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English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

ESL 34 Novice-High Skills Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 20, ESLR 20, or ESLW 20 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course develops, expands, and reinforces multiple English language skills at the novice-high level in an independent and/or small group environment. Coursework includes integrated study topics relative to vocabulary and study skills, reading and grammar use, idiomatic language study and application, conversation and listening skills, and assorted integrated software programs. Late registration is allowed as long as space is available and with the permission of the instructor. This course may be taken up to 3 times, for a total of 1.5 units, using different modules. This course is not a substitute for other ESL courses. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • utilize a variety of methods to communicate effectively.
  • recognize and produce practical speech on topics such as family, health, employment, recreational activities, culture, and geography.
  • identify main ideas, topic sentences, and supporting details in reading passages and in own writing.
  • identify vocabulary meaning based on context clues.
  • apply basic punctuation and capitalization rules.
  • construct simple sentences using simple present, simple past, and future tenses.

ESL 37 Novice-High Integrated Reading and Writing

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLR 20 and ESLW 20 with grades of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course focuses on learning academic reading and writing skills at the novice-high level, with an emphasis on vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and the development of compositions. It covers developmental compositions with a clear beginning, middle, and end. This course is part of the reading and writing sequence which prepares ESL students to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • use an American English dictionary.
  • recognize and use a larger vocabulary.
  • use reading strategies such as skimming and scanning to identify general ideas and locate specific information.
  • use background knowledge and schemata to improve understanding of a reading.
  • use context clues to determine the meaning of new words.
  • identify basic prefixes, suffixes and roots and use that information to determine the part of speech and meaning.
  • employ the writing process to complete multi-paragraph writing assignments.
  • write focused compositions with a clear beginning, middle, and end based on topics covered in the course.
  • apply basic steps in the writing process including prewriting, writing, editing, and revising for in-class and out-of-class writing assignments.
  • use basic writing and formatting conventions including punctuation, capitalization, margins, indentations, spelling, and legible handwriting.
  • produce simple sentences as well as basic compound and complex sentences with correct English syntax, punctuation, and capitalization.
  • apply critical thinking skills in the context of reading and writing a new language.
  • use grammar such as the simple present, present progressive, simple past, and simple future correctly according to context.
  • compose basic essays of at least three paragraphs with introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions.
  • demonstrate knowledge of high frequency words.

ESL 44 Intermediate-Low Skills Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 30 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course develops, expands, and reinforces multiple English language skills at the intermediate-low level in an independent and/or in small group environment. Coursework includes integrated study topics relative to vocabulary and study skills, reading and grammar use, idiomatic language study and application, conversation and listening skills, and assorted integrated software programs. Late registration is allowed as long as space is available and with the permission of the instructor. This course may be taken up to 3 times, for a total of 1.5 units, using different modules. This course is not a substitute for other ESL courses. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • utilize a variety of methods to communicate effectively.
  • identify key information from listening to others, such as main idea and details.
  • increase receptive and productive vocabulary.
  • read clearly-organized, short, timed readings and answer comprehension and vocabulary-in-context questions.
  • write clear simple and compound sentences and basic complex sentences.
  • correctly use verbs in the present, past, and future in simple and progressive tenses.
  • use modals correctly.

ESL 47 Intermediate-Low Integrated Reading and Writing

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESL 37 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This integrated-skills course for non-native speakers of English focuses on developing academic reading and writing skills at the intermediate-low level with an emphasis on vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and the writing process. With the information gathered through readings, students begin to use academic content to supplement their ideas in writing. Students build skills in pre-writing, structuring paragraphs, writing basic essays, and constructing a variety of sentence types. Completion of this course is equivalent to completion of both ESLW 40 and ESLR 40, and is not open to students who have completed both ESLW 40 and ESLR 40.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehension of multi-paragraph level-appropriate texts.
  • employ level-appropriate vocabulary building strategies.
  • synthesize content from readings and apply it to writing assignments.
  • use common basic English sentence patterns.
  • produce academic paragraphs and simple five-paragraph essays on a variety of topics following instructions in prompts.
  • exhibit an emerging ability to revise essays for content and edit for language and grammar based on feedback.

