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ESL Courses

The following courses may or may not be available each semester. Please search below for current offerings.

Please see our Department Page for more information about the program. Courses are also available in non-credit ESL and Intensive English.

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ESL - ESL

ESL-910LC: Foundations in Listening and Culture (Min Credits: 3.0)

Independent study course providing guidance and practice in basic listening, reading and writing skills in the English language. Aspects of American life are also featured. Pass/No Pass Option.

ESL-930CC: (Min Credits: 3.0)

Students develop and practice the oral and written skills in standard English necessary within the context of child care and parenting. Students practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills useful for communicating with and about children, including day-to-day care, health and safety. This course is intended for parents, grandparents, child care providers, preschool teachers, and students of Child Development who are non-native speakers of English.

ESL-930EC: ESL for Child Care Part I (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: Qualifying score (at the ESL 930 level) on the ESL placement test. This high-beginning course develops oral and written communication skills in standard English within the context of child care and parenting. Students practice skills useful for communicating with and about children on topics including day-to-day care, health and safety.

ESL-930GW: High Beginning Grammar and Writing (3.0 Lecture/0.5 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.5)

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESL 930RV and ESL 930LS is recommended. Prerequisite: A qualifying score on ESL placement test. Develops basic writing and grammar skills of standard written English.

ESL-930LC: High Beginning Language and Culture (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: Appropriate placement by multiple measures. This is the first of a two course sequence designed to help the high-beginning student develop strategies for communicating in the English language. Although some strategies for speaking are included, the emphasis is on developing skills in listening, reading, vocabulary and writing. Topics of American culture are covered.

ESL-930LS: High Beginning Listening and Speaking (3.0 Lecture/0.5 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.5)

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESL 930GW and ESL 930RV. Prerequisite: ESL 920 or a qualifying score on the ESL placement test. In this course students receive guidance and extensive practice in listening and speaking at the word, phrase, and sentence level. Listening focuses on comprehension of verbal instructions, of vocabulary in context, and of ideas in sentences, monologs, and dialogs. Speaking focuses on the clear pronunciation of common words and phrases and the development of basic English pronunciation patterns of stress and intonation. This course includes one and a half hours of laboratory work weekly to facilitate skill development.

ESL-930PL: Basic Pronunciation and Listening (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite: a qualifying score in the ESL Placement Test Advisory: ESL 930LS This basic pronunciation course includes sound-spelling patterns, important vowel and consonant contrasts, syllables, word stress, and key intonation patterns.

ESL-930RV: High Beginning Reading and Vocabulary (3.0 Lecture/0.5 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.5)

Advisory: ESL 930GW and ESL 930LS Prerequisite: Qualifying score on ESL placement test or Prerequisite ESL 920 This course focuses on comprehension of simplified articles and stories in English. Students also increase their understanding of and ability to use high frequency vocabulary.

ESL-940EC: ESL for Child Care Part II (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: ESL 930EC, ESL 930GW, ESL 930LS and ESL 930RV This low-intermediate course develops oral and written English language skills useful for child care and parenting. Students practice skills to communicate with and about young children at different stages of development.

ESL-940GW: Low Intermediate Grammar and Writing (5.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESL 940RV and ESL 940LS. Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL Placement Exam. In this course, students continue the development of basic grammar and writing skills using level appropriate structures of standard written English.

ESL-940LC: Low Intermediate Language and Culture (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: ESL 930LC or Appropriate placement by multiple measure.

ESL-940LS: Low Intermediate Listening and Speaking (3.0 Lecture/0.5 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.5)

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESL 940GW and ESL 940RV Prerequisite: ESL 930LS or a qualifying score on the ESL placement test. In this course, students practice oral instructions and questions, high-frequency vocabulary, conversations and short lectures. The course continues the development of basic English pronunciation of common words and phrases.

ESL-940PL: Low Intermediate Pronunciation and Listening (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL Placement Exam. Low-Intermediate level students receive guidance and extensive practice on the most important aspects of American English pronunciation. These include fundamental sound-spelling patterns, important vowel and consonant contrasts, syllables, word stress, and key intonation patterns.

ESL-940RV: Low Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL Placement Exam. This course focuses on vocabulary development and comprehension of short readings.

ESL-950EC: ESL for Child Development: Introduction (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Qualifying score (at the ESL 950 level) on the ESL placement test, or ESL 930ECC and ESL 940ECC. This intermediate course develops oral and written English language skills necessary to communicate about a child's development. Students practice skills to introduce, objectively describe, and reflect on children, their actions, and their interests.

ESL-950GW: Intermediate Grammar and Writing (5.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL placement test ; or Prerequisite: ESL 940GW and Prerequisite: ESL 940RV Advisory: ESL 940LS This course increases student understanding and use of intermediate grammar structures and intermediate sentence patterns used in standard written and spoken English..

