English as a Second Language

The credit ESL Program offers all levels of ESL courses ranging from basic to advanced in the areas of listening, speaking, grammar, reading, and composition. The program provides language skills for students with a variety of goals, from personal enrichment to academic preparation for students who want to pursue higher education in college instructional and/or vocational programs. In learning the English language, students learn to communicate in areas important to their personal lives, interact with native English speakers, read and understand the main ideas of a text and the supporting details that illustrate them, understand the rules and use of different grammar structures, and write about a topic with support and clarity. Students in the ESL Program come from a wide variety of educational, cultural, and native language backgrounds and contribute that richness to the study of English as a second language. Because of the multiple factors involved in language learning, progress in the learning of English varies from student to student. The program provides a sequence of courses that challenge students to review and expand skills previously learned in an atmosphere of intensity, professionalism, support, and respect. We take pride in our students and in our program.  Upon completion of this program, students will have developed an advanced level of fluency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English.
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Read fiction and nonfiction prose and poetry and utilize a wide range of reading and critical thinking skills.
  2. Write well structured academic paragraphs and essays in a variety of rhetorical patterns.
Required Courses
Units: 9
ESL 562
Advanced ESL Reading/Vocabulary II (Historical)
4
ESL 563
Advanced ESL Composition II (Historical)
5
Total: 9
Courses are designed to meet the needs of students whose first language is other than English.  The mission of ESL programs for adults in California is to equip students with the language and cultural proficiencies required for the eventual fulfillment of personal, vocational, academic, and citizenship for participation in American society.  This certificate is awarded to ESL students who have achieved a low-intermediate level of competency in reading, writing, and speaking in English.
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Demonstrate a developing aural/oral fluency in a variety of contexts.
  2. Utilize a diversity of reading skills such as skimming, scanning and deciphering new vocabulary.
  3. Write simple and compound sentences and short paragraphs utilizing a variety of tenses.
Student must complete a Reading/Writing course (ESL 737 or 739) and a Listening/Speaking course (ESL 731 or 738) at this level to obtain a certificate.
Units: 0
ESL 737
NC Integrated Reading, Writing II (Active)
0
or
ESL 739
NC Intermediate ESL Reading, Writing I (Active)
0
ESL 731
NC Intermediate ESL Listening, Speaking I (Active)
0
or
ESL 738
NC Integrated Listening, Speaking II (Active)
0
Total: 0
The credit ESL Program offers all levels of ESL courses ranging from basic to advanced in the areas of listening, speaking, grammar, reading, and composition. The program provides language skills for students with a variety of goals, from personal enrichment to academic preparation for students who want to pursue higher education in college instructional and/or vocational programs. In learning the English language, students learn to communicate in areas important to their personal lives, interact with native English speakers, read and understand the main ideas of a text and the supporting details that illustrate them, understand the rules and use of different grammar structures, and write about a topic with support and clarity. Students in the ESL Program come from a wide variety of educational, cultural, and native language backgrounds and contribute that richness to the study of English as a second language. Because of the multiple factors involved in language learning, progress in the learning of English varies from student to student. The program provides a sequence of courses that challenge students to review and expand skills previously learned in an atmosphere of intensity, professionalism, support, and respect. We take pride in our students and in our program.  Upon completion of this program, students will have developed an intermediate level of fluency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English.  
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Demonstrate a developing aural/oral fluency in a variety of contexts.
  2. Utilize a diversity of reading skills such as skimming, scanning and deciphering new vocabulary.
  3. Write simple, compound and complex sentences and short paragraphs utilizing a variety of tenses.
Required Courses
Units: 12
ESL 541
Intermediate ESL Listening,Speaking II (Active)
4
ESL 542
Intermediate ESL Reading, Vocabulary II (Active)
3
ESL 543
Intermediate ESL Grammar - Writing II (Historical)
5
or
ESL 547
Integrated Reading/Writing III (Historical)
6
ESL 548
Integrated Listening/Speaking III (Active)
6
Total: 12
Courses are designed to meet the needs of students whose first language is other than English.  The mission of ESL programs for adults in California is to equip students with the language and cultural proficiencies required for the eventual fulfillment of personal, vocational, academic, and citizenship for participation in American society.  This certificate is awarded to ESL students who have achieved a beginning level of competency in reading, writing, and speaking in English.
