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English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

ESL 24 Novice-Mid ESL Skills Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students may only enroll in one ESL Skills Lab per semester.
  • Advisory:ESLL 20; Concurrent enrollment in ESLL 20, ESLR 20, and/or ESLW 20 is recommended as ESL 24 is designed to supplement the instruction students receive in those courses.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course develops, expands, and reinforces multiple English language skills at the novice-mid level in an independent and/or small group environment. Coursework includes integrated study topics relative to vocabulary and study skills, reading, grammar use, idiomatic language study and application, conversation and listening skills, and assorted integrated software programs. Late registration is allowed as long as space is available and with the permission of the instructor. This course is not a substitute for other ESL courses. Students will earn .5 units for each 27 hours of lab completed for a maximum of 1.50 units. This course is a Pass/No Pass course.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: RECOGNIZE BASIC PARTS OF SPEECH AND BASIC ELEMENTS OF ENGLISH SENTENCES.
  • Identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, and prepositions.
  • Analyze basic English sentences to identify subjects, verbs, and completers.
  • SLO #2: USE THE SIMPLE PRESENT, PAST, FUTURE AND PRESENT PROGRESSIVE TENSES CORRECTLY.
  • Produce sentences in oral or written form using verb form and tense correctly.
  • SLO #3: DEMONSTRATE COMPREHENSION OF BASIC ENGLISH.
  • Answer simple questions about the literal content of basic level English text or aural passages.
  • SLO #4: DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENGLISH ALPHABETIC PRINCIPLES.
  • Recognize all the letters of the English alphabet as well as most of the phonetic sounds of English.
  • Produce the sounds of American English with occasional native language interference.

ESL 27 Beginning-Low Integrated Reading and Writing

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course focuses on the fundamental reading and writing skills which are necessary for success in an academic English program. Students will develop an understanding of vocabulary building, reading comprehension, and the basic grammar and sentence structure necessary for paragraph writing. Students will use content from course readings to develop ideas for their own writing. This course is part of the reading and writing sequence which prepares ESL students to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF THE ALPHABETIC PRINCIPLES OF ENGLISH.
  • Recognize and write all letters of the English alphabet
  • Associate speech sounds and spoken words to their alphabetic equivalents.
  • Analyze the syllabic structure of spoken and written words.
  • Apply the alphabetic principle to vocalize printed words having regular spellings.
  • SLO #2: EMPLOY BASIC VOCABULARY BUILDING RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES.
  • Use an English language learner dictionary to determine appropriate meaning of new words.
  • Infer meanings of new words given visual and contextual clues.
  • SLO #3: DEMONSTRATE EXPLICIT COMPREHENSION OF BASIC TEXTS.
  • Interpret and answer simple questions about the literal content of beginning-level texts.
  • Employ rudimentary scanning to locate explicit information in assigned texts.
  • Ask/write questions about the literal content of beginning-level texts.
  • SLO #4: DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN BASIC PARTS OF SPEECH AND BASIC PARTS OF SENTENCES.
  • Identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles and prepositions.
  • Identify subjects, verbs, and completers.
  • SLO #5: CONSTRUCT SIMPLE AFFIRMATIVE AND NEGATIVE STATEMENTS AND QUESTIONS.
  • Use the simple present, past, and future and the present progressive tenses correctly.
  • Use English word order with proper punctuation and spelling.
  • SLO #6: WRITE A BASIC PARAGRAPH OF ABOUT 10 SENTENCES WITH A CLEAR BEGINNING, MIDDLE, AND END.
  • Respond to a prompt by writing sentences that are related or tell a story.
  • Use correct paragraph format.

ESL 34 Novice-High Skills Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in ESLL 30, ESLR 30, and/or ESLW 30 is recommended as ESL 34 is designed to supplement the instruction students receive these courses.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course develops, expands, and reinforces multiple English language skills at the novice-high level in an independent and/or small group environment. Coursework includes integrated study topics relative to vocabulary and study skills, reading and grammar use, idiomatic language study and application, conversation and listening skills, and assorted integrated software programs. Late registration is allowed as long as space is available and with the permission of the instructor. This course is not a substitute for other ESL courses. Students will earn .5 units for each 27 hours of lab completed for a maximum of 1.50 units. This course is a Pass/No Pass course.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: IDENTIFY BASIC PARTS OF SPEECH AND BASIC ELEMENTS OF ENGLISH SENTENCES.
  • Identify subjects, verbs, and completers in simple, compound and basic complex sentences.
  • Recognize the function of various types of conjunctions and use them correctly.
  • SLO #2: EMPLOY STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE READING AND AURAL COMPREHENSION.
  • Identify topics, main ideas, and supporting details in reading passages and listening activities.
  • Identify vocabulary meaning based on context clues.
  • SLO #3: DEVELOP EFFECTIVE WRITING AND REVISION STRATEGIES.
  • Identify main ideas, topic sentences, and supporting details in own writing.
  • Construct simple sentences using simple present, simple past, and future tenses.
  • Apply basic punctuation and capitalization rules.
  • SLO #4: EMPLOY BASIC RULES OF SYLLABICATION, STRESS AND INTONATION OF STANDARD AMERICAN ENGLISH
  • Distinguish the three -s ending sounds and understand the cause for the variant sounds
  • Differentiate the three -ed ending sounds and understand the cause for the variant sounds.
  • Recognize basic stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns of American English and how these affect meaning.