ESL-950LS: Intermediate Listening and Speaking (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite: ESL 940LS or a qualifying score on the ESL placement test. Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESL 950RW and ESL 950G. In this intermediate level course, students receive guidance and extensive practice in effective oral communication in a variety of social and/or vocational situations.

ESL-950PL: Intermediate Pronunciation and Listening (3.0 Lecture/0.5 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.5)

Prerequisite: ESL 940LS or a qualifying score on the ESL placement test. Advisory: ESL 930PL Intermediate level students receive guidance and practice in the sound system of standard American English. This course emphasizes intelligible spoken communication. This course consists of two-thirds lecture and one-third lab work that facilitates skill development.

ESL-950RV: Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL placement test ; or Prerequisite: ESL 940RV and Prerequisite: ESL 940GW Advisory: ESL 940LS This intermediate level course develops students' reading skills through the study of a variety of fiction and nonfiction reading materials. The course focuses on reading skills such as comprehending main ideas and details in intermediate level readings, the acquisition and use of new vocabulary, and the strategies to understand and interpret content.

ESL-956GR: Intermediate to Advanced Grammar Review (2.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 2.0)

Students review and practice a wide range of grammatical and syntactical structures in meaningful contexts at an intermediate to advanced level.

ESL-960EC: ESL for Child Development: Domains (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory ESL 950EC , or qualifying score (at the ESL 960 level) on the ESL placement test. This high intermediate course develops oral and written English language skills necessary to describe and reflect on a child's socio-emotional, motor, and cognitive development.

ESL-960GW: High Intermediate Grammar and Writing (5.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL Placement exam ; or Prerequisite: ESL 950RW and Prerequisite: ESL 950G ; or Prerequisite: ESL 950RV and Prerequisite: ESL 950GW Advisory: ESL 950LS This course develops students' knowledge of grammar at a high-intermediate level. The course focuses on comprehensible simple, compound, and complex sentences and various rhetorical styles in cohesive, well-organized, and grammatically correct paragraphs.

ESL-960LS: High Intermediate Listening and Speaking (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESL 960G and ESL 960RW. Prerequisite: ESL 950LS or a qualifying score on the ESL placement test. This high intermediate course continues to develop students' oral communication skills in a variety of social, business and/or academic situations.

ESL-960RV: High Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL placement test ; or Prerequisite: ESL 950RW and Prerequisite: ESL 950G; or Prerequisite: ESL 950RV and Prerequisite: ESL 950GW Advisory: ESL 950LS Students learn to recognize main ideas and supporting details, distinguish between fact and opinion, infer meaning, and summarize texts. Academic vocabulary is developed.

ESL-970AM: Accent Modification (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite: ESL 960LS or a qualifying score on the ESL placement test. Advisory: ESL 950PL Advanced ESL speakers receive guidance and extensive practice in refining oral pronunciation and listening skills.

ESL-970GW: Advanced ESL Composition and Grammar (5.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite Qualifying score on the ESL placement test ; or Prerequisite ESL 960G and Prerequisite ESL 960RW ; or Prerequisite ESL 960GW and Prerequisite ESL 960RV This course continues to develop paragraph skills attained in ESL 960RW and introduces the structure of the academic essay in standard written English. Students practice a variety of rhetorical styles and increase competency in controlling grammatical structures relevant to the advanced ESL student.

ESL-970LS: Advanced Listening and Speaking (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite: ESL 960LS or a qualifying score on the ESL placement test. Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESL 970GW and ESL 970RV. Advanced level ESL students receive guidance and extensive practice in listening and speaking in academic, professional and social settings.

ESL-970RV: Advanced Reading and Vocabulary (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL placement test ; or Prerequisite: ESL 960RV and Prerequisite: ESL 960GW , or Prerequisite: ESL 960G and Prerequisite: ESL 960RW Advisory: ESL 960LS Students learn abstract inferencing, rhetorical styles, and summarizing and paraphrasing of various texts. Academic vocabulary is developed.

ESL-980: Effective Writing for Advanced Esl Students (4.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 4.0)

Prerequisite: ESL 970LS or Corequisite: ESL 970LS ; Prerequisite: ESL 970RV and Prerequisite: ESL 970GW , or Prerequisite: ESL 970RW; or Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL placement test. This course is for students whose native language is not English. Students write academic essays and a short research paper. Emphasis is on the writing process, academic essay writing, and introductory research skills. The course also provides intensive practice with the sentence patterns, grammatical structures, and academic vocabulary necessary to produce clear, accurate prose.

ESL-985: Writing for ESL Students in English 001A (2.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 2.0)

Co-Requisite: ENG 001A. This course is for English 001A students whose native language is not English. This course provides intensive instruction and practice in writing coherent paragraphs and essays for specific audiences. This course includes the drafting, revision, and editing processes as well as instruction in grammar, mechanics, and usage. The course focuses on the sentence patterns, grammatical structures and academic vocabulary necessary to be successful in English 001A.