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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The ESOL program develops foundational English language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking that apply directly to students’ academic, personal, and professional lives. Reading classes focus on vocabulary expansion, development of reading strategies for comprehension, and building background knowledge as well as knowledge of text structure, grammar, and vocabulary. In writing classes, students learn essential grammar and the writing process to produce clear, grammatical, organized, and well-developed writing at the sentence, paragraph, and essay level. Students in listening/speaking classes study American English pronunciation and intonation, and develop their competencies in grammatical structures related to oral/aural work. In all classes, students read, write, discuss, and think critically about information from a variety of sources.

Career/Transfer Options

ESOL is not directly applicable to any particular college-level majors. Foreign-language students who place at Assessment skill level L40 or below must successfully complete ESOL 40 and ESOL 32 before enrolling in English 48 and English 49, which are pre-transfer level reading and writing courses. Students enrolled in the ESOL program who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should consult with a counselor to determine the appropriate preparatory courses for their specific transfer institution and major. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the ESOL program will be able to:

  • Write an essay with a thesis statement that is clear, direct, and answers the prompt.
  • Write supporting paragraphs with major and minor details related to each topic sentence.
  • Organize writing with unity and coherence.
  • Speak, read, and write with a variety of complex sentence and grammatical structures with minimal errors that do not interfere with meaning.
  • Express a clear and coherent opinion about a selected topic and provide at least two points of appropriate support for an opinion in a speech of three to five minutes.

Catalog Pages

326 (ESOL)

Degrees & Certificates

AA Degree AA or AS for Transfer AS Degree Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Performance Catalog Pages
        326 (ESOL)

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