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Adult Basic Education ESL

Course Descriptions

ESL 010: English as a Second Language Level 1

Credits: Maximum of 13.0 possible

S/U grade only. Registration permitted the first seven weeks as space is available.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of simple written words and phrases using phonemic awareness, context, and visual clues. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Write simple words and phrases using basic writing conventions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate understanding of and write phone numbers, addresses, dates, time, and prices. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate understanding of and appropriately respond to classroom instructions, questions about personal information, and other simple oral statements and questions. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 011: English as a Second Language Level 1A

    Credits: 5.0

    A beginning ESL literacy class for students who are not yet literate in English. Students work on development of sound/sign correspondence, word and sentence level literacy, pronunciation, and basic conversation skills.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Read simple written words and phrases using phonemic awareness, context, and visual clues. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Write simple words and phrases using basic writing conventions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read and write phone numbers, addresses, dates, time, and prices. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 020: English as a Second Language Level 2

    Credits: Maximum of 13.0 possible

    A low beginning level class requiring some literacy in English. Students learn to understand, pronounce, read and write common vocabulary in simple sentences that reflect real life situations. S/U grade only. Registration permitted first seven weeks as space is available.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of short, simple paragraphs about familiar topics using phonemic awareness, vocabulary knowledge, grammar knowledge, and other strategies. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Write and make simple edits of simple sentences using level-appropriate grammar and writing conventions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate understanding of and appropriately respond to classroom instructions, personal information, and statements and questions about a number of simple, everyday topics. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Speak using learned phrases and short sentences about familiar topics in predictable, straightforward situations. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 021: English as a Second Language Level 2A

    Credits: 5.0

    A low beginning-level class requiring some literacy in English. Students learn to understand, pronounce, read, and write common vocabulary in very simple sentences that reflect real life situations.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of very short, simple paragraphs about familiar topics using phonemic awareness, vocabulary knowledge, and grammar knowledge. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Write simple sentences using level-appropriate grammar and writing conventions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Appropriately respond to classroom instructions, personal information, and statements and questions about a number of simple, everyday topics. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 030: English as a Second Language Level 3

    Credits: Maximum of 13.0 possible

    S/U grade only. Registration permitted first seven weeks as space is available.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of reading passages of 1-3 paragraphs using decoding skills, vocabulary development skills, grammar knowledge, and other reading strategies. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Write and edit simple and basic compound sentences and 3-7 sentence paragraphs using level-appropriate grammar and English writing conventions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate understanding of explanations, conversations, instructions, and narratives of modest length and on familiar topics. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Respond appropriately in everyday situations (including phone conversations) to keep a conversation going, including altering language when not understood and asking for clarification when unable to understand. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Carry on a conversation and participate in a group discussion relating to familiar, predictable, everyday topics and personal experience using somewhat limited vocabulary and basic awareness of appropriate register. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Speak with enough fluency, grammatical accuracy, and pronunciation control to make oneself understood, possibly with difficulty, by a skilled, supportive listener. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 031: English as a Second Language Level 3A

    Credits: 5.0

    A beginning-level class that assumes literacy in English. Students begin to understand, read, write and speak about familiar topics and their current lives.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • Read passages of 1-2 paragraphs using decoding skills, vocabulary development skills, and grammar knowledge. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Write and edit simple and basic compound sentences and 3-5 sentence paragraphs using level-appropriate grammar and English writing conventions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Appropriately respond to explanations, conversations, instructions, and narratives of modest length and on familiar topics. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Respond appropriately in many everyday situations to keep a conversation going. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Carry on a conversation relating to familiar, predictable, everyday topics using somewhat limited vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Speak with enough fluency, grammatical accuracy, and pronunciation control to make themselves understood, possibly with difficulty, by a skilled, supportive listener. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 032: English as a Second Language Level 3B

