Classes Offered

The following classes are offered for credit (ESL) and in many cases for noncredit (ESLN) as well.  Please see the Application Process tab under Academic  ESL.

Intermediate level (level 50)  

ESL/ESLN 53 Intermediate ESL: Writing and Grammar

2.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Four lecture hours and one lab hour weekly.) This course introduces the conventions of standard written English to intermediate ESL students and reviews basic grammar structures. Emphasis is placed on sentence structure and the correct use of tenses.

ESL/ESLN 54 Intermediate ESL: Grammar 

3.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour weekly.) This course will review basic grammar structures for intermediate ESL students. Emphasis will be placed on the verb tenses.  (not offered every semester)

ESL/ESLN 056 INTERMEDIATE ESL: WORDS I: Vocabulary, Reading, Spelling, and Discussion

2.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Four lecture hours weekly.) This course is designed to improve the reading comprehension and vocabulary usage of nonnative speakers of English. This course will include reading skills, study skills, short stories, and the reading of short novels.  

Pronunciation for all levels

ESL/ESLN 58A Pronunciation I

2 units (No prerequisite. Four lecture hours weekly for eight weeks or two lecture hours weekly)  This course will provide ESL students the opportunity to improve their production of standard American English. Students will practice the sound system and the rhythm of the language to become more intelligible and to gain understanding of spoken English.

ESL/ESLN 58B Pronunciation II

2 units (No prerequisite. Four lecture hours weekly for eight weeks or two lecture hours weekly for 16 weeks.)  This course will provide ESL students the opportunity to improve their production of standard American English. Students will practice stress and intonation patterns, linking, assimilation, and prominence to become more intelligible and to gain understanding of spoken English.

Intermediate Listening and Speaking

ESL/ESLN 60 Intermediate ESL: Listening and Speaking

3.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test; open to students in ESL 50- or 60-levels. Three lecture hours weekly.) This is an intermediate course in listening and speaking communication skills recommended for ESL students enrolled in English as a Second Language 50-level or 60-level courses. Students will be introduced to the formal and informal speaking and listening skills to provide a bridge to educational and career opportunities.

High Intermediate Level (Level 60)

ESL/ESLN 63 High Intermediate ESL: Writing and Grammar

4.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Completion of all 50-level ESL courses is recommended. Four lecture hours and one laboratory hour weekly.)  This course is suitable for the high intermediate student with a good foundation in English grammar and writing. There is an emphasis on grammatical accuracy and on writing a logical sequence of sentences in organized paragraphs. Completion of all 50-level ESL courses or the appropriate score on the ESL Placement Test is recommended.  

ESL/ESLN 64  High Intermediate ESL: Grammar 

3.0 units(No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Completion of all 50-level ESL courses is recommended. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour weekly.) This grammar course is designed to improve language skills at for high-intermediate speakers of English as a Second Language. Requires one hour weekly to be arranged in the ESL lab. Recommended completion of all 50-level ESL classes. (See time chart in schedule for ESL lab.) (not offered every semester)

 

ESL/ESLN 66 High Intermediate ESL: Vocabulary and Reading Skill, and Discussion

4.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Completion of all 50-level ESL courses is recommended. Four lecture hours weekly.)  This course will provide high intermediate English as a Second Language students with practice reading stories and short novels, newspapers and other non-fiction materials. Students will be introduced to academic reading and study skills. Students will learn to use various resources available at the COM library. Completion of all 50-level ESL classes recommended.

Low Advanced Level (level 70)

ESL/ESLN 73 Low Advanced ESL: Writing and Grammar

4.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test or completion all 60-level ESL courses recommended. Four lecture hours and one laboratory hour weekly.) In this course, low advanced ESL students review paragraph writing and are introduced to the essay. Intermediate and advanced grammar structures and punctuation are reviewed. Completion of all 60-level ESL courses or the appropriate score on the ESL placement test is recommended.

ESL/ESLN 74 Low Advanced ESL: Grammar 

3.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Completion of all 60-level ESL courses recommended. Three lecture hours and one lab hour weekly.) This course is designed for low advanced English as a second language students who need to refine their understanding of grammar. Recommended completion of all 60-level ESL courses. (not offered every semester)

ESL/ESLN 76 Low Advanced ESL: Vocabulary and Reading Skills, and Discussion

4.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test OR completion of all 60-level ESL courses is recommended. Four lecture hours weekly.) This course is designed to improve the reading comprehension and academic vocabulary of low advanced nonnative speakers of English. This course will include reading skills, study skills, novel reading, and library research projects. Recommended completion of all 60-level ESL courses.

Advanced Listening and Speaking:  

ESL/ESLN 80 Advanced ESL: Listening and Speaking for Social, Academic and Workplace Situations

(3.0 Units) (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Completion of all 70-level ESL courses recommended. Three lecture hours.)  This course in listening and speaking skills is recommended for low-advanced to advanced English as a Second Language students. It will help students improve their listening and speaking skills necessary to participate in college, workplace and everyday life situations. Students will practice listening and note taking skills, will conduct interviews, give presentations and lead discussion sessions. Open to Level 70 or Level 80 Students

Advanced: Level 80

(not offered as noncredit)

ESL 83 Advanced ESL: Writing and Grammar (Credit only)

4.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Four lecture hours and one lab hour weekly.)  This course introduces the conventions of standard written English to intermediate ESL students and reviews basic grammar structures. Emphasis is placed on sentence structure and the correct use of tenses.

ESL/ESLN 84 Advanced ESL: Grammar 

3.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test and completion of all 70-level ESL courses.)  This course is designed for advanced ESL students who need to refine their understanding of grammar for academic writing. (not offered every semester)

ESL/ESLN 86 Advanced ESL Words IV

4.0 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test or completion of all 70-level ESL courses recommended. Four lecture hours weekly.)  This course is designed to help advanced English as a Second Language students improve reading comprehension and to develop academic vocabulary. It will also improve study skills for more effective reading of textbooks and other material, including short fiction.

ESL 88 Editing for ESL Students (Credit only)

2 units (No prerequisite. Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESL 083, ENGL 98SL ENGL 120SL or other composition courses. Two lecture hours weekly.)  This course is designed for ESL students enrolled in advanced writing courses; students will learn to identify and connect syntax, logic, and structure in their writing at the final draft stage; areas of concentration include common errors in shifting tenses and other grammatical areas, punctuation, and logical organization and paragraph/essay structure.

Reading and Composition courses

ENGL 98SL  Intro to College Reading and Composition I – for Non-Native English Speakers

3.0 units (Prerequisite: ENGL 92/ESL 83/ESL89A or English Placement Test)   Designed for non-native English speakers. Students practice reading, writing and critical thinking to improve reading comprehension and develop academic writing skills. Prepares students for success in college-level reading and writing tasks and requires one hour weekly of guided practice in the ESL Lab and/or Writing Center Lab.   

ENGL 120SL Intro to College Reading and Composition II – for Non-Native English Speakers

3.0 units (Prerequisite: ENGL 98/98SL or English Placement Test) This course is for non-native English speakers. Students sharpen their skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking to improve reading comprehension and to skills needed for effective academic writing. Course prepares students for success in college level academic reading and writing. Requires one hour weekly of guided practice in the ESL Lab and/or Writing Center Lab.  Transfer credit: UC/CSU