Courses

The English for Speakers of Other Languages Program is designed to prepare students to read, write, speak, and listen at a level that enables them to succeed in college courses.

The program consists of four levels. Students are assigned a level based on the result of the placement test.

The first level, L19, is a nine-unit combined skills class. Students who successfully complete this course are at the intermediate-low level. Some students at the beginning level may find ESOL 19A difficult. For these students, counselors are available to discuss options and resources, including classes at Continuing Education.

The second and third levels, L20 and L30, each consist of three courses. The grammar/writing component is a six-unit course (ESOL 20 and 30); the reading (ESOL 21 and 31) and listening/speaking (ESOL 22 and 32) components are three units each. Faculty recommend that students who are attending part-time complete the reading and listening/ speaking course at the appropriate level prior to the writing/grammar course.

At the fourth level, L40, students have the choice of two paths. In the traditional path, students take a course in reading and writing (ESOL 40). Upon successful completion this course, students can read and write at an intermediate-advanced level and are prepared to take English courses one level below transfer (ENGL 48 & 49 or ENGL 47).

The other option for students at the L40 level is to take an accelerated path. Upon successful completion of a nine-unit accelerated reading and writing course (ESOL 45), students will be able to read at an advanced level and are prepared to take courses in transfer level English (ENGL 101 and/or 105).

Students who score lower than level L40 on the placement exam must complete ESOL 40 and ESOL 32 to be able to read, write, speak, and listen at an intermediate-advanced level and be prepared to take English courses one level below transfer (ENGL 48 & 49 or ENGL 47) or ESOL 45 and ESOL 32 to be able to take English courses at transfer level (ENGL 101 and/or ENGL 105).

19A Transitional English For ESOL Students 9 hours lecture, 9 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory : Assessment Skill Level L19. Students are advised to take the ESOL placement test prior to enrollment and perform at level 19.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 7 or English 58 or English For Speakers of Other Languages 19..
This course prepares students to read, write, listen, and speak at the intermediate-low ESOL level to facilitate successful participation in a college setting. This course emphasizes development of reading and writing skills in academic contexts, focusing heavily on the production of complete sentences with minimal errors and basic paragraph and composition development. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who read, write, listen, and speak at a high-beginning level. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

20 Writing for Non-native Speakers of English I 6 hours lecture, 6 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite : English for Speakers of Other Languages 19A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L20.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 8 or English 60.
This course in writing and grammar prepares students to write at the intermediate-mid ESOL level. Students learn to write compositions which may include paragraphs, essays, and other types of texts. Other topics include critical reasoning in writing, critical reading and understanding for a variety of texts, academic study skills, and grammatical structures in the production and editing of compositions so that errors will not obscure meaning or distract the reader. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English preparing for college-level coursework. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

21 Reading for Non-native Speakers of English I 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite : English for Speakers of Other Languages 19A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L20.
This course prepares students to read at the intermediate-mid ESOL level. In this course, students learn reading strategies and apply them as they read a variety of texts. Students practice identifying text organization, vocabulary, and grammar to facilitate comprehension. Students also begin to use information from class readings in discussion, critical thinking, and writing. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English preparing for college-level coursework. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

22 Listening and Speaking for Non-native Speakers of English I 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite : English for Speakers of Other Languages 19A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L20.
This course prepares students to understand spoken English and to speak at the intermediate-mid ESOL level. In this course, students continue to develop communicative competence through listening to and participating in a variety of communicative activities. Topics include grammatical structures specifically related to oral/aural course work to make connections between structure and communicative needs. In addition, students discuss, write about and critically analyze information from oral and written sources. This course is intended for nonnative speakers of English preparing for college-level coursework. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

30 Writing for Non-native Speakers of English II 6 hours lecture, 6 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite: EEnglish for Speakers of Other Languages 20 and 21, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L30.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 9 or 6.
This course in writing and grammar prepares students to write at the intermediate-high ESOL level. In this course, students learn to write paragraphs, essays and other types of texts that communicate a basic awareness of critical reasoning and the components of the academic essay and other types of writing. To achieve these goals, students learn and apply knowledge of syntax and grammatical structures in the production and editing of compositions so that errors will not obscure meaning or distract the reader. Students also read academic texts and apply study skills necessary for success in further academic studies. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their writing skills. Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

31 Reading for Non-native Speakers of English II 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite : English for Speakers of Other Languages 21 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L30.
This course prepares students to read at the intermediate-high ESOL level. In this course, students continue to develop reading skills needed for academic and workplace success. To achieve these goals, students read a variety of texts and apply appropriate reading strategies to facilitate comprehension. In addition, students engage in activities to build background knowledge as well as knowledge of text structure, grammar and vocabulary. Students also use information from class reading in class discussion, critical thinking and writing. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

32 Listening and Speaking for Non-native Speakers of English II 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite : English for Speakers of Other Languages 22 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L30. This course prepares students to understand spoken English and speak at the intermediate-high English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) level. Students continue to develop communicative competence through listening to and participating in a variety of communicative activities. Students also continue to develop knowledge of grammatical structures specifically related to oral/aural course work as well as discuss, write about, and think critically about information from oral and written sources. This course is intended for speakers of other languages pursuing basic skills English instruction. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

40 Reading and Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English III 6 hours lecture, 6 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite : English for Speakers of Other Languages 30 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L40 and English for Speakers of Other Languages 31, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L40.
Corequisite
Completion of or concurrent enrollment in English for Speakers of Other Languages 32 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L40. Students who met the prerequisite by completion of English for Speakers of Other Languages 30 and 31 must complete English for Speakers of Other Languages 32 or be concurrently enrolled in 32.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 10, English 62, or English for Speakers of Other Languages 45.
In this course students write essays and other types of texts that have some complexity of expression, contain relatively few mechanical and grammatical errors and illustrate evidence of critical reasoning. Students also read academic texts and apply study skills necessary for success in further academic studies. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their reading and writing skills. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.