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Levels of Core Skills ESL

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Core Skills ESL courses are designed to help students in personal enrichment, job advancement or admission to college.

Introduction to Core Skills

If your ACLI placement test result is Core Skills ESL Intro, you may have to take one or more classes depending on the campus.

They are:

  • ESLA 1710/1720  Integrated Skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing)
  • ESLA 1730/1740  Speaking & Listening
  • ESLA 1750/1760  Reading & Writing Skills

Visit the campus of your choice and click on the Schedule of ACLI Classes to find out which courses are offered there. 

Students in Core Skills ESL Intro

When students enter Core Skills ESL Intro, they can answer simple questions with a few words, but they cannot speak much English. They may not understand spoken English, even when it is spoken slowly and clearly. They are generally able to write a few words in English, or perhaps some incomplete sentences. They know the English alphabet and can read words and some simple, basic readings in beginning-level texts written for ESL learners.

In Core Skills ESL Intro Classes

  • Students write short sentences about familiar topics such as family, customs and jobs. They work on structured writing following a model and free writing in journals.
  • Students do in-class pre-reading exercises followed by reading basic level readings. They discuss general understanding of the readings and new vocabulary. 
  • They learn grammar through the readings, teacher instruction and practice exercises.
  • They use questions and answers to form conversations about everyday tasks.
  • They model and practice proper pronunciation for everyday conversations.
Low-Beginning

If your ACLI placement test result is Core Skills ESL Low-Beginning, you may have to take one or more classes depending on the campus.

They are:

  • ESLA 1711/1721 Integrated Skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing)
  • ESLA 1731/1741  Speaking & Listening
  • ESLA 1751/1761  Reading & Writing Skills

Visit the campus of your choice and click on the Schedule of ACLI Classes to find out which courses are offered.

Students in Core Skills ESL Low-Beginning

When students enter Core Skills ESL Low-Beginning, they are usually able to speak in simple sentences, but they may have difficulty in understanding spoken English. They are usually able to write simple sentences about familiar topics. In reading, they are able to comprehend beginning-level materials prepared for ESL learners. They recognize common vocabulary in their readings and are able to identify main ideas and details.

In Core Skills ESL Low-Beginning Classes

  • Students write simple sentences in paragraphs about familiar topics. They do guided writing and free writing in journals.
  • Students do in-class pre-reading exercises followed by reading low-beginning level readings. They discuss general understanding of the readings and new vocabulary.
  • They learn grammar through reading, teacher instruction and practice exercises.
  • They practice conversations about everyday tasks.
  • They model and practice proper pronunciation for everyday conversations.
Beginning

If your ACLI placement test result is Core Skills ESL Beginning, you may have to take one or more classes depending on the campus.

They are:

  • ESLA 1712/1722  Integrated Skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing)
  • ESLA 1732/1742  Speaking & Listening
  • ESLA 1752/1762 Reading & Writing Skills

Visit the campus of your choice and click on the Schedule of ACLI Classes to find out which courses are offered.

Students in Core Skills ESL Beginning

When students enter Core Skills ESL Beginning, they are able to speak about everyday topics and ideas, but they may have difficulty in understanding native speakers. They are able to write simple sentences in a paragraph. In reading, they are able to handle beginning-level materials prepared for ESL learners. They recognize common vocabulary in their readings and are able to identify main ideas and details. They often guess new vocabulary from context.

In Core Skills ESL Beginning Classes

  • Students write simple and compound sentences in paragraphs about familiar topics. They also write paragraphs expressing their opinions. They do guided writing and free writing in journals.
  • Students do in-class pre-reading exercises followed by reading beginning-level readings in texts designed for ESL learners.  They discuss general understanding of the readings. They learn to identify main idea and details of a reading. They learn vocabulary and grammar through the readings.
  • They learn grammar through reading, writing, teacher instruction and practice exercises.
  • They practice conversations about a variety of topics.
  • They model and practice proper pronunciation, stress and intonation.
High-Beginning

If your ACLI placement test result is Core Skills ESL High-Beginning, you may have to take one or more classes depending on the campus.

They are:

  • ESLA 1713/1723  Integrated Skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing)
  • ESLA 1733/1743  Speaking & Listening
  • ESLA 1753/1763  Reading & Writing Skills

Visit the campus of your choice and click on the Schedule of ACLI Classes to find out which courses are offered.

Students in Core Skills ESL High-Beginning

When students enter Core Skills ESL High-Beginning they are able to speak about opinions and ideas, and they can usually understand native speakers when they speak on familiar topics. They are able to write simple and compound sentences, connecting them in paragraphs to express their ideas and opinions. In reading, they are able to comprehend materials prepared for ESL learners at the high-beginning level. They recognize common vocabulary in their readings and are able to identify main ideas and details. They are able to guess the meaning of new vocabulary from context.

In Core Skills ESL High-Beginning Classes

  • Students write paragraphs with a topic sentence, details and conclusion. Paragraphs include narratives, descriptions and opinions. They do structured writing and free writing in journals.
  • Students identify main idea and details of a reading. They learn skimming and scanning skills. They understand new vocabulary through context.
  • They learn grammar through reading, writing, teacher instruction and practice exercises.
  • They prepare oral presentations to express opinions about current topics.
  • They practice proper pronunciation, stress and intonation.
Low-Intermediate

If your ACLI placement test result is Core Skills ESL Low-Intermediate, you may have to take one or more classes depending on the campus.

They are:

  • ESLA 1714/1724  Integrated Skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing)
  • ESLA 1734/1744  Speaking & Listening
  • ESLA 1754/1764  Reading & Writing Skills

Visit the campus of your choice and click on the Schedule of ACLI Classes to find out which courses are offered.

Students in Core Skills ESL Low-Intermediate

When students enter Core Skills ESL Low-Intermediate, they are able to express their ideas and opinions in both speaking and writing. They are usually able to understand native speakers on a variety of topics. When they hear a news broadcast, they can identify the main idea. They are able to write simple, compound and complex sentences in a paragraph. In reading, they can identify the main idea and details in readings prepared for ESL students at a low-intermediate level. They may also comprehend some simple authentic reading materials. They generally have a good vocabulary and are able to guess the meaning of new vocabulary from context.

In Core Skills ESL Low-Intermediate Classes

  • Students write well-developed paragraphs with a topic sentence, details and conclusion. Paragraphs include narratives, descriptions and opinions. They improve editing skills.
  • Students improve summarizing skills in writing and reading.
  • Students identify main idea and details of a reading. They use skimming and scanning skills. They understand new vocabulary through context.
  • Students learn grammar through reading, writing, teacher instruction and practice exercises.
  • They work in groups to express opinions about current topics.
  • They prepare oral presentations on current topics.
  • They practice proper pronunciation, stress and intonation.
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