English as a Second Language (ESL)

Division: Language Arts

Division Dean

Eldon Young

Faculty

Jenelle Herman
Alison Robertson
Samantha Simmons
Kathryn Wada

Counselors

Mymy Lam
Dr. Therese Mosqueda-Ponce
Daniel Pelletier

Flow Chart for Academic ESL Courses at Cypress College

If students are non-native speakers of English, then the CELSA (the ESL placement test) is the right test to evaluate their language skills. Students should take the CELSA if ...

  • they were born in a non-English speaking country, AND
  • they started the U.S. school system in the 7th-12th grade OR as an adult.

The CELSA test is designed to measure the English skills of non-native speakers of English and is required for placement in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses which are designed to build the academic English language skills of non-native speakers as they prepare for college-level coursework, certificate programs, degrees, transfer, or other professional goals.

Students enrolled in ESL courses will have the opportunity to write a composition on the first day of the course to verify appropriate placement in the ESL sequence. Students new to the program may be moved to a higher level based on the strength of their writing.

Students with a high CELSA score may be referred to ENGL 100 C or a transfer-level composition course after writing a successful composition.

CC-ESL Flowchart

Transfer and Degree Credit

The majority of core ESL courses leading to ENGL 100 C earn transfer-level elective units. The three highest ESL courses (ESL 184 C, ESL 185 C, ESL 186 C) fulfill the C2 Humanities requirement for Cypress College local degrees.

Guided Pathways ESL Milestone Certificates

The Guided Pathways ESL Milestone Certificate Program is designed to prepare English Language learners (ELLs) for the academic rigor of degree-applicable coursework in various Guided Pathways Meta Majors. Students completing these certificates have achieved academic English reading and writing skills at an advanced, post-secondary level; they have also achieved success in prerequisite or introductory coursework in a variety of degree, certificate, or general education patterns. These two elements combine to demonstrate significant achievement of a milestone along their pathways to degrees, certificates, or transfer. To earn a certificate, complete the required courses as listed with a grade of C or better. At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College.

ESL Milestone Certificate: Pathway to Business and CIS
ESL Milestone Certificate: Pathway to CTE/ATC
ESL Milestone Certificate: Pathway to Dental Hygiene/Nursing/Psychiatric Technology
ESL Milestone Certificate: Pathway to DMS, HIT or RADT
ESL Milestone Certificate: Pathway to Kinesiology
ESL Milestone Certificate: Pathway to SEM
ESL Milestone Certificate: Pathway to Transfer: Language Arts/Oral Communication
ESL Milestone Certificate: Pathway to Transfer: Language Arts/Written Communication
ESL Milestone Certificate: Pathway to Transfer: Social Sciences

ESL 051 C Intermediate Pronunciation 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Term hours: 36 lecture. This course is designed to refine pronunciation, to reduce foreign accent, and to build confidence in oral expression. Recommended for all non-native students. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 052 C Intermediate ESL Grammar 1 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of ESL 081 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demosntrated through the assessment process.

Term Hours: 54 lecture. This course is designed for intermediate academic ESL students to increase their knowledge and usage of English grammar with particular emphasis on verb tense, verb form, verbals and verb phrase structure in writing. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 053 C Intermediate ESL Grammar 2 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of ESL 081 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Term Hours: 54 lecture. This course is designed for intermediate academic ESL students to increase their knowledge and use of English with particular emphasis on sentence parts, sentence types, punctuation and editing skills in writing. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 054 C  Intermediate Academic Oral Skills (NNS) 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 081 C or higher as demonstrated through the assessment process

Term hours: 36 lecture. This course is designed for intermediate level non-native English speakers (NNS) to improve oral communication skills related to academic and social contexts. The emphasis is on small group and class discussion, formal and informal presentations, and listening comprehension. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 062 C Advanced ESL Grammar 1 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of ESL 183 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Term Hours: 54 lecture. This course is designed for advanced academic ESL students to increase their knowledge and use of English with particular emphasis on advanced verb tense, verb form, verbals, verb phrase structure and editing skills in writing. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 063 C Advanced ESL Grammar 2 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 183 C with a grade of C or be or better or skills demonstrated through the assessment process

