading ESL study groups for art courses. Prior to these positions she served as the curriculum director and subsequently the ESL program director for the American Language Academy in Berkeley. Her academic degrees are from San Francisco State University and McGill University (Montreal).



English as a Second Language Courses at Eastman

 ESL 101     English Language Review I

In this course, students will develop a foundation in the core structures of English and academic vocabulary in natural, real-life contexts.  Students integrate these structures in their listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Working closely with the Academic Word List, students begin to develop their knowledge of word forms and incorporate new vocabulary in their writing. Topics concern academic culture in the United States. Students begin to develop a portfolio of materials demonstrating their competency in English.  Instructor permission is required.

 ESL 103      ESL for Academic Studies I

This course prepares undergraduate ESL students for reading longer texts and writing critical responses in English. The course introduces the writing process, from composing essays to revising and editing in English. Students develop skills in critical inquiry and increase their vocabulary through texts exploring themes in American culture. Instructor permission required.

 ESL 105     Communication Strategies for ESL Graduate Musicians I

in English. In the first semester of the course sequence, students increase their confidence to communicate effectively through a series of oral presentations on topics connected to their area of study. Students gain familiarity with American speech patterns through listening and speaking tasks and discrete pronunciation tasks. Exploring American cultural themes, students increase vocabulary and knowledge of idioms. Instructor permission required.

ESL 102       English Language Review II

Building upon English Language Review I, this course introduces more advanced level grammatical structures in real-life contexts. Students learn to form an expanded argument in speech and in writing, incorporating newly learned vocabulary. Students exit the course with a portfolio of written assignments and a videotaped oral presentation. This portfolio may be used as evidence of ability to handle academic work in English. Instructor permission required.

 ESL 104       ESL for Academic Studies II 

Building upon ESL for Academic Studies I, this course prepares ESL students for their academic work at Eastman. Responding to readings, students practice skills of annotation and summary writing. In longer written assignments, students practice appropriate citation of sources.  In focused discussion groups, students learn and practice various negotiation strategies to communicate their ideas. Instructor permission required.

 ESL 106       Communication Strategies for ESL Graduate Musicians II 

This second part of the course sequence prepares graduate ESL students to handle the rigorous demands of reading and writing in the English-speaking academic environment. Working with authentic readings, students practice problem-solving strategies for successful comprehension and production of texts. Responding to readings, students practice each stage of the writing process, from planning and drafting, to revising and editing work. In a final research assignment, students work with evidence and develop grammatical and lexical strategies for successful paraphrase. Students learn and practice citation skills for accurate documentation sources and present their work in a final oral presentation. Instructor permission required.