Course Descriptions

ESL 2 - Novice I: Speaking and Listening - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: Appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practice of speaking and listening at the level of isolated words and formulaic phrases in areas of immediate need. Development of survival level aural/oral skills for beginning ESL students.

ESL 3 - Novice I: Reading and Vocabulary - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: Appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practice of survival level reading. Introduction of basic reading skills in English.

ESL 8 - Novice 1: Grammar - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: Appropriate ESL placement test score. The study of basic sentence structure and words in writing and speaking. Students will study statements, negatives and questions in a variety of contexts.

ESL 9 - Novice 1: Composition - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: Appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practice of basic sentence structure and completion of simple standard forms in writing using survival level vocabulary.

ESL 16 - Novice II: Speaking and Listening - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 02 or appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practice of speaking and listening for survival level social functions. Development of aural/oral skills for beginning ESL students.

ESL 17 - Novice II: Reading and Vocabulary - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 3 or appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practice of reading English vocabulary and short narratives in instructional context. Vocabulary is limited to life-skill areas.

ESL 18 - Novice II: Grammar - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ESL 008 or appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practical application of basic sentence structures including statements, negatives and questions. The study of parts of speech as they relate to level appropriate contexts.

ESL 19 - Novice II: Composition - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ESL 009 or appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practical application of basic writing skills. The introduction of organizational patterns. The application of context appropriate verb tenses including present simple, present progressive, and past simple.

ESL 26 - Intermediate I: Speaking and Listening - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 16 or appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practice of speaking and listening for basic social functions. Practice and development of aural/oral skills.

ESL 28 - Intermediate 1: Grammar - 4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Completion of non-credit ESL courses or appropriate ESL placement test score. This grammar course focuses on low-intermediate verb forms, modals, and nouns in writing and speaking as well as identifying and using appropriate parts of speech. There will also be an introduction to simple and compound sentences.

ESL 29 - Intermediate I: Reading and Composition - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: ESL 019 or appropriate ESL placement test score. This course focuses on low-intermediate college-level reading and writing skills. There is explicit instruction in low-intermediate critical reading strategies as well as writing of one- and two-paragraph compositions.

ESL 36 - Intermediate II: Listening and Speaking - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 26 or appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practice of comprehension and production of speech in different environments and social occasions. Sound distinction and production in the context of the sentence. Note-taking techniques and basic presentation skills.

ESL 38 - Intermediate II: Grammar - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 028 or appropriate ESL placement test score. This grammar course focuses on high-intermediate verb forms, modals, and pronouns in writing and speaking as well as identifying and using appropriate parts of speech.

ESL 39 - Intermediate II: Reading & Composition - 6.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 29 or ESL Institute placement test score. This course focuses on high-intermediate college-level reading and writing skills. There is explicit instruction in high-intermediate critical reading strategies as well as writing of multi-paragraph compositions.

ESL 46 - Advanced I: Speaking and Listening - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 36 or appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practice of oral/aural standard English in a variety of environments and social situations. Presentation skills and note-taking techniques related to secondary-level of lecture comprehension.

ESL 48 - Advanced I: Grammar - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 038 or appropriate ESL placement test score. This grammar course focuses on low-advanced complex verb structures in writing and speaking. There is also an introduction to producing sophisticated sentence structures to express increasingly complex ideas.

ESL 49 - Advanced I: Reading and Composition - 6.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 039 or appropriate ESL placement test score.The course will focus on explicit instruction in low-advanced critical reading strategies and composition skills. There will be detailed analysis of a variety of texts with a focus on the development of critical thinking, low-advanced vocabulary, and fluency as well as accuracy in academic writing. Students will be introduced to personal essays, basic academic essays, and other types of writing.

ESL 56 - Advanced II: Speaking and Listening - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 46 or appropriate ESL placement test score. The study and practice of comprehension and production of standard English in academic discourse. Academic note-taking; post-secondary-level materials focusing on current issues as the basis of exercises and presentations.

ESL 58 - Advanced II: Grammar - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 048 or appropriate ESL placement test score. This grammar course focuses on advanced grammatical structures in academic English in both writing and speaking. There is an emphasis on the production of sophisticated sentences to express relationships between ideas.

ESL 59 - Advanced II: Reading and Composition - 6.00 credits

Prerequisite: ESL 49 or appropriate ESL placement test score. The course will focus on explicit instruction in high-advanced critical reading strategies and composition skills. There will be detailed analysis of a variety of texts with emphasis on the development of critical thinking, high-advanced academic vocabulary, and fluency as well as accuracy in academic writing necessary for high-advanced courses. Students will compose academic essays and other types of writing with beginning textual support.

ESL 60 - Academic Skills for Success in the U.S. - 1.00 credits

Prerequisite: Placement in the ESL program. This course is focused on preparing non-native speakers of English to be successful in academia by increasing awareness of the culture in the college classroom, increasing understanding of student rights and expectations, and improving skills for academic success.