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English as a Second Language Courses

ESL-050 Beginning ESL

2 Units: 108 hours of laboratory per term, P/NP, ND

This beginning course provides instruction in English for everyday life. Students work on developing basic grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

ESL-051 Reading and Vocabulary for Beginners

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture per term, P/NP, ND

This course provides instruction in basic reading and common everyday vocabulary. Students improve their reading skills, expand their vocabulary, and increase their fluency through discussion of reading material. This course supplements material covered in ESL-50.

ESL-100 Topics in English as a Second Language

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory per term, SC, ND

This course covers topics in English as a Second Language. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

ESL-108 Orientation to College/ESL

.15 Units: 3 hours of lecture, per term, P/NP, ND

This course meets the college requirements for orientation and educational planning.

This course offers an introduction to Contra Costa College and is designed to provide ESL students with information and a concrete plan for succeeding in college. Topics covered include educational and career goals, introduction to student support services, the nature of second language learning, and ESL course selection.

ESL-123 Listening/Speaking I

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

Advisory: Appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in listening and speaking for high- beginning ESL students. Special attention is given to oral production (including pronunciation) and aural comprehension.

ESL-126 Listening/Speaking II

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-123 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in listening and speaking for intermediate ESL students. Special attention is given to oral production (including pronunciation) and aural comprehension.

ESL-129 Listening/Speaking III

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-126 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in listening and speaking for high-intermediate ESL students. Special attention is given to oral production (including pronunciation) and aural comprehension.

ESL-132 Oral Communication for Advanced ESL Students

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG, CSU

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-129 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in listening and speaking for advanced ESL students. Special attention is given to oral production (including presentations and speeches) and aural comprehension.

ESL-135A Pronunciation A

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture per term, P/NP, ND

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-123 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in pronunciation, emphasizing individual sounds and words, for intermediate and advanced-level ESL students. Students learn to recognize their pronunciation problems, to listen to themselves, and to self-correct.

ESL-135B Pronunciation B

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture per term, P/NP, ND

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-123 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in sentence-level pronunciation patterns for intermediate and advanced-level ESL students. Students learn to recognize their pronunciation problems, to listen to themselves, and to self-correct.

ESL-143 English Fluency and Vocabulary I

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

Advisory: Appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in reading skills development for high-beginning level ESL students. Comprehension, vocabulary, and writing are stressed.

ESL-146 English Fluency and Vocabulary II

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-143 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in reading skills development for intermediate level ESL students. Comprehension, vocabulary, and writing are stressed.

ESL-149 Academic and Professional ESL III

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-146 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course develops academic and professional English proficiency through extensive reading at the high-intermediate level. It provides instruction in contextualized reading strategies to facilitate reading comprehension and accelerate the acquisition of vocabulary.

ESL-152 Academic and Professional ESL IV

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG, CSU

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-149 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course develops academic and professional English proficiency through extensive reading at the low-advanced level. It provides instruction in contextualized reading strategies to facilitate reading comprehension and accelerate the acquisition of vocabulary.

ESL-163 Grammar I

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

Advisory: Appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in grammar and writing for high-beginning level ESL students.

ESL-166 Grammar II

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-163 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in grammar and writing for intermediate level ESL students.

ESL-169 Grammar III

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-166 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in grammar and writing for high-intermediate level ESL students.

ESL-172 Grammar IV

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG, CSU

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-169 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in grammar and writing for advanced level ESL students.

ESL-175 Editing and Grammar for Writers

2-3 Units: 36-54 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG, CSU

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-172 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course is designed to help high-advanced level ESL students become aware of common language problems in writing and learn effective strategies for reducing sentence- and discourse-level errors. This course will provide students with proofreading and editing practice, along with review and clarification of complex areas of English grammar.

ESL-178 Grammar V

4 Units: 72 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG, CSU

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-172 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in grammar and writing for high-advanced level ESL students.

ESL-183 Writing I

5 Units: 90 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

Advisory: Appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in writing for high-beginning ESL students.

ESL-186 Writing II

5 Units: 90 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-183 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in writing for intermediate ESL students.

ESL-189 Writing III

5 Units: 90 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-186 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in paragraph writing and short compositions for high-intermediate level ESL students.

ESL-192 Introduction to Essay Writing for ESL Students

5 Units: 90 hours of composition per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Advisory: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-189 or appropriate score on ESL Placement Test.

This course provides instruction in essay writing for advanced ESL students.

ESL-195 Reading and Composition for Advanced ESL Students

5 Units: 90 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, UC

Prerequisite: Successful completion with C or better of ESL-192 or placement in writing Level 5 (ESL-195) in ESL Placement Test

This course focuses on composition and reading skills for high-advanced ESL students. It includes college-level critical/analytical reading, expository writing that incorporates references to college level readings, and an argument paper based on outside sources.

ESL-200 ESL for Early Childhood Education 220

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

This course is designed as second language support for ESL students taking ECHD-220. The course teaches reading and vocabulary-building strategies, writing strategies, oral communication skills, and study skills to help students successfully manage the ECHD-220 course load, understand the textbook, complete the writing assignments, and pass the tests.

ESL-201 ESL for Early Childhood Education 120

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

This course is designed as second language support for ESL students taking ECHD-120. The course teaches reading and vocabulary-building strategies, writing strategies, and study skills to help students successfully manage the ECHD-120 course load, understand the textbook, complete the writing assignments, and pass the tests.

ESL-202 ESL for Early Childhood Education 121

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture per term, SC, ND

This course is designed as second language support for ESL students taking ECHD-121. The course teaches reading and vocabulary-building strategies, writing strategies, and study skills to help students successfully manage the ECHD-121 course load, understand the textbook, complete the writing assignments, and pass the tests.

ESL-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in English as a second language under the direction of an instructor.