Credit Courses

(ESL) English as a Second Language

Note: Initial selection of an ESL course is determined by results of ESL placement testing.

ESL 041 - ESL Foundation in Speech Concepts (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 60 or lower on ESL Accuplacer Listening Test
Corequisites: ESL 042, ESL 043
Students begin to use basic speaking and listening strategies in English as a foreign language. Activities involve markers, syllables, high-frequency words, recognition of question words, intonation, stress, pronunciation, and dialogue. Listening to audio CDs improves aural comprehension and creates discussion points for stimulating conversation and language practice. Global topics initiate speaking and listening lessons. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 042 - ESL Foundation in Reading Concepts (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 60 or lower on ESL Accuplacer Reading Test
Corequisites: ESL 041, ESL 043
Introduces a foundational understanding of language form and meaning through the study of vocabulary and reading content-based text. Reading lessons are initiated with global topics. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 043 - ESL Foundation in Grammar Concepts (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 60 or lower on ESL Accuplacer Language Test
Corequisites: ESL 041, ESL 042
Introduces students to basic grammar connected in an American cultural context. Provides learners with useful and meaningful skills to apply beginning grammar necessary to communicate verbally and in writing. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 051 - ESL Speech Concepts I (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 61-75 on ESL Accuplacer Listening Test or successful completion of ESL 041
Develops speaking and listening skills for high-beginner students. Emphasis on expanding vocabulary, accent reduction, and gaining fluency and confidence using English spontaneously. Idioms, grammatical forms, morphology, phonology and etymology stressed. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 052 - ESL Reading and Critical Thinking I (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 61-75 on ESL Accuplacer Reading Test or successful completion of ESL 042
Emphasis on increasing reading fluency and comprehension, improving vocabulary, and relying on context clues to understand texts. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 053 - ESL Writing Concepts I (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 61-75 on ESL Accuplacer Language Test or successful completion of ESL 043
Emphasis on orienting students to basic sentence patterns and types, writing topical paragraphs, and organizing one-page essays. Critical reading and application of grammar stressed. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 061 - ESL Speech Concepts II (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 76-88 on ESL Accuplacer Listening Test or successful completion of ESL 051
Spontaneous oral English for intermediate-level students. Reinforces ability to speak and listen effectively in a second language with stress on building fluency and vocabulary, accent reduction, word syntax, idioms, grammatical forms, morphology, phonology, and etymology. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 062 - ESL Reading and Critical Thinking II (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 76-88 on ESL Accuplacer Reading Test or successful completion of ESL 052
Emphasis on developing and using academic and idiomatic vocabulary through reading narrative, expository and argumentative essays as well as longer readings. Exposure to critical analysis and interpretation of English texts. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 063 - ESL Writing Concepts II (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 76-88 on ESL Accuplacer Language Test or successful completion of ESL 053
Sentence patterns, sentence sequences, and the development of a paragraph are emphasized. The student learns to correct errors in grammar and punctuation to produce standard English sentences which support a topic. Outstanding performance in this course may qualify the student to enroll in ENG 101, English Composition I. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 071 - ESL Speech Concepts III (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 89-108 on ESL Accuplacer Listening Test or successful completion of ESL 061
Advanced speaking and listening. Themes of intercultural communication and global issues provide centerpiece of conversations and interactions. Developing higher skills in verbal and non-verbal communication, colloquial and idiomatic expressions and fluency, students present formal speeches, critiques, and feedback. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 072 - ESL Reading and Critical Thinking III (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 89-108 on ESL Accuplacer Reading Test or successful completion of ESL 062
Further reinforces and refines reading skills, comprehension, vocabulary expansion and enhancing oral presentation and interpretation techniques as well as analytical thinking skills. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 073 - ESL Writing Concepts III (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 89-108 on ESL Accuplacer Language Test or successful completion of ESL 063
Stresses spontaneous, fluent, and idiomatic writing. Includes practice in various forms of writing, from personal to more formal, using various source materials ranging from magazines to works of fiction. Students who successfully complete this course qualify to enroll in ENG 101, English Composition I. 4 lecture hours
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ESL 080 - ESL TOEFL iBT Prep Course (2 credits)
Prerequisite: minimum score of 60 on TOEFL test or a minimum intermediate level of English to be determined by the ESL program coordinator
Corequisites: 06 and 07 level ESL courses at MCCC
Online course prepares ESL students for TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test). Material covered offers many opportunities to practice in the Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing sections of the exam. Students may repeat this course up to three times to achieve desired TOEFL iBT score. Grade of "credit" / "no credit" based on time spent online.
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