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English as a Second Language
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ESL Course Descriptions

Students must demonstrate mastery of listening, speaking, reading and especially writing skills before progressing to the next level. Portfolios are used to evaluate student writing. After successful completion of the ESL sequence, students progress to ENG 101 and in some cases ENG 084 (Basic Composition).


Additional language practice activities are required and may include scheduled time in the listening lab (Room E208) and/or various computer labs on campus.


Students may earn a Certificate of Advanced English Proficiency awarded at graduation. Please see the director for more information. A limited number of ESL credits may be counted as humanities and/or liberal arts electives, depending on the student's major.


Students planning to transfer to a four-year college should contact that school to determine if any ESL credits will be transferred.



ESL 022 Reading/Writing II for College Students

Prerequisite: Specified score on an ESL Placement Test

6 credit hours

Students entering this course must have fundamental skills in English as determined by the ESL Placement Test. The goal is to develop reading and writing skills at the high beginning/basic level. Assigned reading inspires individual writing assignments as well as discussions in small and large groups. In addition to learning grammatical principles, students work on effective sentence structures, paragraph development and organizational skills in writing compositions.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to do the following:



ESL 025 Grammar II

Prerequisite: Specified score on the ESL Placement Test or placement in ESL 022 or ESL 132

3 credit hours

This class is designed for ESL students to develop competency in the usage of grammatical structures through reading and writing on a high basic to intermediate level. These structures are learned in context, rather than in isolation, through reading, short essay writing, discussions, oral practice, formal exercises and the internet.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to do demonstrate competency relative to their level of English in the following areas:



ESL 132 Reading/Writing III

Prerequisite: ESL 022 with a C or better or specified score on an ESL Placement Test

6 credit hours

This course develops fluency in reading and writing skills at the low intermediate level. Small group and class discussions focus on reading assignments and student writing. As in ESL 022, students work on grammatical principles, effective sentence structures, paragraph development and organizational skills in writing compositions. Additional language practice activities are required and may include the listening lab, the ESL computer lab and/or other audio-visual media. Assessment will be based on portfolios in addition to quizzes and tests.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to do the following:



ESL 135 Grammar III

Prerequisite: Completion of ESL 132 with a C or better or placement in ESL 142 as determined by ESL Placement Test

3 credit hours

This class is designed for ESL students to develop competency in the use of grammatical structures through reading and writing at an intermediate level. It provides the ESL student with an opportunity to learn these structures in context through formal exercises, oral practice, reading, group discussions, short essays, and the internet. The focus and emphasis of this course will be to use the grammatical structures in a natural and authentic setting.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate competency relative to their level of English in the following areas:



ESL 142 Reading/Writing IV

Prerequisite: ESL 132 with a grade of C or better or specified score on an ESL Placement Test

6 credit hours

(Counts as a Humanities/Liberal Arts elective)

In this high intermediate level course, students continue to strengthen reading and writing skills. Assigned reading (including whole works) and student writing form the basis of small group and class discussions. Students focus on writing and rewriting essays to develop ideas, organization, clarity and accuracy in their writing. Additional language practice activities are required and may include the listening lab, the ESL computer lab and/or other audio-visual media. Assessment will be based on portfolios in addition to quizzes and tests.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to do the following:



ESL 145 Grammar IV

Prerequisite: ESL 132 with a grade of C- or better, placement into ESL 142 or teacher recommendation

3 credit hours

This class is designed for ESL students to develop competency in the use of grammatical structures at a high intermediate level through reading, writing short essays, group discussion, oral practice, formal exercises and Internet activities. Practice outside the classroom is essential.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate competency at a high intermediate level of English in the following areas:



ESL 149 ESL Pronunciation & Speech

Prerequisite: Eligible for ESL 132

3 credit hours

(Foreign language credit available)

Intended for students in ESL 132 and above, this class will provide extensive, in-depth practice in English pronunciation with special focus on rhythm, stress, and intonation. Basic features of English phonology will be reviewed. Students will learn to evaluate their own speech in order to become more competent, self-assured speakers. Short readings and poetry will be used to facilitate the unique expressive and communicative features of spoken English.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to do demonstrate proficiency in the following:



ESL 152 Reading/Writing V

Prerequisite: ESL 142 with a grade of C or better or specified score on an ESL Placement Test

6 credit hours

(Credit applicable to ESL Advanced Certificate; counts as a Humanities/Liberal Arts elective)

In this advanced level course, students continue to refine reading comprehension and writing proficiency. Assigned readings (including whole works) as well as student writing provide the text for small group and class discussions. Through writing and rewriting essays, students work on organizational skills, development of ideas, clarity and the mechanics of effective writing. Assessment will be based on portfolios in addition to quizzes and tests.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to do the following:



ESL 155 Grammar V

Prerequisite: Completion of ESL 142 with a grade of C or better or placement in ESL 152 as determined by ESL Placement Test

3 credit hours

This class is designed for ESL students to study, review, and develop competency in the use of advanced grammatical structures. It provides the ESL student with additional opportunity to master these structures through short essays, group discussion, oral practice, formal exercises, and through the internet. Practice outside the classroom is essential.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency at an advanced level application of grammar in the following:



ESL 192 ESL Writing Workshop

Prerequisite: ESL 152 with a grade of C or better or specified score on an ESL Placement Test or permission of instructor

6 credit hours

(Credit applicable to ESL Advanced Certificate; counts as a Humanities/Liberal Arts elective)

In this advanced writing course, students continue to develop fluency, clarity, organizational skills and the mechanics of effective writing with a focus on the linguistic and rhetorical requirements of second language learners. Course content and writing assignments are based on reading selections, out-of class research, complete works and student texts. Students write, revise and edit drafts, participate in group work and confer with teachers and peers. Assessment will be based on portfolios in addition to quizzes and tests.


Course Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to do the following:



ESL 250 TESOL Methodology

3 credit hours

In this class, participants will integrate language learning and theory in to classroom practice. The students will develop instructional techniques and survey the latest materials for promoting language skills and cultural awareness. This 3 credit course is accepted by the State as meeting the requirement for Adult Education Certification for teachers of ESL.