English as a Second Language

ESL 41 (4 CR)
Composition II

Prerequisite: Requires competency in the English language as indicated by a placement test. and writing sample

Prepares for college-level writing by practice in the writing process, emphasizing development of thought in essays of greater length and complexity and use of appropriate syntax and diction.  Students review grammar at an intermediate to high level, and learn to write short compositions on varying subjects.  Writing instruction is also integrated with longer reading projects, such as a novel. Credits are not applicable toward graduation. Lecture 4 hours per week.

ESL 42 (6 CR)
Reading II

Prerequisite: Requires competency in reading as indicated by the placement and writing sample. Helps students improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary development.

Improves students’ reading proficiency to a level that would allow them to function adequately in the ESL 52 reading class and other college courses. Students study listening, speaking, reading, discussion and some writing on academic content units from across the disciplines. Helps students improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary development. Credits are not applicable toward graduation. Lecture 6 hours per week.

ESL 52 (4 CR)
Reading III

Prerequisite: Requires competency in reading and writing as indicated by the placement test and writing sample or by teacher recommendation from a previous level.

Emphasizes applying and synthesizing ideas. Includes ways to detect organization, summarize, make inferences, draw conclusions, evaluate generalizations, recognize differences between facts and opinions, and introduces other advanced comprehension strategies. May also include comprehensive library skills. Students will also write more advanced essays based on their reading material, and participate in listening/speaking skills related to academic lecture and academic discussions. Credits are not applicable toward graduation. Helps students improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary development. Improves students’ reading proficiency to a level that would allow them to succeed in certificate and degree programs. Credits are not applicable toward graduation. Lecture 3-6 hours per week.

ESL 95 (1-5 CR)
Topics in ESL

Prerequisite: Requires writing and reading competencies indicated by the placement test and writing sample or by teacher recommendation from the previous level.

Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Credits are not applicable toward graduation. Variable hours.