ESL 54 Intermediate-Mid Skills Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course develops, expands, and reinforces multiple English language skills at the intermediate-mid level in an independent and/or small group environment. Coursework includes integrated study topics relative to vocabulary and study skills, reading and grammar use, idiomatic language study and application, conversation and listening skills, and assorted integrated software programs. Late registration is allowed as long as space is available and with the permission of the instructor. This course may be taken up to 3 times, for a total of 1.5 units, using different modules. This course is not a substitute for other ESL courses. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • utilize a variety of methods to communicate effectively.
  • increase both speaking rate,vocabulary, and listening comprehension in rehearsed and impromptu situations.
  • initiate and respond to questions and conversations.
  • show increased reading speed and comprehension.
  • show increased vocabulary and comprehension of idiomatic American English.
  • decide meanings of words based on context clues.
  • write using a variety of compound and complex sentences with connecting words and phrases.
  • correctly use verbs in the present, past and future in simple, progressive, and perfect tenses.
  • use modals and gerunds correctly.
  • edit writing for verb tense consistency and errors in verb tense and form.

ESL 55 Intermediate-Mid Integrated Reading and Writing

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This intermediate-mid level integrated-skills course for non-native speakers of English is an accelerated pathway to complete 50-level coursework in reading and writing. This course integrates two existing courses, ESLR 50 and ESLW 50 and introduces academic reading skills through analyzing readings from a number of rhetorical styles as well as techniques and processes essential to reading comprehension and essay writing. Language instruction focuses on strengthening individual proofreading and editing skills. Completion of this course is equivalent to completion of both ESLW 50 and ESLR 50 and serves as a prerequisite to ESLR 310 and ESLW 310. This course is not open to students who have completed both ESLW 50 and ESLR 50.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the point, purpose, and point-of-view in readings.
  • identify main ideas and supporting details in readings.
  • analyze context to guess the meanings of words and to understand readings.
  • identify basic organizational patterns (e.g., cause-effect, comparison-contrast, and opinion).
  • identify specific elements of fiction (e.g., plot, character, setting, theme, and figurative language).
  • produce simple summaries and personal responses based on readings.
  • read and clearly respond to writing prompts.
  • generate ideas for writing short essays by using techniques such as freewriting, listing, and clustering.
  • produce well-developed, logically-organized final drafts through multiple drafts.
  • use transitions to connect ideas and paragraphs effectively.
  • produce essays and paragraphs with focused thesis statements, relevant topic sentences, specific examples, and details.
  • use basic essay format, including titles and paragraph and margin indentations.
  • write clear compound and complex sentences using correct capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.
  • edit for basic verb tenses, verb tense consistency, and verb forms.
  • apply strategies for writing timed essays.

ESL 94 Intermediate-High Skills Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESL 55 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course develops, expands, and reinforces multiple English language skills at the intermediate-high level in an independent and/or in small group environment. Coursework includes integrated study topics relative to vocabulary and study skills, reading and grammar use, idiomatic language study and application, conversation and listening skills, workplace skills, composition and writing, and assorted integrated software programs. Late registration is allowed as long as space is available and with the permission of the instructor. This course is not a substitute for other ESL courses. This course may be taken up to three times for a total of 1.5 units, using different modules. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • utilize a variety of methods to communicate effectively.
  • produce clear speech and increase speaking rate, vocabulary, and listening comprehension in rehearsed and impromptu situations.
  • summarize extended oral discourse and take lecture notes.
  • analyze texts and identify main ideas, supporting details, and patterns of organization.
  • show increased vocabulary and comprehension of idiomatic American English.
  • deduce meanings of words based on context clues.
  • write using a variety of compound and complex sentences with connecting words and phrases.
  • apply level-appropriate grammar and usage patterns.
  • revise and edit writing for a variety of grammar errors.

ESL 299 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


ESL 311 College ESL Newsletter Production

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course offers experience in developing and producing newsletters featuring ESL student writing, interviews of students, staff, and faculty, various advice and information columns, and language tips that include grammar, vocabulary development, and pronunciation for basic language skills acquisition (four to six times a semester).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • contribute to the development and publication of a college newsletter
  • research, gather, assemble, and assess original student essays, columns, poetry, photographs, Internet articles, and materials for learning English
  • plan the layout of the newsletter, utilizing a desktop publishing program
  • edit for accuracy
  • market and distribute the newsletter on campus
  • conduct and record interviews of campus figures, including faculty, staff, and fellow students, and transcribe the results