ESL 37 Novice-High Integrated Reading and Writing

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course focuses on learning academic reading and writing skills at the novice-high level, with an emphasis on vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and the writing process. Students will develop paragraphs with a clear beginning, middle, and end in the context of a multiple paragraph writing assignment. This course is part of the reading and writing sequence which prepares ESL students to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE COMPREHENSION OF MULTI-PARAGRAPH TEXT WITH INCREASING LEVELS OF SOPHISTICATION.
  • Identify main ideas, topic sentences, and supporting details.
  • Use skimming and scanning strategies to identify general ideas and locate specific information
  • Use background knowledge and personal experience to improve understanding of a reading.
  • SLO 2: DEVELOP VOCABULARY BUILDING STRATEGIES
  • Use context clues to determine meaning of new words.
  • Identify basic prefixes, suffixes and roots and use that information to determine part of speech and meaning.
  • Use a variety of strategies to successfully acquire new vocabulary.
  • SLO 3: EMPLOY THE WRITING PROCESS TO COMPLETE MULTI-PARAGRAPH WRITING ASSIGNMENTS.
  • Write focused paragraphs with a clear beginning, middle, and end based on topics covered in the course.
  • Apply basic steps in the writing process including prewriting, writing, editing, and revising.
  • Demonstrate use of basic writing and formatting conventions including punctuation, capitalization, margins, indentations, spelling, and legible handwriting.
  • SLO 4: PRODUCE SIMPLE SENTENCES AS WELL AS BASIC COMPOUND AND COMPLEX SENTENCES WITH CORRECT ENGLISH SYNTAX, PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALIZATION.
  • Recognize dependent and independent clauses in simple, compound and complex sentences by identifying subjects, verbs, and completers.
  • Produce compound and complex sentences by using conjunctions effectively.
  • SLO 5: USE GRAMMAR TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY IN WRITING.
  • Use simple present, present continuous, simple past, and simple future correctly according to context.
  • Use singular and plural count nouns and noncount nouns with correct articles and quantifiers.
  • Use adjectives effectively.

ESL 39 College Ready Skills for English Language Learners

  • Units:2
  • Hours:36 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 20 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is a course to prepare English language learners for success in the American academic experience. This course provides college success strategies, language skills, and support resources in the language appropriate for entry level ESL students.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF AMERICAN COLLEGE POLICIES AND PRACTICES.
  • Identify college services and resources.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to use an online management systems and the college website.
  • Recognize and use vocabulary related to a college campus, resources, and policies.
  • SLO #2: USE BASIC STRATEGIES TO INCREASE ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN READING, WRITING, AND LISTENING/SPEAKING.
  • Use basic reading skills such as previewing, scanning, and part of speech recognition to increase reading comprehension.
  • Identify and use linear patterns of organization including basic outlining.
  • Use a variety of set phrases for speaking with professors and classmates.
  • Use basic strategies for correcting errors in writing.
  • SLO #3: DEVELOP AWARENESS OF STUDY STRATEGIES AND TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of time management and expectations of work done outside of class.
  • Identify a variety of test questions and develop the ability to follow directions on tests in English.
  • Use a variety of strategies for increasing academic vocabulary in English.

