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College ESL Level 4

If your ACCUPLACER ESL placement test result is College ESL Level 4, you have to take these two classes:

ESL 41 Composition II (5 credits)
ESL 42 Reading II (5 credits)

When you enter Level 4, we expect you to be able to read

  • most academic texts used in introductory general education courses
  • short novels and other popular literature and
  • articles from newspapers and news magazines, as well as other opinion-based writing.

We also expect you to enter the level with the ability to

  • communicate ideas in writing with appropriate organization
  • comprehend simple academic lectures and
  • participate in class discussions in academic courses.

To complete Level 4, you must take two classes (10 credits). ESL 41 focuses on writing and ESL 42 on reading. In these classes, you will develop academic language skills and improve your ability to think critically in English.

Common Activities in College ESL Level 4 Classes

  • Students read a variety of fiction and non-fiction materials. These may include novels, memoirs, short stories, essays, excerpts from academic texts and articles from periodicals.
  • They write summaries, responses to readings and short essays on a variety of topics. The focus in College ESL Level 4 is on developing and supporting a thesis. Students use drafting, revising and editing techniques as they work through multiple drafts of their writing.
  • They listen to and take notes on classroom presentations and participate in small and large group discussions.

An additional Level 4 composition course, ESL 48 Writing Workshop, is available on some campuses to students who do not pass ESL 41. Students who pass ESL 48 do not have to repeat ESL 41.

Click on the course names to see the NOVA Course Content Summaries for College ESL Level 4 courses.

ESL 41 Composition II
ESL 42 Reading II
ESL 48 Writing Workshop

Level 4 students may also register for ESL 72 Spelling and Vocabulary, ESL 73 Accent Reduction, ESL 35 Applied Grammar I and ESL 45 Applied Grammar II. Click here to find out more about College ESL elective classes.