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Demonstrate a developing aural/oral fluency in a variety of contexts.
  2. Utilize a diversity of reading skills such as skimming, scanning and deciphering new vocabulary.
  3. Write simple sentences and short paragraphs utilizing a few tenses.
Required Courses:
Units: 0
ESL 727
NC Beginning ESL Reading, Writing (Active)
0
and
ESL 728
NC Beginning ESL Listening, Speaking (Active)
0
Total: 0
Courses are designed to meet the needs of students whose first language is other than English.  The mission of ESL programs for adults in California is to equip students with the language and cultural proficiencies required for the eventual fulfillment of personal, vocational, academic, and citizenship for participation in American society.  This certificate is awarded to ESL students who have achieved a low-intermediate level of competency in reading, writing, and speaking in English.
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Demonstrate a developing aural/oral fluency in a variety of contexts.
  2. Utilize a diversity of reading skills such as skimming, scanning and deciphering new vocabulary.
  3. Write simple and compound sentences and short paragraphs utilizing a variety of tenses.
Student must complete a Reading/Writing course (ESL 737 or 739) and a Listening/Speaking course (ESL 731 or 738) at this level to obtain a certificate.
Units: 0
ESL 737
NC Integrated Reading, Writing II (Active)
0
or
ESL 739
NC Intermediate ESL Reading, Writing I (Active)
0
ESL 731
NC Intermediate ESL Listening, Speaking I (Active)
0
or
ESL 738
NC Integrated Listening, Speaking II (Active)
0
Total: 0
Courses are designed to meet the needs of students whose first language is other than English.  The mission of ESL programs for adults in California is to equip students with the language and cultural proficiencies required for the eventual fulfillment of personal, vocational, academic, and citizenship for participation in American society.  This certificate is awarded to ESL students who have achieved a pre-advanced level of competency in reading, writing, and speaking in English.
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Read fiction and nonfiction prose and poetry and utilize a wide range of reading and critical thinking skills.
  2. Write well structured academic paragraphs in a variety of rhetorical patterns.
Required Courses:
Units: 0
ESL 752
NC Advanced ESL Reading/Vocabulary I (Active)
0
and
ESL 753
NC Advanced ESL Composition I (Active)
0
and
ESL 754
NC Advanced ESL Grammar I (Active)
0
Total: 0
ESL 521Beginning ESL Listening/Speaking (4.0)Historical
4.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course develops basic listening and speaking skills, moving from a functional survival context to academic readiness. Activities are directed at providing practice through listening exercises, role-play, pair work, small and large group discussion, interviews, and oral presentations. ADVISORY: ESL 510B or ESL Assessment Test Recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 522 and 523. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2016 to Spring 2020.
ESL 521Beginning ESL Listening/Speaking (4.0)Historical
4.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course develops basic listening and speaking skills, moving from a functional survival context to academic readiness. Activities are directed at providing practice through listening exercises, role-play, pair work, small and large group discussion, interviews, and oral presentations. ADVISORY: ESL 510B or ESL Assessment Test Recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 522 and 523. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.
ESL 527Beginning ESL Reading, Writing (6.0)Active
6.0 Lecture. This is the first course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to introduce beginning ESL students to academic reading, writing and grammar skills. This beginning course focuses on vocabulary development, basic reading strategies and comprehension, basic grammar and beginning writing skills (sentence level and basic paragraphs.) The aim of this course is to assist beginning level students in becoming more literate while participating in holistic reading and writing activities based on engaging multicultural topics. Pre-requisite: ESL 787 - NC ESL Lifeskills 2B or ESL 789 - NC Lifeskills 2 or ESL Assessment Recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
ESL 527Integrated Reading/Writing I (6.0)Historical
6.0 Lecture. This is the first course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to develop the reading, writing and grammar skills of ESL students. This beginning course focuses on vocabulary development, basic reading strategies and comprehension, basic grammar and beginning writing skills (sentence level and basic paragraphs.) The aim of this course is to assist beginning level students in becoming more literate while participating in holistic reading and writing activities based on engaging multicultural topics. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017 to Fall 2020.