ESL 44 Intermediate-Low Skills Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:concurrent enrollment in ESLL 40, ESLR 40, and/or ESLW 40 is recommended as ESL 44 is designed to supplement the instruction students receive these courses.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course develops, expands, and reinforces multiple English language skills at the intermediate-low level in an independent and/or in small group environment. Coursework includes integrated study topics relative to vocabulary and study skills, reading and grammar use, idiomatic language study and application, pronunciation and listening skills, composition and writing, and/or workplace skills. This is an open-entry open-exit course. Students may register until the end of the ninth week of the semester if space allows. This course is not a substitute for other ESL courses. Students will earn .5 units for each 27 hours of lab completed for a maximum of 1.50 units. This course is graded Pass/No Pass.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: EXTRACT VITAL INFORMATION FROM LISTENING PASSAGES AND LECTURES TO TAKE NOTES OF MAIN AND SUPPORTING IDEAS.
  • SLO #2: DEMONSTRATE EXPLICIT COMPREHENSION OF LEVEL APPROPRIATE TEXTS.
  • Locate topics, recognize main ideas and major supporting details in intermediate level reading passages.
  • SLO #3: DISTINGUISH THE MEANINGS CONVEYED BY FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR STRUCTURES.
  • Identify and produce simple, compound and complex sentences with correct punctuation.
  • Identify and produce sentences with appropriate verb structures.
  • SLO #4: EXHIBIT AN EMERGING UNDERSTANDING OF THE REVISION AND EDITING PROCESS AS TOOLS FOR WRITING IMPROVEMENT.

ESL 47 Intermediate-Low Integrated Reading and Writing

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESL 37 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

ESL 47 is an integrated reading and writing course for English language learners at the intermediate level. In preparation for academic writing, students build skills in pre-writing, learn to write strong paragraphs, and practice the basics of essay structure. Students also build academic reading skills and vocabulary. With the information gathered through readings, students begin to use academic content to supplement their ideas in writing. This course is part of the reading and writing sequence, which prepares ESL students to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE COMPREHENSION OF MULTI-PARAGRAPH ACADEMIC TEXTS
  • Actively and critically respond to readings through discussions, journals, etc.
  • Begin to demonstrate understanding of main and supporting ideas through the use of graphic organizers or basic outlines.
  • SLO 2: EMPLOY LEVEL-APPROPRIATE VOCABULARY BUILDING STRATEGIES
  • Begin using prefixes and suffixes to expand vocabulary.
  • Recognize and identify word families.
  • Use strategies to independently study new vocabulary in and out of class.
  • SLO 3: USE COMMON ENGLISH SENTENCE PATTERNS
  • Use simple, compound, and complex sentences with correct punctuation and conjunctions.
  • SLO 4: EMPLOY THE WRITING PROCESS TO COMPLETE SEVERAL WRITING ASSIGNMENTS.
  • Show the ability to complete all steps of the writing process for paragraph and basic essay writing.
  • Write fully developed paragraphs with a clear topic sentence, supporting sentences, and concluding sentence.
  • Show the ability to move from paragraph to basic essay writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of unity and coherence in writing.
  • Apply level-appropriate grammar to writing to make ideas clear, concise, and specific.
  • Use correct formatting, spelling, punctuation, capital letters, and grammar in in-class and out-of-class writing assignments.
  • SLO 5: DEMONSTRATE AN EMERGING ABILITY TO APPLY NEW INFORMATION TO WRITING.
  • Synthesize information learned in readings.
  • Apply content from the readings to generate ideas for writing assignments.

ESL 54 Intermediate-Mid Skills Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:concurrent enrollment in ESLL 50, ESLR 50, and/or ESLW 50 is recommended as ESL 54 is designed to supplement the instruction students receive these courses.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course develops, expands, and reinforces multiple English language skills at the intermediate-mid level in an independent and/or in small group environment. Coursework includes integrated study topics relative to vocabulary and study skills, reading and grammar use, idiomatic language study and application, pronunciation and listening skills, composition and writing, and/or workplace skills. This is an open-entry open-exit course. Students may register until the end of the ninth week of the semester if space allows. This course is not a substitute for other ESL courses. Students will earn .5 units for each 27 hours of lab completed for a maximum of 1.50 units. This course is a Pass/No Pass course.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: IDENTIFY CENTRAL MEANING IN ACADEMIC SPOKEN DISCOURSE.
  • Take notes on short academic lectures, identify main ideas, subtopics, and important details.
  • SLO #2: DEMONSTRATE IMPLICIT AND EXPLICIT COMPREHENSION OF LEVEL APPROPRIATE TEXTS.
  • Derive main ideas and supporting details from new texts.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion and draw conclusions
  • SLO #3: WRITE SIMPLE, COMPOUND, AND COMPLEX SENTENCES WITH CORRECT PUNCTUATION.
  • Use clause and sentence combining strategies with a variety of connectors with correct punctuation.
  • SLO #4: IDENTIFY AND USE GRAMMAR STRUCTURES, VERB TENSE AND ASPECT, AND WORD FORMS WITH CONFIDENCE AND RARE ERRORS.

