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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

ESL020 - Academic Skills and Communication for ESL Students Credits: 3
This course is designed to help ESL students improve their listening skills, oral communication skills, basic reading comprehension, and writing and grammar skills in a risk free academic environment. Students are assessed using a basic reading inventory to determine their level of English reading proficiency, and instruction is designed to build the student's general and instructional communication skills. Basic vocabulary building exercises, extensive discussion of text samples, in which both informational and fictional text is reviewed, and writing exercises designed to build proficiency in written English communication are emphasized. The basic reading inventory will be used as a post-test in order to measure growth in English language proficiency. This course does not apply toward graduation. Corequisite: RDG 019.

ESL030 - Advanced Academic Skills and Communication for ESL Students Credits: 3
This course is designed to help ESL students improve their listening skills, oral communication skills, basic reading comprehension, and writing and grammar skills in an academic environment. Students moving into this class from ESL-020 will notice that the focus of the work is now on communication in the college classroom. Students are assessed using pretests in reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge, and a writing sample is taken to determine their level of English communication proficiency. Instruction is designed to build the student's academic communication skills. Academic vocabulary building exercises, extensive discussion of text samples, in which both college level academic and literary text is reviewed, and writing exercise, designed to increase grammatically correct text pieces are emphasized. A post-test of reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge will be used, along with a final writing sample, to determine the student's English language proficiency level at the end of the course. This course does not apply toward graduation

Corequisite: RDG 020.

ESL100 - Mastering Academic Skills Credits: 3
This course is designed to help ESL students achieve a high level of competency in four areas of literacy: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Upon completion of ESL 030, students will study advanced text snd vocabulary; in addition, students will build competency in the area of oral academic communication: comprehension of and note-taking during lectures, understanding oral directions, building confidence and competence in oral presentations, and interacting orally with teachers and students in the academic environment, and co-workers in the workplace. Students are assessed using rubrics designed to measure specific literacy behaviors and competencies. Instruction is designed to build the student?s academic communication skills. Academic vocabulary building exercises, extensive discussion of text samples, in which both informational and fictional text is reviewed, and writing exercises designed to build proficiency in written coomunication are emphasized.

Prerequisites: ESL-030 or placement by exam.