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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:January 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:January 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, ESLR 30, or ESLW 30 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:January 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, ESLR 30, and ESLW 30 with grades of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:January 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:ESLL 40, ESLR 40, or ESLW 40 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:January 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:ESLR 40 and ESLW 40 with grades of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:January 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, ESLG 50, ESLL 50, ESLR 50, or ESLW 50 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:January 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:January 1, 2021


ESL 311 College ESL Newsletter Production

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 50, ESLR 50, and ESLW 50 with grades of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:January 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:January 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:ESLR 310 and ESLW 310 with grades of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC (The UC limits ESL course credit - ESL and/or ESLW courses, combined maximum credit, 8 units)
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This advanced-low level integrated-skills course for non-native speakers of English is an accelerated pathway to complete 320-level coursework in reading and writing. This course integrates two existing courses, ESLR 320 and ESLW 320, and focuses on refining academic reading and writing skills, as well as practice in synthesizing and integrating research into argumentative writing. Reading instruction emphasizes speed, vocabulary development, and analytical comprehension. Language instruction includes the construction of well-organized and focused academic essays on a variety of topics with a focus on the development of ideas in body paragraphs, sentence variety, and the mechanics of English. Written final drafts of essays totaling at least 6,000 words are required. Completion of this course is equivalent to completion of both ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 and serves as a prerequisite for ESLR 340 and ESLW 340. This course is not open to students who have completed both ESLR 320 and ESLW 320.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • examine long, complex reading passages and make inferences.
  • appraise and critique reading passages for bias.
  • adapt reading speed and style to material.
  • recognize and use a wide variety of academic and idiomatic vocabulary.
  • synthesize information from a range of texts and integrate it into writing by outlining, quoting, paraphrasing, and/or summarizing.
  • apply basic research steps in the writing process.
  • analyze sentence, paragraph, and essay structure and apply these concepts to composing clear, well-developed, and soundly structured essays on academic topics.
  • develop effective persuasive essays under time constraints.
  • demonstrate near-mastery of English writing style, grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics by revising, editing, and proofreading writing effectively.

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:January 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:January 1, 2021


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:January 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:January 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 50 Intermediate-Mid Grammar

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLW 40 (Intermediate-Low Writing) with a grade of "C" or better; or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL grammar or writing 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).
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This course concentrates on the fundamental grammatical structures of English at the intermediate-mid level. It focuses on grammatical structures in appropriate contexts. Oral and written practice with an emphasis on sentence structure and verb tenses is included.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate skill and accuracy in using basic English grammar
  • use simple and progressive verb forms in past, present, and future
  • ask questions with correct English word order
  • distinguish and apply the rules for count and noncount nouns
  • choose appropriate modal auxiliary verbs in different situations
  • explain the differences and uses of adjectives and adverbs
  • distinguish and apply the rules of gerunds and infinitives
  • compare and differentiate the uses of present perfect and present perfect progressive verb tenses

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:January 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 50 or 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:January 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:January 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:January 1, 2021


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:January 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:January 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:January 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:

  • identify basic stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns in English.
  • demonstrate practical conversation skills in giving and receiving information, asking for repetition and clarification.
  • recognize and produce sounds based on phonetic symbols.
  • implement and demonstrate increased vocabulary on topics introduced in the classroom.
  • implement and demonstrate grammar appropriate for this level, including simple and progressive verbs forms in both statement and question form, as well as modals in the present tense.
  • demonstrate the ability to take simple notes.

ESLL 40 Intermediate-Low Listening and Speaking

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 30 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:January 1, 2021

This is a course for non-native speakers that develops the listening and speaking skills needed to succeed in college courses. It focuses on developing phrases and sentences to communicate ideas in familiar situations.
It includes group and individual listening and speaking activities, as well as continued practice of American English sounds, stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • use speaking skills, both practiced and not practiced, to talk about familiar topics using increased vocabulary and grammar.
  • identify key information from listening to others, such as main idea and details.
  • identify a number of phonetic symbols and describe the differences in their sounds.
  • use different techniques for classroom interaction, including asking for repetition and clarification.
  • produce syllables, stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns of English correctly.
  • implement and demonstrate verbs in the simple past and past progressive tenses.
  • implement and demonstrate modals in the present tense.
  • implement and demonstrate modals in the future simple tense.
  • implement and demonstrate verbs in the simple present and present progressive tenses.
  • implement and demonstrate verbs in the future tense.
  • communicate by understanding and using increased vocabulary.