ESL 110 ESL College English Preparation: Intermediate

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESL 47 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

ESL 110 is an accelerated course that integrates reading and writing. This course addresses the reading and writing skills English language learners need to succeed in college-level courses. Students focus on refining college-level academic skills in reading and writing with an emphasis on speed, vocabulary development, fluency, use of standard English, and analytical skills. Students will do extensive reading and writing with ever-increasing critical analysis. Students will follow the writing process in essay writing and will move from personal experiences to incorporating academic information. The class is the first semester of a two-semester sequence that moves students to ENGWR 300 and ENGRD 310/312.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE IMPLICIT AND EXPLICIT COMPREHENSION OF MULTI-PARAGRAPH, MULTI-PAGE ACADEMIC TEXTS
  • Actively and critically respond to readings through discussions, journals, etc.
  • Demonstrate understanding of ideas and organization in outlines, a variety of graphic organizers, and concise summaries that include the use of paraphrasing.
  • Demonstrate synthesis of new and previous information to reach conclusions.
  • SLO 2: EMPLOY VOCABULARY BUILDING STRATEGIES
  • SLO 3: USE A VARIETY OF ENGLISH SENTENCE PATTERNS WITH CORRECT PUNCTUATION
  • Use simple, compound, and complex sentences with correct punctuation and a variety of coordinators.
  • Use sentence combining strategies and clauses, including adjective, adverb, noun, and condition clauses.
  • SLO 4: EMPLOY THE WRITING PROCESS TO COMPLETE SEVERAL MULTI-DRAFT ESSAYS.
  • Use a variety of prewriting strategies, organizing, writing, and revising in the completion of essay writing.
  • SLO 5: DEMONSTRATE COLLEGE-APPROPRIATE SKILLS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
  • Use effective time management strategies such as prioritizing assignments by level of importance and difficulty.

ESL 130 ESL College English Preparation: Advanced-Low

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESL 110 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

ESL 130 is an accelerated course that integrates reading and writing at the high-intermediate and advanced-low level and prepares English language learners to be successful in college-level courses. Students refine academic reading skills with an emphasis on comprehension of academic texts, reading fluency, annotation, and vocabulary development. Students develop research and synthesizing skills and write a variety of essays based on critical analysis of readings. The course also emphasizes competent sentence variety and mastering the mechanics of English in the context of the essay. This class is the second semester of a two-semester sequence that moves students to ENGWR 300 and ENGRD 310/312.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE ACADEMIC READING SKILLS BOTH IN CLASS UNDER THE PRESSURE OF TIME AND OUT OF CLASS.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of a variety of pre-reading techniques.
  • Adapt strategies to address various reading tasks by choosing the appropriate reading skill to fit the task, working through difficult passages, annotating, and using text clues including headings, captions, etc. to aid comprehension.
  • SLO 2: RESPOND TO READINGS IN CLEAR WRITTEN AND ORAL RESPONSES THAT SHOW CRITICAL ANALYSIS.
  • Demonstrate the ability to infer, summarize, paraphrase, and make graphic organizers or outlines.
  • SLO 3: EMPLOY THE WRITING PROCESS TO COMPLETE SEVERAL MULTI-DRAFT ESSAYS THAT INCLUDE OUTSIDE SOURCES.
  • Use a variety of prewriting strategies, conduct basic research, write multiple drafts, and revise writing.
  • Use instructor feedback and independent proofreading skills to complete final drafts with few grammatical errors.
  • SLO 4: CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATE COLLEGE-APPROPRIATE SKILLS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
  • Complete college-level assignments including following multi-part instructions, using independent thinking or basic research, completing work on time even when multiple steps are required, and utilizing correct formatting for all written assignments.
  • Respect academic integrity by using one's own ideas and words in writing and citing sources when necessary.

ESL 299 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language - Grammar (ESLG) Courses

ESLG 31 Basic English Grammar

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides English language learners with an introduction to the basics of English grammar including parts of speech, word form, word order, and the fundamental verb tenses necessary for writing. Students will learn to recognize how words function in English sentences, and be able to identify and correct basic errors.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: UNDERSTAND THE PARTS OF SPEECH AND HOW THEY FUNCTION IN ENGLISH.
  • Recognize nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, articles, prepositions, and conjunctions.
  • Understand the function of each of the parts of speech in the context of a simple sentence.
  • SLO 2: RECOGNIZE AND CONSTRUCT SIMPLE AND PROGRESSIVE VERB FORMS IN THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE.
  • Understand the use of auxiliary verbs and main verbs when constructing the past, present, and future tenses.
  • Utilize the correct auxiliary verb when creating negative statements, yes/no questions, and information questions.
  • SLO 3: RECOGNIZE AND CONSTRUCT SIMPLE SENTENCES AND BASIC COMPOUND AND COMPLEX SENTENCES.
  • Analyze sentences to determine type, and use knowledge of sentence formation to correct errors.
  • Create original sentences using a variety of sentence types based on purpose or need.

