ESL Beginning

Program #24211

ESL Beginning is an articulated sequence of courses designed to equip students with the basic language and cultural proficiencies required for fulfillment of personal, vocational, and academic goals. The courses integrate language acquisition (linguistic competence) with relevant life experiences (sociolinguistic competence) stressing the importance of critical thinking, problem-solving, and self-sufficiency including learning strategies, i.e. how to learn on your own outside of class (strategic competence). The sequence is articulated in terms of progressing levels of language skills and informational content. Vocational skills for the ESL Beginning sequence include handling basic routine work situations that combine oral directions and demonstration. Academic skills include getting limited meaning from printed materials and generating basic short sentences.

Core Courses
ESLA 120 Family Literacy72
ESLA 001 ESL Learning Center40
ESLA 100 ESL Beginning Literacy120
ESLA 200 ESL Beginning Low120
ESLA 300 ESL Beginning High120
Elective Courses
ABE 105 SCE Learning Center36
Total Hours508

ABE 105 36 Hours SCE Learning Center

Designed for students from beginning levels of reading to those working toward a high school diploma. Through the use of small-group instruction, computer- aided instruction, audio books and workbooks, students will learn to become better readers, writers and thinkers. The skills attained can be used for personal growth, job advancement or for entry into other educational programs. A specific learning plan is developed for each student based on student goals, needs and learning style. (Apportionment)

ESLA 001 1-200 Hours ESL Learning Center

The ESL Learning Center offers an opportunity to practice English through various instructional media. Students learn through ESL software and/or receive individual and group tutoring to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Special interest areas such as Vocational ESL and EL Civics are also part of the instruction. (Apportionment)

ESLA 100 120 Hours ESL Beginning Literacy

This course is designed to meet the student's needs as determined by assessment of the student's language proficiencies, goals, and interests. ESL instruction integrates language components, vocabulary, grammatical structures, language functions, and pronunciation in units and topics that are important to the students. (Apportionment)

ESLA 200 120 Hours ESL Beginning Low

The course content integrates language functions and forms with informational sources, skills, and topics. Topics may be general or vocational, as fallows: Personal Identification, weather, Money, job titles, following simple instructions. Among informational sources the topics may include: lists signs schedules, calendars and ads. Among the skills: scanning. (Apportionment)

ESLA 300 120 Hours ESL Beginning High

The course content is relevant to the life of the students It integrates language functions and language forms with informational sources, skills and topics. Topics are chosen in accordance with students goals: general or vocational. Samples of information sources are: Telephone directory and indexes, among the skills: Alphabetizing, General topics should include: Housing, transportation, Emergencies, General Health. Vocational Topics includes: Job Skills, Classified Adds, Job Safety. (Apportionment)