ESL 315 Intermediate-High Integrated Reading and Writing

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLR 50 (Intermediate-Mid Reading) and ESLW 50 (Intermediate-Mid Writing), OR ESL 55 (Intermediate-Mid Integrated Reading and Writing)
  • Transferable:CSU; UC (The UC limits ESL course credit - ESL and/or ESLW courses, combined maximum credit, 8 units)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This intermediate-high level integrated-skills course for non-native speakers of English is an accelerated pathway to complete 310-level coursework in reading and writing. This course integrates two existing courses, ESLR 310 and ESLW 310, and introduces academic reading skills through analyzing readings from a number of rhetorical styles as well as techniques and processes essential to reading comprehension and essay writing. Language instruction focuses on strengthening individual proofreading and editing skills. Completion of this course is equivalent to completion of both ESLR 310 and ESLW 310 and serves as a prerequisite to ESLR 320, ESLW 320, and ESL 325. This course is not open to students who have completed both ESLR 310 and ESLW 310.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the point, purpose, and point-of-view in readings.
  • distinguish main ideas from supporting details in readings.
  • infer author's intent from explicit statements.
  • differentiate facts from opinions.
  • demonstrate increased reading speed and comprehension.
  • integrate context clues and word-attack skills in building vocabulary.
  • demonstrate increased vocabulary by using new words in writing.
  • outline, paraphrase, and summarize basic concepts from readings.
  • synthesize soundly structured, unified essays in response to prompts.
  • develop introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs in narrative, descriptive, cause-effect, and argumentative essays.
  • revise essays for greater focus and clarity.
  • write clear phrases; clauses; and simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  • edit for verb and word form; indirect and direct speech; and passive vs. active voice.
  • compose essays under time constraints.

ESL 325 Advanced-Low Integrated Reading and Writing

  • Units:6
  • Hours:108 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESL 315 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC (The UC limits ESL course credit - ESL and/or ESLW courses, combined maximum credit, 8 units)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This advanced-low integrated-skills course for non-native speakers of English builds on academic reading and writing skills, while also introducing basic research steps. Emphasis is placed on developing critical reading and writing skills to evaluate a variety of college-level texts and use them to inform and support students’ own compositions. Instruction targets the needs of multilingual writers by addressing specific linguistic and cultural content to promote academic success. The goal of this course is to prepare students for transfer-level composition.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze complex, college-length texts for context, audience, purpose, structure, and genre.
  • apply and adapt appropriate reading strategies in order to critique complex, college-length texts for reliability and credibility.
  • utilize the writing process to produce clear, well-developed, and soundly structured compositions on a range of culturally relevant topics.
  • effectively recognize and implement the conventions of persuasive reading and writing.
  • develop and apply basic research steps and MLA formatting to effectively incorporate outside sources in their own writing through outlining, quoting, paraphrasing, and/or summarizing new texts.
  • understand and use corrective feedback to revise and edit their own writing for clarity of ideas, unity and coherence, accuracy in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.

ESL 350 Critical Reading, Research and Writing Through Literature

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:A grade of "C" or better in ESLW 340 OR a grade of "C" or better in ENGWR 300.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC ((maximum ESL & ESLW credits accepted - 8 units total))
  • General Education:AA/AS Area II(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area A3; CSU Area C2
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course covers reading and written analysis of culturally diverse complex literary works in all major genres, including poetry, drama, and fiction. It includes the development of analytical, integrative, and research skills in reading and writing. A variety of cultural and social perspectives are explored through the comparison of different ethnic groups within the U.S. as well as through library and outside research focusing on the influence of non-European and non-Western cultures on the content or style of the texts. Formal writing assignments total at least 6000 words. Attendance at readings, plays, and/or films may be required. This course is designed for students whose native language is not English.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify the elements of a variety of multicultural literary texts of differing genres, demonstrating the ability to use appropriate literary terms.
  • analyze and respond to diverse academic level texts with a variety of cultural, social, historical, ethnic, and philosophical perspectives.
  • evaluate credibility and bias in literary print and electronic research sources.
  • integrate and synthesize information by paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing readings within interpretative, analytical, and argumentative writing.
  • incorporate and correctly cite relevant literary sources into writing.
  • demonstrate advanced-level sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary by revising, proofreading ,and editing effectively.

ESL 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language - Grammar (ESLG) Courses

ESLG 31 Basic English Grammar

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLW 20 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in other ESL courses at the appropriate level.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is a course for English language learners at the novice-high level, which provides an introduction to the basics of English grammar including parts of speech, word form, word order, and the fundamental verb tenses necessary for spoken and written discourse. It is part of the grammar sequence that prepares ESL students to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • exhibit skill in using basic English grammar in spoken and written discourse.
  • apply fundamental rules of mechanics and demonstrate skill and accuracy in using basic English handwriting and spelling.
  • understand the use of auxiliary verbs and main verbs when constructing the past, present, and future tenses and creating negative statements, yes/no questions, and information questions.
  • recognize and construct simple sentences and basic compound and complex sentences.
  • apply basic editing steps to discover and correct errors.
  • discuss basic U.S. academic and cultural expectations.

