English as a Second Language

ELC100 ESL BEGINNING CONVERSATION

3 credits
This course provides students with opportunities to improve their speaking, listening, and conversation skills in English. Stress is placed on comprehension and using functional vocabulary, intonation, and pronunciation necessary to converse in every day situations. As students are at a beginning level, reading materials include picture stories, short dialogs, and short stories. Role-play, guided dialogs, verbal exercises, and picture stories are all techniques that will be used in the course. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED and appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELC101 ESL ADVANCED BEGINNING CONVERSATION

3 credits
This advanced beginning conversation course gives ESL students the opportunity to use in conversation the grammar and vocabulary they are learning in ELG101 Advanced Beginning English Grammar and ELR101 ESL Advanced Beginning Reading. The course is composed of vocabulary development, dialogues, role-playing, discussions, and listening exercises. The course meets twice a week for three hours and forty minutes. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELC100 or appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELC102 INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION

3 credits
This is a course designed for the student who has reached the intermediate stage of English grammar. Through a broad range of student-centered activities, students are given the opportunity to practice and reinforce important grammatical structures and patterns through conversation. Dialogues, discussion, debates, and analysis of idioms will be used throughout the course. This course is intended to actively engage the student in meaningful conversation. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELC101 or appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELC103 CONVERSATION AND PRONUNCIATION

3 credits
This course is designed to help students whose native language is not English to speak clearly and effectively. Students will practice the production of English sound patterns, will learn and practice correct articulation, rhythm, and intonation, and will participate in conversation. Spring.

ELG100 ESL BEGINNING GRAMMAR

3 credits
This is an introductory course for students with little or no previous training in English. The course focuses on the basic grammatical structures and skills necessary for academic purposes and everyday situations. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED and appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELG101 ADVANCED BEGINNING ENGLISH GRAMMAR

3 credits
This course is designed for students who have completed the 100-level courses or have demonstrated mastery through assessment. They must know the verbs “to be” and “to have.” They must also be able to make statements, negatives, and questions in the present and present continuous tenses. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELG100 or appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELG102 INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR

3 credits
This is the third course of a four-course series. This course is designed for students who are academically oriented. ELG102 is offered to non-native speakers of English, who have reached the intermediate level of English, but need further support in the area of grammar skills. This course emphasizes the perfect verb tenses, modal auxiliaries, passive voice, and prepositions through in-class and out-of-class practice and drills. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELG101 or appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELG103 ESL ADVANCED GRAMMAR

3 credits
This is the last course in a four-course sequence designed to prepare nonnative and bilingual students to matriculate into college-level courses. Detailed work will be done on advanced grammar forms including gerunds, infinitives, adjectives, adverb and noun clauses, modal auxiliaries and the passive voice. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELG102 or appropriate placement. Fall and spring.

ELR100 ESL BEGINNING READING

3 credits
This course is designed to develop the reading skills necessary for daily living as well as to provide a foundation for the successful completion of academic reading assignments. The course emphasizes improving comprehension and student vocabulary. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED and appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELR101 ESL ADVANCED BEGINNING READING

3 credits
Advanced beginning reading is designed to increase students’ vocabulary and reading fluency. This course is a continuation of ELR100 ESL Beginning Reading. The course meets twice a week for three hours and forty minutes. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELR101 or appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELR102 INTERMEDIATE READING

3 credits
This is the third course in a series of four focusing on improving reading skills for non-native students. This course is intended for intermediate students of English as a Second Language who are not ready to read college material. The focus of this course is on vocabulary development, reading fluency, and comprehension. Students will improve their English vocabulary through workbook exercises. Additionally, English reading comprehension proficiency will be achieved through reading high interest materials followed by comprehension questions and using standard test lessons. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELR101 or appropriate placement. Institutional credit only.

ELR103 ESL ADVANCED READING

3 credits
This course is designed as a final step in the reading preparation of non-native and bilingual students to mainstream into regular college courses. The materials used will expand the student’s vocabulary and provide the student with the tools necessary to improve comprehension and increase reading speed. Students will be exposed to the complexity of language used in college textbooks. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELR102 or appropriate placement. Fall and spring.

ELS103 ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS

9 credits
This course is designed as an integrated ESL course that combines conversation, reading, writing, and grammar. The course is designed to prepare speakers of other languages to succeed in college-level courses. This course will address the academic needs of speakers of other languages. The course will provide instruction in advanced grammar forms, grammatically clear sentences and effective writing, fluency and comprehension in reading, and vocabulary enrichment and proper pronunciation in conversation. Upon completion of this course, students will take the college placement test to determine which college-level language courses they are prepared to take. They may take non-language courses, such as most math, art, and music classes, concurrently with this course. This course will focus on mastering the listening and speaking skills by actively engaging in conversation throughout instruction of all the language components. Prerequisite: completion of ESL102 or placement. Spring.

ELW100 BEGINNING WRITING

3 credits
This course is for students with little or no previous training in writing English. Students will explore various kinds of writing, including narration and description. They will use composition models that highlight the grammar skills presented in ELG100 ESL Beginning Grammar. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED and appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELW101 ADVANCED BEGINNING WRITING

3 credits
This course is for students with little or no previous training in writing English. Students will explore various kinds of composition writing including narration and description. They will use composition models that highlight the grammar skills presented in ELG101 Advanced Beginning English Grammar. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELW100 or appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELW102 INTERMEDIATE WRITING

3 credits
This is the third course of a four-course series. This course focuses on skills needed to write grammatically correct simple, compound, and complex sentences. Students will learn to make effective use of grammatical structures studied in ELG102 Intermediate Grammar. Throughout the semester, students will concentrate on writing grammatically correct sentences and well-developed paragraphs. In addition, students will practice controlled composition writing, which provides them with opportunities to practice grammatical structures, proofreading, sentence combining, and vocabulary building. Credits are not applicable toward a degree. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELW101 or appropriate placement. Institutional credit only. Fall and spring.

ELW103 ESL ADVANCED WRITING

3 credits
This course is the last course in a four-course sequence designed to give intensive writing practice for non-native and bilingual students. Emphasis will be on writing of grammatically clear sentences and well-developed paragraphs and essays. This course provides writing practice that can be coordinated with grammar studied in ELG103 ESL Advanced Grammar. Prerequisites: high school diploma or GED and ELW102 or appropriate placement. Fall and spring.