ESL Courses

ESL Courses

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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-920LC: Beginning Listening and Culture (Min Credits: 3.0)

Independent study course providing guidance in and development of listening, reading, and writing skills in the English language. Facets of American culture will be addressed. 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)

Develops basic writing and grammar skills of standard written English.

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

This course provides guidance in and development of listening, reading, and writing skills for high-beginning students of the English language. 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)

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 Advisory 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 930ECC, 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 (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory Concurrent enrollment in ESL 940RV and ESL 940LS is recommended. Prerequisite A qualifying score on the ESL placement test or Prerequisite ESL 930GW 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 Listening and Culture (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite ESL 930LC and/or placement of 940 level on the ESL Placement Test. This distance learning course provides guidance in and development of listening and some writing skills for low-intermediate students of the English language. Topics of American culture are covered.

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

Advisory Concurrent enrollment in ESL 940GW and ESL 940LS is recommended. Prerequisite A qualifying score on the ESL placement test or Prerequisite ESL 930RV This course focuses on vocabulary development and comprehension of short readings.

ESL-950CD: English as a Second Language for Child Development Part I (Min Credits: 3.0)

This course develops English language skills necessary for communicating about and with children. The students practice those skills necessary for the listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks which are typically required in Child Development courses and in the child care workplace, including observation of children and reflecting on their development. This course is appropriate for non-native English speakers who are interested in working with and caring for children.

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-950G: Intermediate Grammar (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite A qualifying score on the ESL placement test or Prerequisite ESL 940GW Advisory ESL 940RV and Advisory ESL 940LS This course develops student writing fluency through study and practice of compound and complex sentence patterns used in standard written English. It increases student understanding and use of intermediate grammar structures and intermediate sentence patterns used in standard written and spoken English.

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-950RW: Intermediate Reading and Writing (5.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL Placement Test, or ESL 940RV and ESL 940GW. Advisory: CA 010A, ESL 940LS and ESL 950G. This intermediate level course develops students' writing fluency and reading skills through the study of a variety of fiction and nonfiction reading materials. Students will increase their ability to write effective, grammatically correct sentences and short compositions. Writing skills focus on using a variety of phrases and clauses in complex sentences to express ideas related to reading content. Reading skills focus on the acquisition and use of new vocabulary, the strategies to understand and interpret content, reading a novel and completing a library project. This course may be repeated 3 times. Pass/No Pass Option.

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-960G: High Intermediate Grammar (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite A qualifying score on the ESL Placement Test ; or Prerequisite ESL 950G or Prerequisite ESL 950GW ; Advisory ESL 950RW and Advisory ESL 950LS This course develops sentence variety and grammatical and mechanical accuracy in standard written and spoken English at a high-intermediate level. Pass/No Pass Option.

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-960RW: High Intermediate Reading and Writing (5.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite A qualifying score on the ESL placement test or Prerequisite ESL 950RW and Prerequisite ESL 950G Advisory ESL 950LS and Advisory ESL 960G In this high intermediate reading and writing course, students develop both fluency and accuracy in reading and in paragraph writing.

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-970G: Advanced Grammar Review and Editing (Min Credits: 3.0)

Prerequisite A qualifying score on the ESL placement test or Prerequisite ESL 960G , Prerequisite ESL 960RW and Prerequisite ESL 960LS Advisory CA 010A Students review English grammar and learn to edit grammatical, mechanical and word usage errors in their writing. This includes intensive review and editing of verb tenses; modals; conditionals; active and passive voice; articles and nouns; prepositional, adjectival and adverbial phrases; word forms; word usage; subject-verb-pronoun agreement; sentence parts; sentence patterns; sentence boundaries; and mechanics.

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)

Advisory Concurrent enrollment in ESL 970GW and ESL 970RV. Prerequisite ESL 960LS or a qualifying score on the ESL placement test. 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-970RW: Advanced Reading and Writing (Min Credits: 5.0)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESL Placement Test or ESL 960RW and ESL 960G. Advisory: CA 010A, ESL 960LS and ESL 970G. In this combined class students develop fluency in writing essays in standard written English through the study and practice of thesis statements that express rhetorical notion, essay organization, coherence, and verb sequencing. Students are introduced to abstract inferencing and to making summaries and paraphrases of various texts. Pass/No Pass Option.

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)

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. Prerequisite: ENG 905AC or Prerequisite ENG 908 , Advisory: ESL 970GW