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ESL Part-Time Program

New Courses begin in September, January, April, and July. See the schedule for upcoming courses.

Core Skills ESL Courses

These sequential non-credit ESL courses offer the basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills that ESL students need to use English fluently. Successful completion of these courses is necessary before taking an ESL certificate program or individual advanced courses.

It is recommended that students take Speaking/Listening and Reading/Writing at the same time. If this is not possible, the Speaking/Listening courses should be taken first followed by the Reading/Writing course the next term.

Speaking & Listening Courses

  • Offered every term
  • 2 classes per week; 50-55 hours

These courses focus on everyday listening and speaking skills to build and improve vocabulary and grammar. Activities include speaking and listening in class, working in small groups and role-playing. Students will become more confident and fluent in using oral English.

S/L Intro ESLA 1710 - In this course, students learn basic communication life-skill vocabulary and engage in simple conversations.

S/L Low Beginning ESLA 1731 - This course introduces English sound production and expands simple dialogues to reinforce basic speaking and listening skills.

S/L Beginning ESLA 1732 - This course helps students to develop conversation fluency. It combines conversation activities and vocabulary development.

S/L High Beginning ESLA 1733- In this course, students improve listening skills that help students to understand and respond to natural spoken English effectively.

S/L Low Intermediate ESLA 1734 - In this course students develop accurate English speaking skills.

S/L Intermediate ESLA 1934 - This course introduces academic vocabulary and develops listening and note taking skills. This course is for students who wish to pursue college entrance or equivalent.

Reading and Writing Courses

  • Offered every term
  • 2 classes per week; 50-55 hours

These courses focus on building and improving English grammar, writing skills and vocabulary. Reading focuses on speed, comprehension and critical thinking skills. Students will become more confident in using written English.

R/W Intro ESLA 1710 - This course introduces basic sentence structure. Students will build essential reading and writing skills.

R/W Low Beginning ESLA 1751 - This course reinforces and develops basic English reading and writing skills.

R/W Beginning ESLA 1752 - This course combines grammar, reading, and writing activities necessary to vocabulary building and comprehension skills.

R/W High Beginning ESLA 1753 - In this course, students expand vocabulary, grammar concepts, writing, and reading skills.

R/W Low Intermediate ESLA 1754 - In this course students integrate strong English grammar and writing skills with vocabulary development.

R/W Intermediate ESLA 1911 - This course develops essay structure and introduces research processes essential for college readiness. This course is for students who wish to pursue college entrance or equivalent. It focuses on reading accuracy and speed skills.


Focus Courses

These skill-based courses help students to acquire the necessary English language skills they need to complete the core courses successfully. These courses can be taken alone or in addition to the core courses. Students must complete the core courses successfully in order to move to the next level.

New Courses begin in September, January, April and July. Not all courses are offered every term. See the schedule for upcoming courses.

For Beginning ESL Students

Beginning Reading ESLA 1811
25-30 hours
This course helps students expand their reading comprehension skills by providing vocabulary develop.m.ent. Students also learn to discern various reading contexts.

Beginning Writing ESLA 1814
25-30 hours
This course reviews basic sentences structure and introduces simple descriptive paragraph skills.

ESLA 1808 Beginning Conversation ESLA 1808
25-30 hours
This course is for students who understand some English but want to practice and learn essential listening and speaking skills. It reviews and expands simple dialogues used in everyday life situations.

For High Beginning ESL Students

Focus on Pronunciation ESL 1809
25-30 hours
This course introduces students to the sounds and spelling of American English. Intonation, stress and rhythm patterns are also included.

Focus on Reading ESLA 1812
25-30 hours
This course is designed to develop vocabulary and reading strategies that will help students increase their reading skills. It introduces reading techniques such as recognizing context clues, skimming, scanning, speed reading and reading comprehension.

Focus on Spelling ESLA 1919
25-30 hours
This course will explore the link between sounds and letters and common structural spelling to assist students in improving their writing skills.

Focus on Grammar ESLA 187
25-30 hours
This course is for students who need to review and expand basic grammar structures. This course will enable students to practice the various grammatical structures correctly in both spoken and written English.

Focus on Writing 1815
25-30 hours
This course reviews and expands writing strategies that will assist students to organize their writing. It focuses on sentence structure review and introduces short paragraph structures.

Mathematics for ESL ESLA 1830
25-30 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of high-beginning level or equivalent. This course not only helps students to learn or review math concepts and skills, but also includes language instruction necessary to master math terminology in English. It provides essential math concepts necessary for success in a variety of academic and professional occupations. The math activities include arithmetic and introduction to geometry and measurement.

For Low Intermediate/Intermediate ESL Students

MORE FOCUS ON PRONUNCIATION ESLA 1810
25-30 hours
This course is for high-intermediate and transitional students who wish to improve their pronunciation, intonation and fluency in American English. Students will learn to understand and speak English at a normal rate of speed and identify sound differences in English by hearing. Students will learn to produce the intonation and rhythm of vowels and consonant sounds

MORE FOCUS ON READING ESLA 1813
25-30 hours
This course helps students to develop the solid reading skills necessary for independent reading and academic success. It provides practice in independent reading and critical reading skills, essential for academic reading. The reading activities include the critical reading of short stories and essays.

ESSENTIAL COMPUTER SKILLS ITEC 1716
This course is for the true beginning computer student. This course will help students learn about Windows, the Internet, and e-mail. ESL students need to have completed the Intermediate level of both Speaking/Listening and Reading/Writing courses.