ESLG 41 Elements of English Sentences

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLG 31 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in other ESL courses at the appropriate level.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course focuses on learning academic grammar skills at the intermediate-low level, with an emphasis on fundamental grammatical structures in conversation, writing, and reading. It is part of the grammar sequence that prepares ESL students to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, or transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply rules in using basic English grammar in in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
  • apply fundamental punctuation and capitalization rules, such as period, comma, and question mark.
  • demonstrate skill and accuracy in using basic English handwriting and spelling.
  • distinguish when to use verbs in the simple (present, past, and future) and progressive tenses.
  • recognize and use basic modal verbs and expressions.
  • differentiate between singular and plural noun forms and count/non-count nouns.

ESLG 51 Grammar for Intermediate ESL Writers

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLG 41 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in an ESL Listening and Speaking and/or Integrated Reading and Writing course at the student's assessed level(s).
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is a course for English language learners at the intermediate-mid level, which focuses on the fundamental grammatical structures of English necessary for spoken and written discourse. It reviews the form and use of the simple and continuous tenses in the present, past and future as well as introduces the present perfect and present perfect continuous. It also provides instruction in other intermediate-level grammar topics such as gerunds and infinitives, articles, and nouns. This course is part of the grammar sequence that prepares ESL students to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, or transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • use simple and progressive verb forms in past, present, and future tenses.
  • formulate a variety of questions such as yes-no, wh-, choice and tag questions with correct English word order.
  • use count and non-count nouns correctly with basic control of articles and other determiners.
  • distinguish and apply the rules of gerunds and infinitives.
  • choose appropriate modal auxiliary verbs in different situations.
  • compare and differentiate the uses of present perfect and present perfect progressive verb tenses.
  • apply basic editing steps to discover and correct errors.

ESLG 310 Intermediate-High Grammar

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLG 51 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Enrollment in an ESL Listening and Speaking, Reading, and/or Writing course at the student's assessed level(s).
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course focuses on further practice of the forms, meanings, and usage of grammatical structures of English at the intermediate-high level. New focal points include adjective and adverb clauses as well as new verb tense and modal auxiliary verb use. Written and oral practice in class reinforces the structures studied.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate skill in using targeted, level-appropriate grammar when speaking, listening,and writing.
  • demonstrate both written and oral competency of the 12 verb tenses and present and past modal auxiliary verbs.
  • apply rules for gerund and infinitive construction.
  • construct sentences containing adjective clauses.
  • compose grammatically correct sentences in active and passive voice.
  • create both real and unreal conditional sentences in both the present and past tenses.
  • analyze writing and oral conversation which contain direct and indirect speech.

ESLG 320 Advanced-Low Grammar

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLG 310 with a grade of "C" or better; or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL grammar course within the Los Rios district, placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Enrollment in an ESL Listening and Speaking, Reading, and/or Writing course at the student's assessed level(s).
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course focuses on practice in the forms and meanings of major structures used in English conversation and writing with an emphasis on clause structure at the advanced level. Oral practice reinforces the structures studied. Assignments emphasize sentence structure in the context of longer written work.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate skill in using targeted, level-appropriate grammar when speaking, listening, and writing.
  • demonstrate both written and oral competency of verb tenses and modal auxiliary uses.
  • combine sentences, with emphasis on the ability to recognize, contrast, and analyze subordination and coordination.
  • recognize and generate sentences using conditional and subjunctive constructions.
  • demonstrate mastery of passive voice and its uses.
  • integrate noun clauses and adjectives clauses into everyday conversation and written usage.
  • employ adverb clauses when conversing and writing.
  • construct adverb and adjective phrases from clauses.

ESLG 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Grammar

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language - Listening (ESLL) Courses

ESLL 20 Novice Listening and Speaking

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Verified completion of the ESL assessment test.
  • Advisory:One year of adult school and concurrent enrollment in ESL Reading and Writing courses at the student's assessed levels are highly recommended.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course, intended for non-native speakers of English, focuses on understanding and producing appropriate language, utilizing learned phrases and expressions required for everyday communication. Basic clarification strategies are demonstrated and practiced. English sounds and intonation patterns are introduced.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • discriminate between a limited number of American English sounds
  • produce a limited number of American English sounds
  • express ideas and understand others during basic discussions about everyday topics with pronunciation comprehensible to a sensitive listener
  • use language to help with miscommunications
  • communicate by understanding and using the simple present and present progressive tenses
  • demonstrate understanding of word order and pronoun use
  • use and demonstrate question forms
  • communicate by understanding and using basic vocabulary

ESLL 30 Novice-High Listening and Speaking

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 20 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in ESL Reading and Writing courses at the student's assessed levels are highly recommended.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is a course in listening comprehension and practical conversation for non-native English speakers who plan to take college courses. The sounds of American English, stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns are further developed.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify basic stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns of American English.
  • demonstrate practical conversation skills in giving and receiving information, asking for repetition and clarification.
  • recognize and produce practical speech on topics such as family, health, employment, recreational activities, culture, and geography.
  • recognize some phonetic symbols and tell the differences in their sounds.
  • implement and demonstrate increased vocabulary.
  • implement and demonstrate simple present, present progressive, simple past, and simple future in both statement and question form.
  • implement and demonstrate modals in the present tenses.