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:January 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 note-taking techniques to produce organized, accurate notes on information presented in class.
  • organize and present information on academic topics, including academic expectations and resources, clearly and effectively.
  • discuss US academic and cultural expectations.
  • demonstrate clearer pronunciation through discrete and suprasegmental pronunciation practice.
  • apply level-appropriate verb tense forms, such as present, past, and future simple and progressive tenses.

ESLL 50 Intermediate-Mid Listening and Speaking

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 40 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 at the student's assessed level.
  • Catalog Date:January 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. Class activities introduce academic listening and speaking activities and continue to work on pronunciation skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • speak with or without practice using appropriate vocabulary.
  • initiate and respond to questions and conversations.
  • combine a variety of techniques for classroom interaction, including clarification and polite interruption.
  • paraphrase and summarize listening activities.
  • accurately pronounce most English phonetic symbols.
  • correctly respond to listening prompts.
  • demonstrate correct pronunciation of the simple present and present progressive verb tenses in spoken English.
  • demonstrate correct pronunciation of the simple past, past progressive, and present perfect verb tenses in spoken English.
  • demonstrate understanding and correct pronunciation of the future verb tenses in spoken English.
  • understand and correctly pronounce modals (can, may, etc.) and gerunds (-ing forms) in spoken English.

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:January 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.
  • understand and use grammar appropriate to the level, including accurate question formation and verb tense usage.
  • comprehend and use vocabulary appropriate to the level.
  • combine a variety of techniques for classroom interaction, including clarification and polite interruption and disagreement.
  • produce rehearsed and unrehearsed language comprehensible in an English-language classroom.
  • participate effectively in a pluralistic academic setting.
  • accurately hear and produce many phonetic symbols, with a focus on vowels.

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

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


ESLL 310 Intermediate-High Listening and Speaking

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLL 50 or 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:January 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 classroom 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:

  • differentiate and reproduce most American English sounds in a controlled situation.
  • accurately produce the sounds, stress, rhythm, and intonation of American English.
  • demonstrate accurate notetaking.
  • identify the central message and key supporting details of journalism-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 classroom, including demonstrating respect through language for respecting alternate viewpoints.

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:January 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 both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • demonstrate pronunciation competency to convey intended meaning, including accuracy in sound production, syllabification, and intonation.
  • compose and present dialogues and reports with appropriate pronunciation, grammar, organization, and lexical choice.
  • identify central meaning and supporting details in conceptually and linguistically complex discourse such as lectures, speeches, or reports.
  • 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.
  • develop and employ tactics to function in a pluralistic classroom.

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

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


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:January 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 30 Novice-High Reading

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLR 20 with a grade of "C" or better; 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 and Speaking and Writing courses at the student's assessed level(s).
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This course focuses on literal comprehension of words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs in short texts at the Novice-High level. Topics include core vocabulary, spelling rules, and grammar necessary to understand short readings.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • read at an increased speed.
  • recognize and use a larger vocabulary.
  • use an American English dictionary.
  • use reading strategies in understanding text.
  • apply written directions to task completion and identify points of confusion.
  • recognize punctuation, emphasis, and paragraph markers.
  • begin to identify main ideas in reading passages.
  • use background information and schemata in understanding text.

ESLR 40 Intermediate-Low Reading

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLR 30 (Novice-High Reading) with a grade of "C" or better; 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 an ESL Listening and Speaking and Writing course at the student's assessed level.
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This course, intended for non-native speakers of English, focuses on understanding vocabulary and readings at the Intermediate-Low level. It emphasizes developing reading skills, building vocabulary, and increasing fluency. Additional class activities include discussing and writing about readings.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • recognize main ideas in reading passages.
  • increase receptive and productive vocabulary.
  • identify vocabulary meaning based on context clues.
  • write personal responses to ideas read and discussed.
  • read clearly-organized, short, timed readings and answer comprehension and vocabulary-in-context questions.
  • increase reading speed.
  • use an American English dictionary effectively.
  • locate topic sentences and major supporting details in simple readings.