MORE FOCUS ON GRAMMAR ESLA 1818
25-30 hours
This course helps high-intermediate students improve their grammar skills prior to taking more advanced courses. This class focuses on writing practice that will enable students to communicate their ideas clearly in both spoken and written English.   In this course students will write different types of sentences: simple, compound, and complex.

MORE FOCUS ON WRITING ESLA 1816
25-30 hours
This course focuses on a variety of writing skills needed for academic and professional purposes. It offers students practice in writing paragraphs and introduces descriptive essays. This is the perfect course to prepare high-intermediate or transitional students for academic advanced writing classes.

TOEFL PREPARATION - Introduction ESLA 1844
50-55 hours
This course gives High-Intermediate students all the tools they need to begin to prepare for the TOEFL iBT integrated-skills test. Upon completion of the TOEFL iBT Preparation - Introduction, students are ready to handle the more advanced materials in the TOEFL iBT PREPARATION – Advanced. This course is for students pursuing college entrance or equivalent.


Specialty ESL Courses

These courses are for students who have completed the Core Courses at the Low-Intermediate level or the Intensive courses at the 74/84 level, or have passed the ESL placement test at the Intermediate or Advanced level. These courses allow students to use their developing English language skills in real world situations.

New Courses begin in September, January, April and July. Not all courses are offered every term. See the schedule for upcoming courses.

Academic Readiness Courses

TOEFL PREPARATION - Advanced ESLA 1944
50-55 hours
This course is for students pursuing college entrance or equivalent. It provides the necessary skills and strategies for test taking. This course follows the new TOEFL iBT format including the new oral part. It provides only limited direct instructions in specific language skills. Completion of Reading/Writing and Speaking/Listening High-Intermediate is required prior to taking this course.

ADVANCED WRITING ESLA 1916
25-30 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of Transitional level or equivalent. This academic course in writing includes effective techniques for organization, development, editing, research and citation for students needing high proficiency in writing for scholastic purposes.

SPEAKING for the TOEFL ESLA 1902
25-30 hours
This course is intended to provide students with strategies for the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT test. It prepares students to articulate academic English using various forms of media and mini-lectures. 

ADVANCED LISTENING, SPEAKING AND GRAMMAR - Hybrid ESLA 1832
55 hours
Prerequisite:  Completion of Transitional level or equivalent. This is a hybrid course that meets 50% in the classroom and 50% online. This course engages students in advanced listening, speaking and grammar skills through topics that require making predictions, presenting alternative perspectives, and utilizing critical thinking skills. Challenging, imaginative activities, topics and assignments allow students to apply what they have learned and express their ideas on a more advance level.

ACCENT IMPROVEMENT ESLA 1946
25-30 hours
This course improves English pronunciation for transitional and advanced students. Course work gives students a greater understanding of the comparable phonemic elements of the student's native language and American English.

WRITING for the TOEFL ESLA 1942
25-30 hours
This course focuses on a variety of academic writing skills, including increasing the students' vocabulary, needed for the iBT TOEFL test.

American Experience Courses

AMERICAN CULTURE and LIFESTYLE ESLA 1954
25-30 hours
This course is the first of two courses that form the basis for understanding America, its way of life, and its cultural heritage. The course will allow students to think, speak, read, and write using abstract concepts and increasingly sophisticated language structures.

IDIOMS IN AMERICAN LIFE ESLA 1831
25-30 hours
This class helps students identify and use American idioms in various contexts. Students will practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing while integrating idioms into everyday communication.

AMERICAN LITERATURE ESLA 1961
25-30 hours
This course gives transitional and advanced students the opportunity to read and critically discuss contemporary American literature.

ESL for Business Courses

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ESLA 1960
30-50 hours
This course allows students to read, research, write, and speak English while using the essential concepts, functions, and legal issues surrounding contemporary international business.

American Business Practices ESLA 1956
2 classes per week; 50-55 hours
This course looks at basic business and corporate structures, methods, and processes. The emphasis is on developing the student's vocabulary and conceptual understanding of the culture of American business. Reading, writing, and research skills are used as well as large group lecture and small group activities.

Business Communication for ESL Students ESLA 1943
25-30 hours
This course helps students address problems encountered in the business world. Topics include speaking/listening on the telephone, meeting the public, and giving presentations in the workplace.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR ESL STUDENTS ESLA 1903
25-30 hours
This course is offered in 2 parts. Part 1 introduces basic anatomy, physiology, health care and patient interaction concepts to English language learners. It provides science content and language skills necessary for success in future nursing and allied health care courses. This course can also help students who already hold nursing or allied health degrees in their countries and are preparing to take certification examinations in the United States.

Business Writing for ESL Students ESLA 1922
25-30 hours
This course allows students to use and construct normal business materials, including, among others, résumés, memos, report writing, and marketing articles.

AMERICAN BUSINESS: DIGITAL BUSINESS
This course will explore American business in the 21st Century from the perspective of online companies.  During this course students will be exposed to how company’s like Dell, Amazon, eBay, Google, Apple and others build businesses in the virtual world and grow to compete successfully in the real world.  This course will also explore modern business culture to include collaborating on assignments from a distance, understand the nuances of communicating via corporate e-mail, and examine how culture affects decision making and competition. 

MICROSOFT OFFICE FOR ESL ITEC 1939
25-30 hours
Designed for students with a working knowledge of computers, this course will familiarize students with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.