ESLL 31 Listening and Speaking for College Readiness

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 20 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is part of the listening and speaking sequence that prepares ESL students to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer. It focuses on learning vocabulary, participating in a variety of listening activities, and discussing a wide variety of topics. It helps students to recognize and produce the sounds, stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns of American English.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate practical conversation skills in giving and receiving information, asking for repetition and clarification.
  • implement and demonstrate increased vocabulary on topics introduced.
  • implement and demonstrate pronounced grammar appropriate for this level, including simple and progressive verbs forms in both statement and question form, past tense statements and questions, as well as modals in the present tense.
  • be able to communicate on familiar topics, i.e. family, health, school, and travel.
  • demonstrate the ability to take simple notes.
  • begin work to recognize syllables, stress (including number stress, i.e. thirteen vs. thirty), and IPA pronunciation.
  • recognize and understand the rules for stress in nouns, verbs, and words with suffixes.
  • understand the rules for pronunciation of the final /s/ and /ed/ endings.
  • recognize reductions in English, including "have to, want to, and going to."
  • demonstrate knowledge in basic college competencies, including syllabus, office hours, and support services.
  • deliver short oral presentations.
  • demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and discuss ideas from listening activities.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the rules of vowel pronunciation based on spelling.

ESLL 41 Listening, Speaking and Presentation Skills for College

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 31 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is part of the listening and speaking sequence that prepares students to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer. It covers developing tactics to communicate their ideas in academic situations, and practice in the pronunciation of English.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • employ a variety of listening strategies to understand main ideas and details in short academic spoken text.
  • produce intelligible speech during conversations, discussions, and presentations.
  • demonstrate knowledge of an increased vocabulary.
  • use notetaking techniques to produce organized, accurate notes on information presented.
  • organize and present information on academic topics, including academic expectations and college resources.
  • demonstrate knowledge of US academic and cultural expectations.
  • demonstrate ability to understand pronunciation based on phonetic symbols.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the rules and begin to understand connected speech.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the rules of sentential rhythm based on reduced and stressed words.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the rules for the use of focus words, sentence intonation, and thought groups.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the rules for stressing focus words.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the use of thought groups in English.
  • produce most English consonants and vowels correctly.

ESLL 51 Academic Communication, Notetaking, and College Success Skills

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 41 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This intermediate mid-level course, intended for non-native speakers of English, helps students understand and be understood in both familiar and unfamiliar situations. Activities include academic listening and speaking activities and a continuation of pronunciation skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • take accurate notes and use outlining skills during academic presentations.
  • paraphrase and summarize after listening to academic-level discourse and presentations.
  • comprehend and use vocabulary appropriate to the level.
  • combine a variety of techniques for interaction, including clarification and polite interruption and disagreement.
  • produce rehearsed and unrehearsed language comprehensible in English-language environments.
  • participate effectively in a pluralistic academic setting.
  • demonstrate knowledge of college resources and programs.
  • accurately produce most English vowels and consonants.
  • accurately produce the correct number of syllables and correct stress in most words.
  • accurately produce grammatical endings, including -s, -ed, numbers, stress change between nouns and verbs, and words with suffixes.
  • develop and employ tactics to function in pluralistic situations, including demonstrating respect through language for alternate viewpoints.

ESLL 299 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Listening

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


ESLL 310 Intermediate-High Listening and Speaking

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 51 with a grade of "C" or better; or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL listening course within the Los Rios district, placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in an ESL Reading and Writing course, and/or Grammar course at the student's assessed level(s).
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This intermediate-high-level course, intended for non-native speakers of English, develops listening and speaking for academic purposes, including comprehension of lectures, note-taking, and discussion. It includes a review of American English sounds with emphasis on understanding and producing stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns to communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to use linking and the resulting sound changes in spoken English, including dropping the /h/ sound in word groups such as "would have," "could have," and "should have," as well as with pronouns such as "tell him" and "tell her."
  • demonstrate accurate intonation, pausing, chunking, and sentence rhythm.
  • demonstrate accurate notetaking.
  • identify the central message and key supporting details of academic-level language.
  • choose appropriate responses in a variety of both formal and informal situations.
  • convey meaning clearly in brief oral presentations.
  • apply critical thinking skills to listening activities.
  • develop and employ tactics to function in a pluralistic environment, including demonstrating respect through language for alternate viewpoints.
  • present researched material covering college resources and programs on campus.

