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Courses Descriptions

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

Beginning

ESL 130A - BEGINNING GRAMMAR FOR WRITING AND READING I

2 Units
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.

ESL 130B - BEGINNING GRAMMAR FOR WRITING AND READING II

2 Units
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.

ESL 131A - Beginning Reading and Writing I

6 Units
Grading Option Credit/No Credit

This is the first semester of a one-year course in beginning academic writing and reading. 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 131A, 130A, and 133 or 136. 6 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.

Nondegree Applicable, Credit

ESL 131B - Beginning Reading and Writing II

6 Units
Grading Option Credit/No Credit

This is the second semester of a one-year course in beginning academic writing and reading. 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. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 131B, 130B, and 133 or 136. Prerequisite: ESL 131A (completed with a grade of “Pass” or higher) or placement through the ESL assessment process. 6 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.

Nondegree Applicable, Credit

ESL 133 - BEGINNING ORAL COMMUNICATION

2 Units
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

ESL 120A - INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR FOR WRITING AND READING I

3 Units
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.

ESL 120B - INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR FOR WRITING AND READING II

3 Units
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.

ESL 121A - INTERMEDIATE WRITING AND READING I

6 Units
Grading Option Credit/No Credit

This is the first semester of a one-year course in intermediate academic writing and reading. 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. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 120A, 121A and 123 or 126. Prerequisite: ESL 131B (completed with a grade of “Pass” or higher) or placement through the ESL assessment process. 6 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.

Nondegree Applicable, Credit

ESL 121B - INTERMEDIATE WRITING AND READING II

6 Units
Grading Option Credit/No Credit

This is the second semester of a one-year course in intermediate academic writing and reading. 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. Students are advised to enroll concurrently in ESL 120B, 121B and 123 or 126. Prerequisite: ESL 121A (completed with a grade of “Pass” or higher) or placement through the ESL assessment process. 6 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.

Nondegree Applicable, Credit

ESL 123 - INTERMEDIATE ORAL COMMUNICATION

2 Units
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 - PRONUNCIATION OF ENGLISH

2 Units
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 - College Grammar

3 Units
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 - Advanced Reading and Composition I

6 Units
Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU, UC*

This is the first semester of a one-year advanced reading and writing course for academic purposes. Emphasis is on critical reading techniques and writing expository essays as well as on grammar and vocabulary development. Prerequisite: ESL 121B (completed with a grade of “C” or higher) or placement through the ESL assessment process. 6 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. Transfer: CSU, UC*. *ESL 24 & 25 combined, max UC credit, 8 units.

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.

ESL 25 - Advanced Reading and Composition II

6 Units
Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU, UC*

This is the second semester of a one-year reading and writing course for academic purposes. Emphasis is on critical reading and techniques of exposition, analysis, and argumentation. Prerequisite: ESL 24 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher) or placement through the ESL assessment process. 6 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. Transfer: CSU, UC*.*ESL 24 & 25 combined, max UC credit, 8 units.

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.

ESL 26 - Advanced Editing

3 Units
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.

ESL Program Coordinator

Julia McGurk
jmcgurk@laspositascollege.edu

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