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English as a Second Language 02A
Grammar and Conversation Level I

0 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: concurrent enrollment in ESL 03A
Non-credit

This Level I grammar and conversation course provides English practice through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Emphasis is on the verb "to be" in the present and past tenses and the simple present tense of action verbs. Other topics covered are nouns, adjectives and prepositions. 


English as a Second Language 02B
Grammar and Conversation Level II

0 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: qualification by assessment or completion of ESL 02A and
Concurrent enrollment in ESL 03B
Non-credit

This Level II conversation and grammar course provides practice in English through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Emphasis is on prepositions of time, possessive nouns and adjectives, present progressive and  simple past tense, helping verbs, imperatives, and punctuation rules.


English as a Second Language 02C
Conversation and Grammar Level III

0 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: qualification by assessment or completion of ESL 02A and 02B and
Concurrent enrollment in ESL 03C
Non-credit

This Level III conversation and grammar course provides extensive focused practice on English grammar forms and structures through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Structures to be emphasized are past, present, and future verb tenses, and gerunds and infinitives.


English as a Second Language 02D
Conversation and Grammar Level IV

0 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: qualification by assessment or completion of ESL 02C and
Concurrent enrollment in ESL 03D
Non-credit

This Level IV conversation and grammar course provides focused practice on English grammar forms and structures through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Emphasis is on the count and non-count nouns, including quantifiers; modals expressing advice, requests, desires, offers, and necessity; and the comparison forms of  adjectives and adverbs.


English as a Second Language 03A
Reading/Writing Level I

0 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: concurrent enrollment in ESL 02A
Non-credit


This beginning Level I reading and writing course is designed to develop basic reading skills, expand vocabulary, and develop basic writing skills. Students will move from sentence-level writing to short descriptive and chronologically-ordered paragraphs. 


English as a Second Language 03B
Reading/Writing Level II

0 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: qualification by assessment or completion of ESL 03A and
Concurrent enrollment in ESL 02B
Non-credit

This Level II reading and writing course is designed to improve reading comprehension, increase vocabulary, and improve critical thinking and writing skills. Students will write descriptive, biographical, narrative, and subjective paragraphs. 


English as a Second Language 03C
Reading and Writing Level III

0 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: qualification by assessment or completion of ESL 03B and
Concurrent enrollment in ESL 02C
Non-credit


This intermediate reading and writing course is designed to improve reading comprehension, increase vocabulary, and improve critical thinking and writing skills. Students will write paragraphs using chronological order, emphatic order, and spatial order.

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English as a Second Language 03D
Reading and Writing Level IV

0 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: qualification by assessment or completion of ESL 03C and
Concurrent enrollment in ESL 02D
Non-credit


This advanced reading and writing course is designed to provide students with strategies to improve reading comprehension and writing skills. Reading practice activities will be presented to increase vocabulary, use context for determining meaning of texts, and to develop critical thinking skills. In writing, students will study a variety of grammatical structures and transitional expressions to help generate simple expository paragraphs.


English as a Second Language 51A
Introduction to English in Conversation

4 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: qualification by assessment
Credit, not degree applicable

This introductory course is designed to increase a student's English-speaking and comprehension skills in a supportive atmosphere. The course includes cross-cultural communication topics; role play and other small group activities; introduction to common American idioms and expressions; pronunciation exercises designed to improve intelligibility; and listening comprehension practice.  


English as a Second Language 51B
Intermediate Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

4 units; 5 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ESL 51A with a minimum grade of C or qualification by assessment
Credit, degree applicable

Students in this course gain greater confidence and skill in listening to and speaking English by participating in activities such as listening to mini-lectures and taking notes, presenting impromptu speeches, prepared speeches, and oral reports; conducting surveys and interviews; role playing; and discussing and debating controversial topics. Students improve their pronunciation, intonation and stress, listening comprehension, and knowledge of idiomatic expressions and American culture and humor.  


English as a Second Language 51C
Advanced Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

4 units; 5 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ESL 51B with a minimum grade of C or qualification by assessment
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in listening and speaking, emphasizing oral communication, pronunciation, and idiomatic expressions in a multi-cultural academic setting.  Students practice listening to and taking notes on lectures from across the curriculum such as history, business, and science, and other listening material. Students present research-based speeches and participate in group discussions and panel presentations.  


English as a Second Language 52A
Introduction to Reading and Vocabulary Building

4 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: qualification by assessment
Credit, not degree applicable

This is an introductory course designed to transfer literacy in the first language to English by building basic reading skills and expanding vocabulary.  Through the use of reading texts, reading kits, main idea exercises, and skimming and scanning activities, the foundation skills are developed through regular application.  The aim of the course is to identify and reinforce good reading habits and to free students from over-dependence on dictionaries, with a focus on context as the key to meaning.


English as a Second Language 52B
Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary Building

4 units; 5 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ESL 52A with a minimum grade of C or qualification by assessment
Credit, degree applicable

This is an intermediate level course designed to teach appropriate reading skills, such as the ability to make inferences, draw conclusions, understand the meaning of vocabulary words in context through word analysis and contextual clues, and determine the main idea from a passage. Students read from a variety of sources, including newspapers, essays, short stories, and novels. Students also increase their academic vocabulary through vocabulary building activities.


English as a Second Language 52C
Advanced Reading

4 units; 5 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ESL 52B with a minimum grade of C or qualification by assessment
Credit, degree applicable

This advanced-level reading course teaches interpretive, critical, and analytical reading skills for closer reading and better understanding of fiction and nonfiction works. It includes an in-depth study of a novel, and the terminology necessary to discuss and write critically about works of various genres.


English as a Second Language 53A
Elementary Writing and Grammar

4 units; 5 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: qualification by assessment
Credit, not degree applicable

This entry-level academic composition course offers students an intensive writing experience. Students will write well-organized and coherent paragraphs transitioning to multi-paragraph essays. Students will identify and address grammar problems in their writing.


English as a Second Language 53B
Intermediate Writing and Grammar

4 units; 5 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ESL 53A with a minimum grade of C or qualification by assessment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

This course offers students intensive experience in preparing to write college-level essays. Students will learn to write well-organized, coherent expository essays, including critical reactions to readings.  They will review basic rhetorical modes such as summary, narration, description and process, and will be introduced to the rhetorical modes of comparison-contrast and argumentation.  Simple, progressive and present perfect verbs, and other basic grammar rules will be reviewed, and passive voice, conditionals, past perfect, perfect modals, and other intermediate grammar topics will be introduced. 
*Note: Some UC transferable courses have credit limitations.  For details, see a counselor, the Transfer Center adviser, or the articulation officer.

 

English as a Second Language 53C
Advanced Essay Writing and Grammar

4 units; 5 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ESL 53B with a minimum grade of C or qualification by assessment
Recommended Preparation: ESL 52B
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*


This course strengthens college-level writing skills in preparation for English 1A for students learning English as a second language.  Students read articles, essays, poetry, and works of fiction or non-fiction.  They write well-developed essays in response to their reading.  Students review basic grammar and develop advanced grammar and sentence skills.  Students are introduced to and use Modern Language Association (MLA) style and research skills to write a short research-based essay. 
*Note: Some UC transferable courses have credit limitations.  For details, see a counselor, the Transfer Center adviser, or the articulation officer.

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Last Published 1/24/17