    Credits: 5.0

    A high beginning-level class that assumes literacy in English. Students develop their ability to understand, read, write and speak about familiar topics and their current lives.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Read passages of 2-3 paragraphs using decoding skills, vocabulary and grammar knowledge, and other reading strategies. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Write and edit simple and basic compound sentences and 3-7 sentence paragraphs using level-appropriate grammar and English writing conventions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Appropriately respond to explanations, conversations, instructions, and narratives of modest length and on familiar topics. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Respond appropriately in everyday situations (including phone conversations) to keep a conversation going, including altering language when not understood and asking for clarification when unable to understand. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Carry on a conversation and participate in a group discussion relating to familiar, predictable, everyday topics and future plans using somewhat limited vocabulary and basic awareness of appropriate register. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Speak with enough fluency, grammatical accuracy, and pronunciation control to make themselves understood, possibly with difficulty, by a skilled, supportive listener. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 040: English as a Second Language Level 4

    Credits: Maximum of 13.0 possible

    A low intermediate level class. Students learn to understand, read, write and speak about past experiences and events. S/U grade only.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of short- to medium-length reading passages (and multiple pages of simple text) on common, high-interest topics using prior knowledge, knowledge of word parts and parts of speech, and other strategies. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate ability when writing to draft and organize support around a single idea, according to a given, highly structured plan (steps, instructions, commands, or a paragraph). [COMMUNICATE]
  • Reread and revise writing to conform with level-appropriate grammar and English writing conventions, using tools such as simplified dictionaries and checklists. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate understanding of somewhat complex explanations, conversations, instructions, and short narratives on familiar topics which may be conveyed on the phone or through electronic media. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Repair gaps in understanding when listening and use strategies such as note-taking, summarizing, and sharing with others to determine a speaker's intent. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Participate effectively in classroom situations and other familiar settings using level-appropriate grammar and some rephrasing when not understood. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Self-monitor when speaking and use strategies such as changing pace and correcting some pronunciation errors to be understood by a skilled, supportive listener. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 041: English as a Second Language Level 4A

    Credits: 5.0

    A low intermediate-level class. Students begin to understand, read, write and speak about past experiences and events.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


    ESL 042: English as a Second Language Level 4B

    Credits: 5.0

    An intermediate-level class. Students learn to understand, read, write and speak about experiences and events.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Read passages of 2 or more pages in length on common, high-interest topics using prior knowledge, knowledge of word parts and parts of speech, and other strategies. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate ability when writing to draft and organize support around a single idea, according to a given, highly structured plan for a paragraph. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Reread and revise writing to conform to level-appropriate grammar and English writing conventions, using tools such as simplified dictionaries and checklists. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Appropriately respond to somewhat complex explanations, conversations, instructions, and short narratives on familiar topics which may be conveyed on the phone or through electronic media. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Repair gaps in understanding when listening and use strategies such as notetaking, summarizing, and sharing with others to determine a speaker's intent. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Self-monitor when speaking and use strategies such as changing pace and correcting some pronunciation errors to be understood by a skilled, supportive listener. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 050: English as a Second Language Level 5

    Credits: Maximum of 13.0 possible

    S/U grade only. Registration permitted first seven weeks as space is available

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of adapted and some authentic reading passages up to a few pages in length which contain some unfamiliar and specialized words, using strategies such as word analysis, inference, adjusted pace, and restatement. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Organize a limited number of ideas in writing to support a single purpose in a few short paragraphs or steps/instructions/commands. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Revise multiple drafts for clarity, descriptiveness, sentence structure, grammar, and English writing conventions using tools such as simplified dictionaries and checklists. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate understanding when listening to authentic extended explanations and narratives, detailed instructions, and complex conversations with varied speakers and in varied contexts. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Repair gaps in understanding and respond appropriately using strategies such as comparing, integrating, and categorizing information for others to determine a speaker's literal and implied intent. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Speak with sufficient vocabulary (including idioms), grammar control, sentence variety, and appropriate register in familiar and somewhat unfamiliar or unpredictable tasks, using strategies such as selecting and organizing information and self-monitoring. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 051: English as a Second Language Level 5A