ESLR 50 Intermediate-Mid Reading

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLR 40 with a grade of "C" or better; 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 an ESL Listening/Speaking and an ESL Writing course at the student's assessed level.
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This course, intended for non-native speakers of English, focuses on the introduction of academic reading skills, with an emphasis on vocabulary development and literal comprehension. Course activities include reading, analyzing, discussing, and writing responses to ideas expressed in texts at the Intermediate-Mid level, as well as further practice with dictionary skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • show increased reading speed and comprehension.
  • show increased vocabulary and comprehension of idiomatic American English.
  • decide meanings of words based on context clues.
  • find main ideas and supporting details.
  • write personal responses that show understanding of readings.
  • write simple summaries based on short readings.
  • use a dictionary to divide, pronounce, and define words correctly.

ESLR 310 Intermediate-High Reading

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLR 50, OR ESL 55 with a grade of "C" or better 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 and Speaking and Writing courses at the student's assessed level(s).
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This course, intended for non-native speakers of English, focuses on the introduction of academic reading skills at the Intermediate-High level with an emphasis on speed, vocabulary expansion, and comprehension of ideas. It provides written and oral practice in understanding, paraphrasing, summarizing, and responding to ideas expressed in reading.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate increased reading speed and comprehension
  • integrate context clues and word-attack skills in building vocabulary
  • distinguish main ideas from supporting details
  • differentiate fact from opinion
  • infer author's intent from explicit statements
  • analyze a text closely and recognize patterns of organization
  • outline, paraphrase, and summarize basic concepts from readings
  • demonstrate increased vocabulary by using new words in discussions and journal entries

ESLR 320 Advanced-Low Reading

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLR 310 with a grade of "C" or better; 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 an ESL listening/speaking and an ESL writing course at the student's assessed level.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This course, intended for non-native speakers of English, focuses on refining academic reading skills with an emphasis on speed, vocabulary development, and analytical comprehension. It also includes practice in research and synthesizing skills and extensive writing based on critical analysis of readings at the Advanced-Low level.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • examine long, complex reading passages.
  • appraise and critique reading passages for bias.
  • make inferences.
  • recognize a wide variety of academic and idiomatic vocabulary.
  • outline, paraphrase, and summarize passages from a range of texts.
  • adapt reading speed and style to material.
  • apply basic research steps.
  • synthesize research materials.

ESLR 340 Advanced Reading Skills Through Literature

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLR 320 with a grade of "C" or better; 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:January 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:January 1, 2021


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:January 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 30 Novice-High Writing

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLW 20 with a grade of "C" or better; or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL writing course within the Los Rios District, placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in other ESL skills and/or an ESL Center course at the student's assessed level.
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This course covers novice-high-level writing in English for non-native speakers who plan to take college courses. It provides instruction and practice in writing simple sentences, paragraph structures, and a three-paragraph essay format within the context of topic assignments.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • use basic writing and formatting conventions such as punctuation, capitalization, margins, indentation, and clear handwriting.
  • describe elements of simple and compound sentences.
  • construct simple and compound sentences.
  • use the editing process to discover and correct error patterns.
  • apply critical thinking skills in the context of reading and writing a new language.
  • compose basic essays of at least three paragraphs with introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions.
  • demonstrate knowledge of high frequency words on spelling list.