Term Hours: 54 lecture. This course is designed for advanced ESL students to increase knowledge and use of English with emphasis on sentence parts, advanced sentence structure, punctuation and editing skills in writing. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 064 C  Advanced Academic Oral Skills NNS 2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of ESL 183 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Term hours: 36 lecture. This course is designed for advanced level non-native speakers of English (NNS) to improve listening and speaking skills related to academic contexts. The emphasis is lecture note-taking, informal and formal speeches, and small group and class discussion. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 066 C Advanced ESL Reading 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of ESL 183 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demonstrated through the. assessment process.

Term hours: 54 lecture. This reading skills course is designed for non-native speaking students eligible for advanced ESL courses who need to improve their college academic and non-academic reading skills. This course does does not meet the reading proficiency requirement for the AA degree. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 081 C  Low Intermediate Academic Reading/Writing 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Term hours: 90 lecture. This is a low intermediate level integrated skills course designed to improve the academic reading, writing, grammar, and interpersonal communication skills of non-native speakers. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 098 C  ESL Seminar/Non-Native Speakers 0.5-12 Units

Prerequisite(s): May be required.

Corequisite(s): May be required.

Advisory: May be required.

Term hours: 0-216 lecture and/or 0-432 laboratory depending on units attempted. This seminar course is for qualified students who wish to extend their knowledge of literature, language, and culture through small groups discussion. Fees may be required-Payable at Registration. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 099 C  Independent Study/Non-Native Speakers 0.5-2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Approved Independent Study Learning Contract

Term hours: Two hours conference per week and appropriate number of laboratory hours for maximum credit. This is a course designed for advanced ESL students who have completed all regular courses and wish to pursue additional coursework in one or more of the language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and/or culture. Pass/No Pass only.

ESL 182 C  Intermediate Academic Reading/Writing (formerly ESL 082 C) 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 081 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Term hours: 90 lecture. This is intermediate integrated skills course is designed to improve the academic reading, writing, grammar, and interpersonal communication skills of non-native speakers. (CSU)

ESL 183 C  High Intermediate Academic Reading/Writing (formerly ESL 083 C) 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 182 C with a grade of C or better and appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Term hours: 90 lecture. This course is a high intermediate integrated skills course designed to improve the academic reading, writing, grammar, and interpersonal communication skills of non-native speakers. (CSU)

ESL 184 C  Advanced Academic Reading and Writing 1 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 183 C with a grade of C or appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Term hours: 90 lecture. This course is the first in a series of advanced integrated ESL skills course designed to improve the academic reading, writing, grammar, and interpersonal communication skills of non-native speakers. (CSU/UC Credit Limitation)

ESL 185 C  Advanced Academic Reading and Writing 2 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 184 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process

Term hours: 90 lecture. This course is the second in a series of advanced integrated ESL skills course designed to improve the academic reading, writing, grammar, and interpersonal communication skills of non-native speakers. (CSU/UC Credit Limitation)

ESL 186 C  College Writing Preparation for Non-Native Speakers 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 185 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Term hours: 90 lecture. This course is designed for the non-native speaker of English for development of college level writing skills. Emphasis is on essay development of expository writing in connection with advanced readings from various sources and a novel. The fundamentals of English written expression are reviewed with emphasis on standard American usage problematic to the non-native student. The course is designed to prepare students for ENGL 100 C. (CSU/UC Credit Limitation)

ESL 298 C  English as a Second Language Seminar 0.5-12 Units

Prerequisite(s): May be required.

Corequisite(s): May be required.

Advisory: May be required.

Term hours: 0-216 lecture and/or 0-432 laboratory depending on units attempted. This seminar course is for able students who wish to extend their knowledge of literature, language and culture through small group discussion. Fees may be required-Payable at Registration. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (UC Credit Limitation/CSU)

The courses taught by this department contribute to the General Education and Basic Skills Program Learning Outcomes. Please refer to General Education and Basic Skills Program Learning Outcomes.