    Credits: 5.0

    A high intermediate-level class. Students increase reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in familiar subject areas.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use strategies such as word analysis and application of prior knowledge to read adapted passages up to a few pages in length which contain some unfamiliar and specialized words. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Organize a limited number of ideas in writing to support a single purpose in a paragraph or list of steps, instructions, and commands. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Revise multiple drafts for sentence structure, grammar, and English writing conventions using tools such as simplified dictionaries and checklists. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Respond appropriately to authentic extended explanations and narratives, detailed instructions, and complex conversations with varied speakers and in varied contexts. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Speak with sufficient vocabulary, grammar control, sentence variety, and appropriate register in familiar tasks, using strategies such as selecting and organizing information and self-monitoring. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 052: English as a Second Language Level 5B

    Credits: 5.0

    A low advanced-level class. Students increase reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for familiar and unfamiliar situations and tasks.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use strategies such as inference, adjusted pace, and restatement to read adapted and some authentic passages up to a few pages in length which contain some unfamiliar and specialized words. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Organize a limited number of ideas in writing to support a single purpose in a few short paragraphs. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Revise multiple drafts for clarity, descriptiveness, sentence structure, grammar, and English writing conventions using tools such as simplified dictionaries and checklists. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Respond appropriately when listening to authentic extended explanations and narratives, detailed instructions, and complex conversations with varied speakers and in varied contexts. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Repair gaps in understanding and respond appropriately using strategies such as comparing, integrating, and categorizing information for others to determine a speaker's literal and implied intent. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Speak with sufficient vocabulary (including idioms), grammar control, sentence variety, and appropriate register in somewhat unfamiliar or unpredictable tasks, using strategies such as selecting and organizing information and self-monitoring. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 060: English as a Second Language Level 6

    Credits: Maximum of 13.0 possible

    S/U grade only. Registration permitted first seven weeks as space is available.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of authentic reading passages up to several pages in length using a variety of advanced reading strategies. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Produce writing of different lengths, register, and formats that demonstrates attention to the purpose for writing and the audience. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Select and use a variety of advanced strategies to improve and edit one's own writing. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Select and use appropriate strategies to understand and respond appropriately to most discourse. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate the ability to discuss common issues, current events, and contemporary topics in familiar and unfamiliar settings, using a variety of advanced strategies to enhance the effectiveness of communication. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Use online course software to effectively communicate with peers and the instructor. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 061: English as a Second Language Level 6A

    Credits: 5.0

    An advanced ESL class. Students learn effective and analytical language skills that allow them to succeed in academic, vocational, and community settings.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of authentic reading passages up to several pages in length using a variety of advanced reading strategies. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Produce writing of different lengths, register, and formats that demonstrates attention to the purpose for writing and the audience. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Select and use a variety of advanced strategies to improve and edit one's own writing. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Select and use appropriate strategies to understand and respond appropriately to most discourse. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate the ability to discuss common issues, current events, and contemporary topics in familiar and unfamiliar settings, using a variety of advanced strategies to enhance the effectiveness of communication. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately use level-appropriate grammar in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Use online course software to effectively communicate with peers and the instructor. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 062: English as a Second Language Level 6 Prep for Allied Health Education

    Credits: Maximum of 12.0 possible

    An advanced ESL class focused on preparing students for study in the field of healthcare. Students learn more effective and analytical language skills that allow them to succeed in health-care-focused academic settings. S/U grade only. Prerequisite(s): Placement into ESL Level 6.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and interpret healthcare vocabulary using word analysis and inference. [REASON]
  • Select and use a range of strategies to read, interpret, and analyze health-care-related texts. [REASON]
  • Access resources online to learn about college programs, developing understanding of healthcare topics, and research current events in healthcare. [REASON]
  • Select and use a range of strategies to produce a legible and comprehensible draft of writing using vocabulary, language, and style suited to a college-level audience. [REASON]
  • Apply linguistic, sociocultural, and other background knowledge and strategies to understand the intent of the speaker, to respond appropriately, and to meet the listening purpose, especially in a college classroom or medical setting. [EXPLORE]
  • Communicate effectively with peers and the instructor in small and large group discussions and projects as well as through online course management software. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Recall and use a range of everyday and healthcare vocabulary in a variety of complex sentences and a range of communicative tasks. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Apply knowledge of pronunciation patterns and rules, including intonation, rhythm, and stress, to enhance intelligibility in college classroom and medical settings. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Select and use a range of strategies to close gaps in understanding, ask questions to deepen understanding, and give appropriate feedback in college classroom and medical settings. [EXPLORE]

