ESL Courses We Offer

English Language Program

  • You can choose from a variety of times, days, classes, and sections.
  • You can choose how many classes you want to take.
  • You can go to English 101 (first year college English) by passing Level V Reading and Level V Writing

You need at least nine years of education in or outside of the U.S.

We offer five levels of reading and writing from beginner to advanced

Some classes may not be available each semester.

For the most up-to-date course descriptions, view the Catalog.

ESL: Business Communication Skills
academic levels IV and V (ESP 071)

This course is designed to help people who are already working or planning to work in a business career.  It will cover such topics as discussions on American-corporate culture, using proper telephone protocol, learning business idioms and phrases from business-related articles and learning how to write a business letter and email.

level I (ESL018), level II (ESL028), level  III (ESL038), level IV (ESL039), level V (ESL059), and level VI (ESL075)
This class helps students work on their conversation skills (listening and speaking), pronunciation and spoken grammar abilities in a variety of American settings. It is for students who read and write well in their native languages.  This course requires daily role playing, presentations, written work, class discussions as well as homework.

level I (ESL010), level II (ESL020), level  III (ESL030), level IV (ESL040), level V (ESL050), and level VI (ESL060)
These classes help students understand English grammar structures at various skill levels. These classes also work on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Core is designed to help students who want to live and survive in the United States. These classes include daily discussion, pair and group work, written and oral/aural examinations as well as homework.  Students who want to earn a college degree should register for reading and/or writing courses.

academic level I (ESL026), level II (ESL046), level III (ESL056), and level IV (ESL076)
These classes help students understand English grammar structures at various skill levels. These classes require daily discussion, pair and group work, written assignments, examinations and homework.

ESL: Skills for the Health Career Field
academic levels IV and V (ESP 061)
This course is designed to improve language and vocabulary skills for students interested in pursuing a health service career.  Basic roots and prefixes of medical terminology, idiomatic expressions related to health, and speaking skills are stressed.

Listening/Speaking VII
academic level V (ESL085)

This course focuses on the improvement of pronunciation skills for advanced ESL students.  There is an emphasis on individual sounds, rhythm and intonation.  This class includes homework, examinations, speaking activities and Language Lab work.  A Language Lab fee is required for this course.

Reading and Writing
level I (ESL024)

This class is for students who are beginning to read and write in English.  Students learn to write sentences, practice spelling, read easy stories, and learn many new words.

Reading
academic level II (ESL 034), level III (ESL053), and level IV (ESL057)

These classes help students improve their English reading skills including speed, understanding and vocabulary. These classes include daily discussion, dictionary work, timed reading assignments, examinations and outside readings.

Reading
level V (ESL 073)

This class develops reading techniques for advanced ESL students through focusing on the reading of college textbooks and academic discussion of literature. This course helps to improve comprehension skills, critical reading skills and understanding of contextual organization. Students will be expected to analyze and synthesize materials at an appropriate reading speed as well as formulate critical judgments of advanced readings.  Daily discussions, outside readings, written assignments and examinations are required.  Students enrolled in ESL 073 are required to earn an A or a B in this course to qualify for ENG 101.

Guided Language Lab:  Listening, Pronunciation and Grammar
all levels (ESL 006)
This eight-week course allows students at all levels to work in the Language Lab (F342) on listening, pronunciation and grammar skills. This is a self-study course designed for individual student practice with no formal classroom time.  Students will be graded on the number of hours spent working in the Language Lab (F342). This course is for practice only.  It does not allow for a student to change skill levels for the next semester.  An orientation is required for this course.

academic levels II and III (ESL 058)
This class works on helping students understand American English spelling rules.  The teacher explains how to use memory, dictionaries and computers to improve spelling. This class also works on building vocabulary by using prefixes, suffixes and roots. A Language Lab fee is required for this course.

Writing
academic level I/II (ESL 043/ESL 044), level III (ESL 063), and level IV (ESL067)
These classes focus on writing skills beginning with the paragraph in the I/II course and working toward academic writing in the level IV course.  All levels work on editing skills and sentence patterns.  These courses include daily discussion, individual and group writing activities, examinations and homework.  A departmental writing exam is also required at the end of the semester.  

Writing level V
(ESL 074)
This class develops academic writing skills through a focus on expository essays.  This course helps students use appropriate vocabulary, write with few grammatical or mechanical errors, edit, develop various essay forms, write with cohesion and organization as well as varied sentence patterns.  Daily discussions, examinations and written assignments are required.  A departmental writing exam is also required at the end of the semester for all students enrolled in Writing V.  Students enrolled in ESL 074 are required to earn an A or a B in this course to qualify for ENG 101.  

academic levels IV and V (ESL077)
This class helps students to learn informal American English and frequently used idiomatic expressions. It covers topics such as word parts, word relationships, word origins, and word meanings. This class may include speaking activities, reading activities, written exercises, listening exercises, and written examinations.