English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)



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 and the student is assigned a level based on the result of his/her placement test.

The first level, L19, is a combined skills class in a lecture/lab format. Students who successfully complete this course are at the intermediate-low level. Some students at the beginning level may find ESOL 19 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, are made up of three courses. The grammar-writing component is a six-unit course; the reading and listening/speaking components are three units each.

The fourth level, L40, is a single course in reading and writing. Students who successfully score at the assessment skill level L40 on the ESOL placement exam and successfully complete ESOL 40 can read and write at an advanced level, and are prepared to take English courses one level below transfer (ENGL 48 & 49). Students who score lower than level L40 on the placement exam must complete ESOL 40 and ESOL 32 to be able to read and write at an advanced level and be prepared to take English courses one level below transfer (ENGL 48 & 49).

19 Transitional English For ESOL Students - 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab, 5 Units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: Assessment Skill Level L19. Students are advised to take the English for Speakers Other Languages placement test prior to enrollment and perform at level 19.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for English 007 or 58.
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 will emphasize 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.  (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 19 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 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 19 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. (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 19 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: English 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 20, 21, and 22, each 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, each 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: ESOL 30 and ESOL 31, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level L40.
Corequisite
Students who met the prerequisite by completion of ESOL 30 and 31 each with a grade of “C” or better must complete ESOL 32 with a grade of “C” or better or be concurrently enrolled in ESOL 32.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for English 10 or 62.
This course prepares students to read and write at the advanced ESOL level. 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.