English as a Second Language (ESL)

Division: Language Arts

Division Dean

Eldon Young

Faculty

Jill Bauer
Jenelle Herman
Alison Robertson
Samantha Simmons
Kathryn Wada

Counselors

Mymy Lam
Dr. Therese Mosqueda-Ponce
Daniel Pelletier

Cypress College has an excellent credit ESL program that has been recognized statewide for its success. In addition to these catalog pages, for more information, students can access the ESL Department website at: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/academics/divisions-special-programs/language-arts/english-as-a-second-language/esl-department/  

Flow Chart for Academic ESL Courses at Cypress College

ESL Placement Procedure

The Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) Test will assess the English skills of non-native speakers of English, and it is required for proper placement in Cypress College English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Students with appropriate scores on the CELSA will be advised to take ESL 110 C College Composition for Non-Native Speakers or ENGL 100 C College Writing.

  • After taking the CELSA, students can challenge their CELSA placement by taking the Prerequisite Challenge Writing. Students should tell the Assessment Center staff if they want to take the prerequisite challenge prior to enrolling in an ESL course. 
  • All students are encouraged to complete their ESL coursework as soon as possible in their college program, and once enrolled, students must complete the course with a grade of C or better to be eligible to take the next level ESL course.

Pathways for English Language Learners

Pathway for U.S. High School Graduates or Equivalent (GED, HiSET, CHSPE)

These students have the right to access any ESL course, including ESL 110C, as well as ENGL 100C or ENGL 101C.   

Pathway for All Other New ESL Students

ESL students who have not earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) in the United States should engage in the ESL Placement Process (see below). 

U.S. high school graduates do not need to take an English assessment. Instead, they will use the Guided Placement Tool because they have the right to access transfer-level composition coursework:  

  • ESL 110 C (ESL support) 

  • ENGL 101 C (with support) 

  • ENGL 100 C (without support) 

English Language Learners who have graduated from a U.S. high school also have the right to access academic credit ESL coursework according to AB 1805.

ESL students who did NOT attend a U.S. high school will follow the ESL Placement process (see below).

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ESL Sequence

Transfer and Degree Credit

All courses in the ESL sequence have some form of transferability. ESL 110 C, the highest-level ESL course, is a transfer-level composition course that fulfills Written Communication transfer and degree requirements for the UC, CSU, and Cypress College. It is fully equivalent to ENG 100 C. ESL 110 C fulfills IGETC 1A, CSU A2, and the Cypress College Native degree A1 requirements. ESL 109 C and ESL 108 C fulfill the CSU C2 and Cypress College Native C2 degree Humanities requirement. ESL 107 C, ESL 106 C, and ESL 105 C all have CSU elective transferability.

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 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): 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 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): 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): Appropriate skills 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): Eligibility for ESL 107 C 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): Eligibility for ESL 107 C or appropriate 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): Eligibility for ESL 107 C 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): Eligibility for ESL 107 C 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 not meet the reading proficiency requirement for the AA degree. (Non-Degree Credit) Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

ESL 098 C  ESL Seminar for 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 for 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 105 C  Low Intermediate Academic Reading and Writing (formerly ESL 081 C) 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate skills demonstrated through the current 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. Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade option. (CSU)

ESL 106 C  Intermediate Academic Reading and Writing (formerly ESL 182 C) 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 105 C with a grade of C or better or Pass or appropriate skills demonstrated through the current assessment process.

Term hours: 90 lecture. This is an intermediate integrated skills course is designed to improve the academic reading, writing, grammar, and interpersonal communication skills of non-native speakers. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade option. (CSU)

ESL 107 C  High-Intermediate Academic Reading and Writing (formerly ESL 183 C) 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 106 C with a grade of C or better, Pass, or appropriate skills demonstrated through the current 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. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade option. (CSU)

ESL 108 C  Advanced Academic Reading and Writing I (formerly ESL 184 C) 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 107 C with a grade of C or better, Pass, or appropriate skills demonstrated through the current assessment process.

Term hours: 90 lecture. This course focuses on critical analysis and appreciation of culturally-diverse readings, an introduction to integrating readings into writing assignments, and refining the academic language fluency of multilingual students. This is the first advanced integrated ESL course in the sequence. (CSU/UC Credit Limitation, AA GE, CSU GE)

ESL 109 C  Advanced Academic Reading and Writing II (formerly ESL 185 C) 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 108 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demonstrated through the current assessment process.

Term hours: 90 lecture. This course focuses on critical analysis and appreciation of culturally-diverse readings, integration of readings into essays, an introduction to citation, and refining the academic language fluency of multilingual students. This is the second advanced integrated ESL course in the sequence. (CSU/UC Credit Limitation, AA GE, CSU GE)

ESL 110 C  College Composition for Non-Native Speakers (formerly ESL 186 C) 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ESL 109 C with a grade of C or better or appropriate skills demonstrated through the current assessment process.

Term hours: 90 lecture. This college-level composition course is designed to give non-native speakers of English the skills necessary for academic success. Instruction focuses on expository and argumentative writing, appropriate, effective, and accurate use of language, close reading, critical thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and documentation. (CSU/UC, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC, C-ID: ENGL 100)

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 following ISLO/PSLOs: A-Breadth of Knowledge, Competencies, and Skills, B-Communication Skills, and D-Personal, Academic, and Professional Development; specifically, the following ISLO/PSLO subcategories: A1-Humanities and the Arts, B1-Reading, B2-Writing, B3-Communicating, B4-Presenting, and D3-Equity.