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Core Skills ESL 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.