  • ESL 063: ESL Level 6 Preparation for Early Childhood Education

    Credits: 5.0

    An advanced ESL class focused on more effective and analytical reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills contextualized to prepare students to study in the field of Early Childhood Education. Prerequisite(s): Placement into ESL Level 5 or 6.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and interpret early childhood education vocabulary using word analysis and inference. [REASON]
  • Select and use a range of strategies to read, interpret, and analyze early childhood education texts. [REASON]
  • Access resources online to learn about college programs, developing understanding of early childhood education topics, and research current events in early childhood education. [REASON]
  • Select and use a range of strategies to produce a legible and comprehensible draft of writing using vocabulary, language, and style suited to a college-level audience. [REASON]
  • Apply linguistic, sociocultural, and other background knowledge and strategies to understand the intent of the speaker, to respond appropriately, and to meet the listening purpose, especially in a college classroom or an early childhood education setting. [EXPLORE]
  • Communicate effectively with peers and the instructor in small and large group discussions and projects. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Recall and use a range of everyday and early childhood education vocabulary in a variety of complex sentences and a range of communicative tasks. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Apply knowledge of pronunciation patterns and rules, including intonation, rhythm, and stress, to enhance intelligibility in college classroom and early childhood education settings. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Selecting and using a range of strategies to close gaps in understanding, ask questions to deepen understanding, and give appropriate feedback in college classroom and early childhood education settings. [EXPLORE]

  • ESL 073: English as a Second Language Skills Lab

    Credits: Maximum of 2.5 possible

    A multi-level language skills lab designed to reinforce reading, writing, listening and speaking skills learned in literacy, beginning and low intermediate level ABE ESL classes. S/U grade only.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify areas of strength and weakness in their English abilities, and identify methods of improving areas of weakness. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate progress in one or more English skill areas. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 075: English as a Second Language - Language Lab

    Credits: Maximum of 2.5 possible

    A multi-level support lab that facilitates English language acquisition and computer literacy. The materials and activities reinforce reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for level 5 and 6 students. S/U grade only.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify areas of strength and weakness in their English abilities, and identify methods of improving areas of weakness. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate progress in one or more English skill areas. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Use online course software to effectively communicate with peers and the instructor. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Use computer software and the Internet to improve English language skills and access community resources. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 085: ESL Preparation for College and Careers

    Credits: Maximum 12.0

    An advanced ESL class focused on developing college-level analytical reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills contextualized to prepare students for a specific field of study. Prerequisite(s): Placement into ESL Level 5 or 6

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and interpret vocabulary in the area of interest using word analysis and inference. [REASON]
  • Select and use a range of strategies to read, interpret, and analyze textbooks and short articles in the area of interest. [REASON]
  • Access resources online to learn about college programs, develop understanding of topics, and research current events in the area of interest. [REASON]
  • Select and use a range of strategies to produce a legible and comprehensible draft of writing using vocabulary, language, and style suited to a college-level audience. [REASON]
  • Apply linguistic and sociocultural strategies to understand the intent of the speaker and respond appropriately in a college classroom setting. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Apply knowledge of pronunciation patterns and rules to improve intelligibility in college tasks. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Recall and use a range of vocabulary relevant to the area of interest in a variety of complex sentences and a range of communicative tasks. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ESL 095: English as a Second Language Introduction to College

    Credits: Maximum of 3.0 possible

    An orientation class for ABE ESL students who are interested in transitioning to college vocational and academic programs. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in ESL 050 or above or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Find information about educational programs in the community and college technical system. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Access resources and services in the college system, learn the steps to enroll in college, and use that information to set realistic training and education goals. [REASON]
  • Articulate requirements of college programs of study such as prerequisites and assessment procedures. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Determine whether they have the language skills necessary to transition to the college classes they are interested in. [REASON]
  • Identify personal strengths, barriers, and supports for transitioning to college. [REASON]