ESL 528Integrated Listening/Speaking I (6.0)Historical
6.0 Lecture. This is the first in a series of integrated skills courses designed to develop the listening, speaking and pronunciation skills of beginning ESL students. Activities, which include listening exercises, role-play, pair work, small and large group discussions, interviews, oral presentations and pronunciation drills (focusing on English sounds and rhythm), are presented in the context of relevant, contemporary and intellectually challenging themes. This course is designed especially for students with academic objectives but is highly appropriate for students with personal language goals, as well. PREREQUISITE: Assessment recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017 to Fall 2020.
ESL 528Beginning ESL Listening,Speaking (6.0)Active
6.0 Lecture. This is the first in a series of integrated skills courses designed to introduce beginning ESL students to academic listening, speaking and pronunciation skills. Activities, which include listening exercises, role-play, pair work, small and large group discussions, interviews, oral presentations and pronunciation drills (focusing on English sounds and rhythm), are presented in the context of relevant, contemporary and intellectually challenging themes. Prerequisite: ESL 787 - NC ESL Lifeskills 2B or ESL 789 - NC Lifeskills 2 or ESL Assessment Recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
ESL 531Intermediate ESL Listening,Speaking I (4.0)Active
4.0 Lecture. This is the second course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to develop academic listening, speaking and pronunciation skills of low-intermediate ESL students. Activities, which include extended listening exercises, open-ended dialogues, pair and group discussions, oral interviews, and oral reports, are presented in the context of relevant, contemporary and intellectually challenging themes. PREREQUISITE: ESL 528 or ESL 728 or ESL Assessment Recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
ESL 531Intermediate ESL Listening/Speaking I (4.0)Historical
4.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. In this course, listening and speaking skills are developed through extended listening exercises, open-ended dialogues, pair and group discussions, oral interviews, and oral reports. PREREQUISITE: ESL 521 or ESL 528 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL Assessment Recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 532 and 533. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2015 to Fall 2020.
ESL 532Intermediate ESL Reading/Vocabulary I (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. This course continues the development of reading skills and vocabulary through the application of different reading strategies to a variety of selections on topics of interest to academically-bound students. PREREQUISITE: ESL 522 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL assessment recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 531 and 533. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2015 to Spring 2020.
ESL 532Intermediate ESL Reading/Vocabulary I (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. This course continues the development of reading skills and vocabulary through the application of different reading strategies to a variety of selections on topics of interest to academically-bound students. PREREQUISITE: ESL 522 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL assessment recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 531 and 533. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.
ESL 533Intermediate ESL Grammar/Writing I (5.0)Historical
5.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course involves the practice and refinement of sentence and paragraph skills, structure and punctuation. Students will learn basic use of the computer as a writing tool. PREREQUISITE: ESL 523 with a grade of C or better or ESL Assessment Test recommendation. ADVISORY: Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 531 and ESL 532. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.
ESL 533Intermediate ESL Grammar/Writing I (5.0)Historical
5.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course involves the practice and refinement of sentence and paragraph skills, structure and punctuation. Students will learn basic use of the computer as a writing tool. PREREQUISITE: ESL 523 with a grade of C or better or ESL Assessment Test recommendation. ADVISORY: Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 531 and ESL 532. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016 to Spring 2020.
ESL 537Integrated Reading/Writing II (6.0)Active
6.0 Lecture. This is the second course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to continue the development of reading, writing and grammar skills of low-intermediate ESL students. The course focuses on vocabulary development through the application of different reading strategies to a variety of selections of topics of interest to academically-bound students. It also involves the practice and refinement of sentence and paragraph skills, structure and pronunciation. PREREQUISITE: ESL 527 or ESL Assessment Recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017.
ESL 538Integrated Listening/Speaking II (6.0)Active
6.0 Lecture. This is the second in a series of integrated skills courses designed to develop the listening, speaking and pronunciation skills of low intermediate ESL students. Activities, which include listening exercises, role play, pair-work, small and large group discussions, interviews, oral presentations, and pronunciation (focusing on English sounds, rhythm and intonation), are presented in the context of relevant, contemporary and intellectually challenging themes. This course is designed especially for students with academic objectives but is highly appropriate for students with personal language goals as well. PREREQUISITE: ESL 528 or ESL Assessment Recommendation (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017.