ESLG 41 Elements of English Sentences

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLG 31 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides English Language Learners with a review of the basic elements of English sentences including parts of speech, word order, proper use of word form, and the simple and progressive verb tenses. Students will learn to recognize a variety of English sentence patterns in listening, and reading and be able to produce those patterns in their own speaking and writing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: ANALYZE SENTENCES TO IDENTIFY THE PARTS OF SPEECH AND HOW THEY FUNCTION.
  • Label the parts of speech in a sentence.
  • Explain how words function in a given sentence.
  • SLO 2: RECOGNIZE AND CONSTRUCT SIMPLE AND PROGRESSIVE VERB FORMS IN THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
  • Identify simple and progressive verb forms in the past, present, and future and explain the reason a particular tense is used.
  • Produce sentences that use the simple and progressive past, present, and future verb forms correctly.
  • SLO 3: CONSTRUCT SIMPLE AND COMPOUND ENGLISH SENTENCES IN THE CONTEXT OF A PARAGRAPH USING APPROPRIATE WORD FORMS AND CORRECT VERB FORM AND TENSE.
  • Explain the difference between the simple and compound sentence structures and how to use them effectively.
  • Write a paragraph using simple and compound sentences correctly.

ESLG 51 Grammar for Intermediate ESL Writers

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLG 41 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course reviews the form and use of the simple and continuous tenses in the present, past and future as well as the present perfect and present perfect continuous. It also provides instruction in other intermediate-level grammar topics such as gerunds and infinitives, articles, and nouns. It is intended for students who need additional grammar instruction to support their development writers in English.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: ANALYZE THE GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURES IN SELECTED SAMPLES OF WRITTEN AND ORAL ENGLISH.
  • Identify parts of speech, word forms, parts of a sentence, and clause structures in a variety of samples of English.
  • SLO #2: DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF GRAMMATICAL CONCEPTS TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE IDEAS BOTH ORALLY AND IN WRITING.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of verb tense by choosing tense and aspect to clearly communicate about time in response to level-appropriate topics.
  • Build sentences to demonstrate skill in using a limited variety of phrase and clause structures.
  • Demonstrate an emerging ability to recognize the role of modals and conditionals and use these structures in writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manipulate word forms to write correct sentences with parallel forms.
  • Proofread one's own writing for the grammatical concepts learned in the course.

ESLG 110 Grammar for Intermediate-High ESL Students

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLG 41 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is intended for English language learners who need to develop an understanding of English grammar to study at the college level. It continues to build competency in the English verb tense system and provides instruction in more advanced clause structures, such as noun clauses, adverb clauses, and conditionals. Students will apply these concepts in writing assignments.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: ANALYZE THE GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURES IN SELECTED SAMPLES OF ADAPTED AND NATIVE WRITTEN AND ORAL ENGLISH.
  • Identify parts of speech, word forms, parts of a sentence, verb tenses, and clause structures in a variety of samples of English.
  • Explain the reason for the use of a variety of grammatical structures to convey meaning, identify time/aspect in a story, etc.
  • SLO #2: DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF GRAMMATICAL CONCEPTS TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE IDEAS BOTH ORALLY AND IN WRITING IN RESPONSE TO ACADEMIC PROMPTS.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of verb tense by choosing tense and aspect to clearly communicate about time in response to level-appropriate academic topics.
  • Build sentences to demonstrate skill in using a variety of phrase and clause structures including adjective and adverb clauses.
  • Recognize the role of modals and conditionals and use these structures correctly in writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manipulate word forms and use corpus information to write correct sentences with parallel forms.
  • SLO #3: IDENTIFY ERRORS IN ONE'S OWN WRITING AND CORRECT BOTH LOCAL AND GLOBAL ERRORS