ESLW 40 Intermediate-Low Writing

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLW 30 with a grade of "C" or better or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL writing course within the Los Rios District, placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in other ESL skills and/or an ESL Center course at the student's assessed level.
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This intermediate-low course, intended for non-native speakers of English, provides brief practice in writing paragraphs with a clear beginning, middle, and end. It also introduces how to organize and focus paragraphs within basic essay structure. The writing processes introduced include multiple drafts of essays. In the process of writing multiple drafts, critical thinking skills and grammar and sentence structure in writing are also stressed.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • analyze example paragraphs and essays to identify main ideas, thesis statements, topic sentences, and supporting details.
  • brainstorm ideas for writing paragraphs and short essays.
  • produce academic paragraphs and five-paragraph essays on a variety of topics following instructions in prompts.
  • compose thesis statements, topic sentences, and supporting sentences for paragraphs and essays.
  • use basic paragraph and essay format, including titles and paragraph and margin indentations.
  • write clear simple and compound sentences and basic complex sentences.
  • use basic punctuation and capitalization rules.
  • identify and use the basic parts of speech correctly.
  • use verbs correctly in the present, past, and future simple tenses.
  • use verbs correctly in the present and past progressive tenses.
  • use present and future modals correctly.
  • revise essay drafts for content.
  • edit essay drafts to correct language and grammar.
  • write timed in-class essays.

ESLW 50 Intermediate-Mid Writing

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLW 40 with a grade of "C" or better or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL writing course within the Los Rios District, placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in other ESL skills and/or an ESL Center course at the student's assessed level.
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This intermediate-mid course, intended for non-native speakers of English, covers techniques essential to essay writing in the process of teaching students to write standard five-paragraph academic essays. Verb tenses and other grammatical structures are revised, and control of sentence structure in longer pieces of writing is developed as language instruction focuses on strengthening individual proofreading and editing skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • brainstorm ideas for writing short essays.
  • identify thesis, main ideas, topic sentences, supporting details, and concluding information in essays.
  • use basic essay format, including titles and paragraph and margin indentations.
  • use basic punctuation and capitalization rules.
  • read and clearly understand writing prompts.
  • write basic five-paragraph essays on a variety of topics following instructions in prompts.
  • revise essay drafts for content.
  • 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 papers for verb tense consistency and errors in verb tense and form.
  • write timed academic essays.

ESLW 310 Intermediate-High Writing

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLW 50 OR ESL 55 with a grade of "C" or better OR, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL writing course within the Los Rios District, placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in other ESL skills and/or an ESL Center course at the student's assessed level.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC ((maximum ESL& ESLW credit accepted - 8 units total))
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This intermediate-high course for non-native speakers of English develops the ability to respond to a variety of essay assignments. The course focuses on writing for different purposes, sentence variety and control of a range of sentence structures.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • synthesize soundly structured, unified essays in response to prompts.
  • revise and edit essays for greater focus and clarity.
  • compose essays under time constraints.
  • analyze and use phrases; clauses; and simple, compound, and complex sentences for clarity.
  • identify strategies such as sentence combining and use them for variety and clarity.
  • develop introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs in narrative, descriptive, cause-effect and argumentative essays.

ESLW 320 Advanced-Low Writing

  • Units:4
  • Hours:72 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ESLW 310 with a grade of "C" or better or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL writing course within the Los Rios District, placement through the ESL assessment process.
  • Advisory:Concurrent enrollment in other ESL skills at the student's assessed levels and/or an ESL Center course at the student's assessed level.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC ((maximum ESL & ESLW credit accepted - 8 units total))
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2021

This advanced-low course for non-native speakers of English develops analytical and logical skills in the production of focused, developed and organized essays on a variety of topics. The course emphasizes the development of ideas in body paragraphs and the analysis and use of readings as a basis for ideas in argumentative essays. Sentence variety and the mechanics of English in the context of the essay are also covered in the course. Written final drafts totaling at least 6,000 words are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • compose clear, well-developed, and soundly structured essays on academic topics.
  • evaluate a variety of reading selections by critically analyzing, critiquing, and responding to readings both in-class and out of class.
  • develop effective persuasive essays under time constraints.
  • synthesize information by summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting readings to integrate outside sources into writing.
  • demonstrate near-mastery of English writing style, grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics by revising, editing, and proofreading writing effectively.
  • analyze sentence, paragraph, and essay structure and apply these concepts to writing.

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:January 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:January 1, 2021


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:January 1, 2021


ESLA 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language Accelerated

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


English as a Second Language Lab (ESLLAB) Courses

ESLLAB 299 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language Lab

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


ESLLAB 499 Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language Lab

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


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