ESLL 320 Advanced-Low Listening and Speaking

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 310 with a grade of "C" or better; or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL listening course within the Los Rios district, placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in ESL Reading and Writing courses at the student's assessed level.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course provides intensive practice in listening and active participation strategies for U.S. college courses. Activities include listening to extended lectures from various subject areas, refining note-taking skills, participating in in-depth discussions, and giving oral presentations. Practice of pronunciation skills is also covered.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate competency in English oral communication skills, including giving presentations and communicating effectively.
  • compose and present dialogues and reports with appropriate pronunciation, grammar, organization, and lexical choice.
  • compile accurate notes while listening to lectures and presentations.
  • formulate and use a variety of interactive strategies effectively, such as clarification, polite interruption, and agreement/disagreement strategies.
  • recognize and use a wide variety of academic and idiomatic vocabulary.

ESLL 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Listening

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language - Pronunciation (ESLP) Courses

English as a Second Language - Reading (ESLR) Courses

ESLR 20 Novice Reading

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:Placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:One year of adult school and concurrent enrollment in ESL Writing and Listening/Speaking courses at the student's assessed levels are highly recommended.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course, intended for non-native speakers of English, focuses on literal understanding of basic vocabulary and readings at the Novice level. There is a focus on expanding basic vocabulary through readings, word parts, and word-form activities. The concepts of using context and giving personal reactions to readings are introduced.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • read simple words, sentences, and readings.
  • respond correctly to basic comprehension questions.
  • respond to and use basic vocabulary.
  • identify and use appropriate word forms (nouns, verbs, and adjectives).
  • identify the use of sentence word order, pronouns, and verb forms in the readings.
  • write short responses to readings using learned expressions and format.

ESLR 340 Advanced Reading Skills Through Literature

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL reading course within the Los Rios District, placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in ESL Listening/Speaking and Writing courses at the student's assessed levels.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course, intended for advanced non-native speakers of English, is designed to improve vocabulary and reading skills. Readings include various forms of literature from a variety of cultures, including essays, poetry, drama, short stories, and novels. This course focuses on further development of critical thinking and reading skills needed for academic performance: (1) analysis and comprehension skills, (2) research and synthesizing skills, (3) vocabulary development, and (4) flexibility of reading rate. It also emphasizes the comparison and contrast of universal and metaphorical themes, as applied in various cultures, and includes extensive writing based on critical analysis of readings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate a variety of literary works by analyzing, critiquing, and responding to readings both in class and outside of class.
  • distinguish theme, draw inferences, and recognize bias in complex texts.
  • integrate context clues and apply appropriate strategies to build literary vocabulary and increase mastery of idiomatic American English.
  • compose written responses to literary texts demonstrating advanced comprehension and critical thinking skills.
  • evaluate research sources and literary texts.
  • synthesize information by paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing.
  • integrate outside sources into written responses.
  • use comprehension techniques and reading rate appropriate to material and purpose.

ESLR 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Reading

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language - Writing (ESLW) Courses

ESLW 20 Novice Writing

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:Placement through the assessment process
  • Advisory:One year of adult school and concurrent enrollment in ESL Reading and Listening/Speaking courses at the student's assessed levels are highly recommended.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course for non-native speakers of English focuses on the structure of English sentences, including parts of speech and word order. Emphasis is on producing clear, basic written sentences at the novice level using everyday vocabulary. Question formation is also demonstrated and practiced.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • write simple sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation.
  • use simple present and present progressive tenses of common verbs.
  • write questions in correct word order.
  • write sentences based on everyday topics and picture prompts in paragraph form.
  • spell common words correctly.
  • use clear handwriting placed correctly on the paper.

ESLW 340 Advanced Composition

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESL 325 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC ((maximum ESL & ESLW credit accepted - 8 units total))
  • General Education:AA/AS Area II(a); CSU Area A2; IGETC Area 1A
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This college composition course emphasizes writing, reading, critical thinking skills and research skills essential for completion of a college degree. It focuses on the needs of multilingual writers by addressing specific language and cultural content required for academic success at the college level. Writing assignments include expository and argumentative essays (6,500 words minimum in total) using MLA documentation and format. Writing assignments are based on reading of transfer-level texts that include diverse perspectives.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and synthesize complex readings that represent a diversity of perspectives.
  • compose organized and unified argumentative, interpretive, and analytical essays in response to collegiate-level readings.
  • identify and employ genre-specific style and rhetorical choices across a variety of assignments, such as pathos in literacy narrative or logos in an analytical research paper.
  • assess the credibility of online and print sources and integrate them in writing through effective paraphrase and quotation using MLA citation formatting standards.
  • integrate research from multiple academic databases and assess bias in source material for a fully documented analytical research paper in MLA format.
  • revise and edit writing for clarity of ideas and accuracy in grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and appropriate diction for the collegiate level.