ESLG 120 Advanced ESL Grammar

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLG 110 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course focuses on developing control of the form and meaning of important grammar structures, especially those used in writing. Students also learn advanced-level grammar topics and develop independent editing skills. Students write extensively and apply strategies to correct both local and global grammatical errors. The course is intended for students who need to develop strong control of grammar to support their educational and career goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: ANALYZE THE GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURES IN SAMPLES OF ADVANCED-LEVEL, ACADEMIC ENGLISH.
  • Identify parts of speech, word forms, parts of a sentence, verb tenses, clause structures, and other grammatical structures in a variety of samples of advanced-level English.
  • SLO #2: DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF ADVANCED GRAMMATICAL CONCEPTS TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE IDEAS BOTH ORALLY AND IN WRITING.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of verb tense, modals, and conditionals to respond to topics of varying degrees of complexity.
  • Build sentences to demonstrate skill in using an extensive variety of phrase and clause structures, including adjective, adverb, and reduced clauses.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manipulate word forms and word choice to write correct sentences with parallel forms and colloquial use of English.
  • SLO #3: APPLY KNOWLEDGE OF GRAMMAR STRUCTURES AND EDITING TOOLS TO EDIT ONE'S OWN WRITING.
  • Identify and correct global errors including tense, word forms, non-colloquial forms, and clause structure.
  • Identify and correct local errors including subject/verb agreement, pluralization, article usage, and mechanics.
  • Demonstrate competence in using tools such as an English Language Learner dictionary and corpus to find grammatical information as an aid while editing one's own writing.

ESLG 299 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Grammar

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language - Listening (ESLL) Courses

ESLL 20 Novice Listening and Speaking

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course will provide an introduction to academic listening and speaking for novice level English language learners. Instruction focuses on basic listening and speaking strategies for a variety of situations, including listening for main ideas and utilizing learned phrases for class discussion. English sounds and intonation patterns are introduced.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: IDENTIFY MOST OF THE PHONETIC SOUNDS OF AMERICAN ENGLISH
  • Identify letters that are spoken clearly and produce the sounds with occasional native language interference.
  • Contrast consonant and vowel sounds and characteristics.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE ABILITY TO FUNCTION IN REHEARSED LISTENING AND SPEAKING SITUATIONS WHERE ENGLISH IS THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE
  • Understand and respond appropriately to basic spoken instructions.
  • Recognize and orally produce words, phrases and sentences that follow basic phonetic patterns studied in contextual situations.
  • SLO 3: IDENTIFY CENTRAL MEANING IN BASIC ACADEMIC DISCOURSE
  • SLO 4: USE A LIMITED VARIETY OF PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION STRATEGIES EFFECTIVELY
  • Use discussion strategies to communicate with students from other cultures in an active, respectful way.
  • Participate in group discussions about basic academic topics based on context learned in class and negotiate meaning in order to reach a desired result.
  • Plan and produce brief individual presentations and group skits or presentations on topics rehearsed in class with pronunciation comprehensible to a sympathetic listener.
  • SLO 5: FOLLOW APPROPRIATE COLLEGE BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES
  • Use a monolingual ESL dictionary to learn vocabulary.
  • Complete out-of-class assignments in a timely manner.
  • Complete assignments and exams without the assistance of other students.

ESLL 31 Listening and Speaking for College Readiness

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 20 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

English language learners at the novice-high level develop the listening and speaking strategies necessary for college and workforce readiness. Basic listening strategies include listening for main ideas and supporting details in a variety of situations. Basic speaking strategies include the utilization of appropriate learned vocabulary and continued development of the production of English sounds, stress patterns, and intonation patterns. Students will also develop effective small group and class discussion strategies. This course is part of the ESL listening sequence, which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE ABILITY TO FUNCTION IN CONTROLLED, HIGHLY SUPPORTED ACADEMIC LISTENING SITUATIONS IN ENGLISH.
  • Develop basic note-taking skills using guided lecture outlines and demonstrate understanding by using these notes to respond to written questions.
  • Identify central meaning and important details in basic academic discourse which is supported by visual images and auditory cues.
  • Write dictated questions based on a mini lecture and respond appropriately in a timed situation.
  • Understand and respond to spoken instructions.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN CONTROLLED, HIGHLY SUPPORTED ACADEMIC SPEAKING SITUATIONS IN ENGLISH.
  • Use notes to respond to discussion questions with specific information from level appropriate lectures or video presentations.
  • Choose appropriate ideas and responses for meaningful discussions based on topics introduced in academic lectures.
  • Use learned expressions to participate effectively in small group and class discussions.
  • SLO 3: USE BASIC PRONUNCIATION RULES TO IMPROVE COMPREHENSIBILITY.
  • Use basic intonation patterns to make statements and ask questions.
  • Apply syllabication and stress rules to pronounce individual words.
  • Produce the sounds of English with occasional native language interference.