ESL 539Intermediate ESL Reading, Writing I (8.0)Active
8.0 Lecture. This is the second course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to develop reading, writing and grammar skills of low-intermediate ESL students. The course focuses on vocabulary development through the application of different reading strategies to a variety of selections of topics of interest to academically-bound students. It also involves the practice and refinement of sentence and paragraph skills, structure, and punctuation. PREREQUISITE: ESL 527 or 727 or ESL Assessment Recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
ESL 541Intermediate ESL Listening,Speaking II (4.0)Active
4.0 Lecture. This is the third course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to continue to develop listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills of high-intermediate ESL students. Activities, which include extended listening exercises, open-ended dialogues, pair and group discussions, oral interviews, and oral reports, broaden the students' vocabulary while listening to and speaking in both formal and informal, conversational and academic situations. PREREQUISITE: ESL 538 or ESL 738 or ESL 531 or ESL 731 or ESL Assessment Recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
ESL 541Intermediate ESL Listening/Speaking II (4.0)Historical
4.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course expands listening and speaking skills through extended listening exercises, open-ended dialogues, pair and group discussions, oral interviews, and oral reports. Students broaden vocabulary while listening to and speaking in both formal and informal, conversational and academic situations. PREREQUISITE: ESL 531 or ESL 538 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL assessment recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 542 and 543. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2015 to Fall 2020.
ESL 542Intermediate ESL Reading, Vocabulary II (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course begins the expansion of reading skills and vocabulary development through the application of different reading strategies to a variety of selections on topics of interest to academically-bound students including selections from literature. PREREQUISITE: ESL 532 or 537 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL Assessment Recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 541 and 543. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2018.
ESL 543Intermediate ESL Grammar - Writing II (5.0)Active
5.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course reviews basic tenses learned in previous courses, pronouns, and nouns and expands the grammar overview into modal auxiliaries, gerunds and infinitives, and other intermediate-level grammar structures. Students continue developing sentence and paragraph skills begun in previous courses. PREREQUISITE: ESL 533 or 537 with a grade of C or better or ESL assessment recommendation. ADVISORY: Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 541 and ESL 542. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2019.
ESL 547Integrated Reading/Writing III (6.0)Active
6.0 Lecture. This is the third course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to expand the development of reading, writing, and grammar skills of high-intermediate ESL students. The course focuses on vocabulary development through the application of different reading strategies to a variety of selections of topics of interest to academically- bound students. It also involves the further practice and refinement of sentence and paragraph skills, structure and punctuation. PREREQUISITE: ESL 537 or ESL Assessment Recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017.
ESL 548Integrated Listening/Speaking III (6.0)Active
6.0 Lecture. This is the third in a series of integrated skills courses designed to develop listening, speaking and pronunciation skills of high intermediate ESL students. Activities, which include listening exercises, role-play, pair work, small and large group discussions, interviews, oral presentations, and pronunciation drills (focusing on English sounds, rhythm and intonation), are presented in the context of relevant, contemporary, and intellectually challenging themes. This course is designed especially for students with academic objectives but is highly appropriate for students with personal language goals, as well. PREREQUISITE: ESL 538 or ESL Assessment Recommendation (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017.
ESL 549Intermediate ESL Reading, Writing II (8.0)Active
8.0 Lecture. This is the third course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to continue to develop reading, writing, and grammar skills of high-intermediate ESL students. The course focuses on vocabulary development through the application of different reading strategies to a variety of selections of topics of interest to academically- bound students. It also involves the further practice and refinement of sentence and paragraph skills, structure and punctuation. PREREQUISITE: ESL 537 or ESL 737 or ESL 539 or ESL 739 or ESL Assessment Recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
ESL 552Advanced ESL Reading/Vocabulary I (4.0)Active
4.0 Lecture. This course focuses on academic and critical thinking skills needed to increase reading comprehension and efficiency. Emphasis is on analyzing, making inferences, taking notes, supporting opinions, summarizing and expanding vocabulary. Readings are from academic texts and literature. PREREQUISITE: ESL 542 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL assessment recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 553 and 554. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017.