ESLW 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Writing

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language Accelerated (ESLA) Courses

ESLA 299 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language Accelerated

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


ESLA 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language Accelerated

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


English as a Second Language Lab (ESLLAB) Courses

ESLLAB 30 ESL Center: Novice-High Skills in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 20, ESLR 20, and ESLW 20 with grades of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in ESL 37.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in reading, formatting/mechanics, writing, and/or grammar skills at the novice-high level. Students confer with a lab instructor to design a study plan to refine basic English language skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction for students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESL 37. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5 unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of reading strategies at the novice-high level to comprehend basic readings and improve vocabulary acquisition.
  • analyze model sentences, paragraphs, and short essay to build academic vocabulary needed to learn about the writing process and produce similar writing.
  • locate common grammar errors at the novice-high level and practice different methods to edit work.

ESLLAB 31 Novice-High Support in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 20, ESLR 20, or ESLW 20 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:ESLG 31 and ESLL 31
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in listening, speaking, pronunciation, oral grammar, and other language skills at the novice-high level. Students confer with the lab instructor to design a study plan to refine basic English oral skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction to students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESLG 31 and/or ESLL 31. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of listening, speaking, and pronunciation strategies at the novice-high level to comprehend basic listening passages and complete basic speaking tasks.
  • analyze listening passages for grammatical features covered at the novice-high level to discern differences in pronunciation and meaning.
  • demonstrate the different intonation patterns for yes/no and “wh” questions and simple statements.

ESLLAB 40 ESL Center: Intermediate-Low Skills in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESL 37, ESLG 31, or ESLL 31 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:ESL 47
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in reading, formatting/mechanics, writing, and/or grammar skills at the intermediate-low level. Students confer with a lab instructor to design a study plan to refine intermediate English language skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction for students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESL 47. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of reading strategies at the intermediate-low level to comprehend basic readings and improve vocabulary acquisition.
  • analyze model sentences, paragraphs, and short essays to expand academic vocabulary needed to learn about the intermediate-low writing process and produce similar writing.
  • locate common grammar errors at the intermediate-low level and practice different methods to edit work.

ESLLAB 41 ESL Center: Intermediate-Low Support in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESL 37, ESLG 31, or ESLL 31 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:ESLG 41 or ESLL 41
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in listening, speaking, pronunciation, oral grammar, and other language skills at the intermediate-low level. Students confer with the lab instructor to design a study plan to refine intermediate English oral skills. This course provides individualized and small group instruction to students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESLG 41 and/or ESLL 41. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of listening, speaking, and pronunciation strategies at the intermediate-low level to comprehend intermediate-low listening passages and complete intermediate-low speaking tasks.
  • analyze listening passages for grammatical features covered at the intermediate-low level to discern differences in pronunciation and meaning.
  • demonstrate the different intonation patterns for requests/clarification as well as statements and answers in academic settings.

ESLLAB 50 ESL Center: Intermediate-Mid Skills in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESL 47, ESLG 41, or ESLL 41 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:ESL 55
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in reading, formatting/mechanics, writing, and/or grammar skills at the intermediate-mid level. Students confer with a lab instructor to design a study plan to refine expanding intermediate English language skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction for students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESL 55. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of reading strategies at the intermediate-mid level to comprehend readings of expanded length and/or multiple related-readings and improve vocabulary acquisition.
  • analyze model sentences, paragraphs, and essays of varying length to expand academic vocabulary needed to learn about the intermediate-mid writing process and produce similar writing.
  • locate common grammar errors at the intermediate-mid level and practice different methods to edit work.

ESLLAB 51 ESL Center: Intermediate-Mid Support in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESL 47, ESLG 41, or ESLL 41 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:ESL 55, ESLG 51, and ESLL 51
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in listening, speaking, pronunciation, oral grammar, and other language skills at the intermediate-mid level. Students confer with the lab instructor to design a study plan to refine expanding intermediate English oral skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction to students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESLG 51 and/or ESLL 51. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of listening, speaking, and pronunciation strategies at the intermediate-mid level to comprehend lengthier listening passages and complete intermediate-mid speaking tasks.
  • analyze listening passages for grammatical features covered at the intermediate-mid level to discern differences in pronunciation and meaning.
  • demonstrate different intonation patterns and appropriate phrases for participation in pluralistic academic settings.

