ESL Course Descriptions

Academic Classes (credit)

* Courses designed for students whose native language is not English but who have some prior training in English.

ESL 92 • Oral Communication for ESL
Prerequisite: ESL 94 and ESL 97 or placement on ESL Assessment

Helps students practice and improve listening and speaking skills as needed for functioning successfully in academic, professional, and personal settings. Assesses students' oral skills and includes, as needed, practice with pronunciation, rhythm, stress, and intonation. Provides exercises, practices, small and large group activities, and oral presentations to help students overcome problems in oral communication. Placement is based upon students' performance on the college's ESL assessment or successful completion of ESL 97: Low-Intermediate Reading and Writing for ESL.

ESL 94 • English Grammar I for ESL*
Prerequisite: Placement on ESL Assessment

Examines the basic elements of English grammar and usage with an emphasis on the fundamentals of the English sentence, including an in-depth study of the parts of speech and instruction in mechanics, punctuation, and usage. Students may take this course simultaneously with
ESL 96, ESL 97, or any credit course for which they meet the prerequisites.

ESL 95 • English Grammar II for ESL*
Prerequisite: ESL 97 or placement on ESL Assessment

Builds upon sentence skills with a focus on English sentence structure and verb forms, including instruction in mechanics, punctuation, and usage. Students may take this course simultaneously with ESL 98 or any credit course for which they meet the prerequisites.

ESL 96 • Beginning Reading and Writing for ESL*
Prerequisite: Placement on ESL Assessment

Integrated instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasizes reading and writing everyday English, understanding spoken English, and increasing conversation ability. Likely to take more than one semester to complete.
Students who successfully complete this course may enroll in ESL 97.

ESL 97 • Low-Intermediate Reading and Writing for ESL*
Prerequisite: ESL 96 or placement on ESL Assessment

Integrated instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on effective spoken and written language for subsequent ESL courses. Likely to take more than one semester to complete. Students who successfully complete this course may enroll in ESL 98.

ESL 98 • High-Intermediate Reading and Writing for ESL
Prerequisite: ESL 94 and ESL 97 or placement on ESL Assessment

Integrated instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on academic writing for subsequent ESL courses. Likely to take more than one semester to complete. Students who successfully complete this course may enroll in ESL 99.

ESL 99 • Advanced Reading and Writing for ESL*
Prerequisite: ESL 98 or placement on ESL Assessment

Integrated instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Likely to take more than one semester to complete. Students who successfully complete this course may enroll in EN101: English Composition.


Contact Information

Teresa S. Clark
Assistant Professor/Program Manager for ESL
301.846.2558