English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL)

Courses

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ESL-010. ESL Reading I. 0 Credits.

LECT 4 hrs
This course introduces ESL students to the basic reading skills and academic vocabulary needed to manage college-level texts. The texts examine aspects of American culture with an emphasis on the college experience. Students are expected to respond to texts with discussions and writing.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement test scores.

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ESL-017. ESL Writing I. 0 Credits.

LECT 8 hrs
This course introduces students to basic grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary and American English writing conventions with an emphasis on the paragraph. Listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing are reinforced and practiced.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement test scores.

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ESL-019. ESL Reading II. 0 Credits.

LECT 4 hrs
This course furthers the reading skills introduced in ESL Reading I. The course texts enhance cultural awareness and prepare ESL students to comprehend college-level texts in English. Students also continue to develop their academic vocabulary.
Prerequisites: ESL-010 or appropriate placement test scores.

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ESL-020. ESL Writing II. 0 Credits.

LECT 8 hrs
This course expands the grammatical and writing skills introduced in Writing I. It presents narrative and descriptive short compositions and more complex sentence structure and grammar. Grammar topics include major tenses, gerunds, infinitives, passives, relative clauses, modals and noun clauses.
Prerequisites: ESL-017 or appropriate placement test scores.

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ESL-021. Conversational English. 0 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course provides ESL students with the basis for effective verbal communication in the academic setting. Students learn American English pronunciation, basic presentation skills and idiomatic expressions to prepare for participation in the college classroom.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement test scores.

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ESL-022. Advanced Conversational English. 0 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course furthers the skills introduced in Conversational English. Students learn grammar, idioms which focus on classroom communication, and American English pronunciation to advance their presentation skills.
Prerequisites: ESL-021 or appropriate placement test scores.

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ESL-033. Writing III. 0 Credits.

LECT 6 hrs
This course advances students' academic writing skills in English by refining essay structure for narrative and descriptive essays and improving knowledge and use of standard English grammar rules, mechanics and punctuation. Topics include major tenses, gerunds, infinitives, passives, articles, sentence structure, parallelism, subject-verb agreement, commas and apostrophes. Students who pass ESL-033 exit the ESL program.
Prerequisites: ESL-020 or appropriate placement test score.

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ESL-040. ESL Writing Review. 0 Credits.

LECT 1 hr
This is an intensive review course for ESL-033 students who need to strengthen their academic English skills before exiting the ESL program. The course focuses on problematic areas of English language usage and helps students to remedy deficiencies in these areas. Students are placed in this course according to the final score they receive in ESL-033.
Prerequisites: ESL-033.