ESLL 41 Listening, Speaking and Presentation Skills for College

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 31 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

ESLL 41 is a course in college listening and speaking for English language learners at the intermediate-low level. Students improve their listening by learning to take notes while watching short lectures, and they develop their speaking skills through class discussions and short presentations. This course is part of the ESL listening sequence, which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: PREPARE AND DELIVER SHORT YET ENGAGING PRESENTATIONS ON ACADEMIC TOPICS
  • Give intelligible presentations of up to 5-6 minutes based on course topics.
  • Include an introduction and conclusion, clear transitions, complete information to explain subtopics, and engaging visuals that utilize technology.
  • Use verbal and non-verbal strategies to engage the audience during presentations.
  • SLO #2: USE INTERACTIVE SPEAKING STRATEGIES EFFECTIVELY
  • Respond orally to listening passages by answering questions, stating opinions, or giving brief summaries.
  • Use learned strategies to engage others in group discussions.
  • SLO #3: USE NOTE-TAKING TECHNIQUES TO TAKE ORGANIZED, ACCURATE NOTES BASED ON SHORT LECTURES FROM A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES

ESLL 111 Academic Listening, Speaking, and Presentation Skills

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 41 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is intended for English language learners who intend to study at the college level. It builds students' ability to listen and speak in the college classroom. Students improve their listening skills through academic lectures and develop strong classroom speaking skills through various types of presentations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: PREPARE AND DELIVER EFFECTIVE, ENGAGING PRESENTATIONS ON ACADEMIC TOPICS
  • Give intelligible presentations of up to 8-10 minutes that include an appropriate introduction and conclusion, clear transitions, complete information to explain subtopics, and instructive visuals, including appropriate use of PowerPoint.
  • Use strategies to engage the audience during presentations.
  • SLO #2: USE A VARIETY OF INTERACTIVE SPEAKING STRATEGIES EFFECTIVELY
  • Respond to lectures orally by paraphrasing, summarizing, or expressing personal reactions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate speaking and participation strategies for the college classroom.
  • SLO #3: USE NOTE-TAKING TECHNIQUES TO TAKE ORGANIZED, ACCURATE NOTES BASED ON LECTURES FROM A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES

ESLL 121 Academic Listening, Note-taking, and Discussion

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 111 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course prepares English language learners for the level of listening, note-taking, and discussion necessary to be successful in college classes. Students develop academic note-taking skills by listening to real academic lectures and build speaking skills by responding to lectures in class discussions. This course helps prepare ESL students for the rigor of general education courses in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and other disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: USE PRE-LISTENING STRATEGIES TO PREPARE FOR LECTURES
  • Prepare for listening by building background knowledge, learning relevant vocabulary, and predicting content.
  • SLO #2: DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE TAKING ACCURATE NOTES BASED ON LECTURES
  • Use note-taking techniques to organize lecture content into sub-topics, main ideas, and supporting details.
  • Fill in lecture outlines.
  • SLO #3: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO APPLY INFORMATION FROM NOTES TO A VARIETY OF CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
  • Use notes to recreate lectures.
  • Analyze information from notes to answer questions, write summaries, and study for tests.
  • SLO #4: ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN A VARIETY OF CLASS DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES
  • Use a range of academic speaking and discussion strategies to critically discuss and respond to lecture content.

ESLL 299 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Listening

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language - Pronunciation (ESLP) Courses

ESLP 41 The Basics of English Pronunciation

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 31 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course introduces the phonetic alphabet and focuses on the identification and production of the sounds of English. Students use basic pronunciation rules to begin to control pronunciation of words and sentences and add expression to their speech.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: IDENTIFY ALL THE SOUNDS OF ENGLISH WITH OCCASIONAL ERRORS.
  • Be able to write sounds and transcribe level-appropriate words using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  • Use transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet to pronounce words with occasional errors.
  • Identify vowel characteristics: front, central, and back, tense and lax, and vowel length. Identify the place and manner of articulation used to produce most consonant sounds
  • Distinguish minimal pairs with emerging consistency.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE AN EMERGING ABILITY TO PRONOUNCE ALL THE SOUNDS OF ENGLISH IN CONTROLLED SPEECH.
  • SLO 3: USE BASIC WORD STRESS RULES TO IDENTIFY AND PRONOUNCE STRESSED SYLLABLES.
  • Use rules of word stress to predict the stressed syllables in two-syllable nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
  • Use rules of word stress to predict the stressed syllables in words with common suffixes.
  • Pronounce level-appropriate vocabulary words with correct word stress.
  • SLO 4: USE BASIC RULES OF SUPRASEGMENTAL STRESS TO IDENTIFY AND PRONOUNCE SENTENCE STRESS AND INTONATION.
  • Identify intonation patterns of statements and questions.
  • Use voice to add expression to one's speech and to use English rhythm and intonation with emerging accuracy.

