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Credit English as a Second Language Levels and Classes

Credit ESL encompasses 4 levels.  At each level, separate classes are offered to cover Grammar/Writing and Reading/Vocabulary.  In addition, there are pronunciation classes and listening/speaking classes as well as two higher-level composition classes, which parallel English 98 and English 120.  Classes are offered between 8 am and 2 pm and also in the evening Monday through Thursday.   

Intermediate level (level 50)  

ESL 53 2.0 units Intermediate ESL: Writing and Grammar

(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 54 3.0 units Intermediate ESL: Grammar (not offered every semester)

(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.

ESL 056 2.0 units  INTERMEDIATE ESL: WORDS I: Vocabulary, Reading, Spelling, and Discussion

(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.  

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Intermediate Listening and Speaking:  Open to Level 50 or Level 60 Students

ESL 60 3.0 units Intermediate ESL: Listening and Speaking

(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.

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High Intermediate Level (Level 60)

ESL 63 4.0 units High Intermediate ESL: Writing and Grammar

(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 64  3.0 units High Intermediate ESL: Grammar (not offered every semester)

(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.)

ESL 66 4.0 units High Intermediate ESL: Vocabulary and Reading Skill, and Discussion

(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.

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Low Advanced Level (level 70)

ESL 73 4.0 units Low Advanced ESL: Writing and Grammar

(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 74 3.0 units Low Advanced ESL: Grammar (not offered every semester)

(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.

ESL 76 4.0 units Low Advanced ESL: Vocabulary and Reading Skills, and Discussion

(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.

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Advanced Listening and Speaking:  Open to Level 70 or Level 80 Students

ESL 80: 3.0 units. 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.

Advanced: Level 80

ESL 83 4.0 units Advanced ESL: Writing and Grammar

(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 84AV 3.0 units Advanced ESL: Grammar (not offered every semester)

(3.0 Units)(No prerequisite. Advisory: ESL Placement Test. Completion of all 70-level courses is recommended. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour weekly.)  This course is designed for advanced English as a second language students who need to refine their understanding of grammar for academic writing. Recommended completion of all 70-level ESL classes.

ESL 86 4.0 units Advanced ESL Words IV

(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.

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Pronunciation for all levels

ESL 58A 2.0 units Pronunciation I

(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 58B: 2 units Pronunciation II

(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.

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Classes Offered in the Summer Only

ESL 59 3.0 units Review of Intermediate ESL

This review course is designed for ESL students who have completed or are in the process of completing the ESL 50 or 60 level, or for ESL students who, through the ESL Placement test, have qualified for the ESL 60 level.

ESL 79 3.0 units Review of Low Advanced ESL

This review course is designed for ESL students at the low advanced level. It is designed for ESL students who have completed or are in the process of completing the ESL 70 or 80 level, or for ESL students who, through the ESL Placement test, have qualified for the ESL 80 level.

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Other Classes (Not always offered)

ESL 68 2.0 units  American Topics

(No prerequisite. Two lecture hours weekly.) This course will help students understand important American topics, past and present, through lecture, reading, and discussion. Examples of topics include the education system, the American Dream, drugs and drug treatment.

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Composition and reading courses

ENGL 98SL 3.0 units Intro to College Reading and Composition I – for Non-Native English Speakers

(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 3.0 units Intro to College Reading and Composition II – for Non-Native English Speakers

(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    

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English as a Second Language webpage
Technical Contact: Sara McKinnnon, Noncredit ESL Coordinator, ext. 7924
Content Responsible:
Barbara Bonander, Chair of College Skills Department, ext. 7351