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English as a Second Language

Courses Descriptions

Levels | Skills

Listed below are the Las Positas College English as a Second Language Course Descriptions.

Beginning | Intermediate | Advanced

ESL Course Outlines

Beginning

ESL 130A 2 Units
BEGINNING GRAMMAR FOR WRITING AND READING I
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
This is the first semester of a one-year course in beginning grammar for academic purposes designed to enable students to identify and use linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully and appropriately in written expression. The course focuses on simple and compound sentences, questions, modifiers, phrases, and verb tenses, especially simple present, simple past, and present progressive. Strongly recommended: appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 130A, 131A, and 133. 2 hours + 1 laboratory hour. Click here to view the Student Learning Outcomes for ESL 130A

ESL 130B 2 Units
BEGINNING GRAMMAR FOR WRITING AND READING II
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
This is the second semester of a one-year course in beginning grammar for academic purposes designed to enable students to identify and use linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully and appropriately in written expression. The course focuses on simple and compound sentences, questions, modals, modifiers, phrases, and verb tenses, especially simple present, past, and future as well as present and past progressive. Prerequisite: ESL 130A or appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 130B, 131B, and 133. 2 hours + 1 laboratory hour. Click here to view the Student Learning Outcomes for ESL 130B

ESL 131A 6 Units
BEGINNING WRITING AND READING I
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
This is the first semester of a one-year course in beginning academic writing and reading. The course is designed to enable students to use and interpret linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately in written expression. Classes will focus on writing simple and compound sentences in short paragraphs, on developing strategies for increasing reading comprehension and flexibility, on interactive reading, and on developing academic vocabulary. Students will develop cultural understanding and fluency through a variety of writing and reading tasks. Strongly recommended: Appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 130A, 131A, and 133. 6 hours + 1 laboratory hour. Click here to view Student Learning Outcomes for 131A

ESL 131B 6 Units
BEGINNING WRITING AND READING II
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
This is the second semester of a one-year course in beginning academic writing and reading. The course is designed to enable students to use and interpret linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately in written expression. Classes will focus on writing simple, compound, and complex sentences in structured paragraphs, on developing strategies for increasing reading comprehension and flexibility, on interactive reading, and on developing academic vocabulary. Students will develop cultural understanding and fluency through a variety of writing and reading tasks. Prerequisite: ESL 131A or appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 130B, 131B, and 133. 6 hours + 1 laboratory hour. Click here to view Student Learning Outcomes for 131B

ESL 133 2 Units
BEGINNING ORAL COMMUNICATION
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
This is a beginning oral communication course. This course will enable students to use linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately, emphasizing conversational skills: listening and speaking in small groups, using new grammar structures, learning new words and expressions, comprehending and using idiomatic expressions. Strongly recommended: appropriate skill level demonstated through the ESL asessment process. 2 hours lecture + 1 hour laboratory

Intermediate

ESL120A 2 Units
INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR FOR WRITING AND READING I
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
This is the first semester of a one-year course in intermediate grammar for academic writing and reading designed to enable students to use linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully and appropriately in written expression. This course focuses on compound and complex sentences, verb tense and form, and modals. This course also emphasizes grammar analysis, detecting and correcting grammatical errors, and self-editing skills. Prerequisite: ESL 130B or appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 120A, 121A and 123. 2 hours + 1 laboratory hour. Click here to view the Student Learning Outcomes for ESL 120A

ESL120B 2 Units
INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR FOR WRITING AND READING II
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
This is the second semester of a one-year course in intermediate grammar for academic writing and reading designed to enable students to use linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully and appropriately in written expression. The course focuses on compound and complex sentences and short paragraphs, overview of the verb tense system in English, verb forms with gerunds and infinitives, verb forms in modifying phrases, and modals. This course also emphasizes analyzing grammar and meaning, detecting and correcting grammatical errors, and self-editing skills. Prerequisite: ESL 120A or appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 120B, 121B and 123. 2 hours + 1 laboratory hour. Click here to view the Student Learning Outcomes for ESL 120B

ESL 121A 6 Units
INTERMEDIATE WRITING AND READING I
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
This is the first semester of a one-year course in intermediate academic writing and reading. The course is designed to enable students to use and interpret linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately in written expression. Classes will focus on writing sentences, paragraphs and compositions, developing strategies for reading comprehension and flexibility, on interactive reading, and on academic vocabulary development. Students will develop cultural understanding, vocabulary, and fluency through a variety of academic writing and reading tasks. Prerequisite: ESL 131B or appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 120A, 121A and 123. 6 hours + 1 laboratory hour. Click here to view Student Learning Outcomes for 121A

ESL 121B 6 units
INTERMEDIATE WRITING AND READING II
This is the second semester of a one-year course in intermediate academic writing and reading. The course is designed to enable students to use and interpret linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately in written expression. Classes will focus on writing sentences, paragraphs and compositions, developing strategies for reading comprehension and flexibility, on interactive reading, and academic vocabulary development. Students will develop cultural understanding and fluency through a variety of academic writing and reading tasks. Prerequisite: ESL 121A or appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 120B, 121B and 123. 6 hours + 1 laboratory hour. Click here to view Student Learning Outcomes for 121B

ESL 123 2 Units
INTERMEDIATE ORAL COMMUNICATION
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
This is an intermediate oral communication course. This course will enable students to use linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately, emphasizing academic listening and speaking skills: listeneing and speaking in small groups, listening to short lectures on academic topics, learning academic vocabulary and expressions, making presentations on new topics. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ESL 120A and 121A or an appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. 2 hours lecture + 1 hour laboratory
 
ESL 126 2 Units
PRONUNCIATION OF ENGLISH
Grading Option Credit/No Credit
Intensive practice in recognizing and pronouncing the sounds of American English with emphasis on words and phrases: stress, intonation, phrasing, reduction. Attention to individual as well as group priorities. Prerequisite; Eligibility for ESL 120A and 121A or an appripriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. 2 hours lecture + 1 hours laboratory

Advanced

ESL 23 3 Units
College Grammar
Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU
This is a one semester advanced grammar course for academic purposes designed to enable students to use both read and write academic English. Focus is on verb tense in discourse, relative clauses, modal perfect verbs, hypothetical statements, subjunctive verb clauses and other complex grammar.

Prerequisite: eligibility for ESL 24 or appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 23 and 24 or 25.

ESL 24 5 Units
Advanced Reading and Composition
Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU, UC*
This is the first semester in a one-year advanced academic reading and composition course. Students will write a variety of essays: exposition, analysis and argumentation. They will further develop critical thinking skills, critical reading skills, and academic vocabulary, and academic research skills.

Prerequisite: ESL 120B, 121B, and 122B or an appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process.Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 23 or 26 and 24.

Click here to view Student Learning Outcomes for 24

ESL 25 5 Units
Advanced Reading and Composition
Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU, UC*
This is the second semester in a one-year advanced academic reading and composition course. Students will write longer essays employing several rhetorical modes. They will further develop critical thinking skills, critical reading skills, academic research skills, and academic vocabulary.

Prerequisite: ESL 24 or an appropriate skill level demonstrated through the ESL assessment process. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 25 and 23 or 26.

Click here to view Student Learning Outcomes for 25

ESL 26 3 Units
Advanced Editing
Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU
(May be repeated 1 time)
This course is designed to increase student awareness of their own use of written language, strengthen their linguistic monitors, and give them practice in editing strategies which will enable them to use linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately in written expression

Prerequisite: eligibility for ESL 24. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 25 and 26.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Marilyn Marquis
925.424.1209
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Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Dean
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