ESLP 51 Building English Fluency and Comprehensibility

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLP 41 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course builds on the skills learned in ESLP 41 while adding increased focus on sentence stress, rhythm, and intonation. Students use pronunciation rules to increase their ability to control pronunciation in a variety of situations and to make their speech more comprehensible and engaging.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: IDENTIFY ALL THE SOUNDS OF ENGLISH.
  • Be able to transcribe the sounds of English using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  • Distinguish minimal pairs, including vowel characteristics and differences in articulation and voicing of consonants, with occasional errors.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO PRONOUNCE ALL THE SOUNDS OF ENGLISH IN CONTROLLED SPEECH WITH OCCASIONAL ERRORS.
  • Use transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet to pronounce words with increased accuracy.
  • SLO 3: USE OF A VARIETY OF WORD STRESS RULES TO IDENTIFY AND PRONOUNCE STRESSED SYLLABLES.
  • Use rules of word stress to predict and pronounce stressed syllables in two-syllable nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
  • Use rules of word stress to predict and pronounce the stressed syllables in words with a variety of suffixes.
  • Pronounce words with correct word stress in unrehearsed speech with emerging accuracy.
  • SLO 4: USE RULES OF SUPRASEGMENTAL STRESS TO IDENTIFY AND PRONOUNCE RHYTHM, SENTENCE STRESS, AND INTONATION.
  • Identify and pronounce intonation patterns of statements and questions.
  • Use English rhythm to add emphasis and expression to one's speech.

English as a Second Language - Reading (ESLR) Courses

ESLR 51 Building Vocabulary Skills

  • Units:2
  • Hours:36 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course introduces English language learners to vocabulary building skills. The course teaches parts of speech, vocabulary study strategies, word attack skills, dictionary skills, and level-appropriate academic vocabulary.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE USING AN ENGLISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY.
  • Use basic dictionary skills, including the use of head words and alphabetical order, to locate words.
  • Distinguish multiple meanings of words.
  • Find basic information about words, including part of speech, definition, synonyms, and examples.
  • SLO #2: USE WORD ATTACK SKILLS TO PREDICT INFORMATION ABOUT NEW VOCABULARY.
  • Identify part of speech based on word parts and the syntax of the sentence in which the word was found.
  • Identify basic prefixes and suffixes, demonstrate knowledge of how affixes can affect the meaning of a word, and use affixes and roots to predict meanings of new words.
  • SLO #3: USE VOCABULARY STUDY STRATEGIES TO INCREASE VOCABULARY.
  • Identify useful vocabulary for independent study.
  • Gather complete information about a new word and organize it into a word journal, word map, or other vocabulary organizer for independent study.
  • SLO #4: SHOW KNOWLEDGE OF LEVEL-APPROPRIATE VOCABULARY FROM THE ACADEMIC WORD LIST
  • Use learned vocabulary correctly in speaking and writing with occasional errors.

ESLR 111 Academic Vocabulary

  • Units:2
  • Hours:36 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLR 51 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is intended to prepare English language learners for the sophisticated vocabulary needed for higher-level study or work. Students will engage with the Academic Word List while continuing to develop vocabulary building skills. The course teaches more complex vocabulary study strategies, word attack skills, and academic vocabulary from the Academic Word List.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE USING AN ENGLISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY.
  • Use dictionary skills to quickly locate words, distinguish multiple meanings of words, and find relevant grammatical information.
  • Use transcriptions to identify the pronunciation of words with occasional errors.
  • Locate the word family and additional information, such as examples, synonyms, collocations, and connotation.
  • SLO 2: USE WORD ATTACK SKILLS TO PREDICT INFORMATION ABOUT NEW ACADEMIC VOCABULARY.
  • Use affixes and roots to predict the part of speech and meaning of a word in the context of an academic text.
  • SLO 3: USE A VARIETY OF VOCABULARY STUDY STRATEGIES TO INCREASE ACADEMIC VOCABULARY.
  • Identify useful vocabulary for independent study from academic texts.
  • Gather complete information about a new word and organize it into a word journal, word map, or other vocabulary organizer.
  • Show evidence of using the vocabulary organizer to study new vocabulary.
  • SLO 4: SHOW INCREASING KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY FROM THE ACADEMIC WORD LIST.
  • Use learned academic vocabulary correctly in academic speaking and writing tasks with few errors.

ESLR 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Reading

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language - Writing (ESLW) Courses

ESLW 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Writing

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


ESL Course Sequence

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Course Sequence

ESL Assessment

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