ESL 553Advanced ESL Composition I (5.0)Active
5.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course is a composition course for ESL students that develops college composition skills through a review of the parts and elements of the English paragraph and an introduction to the essay form. The course focuses on the development of a paragraph and expands to the writing of multiple paragraphs in an essay. Basic rhetorical patterns and methods of organization are covered using the multiple-draft approach to writing. PREREQUISITE: ESL 543 with a grade of C or better or ESL Assessment Test recommendation. ADVISORY: Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 552 and ESL 554. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017.
ESL 554Advanced ESL Grammar I (5.0)Active
5.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course is designed to help students improve their grammar usage so that they will be able to expand their use of grammar structures in oral and written communication. Students begin the study of more sophisticated grammar structures such as past perfect, passive voice, and modal auxiliaries for past time, and they review present perfect and modals for present and future time. Students will enhance their understanding of grammar by comparing and contrasting new and previously encountered structures and better appreciate the subtleties of English grammar. PREREQUISITE: ESL 543 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL Assessment Test Recommendation. ADVISORY: Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 552 and ESL 553. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017.
ESL 557Vocational English as a Second Language I (5.0)Historical
5.0 Lecture. This is an integrated skills course for ESL students who wish to expand their job-related communication skills. Students expand their language skills within the realm of the work world while also developing the soft skills needed in the workplace. ADVISORY: ESL 541, 542 and 543, or ESL 547 and ESL 548, or ESL Assessment Test recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017 to Fall 2020.
ESL 557Vocational English as a Second Language I (5.0)Historical
5.0 Lecture. This is an integrated skills course for ESL students who wish to expand their job-related communication skills. Students expand their language skills within the realm of the work world while also developing the soft skills needed in the workplace. ADVISORY: ESL 541, 542 and 543, or ESL 547 and ESL 548, or ESL Assessment Test recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
ESL 562Advanced ESL Reading/Vocabulary II (4.0)Active
4.0 Lecture. This course prepares ESL students for mainstream college classes by reviewing a variety of reading skills, strategies, and topics from different academic disciplines. Students expand their academic vocabulary and read short stories or a novel for literary appreciation. PREREQUISITE: ESL 552 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL assessment recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 564 and ESL 563. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017.
ESL 563Advanced ESL Composition II (5.0)Active
5.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course is a composition course for ESL students that refines and further expands college composition skills through the writing of essays. The course focuses on the structuring and development of an essay with the use of personal examples. Students write in response to a variety of prompts using different rhetorical patterns such as classification, narration, argumentation, and cause/effect. ADVISORY: ESL 554 with a grade of"C"or better or concurrent enrollment in ESL 554. PREREQUISITE: ESL 553 with a grade of"C"or better or ESL assessment recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2019.
ESL 564Advanced ESL Grammar II (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 1.0 TBA. This course is designed to expand grammar usage to include adjective, noun, and adverb clauses in oral and written communication. Students learn the meaning and use of clause connectors and are introduced to conditionals, both real and unreal. These grammar structures constitute some of the most complex structures in English and expose students to a rich variety of structures that can effectively enhance their oral and written expression. PREREQUISITE: ESL 554 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL Assessment Recommendation. ADVISORY: Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 562 and ESL 563. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019.
ESL 569Advanced ESL Reading,Writing (8.0)Active
8.0 Lecture. This is the fourth course in a series of integrated skills courses designed to expand the development of reading, writing, and grammar skills of advanced ESL students. This course focuses on academic and critical thinking skills needed to increase reading comprehension and efficiency. Emphasis is on analyzing, making inferences, taking notes, supporting opinions, summarizing and expanding vocabulary. Readings are from academic texts and literature. This course also refines and further expands college composition skills through the writing of essays. PREREQUISITE: ESL 549 or ESL 749 or ESL 547 or ESL 747 ESL Assessment Recommendation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
ESL 584Culture Through Film (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is designed to practice listening and speaking skills through the use of selected films. The course highlights different intercultural issues and aspects of American culture, and students enhance their listening and speaking skills by means of authentic discourse. Because film provides a real sample of speech in a multi- dimensional experience, ESL learners can experience the language in a more complete manner while analyzing cultural issues. This is a pass/no pass course. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Spring 2013.