Credit Courses

(ESL) English as a Second Language

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

ESL 090 - ESL Introduction to ESL Grammar, Reading, and Speech (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 55 or lower on ESL Accuplacer
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 011 - ESL Speech Concepts I (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 56-75 on ESL Accuplacer or successful completion of ESL 090
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 013 - ESL Reading and Critical Thinking I (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 56-75 on ESL Accuplacer or successful completion of ESL 090
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 014 - ESL Writing Concepts I (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 56-75 on ESL Accuplacer or successful completion of ESL 090
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 021 - ESL Speech Concepts II (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 76-99 on ESL Accuplacer or successful completion of ESL 011
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 022 - ESL Reading and Critical Thinking II (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 76-99 on ESL Accuplacer or successful completion of ESL 013
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 023 - ESL Writing Concepts II (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 76-99 on ESL Accuplacer or successful completion of ESL 014
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 032 - ESL Speech Concepts III (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 100-110 on ESL Accuplacer or successful completion of ESL 021
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 033 - ESL Reading and Critical Thinking III (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 100-110 on ESL Accuplacer or successful completion of ESL 022
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 034 - ESL Writing Concepts III (4 credits)
Prerequisite: score of 100-110 on ESL Accuplacer or successful completion of ESL 023
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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