List of Courses

ESL 087 Basic Reading and Vocabulary Skills for ESOL Students (3EQ credits)

This course is designed specifically for ESOL students for the purpose of improving reading comprehension and vocabulary as preparation for college-level reading. The reading component will focus on improving comprehension at literal, inferential, and evaluative levels, using a variety of literary genres and non-fiction texts. The vocabulary component will focus on efficient methods of deriving meaning from context, Latin and Greek roots and affixes, and the dictionary. Prerequisite: LOEP Placement Test and Speaking Interview; co-requisite: ESL 098.

ESL 098 Basic Grammar, Writing and Speaking (3EQ credits)

This is a developmental grammar and writing course for non-native English speakers who need more specific, individualized practice in using grammar for effective written and oral communication in academic settings. It also exposes students to the formal conventions of writing and speaking by providing extensive practice on several aspects of academic writing, including drafting, composing, editing and revising. Students will apply the grammatical and discursive practice necessary in becoming more familiar with all aspects of Standard American English. ESL 098 is designed to complement ESL 115 (ESOL Composition I) and prepare students for the possible cultural barriers and affective issues associated with attending college. This foundational course provides 3 equivalent credit hours towards a full-time schedule and is based on 3 equivalent credit hours; it carries 0 credit hours of academic credit. Co-requisite: ESL 115.

ESL 114 Academic Listening and Speaking (3 credits)

For ESL students only. This course develops the oral and listening skills necessary for communicating effectively in an academic environment. Focus is on improving pronunciation, stress and intonation while speaking, as well as enhancing vocabulary and acquiring deeper understandings of syntactical and semantic functions of oral English. The course also teaches the skills students will need to enhance their abilities to listen for content, take notes and participate in classroom discussions.

ESL 115 ESOL Composition I (3 credits)

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is on writing multiple drafts to produce paragraphs that are unified around a controlling idea, are substantially and coherently developed, and are effectively concluded. Writing should conform to Standard American English. Focus is on writing in response to reading and on critical thinking in reading and writing. This course does not satisfy First Year English Composition requirements. For ESOL students only. Prerequisite: Current ESOL placement test.

ESL 116 ESOL Composition II (3 credits)

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is on writing multiple drafts to produce essays that are unified around a central idea, are substantially and coherently developed, and are effectively concluded. Writing should conform to Standard American English. Focus is on writing in response to reading and on critical thinking in reading and writing. This course does not satisfy first year English composition requirements. For ESOL students only. Prerequisite: ESL 115 or current ESOL placement test.

ESL 118 College Reading and Vocabulary for ESOL Students (3 credits)

This course is designed specifically for ESOL students for the purpose of improving reading comprehension and developing learning strategies and vocabulary, all at the college level. The reading component will focus on comprehension and expanding study strategies. The vocabulary component will focus on developing knowledge of Greek and Latin roots and affixes, identifying context clues, and practicing reinforcement strategies, as well as expanding college-level vocabulary in general. Prerequisite: LOEP placement test. For ESOL students only.