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English as a Second Language Course Descriptions

ESL 100   SCC Success and Skills for Non-Native Speakers ...   3

Advanced instruction for non-native speaking students regarding key strategies and skills needed to be successful in an American college, including listening, speaking, note taking, test taking, time management and basic written communication. Student must take the Compass ESL test.

Corequisites: Placement in ESL 104(RDG 104), ESL 107(101) or equivalent skill level, ESL 199(unless a student has previously attended a semester at a U.S. college and has take an equivalent course or the student has been a resident for more than two years).

ESL 103   Pronunciation, Communication, and Listening for Non-Native Speakers ...   4

Instruction in pronunciation for non-native speakers. By learning the American style of intonation, rhythm/speech production and syllable stress, students will be better understood and more articulate and expressive. Small group and individual communication activities will focus on speaking and listening. Open to non-native speakers of an intermediate level or above. Student must take the Compass ESL test.

Corequisites: ESL 100, ESL 104, Suggested co-requisite: ESL 107 (101) or equivalent skill level (not required).

ESL 104 (Formerly RDG 104)   College Reading for Non-Native Speakers ...   4

Directed practice in college reading skills emphasizing vocabulary, comprehension, critical thinking, reading efficiency and reading across the curriculum for non-native speaking students. Student must take the Compass ESL test.  Student may not receive credit for both RDG 104 and ESL 104.

Corequisites: ESL 100, ESL 103, and suggested corequisite of ESL 107.

ESL 105   Advanced Conversation and Speaking Skills for Non-Native Speakers ...   3

Prerequisites: ESL 103/SPE 100 or equivalent skill level, ESL 104 with a minimum grade of C

Focus on improvement in conversational skills for non-native speakers with emphasis in fluency in speaking English, but also requiring refinement in listening skills. Included: current events dealing with American and International culture and films and video presentations.  Student must take the Compass ESL test.

Corequisites: ESL 106, and a suggested Corequisite ESL 108

ESL 106 (Formerly RDG 106)   Advanced College Reading for Non-Native Speakers ...   3

Prerequisites: Complete ESL 103, ESL 104 (RDG 104) with a grade of C or better and ESL 100

Directed practice in advanced college reading skills emphasizing discipline specific vocabulary, advanced comprehension, higher level critical thinking skills, improved reading efficiency and reading across the curriculum for second-language students. Student must take the Compass ESL test. Student may not receive credit for both RDG 106 and ESL 106.

Corequisites: ESL 100, ESL 105 and the suggested corequisites of ESL 108

ESL 107 (formerly ESL 101)   Intensive Grammar Review for Non-Native Speakers ...   4

College-level review of grammar and vocabulary for ESL students, emphasizing target grammar concepts, sentences and paragraph structure, vocabulary, idioms and reading skills.  Student must take Compass ESL test.

Corequisites: ESL 100, ESL 103 and suggested corequisite of ESL 104

ESL 108 (formerly ESL 102)   Intermediate Composition for Non-Native Speakers ...   3

Prerequisites: ESL-107 (ESL-101), minimum grade of C, ESL-104 (RDG-104) or equivalent, ESL-100

Advanced instruction for non-native-speaking students in developing college level writing skills in English.  Students will work on essential composition skills, including sentence, paragraph, and essay skills, as well as advanced grammar skills.  Students will also be required to read, discuss and analyze short essays and selections as the foundation of discussion and writing.

Corequisites: ESL 100, ESL 105, and the suggested corequisite of ESL 106

ESL 109   Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers ...   3

Prerequisites: ESL 105, 106, 108 (ESL 105 can be waived with Program Coordinator approval)

Students will build skills in composition with a focus in skills necessary for writing research papers: familiarity with using the library, online databases, integrating research into essays, MLA form, while advancing reading skills, grammar, and sentence structure.  Reading and writing assignments will be enhanced with classroom discussion, peer editing, and conferencing. 

ESL 120   Success in Health Care Careers for Non-Native Speakers ...   3

Prerequisites: ESL 105 or equivalent skill level (permission of coordinator/instructor) and ESL(RDG)106

For non-native speakers entering health care programs in American colleges. Includes communicating in health care facilities, reading health care textbooks, medical records, and professional literature, learning in labs and clinicals, medical terminology and culture in American health care.

Corequisites: ESL 108(102)

ESL 199   Study of U.S. Culture and Community ...   1

Prerequisites: Students must take the ESL assessments prior to entry unless this course is the only course they will be taking.

This course will increase students' awareness of cultural, socio-economic and life style differences between the United States and other countries, as well as provide ample opportunity for non-native speakers to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will also learn more about the various regions and cultural-ethnic groups in this country. Students will learn new vocabulary and idioms, make an oral presentation, and write a short paper by the finish of the class.

Corequisites: ESL 100 ( co-requisite may be waived in some cases)

ESL 299   ESL Conversation and Current Events ...   1

Prerequisites: ESL 100, 103, 104, 107 or equivalent skill level

Conversation development based on current events, cultural issues and academic concerns.  Vocabulary, spoken grammar skills and listening comprehension, will be emphasized.