ESLLAB 60 ESL Center: Intermediate-High Skills in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESL 55 or ESLG 51 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:ESL 315
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in reading, formatting/mechanics, writing, and/or grammar skills at the intermediate-high level. Students confer with a lab instructor to design a study plan to refine intermediate-high English language skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction for students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESL 315. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of reading strategies at the intermediate-high level to comprehend readings of expanded length and/or multiple related-readings and improve vocabulary acquisition.
  • analyze model sentences, paragraphs, and essays of varying length to expand academic vocabulary needed to learn about the intermediate-high writing process and produce similar writing.
  • locate common grammar errors at the intermediate-high level and practice different methods to edit work.

ESLLAB 61 ESL Center: Intermediate-High Support in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESLG 51 or ESLL 51 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:ESLG 310 and ESLL 310
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in listening, speaking, pronunciation, oral grammar, and other language skills at the intermediate-high level. Students confer with the lab instructor to design a study plan to refine English oral skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction to students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESLG 310 and/or ESLL 310. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of listening, speaking, and pronunciation strategies at the intermediate-high level to comprehend lengthier listening passages and complete intermediate-high speaking tasks.
  • analyze listening passages for grammatical features covered at the intermediate-high level to discern differences in pronunciation and meaning.
  • demonstrate the different intonation patterns and appropriate phrases for participation in pluralistic academic settings including expressing disagreement with respect for alternate viewpoints.

ESLLAB 70 ESL Center: Advanced-Low Skills in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESL 315, ESLG 310, or ESLL 310 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:ESL 325
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in reading, formatting/mechanics, writing, and/or grammar skills at the advanced-low level. Students confer with a lab instructor to design a study plan to refine advanced-low English language skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction for students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESL 325. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of reading strategies at the advanced-low level to comprehend readings of expanded length and/or multiple related-readings and improve vocabulary acquisition.
  • analyze model sentences, paragraphs, and essays of varying length to expand academic vocabulary needed to learn about the advanced-low writing process and produce similar writing.
  • locate common grammar errors at the advanced-low level and practice different methods to edit work.

ESLLAB 71 ESL Center: Advanced-Low Support in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESL 315, ESLG 310, or ESLL 310 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in listening, speaking, pronunciation, oral grammar, and other language skills at the advanced-low level. Students confer with the lab instructor to design a study plan to refine advanced-low English oral skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction to students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESLG 320 and/or ESLL 320. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of listening, speaking, and pronunciation strategies at the advanced-low level to comprehend a variety of lecture-length listening passages and complete advanced-low level speaking tasks.
  • analyze listening passages for grammatical features covered at the advanced-low level to discern differences in pronunciation and meaning.
  • demonstrate the different intonation patterns and appropriate phrases for participation in pluralistic academic settings to show active listening skills and include appropriate non-verbal expressions and body-language.

ESLLAB 80 ESL Center: Advanced Skills in ESL

  • Units:0.5 - 1.5
  • Hours:27 - 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESL 325, ESLG 320, or ESLL 320 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:ESL 350 or ESLW 340
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This lab course offers students practice in reading, formatting/mechanics, writing, and/or grammar skills at the advanced skills level. Students confer with a lab instructor to design a study plan to refine advanced English language skills. This course provides individualized and small-group instruction for students. This course is most beneficial when taken concurrently with ESLW 340 or ESL 350. Students may enroll in the course at any time during the first nine weeks of the semester. Students receive a grade of Pass and 0.5 units of credit for accumulating 27 lab hours and completing assigned work. Students may take this course in .5-unit increments over the course of three semesters, split the units over two semesters, or take 1.5 units in one semester using different modules.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply a variety of reading strategies at the advanced level to comprehend readings of expanded length and/or multiple related-readings and improve vocabulary acquisition.
  • analyze model sentences, paragraphs, and essays of varying length to expand academic vocabulary needed to learn about the advanced writing process and produce similar writing.
  • locate common grammar errors at the advanced level and practice different methods to edit work.

ESLLAB 299 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


ESLLAB 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language Lab

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.


ARC ESL Department

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English as a Second Language Department

ESL Center

Students can work at their own pace on the areas of English that they need most. Many of our students are improving their English skills in order to earn a certificate, complete an associate degree, or to transfer to a university, while other students are here to improve their English skills for their jobs.

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