ESL Classes (ESLA)

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 110 144 Hours ESL Multilevel

The course focuses on preparing students to use English to achieve tasks within a variety of real-life situations such as a doctor's office or a department store. Students are instructed to be able to listen, speak, read, and write in English in context-specific environments. (Apportionment)

ESLA 120 72 Hours Family Literacy

The course focuses on incorporating reading and literacy as a fundamental component of a healthy, well-functioning family. The family-oriented assignments integrate school and home. (Apportionment)

ESLA 130 72 Hours ESL and Computers

This course provides English language instruction through the medium of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) computer programs. The primary focus is situated vocabulary development through the use of the Oxford Picture Dictionary program and supplementary software. (Apportionment)

ESLA 159 168 Hours ESL Fundamentals, Beginning Literacy

This course is designed for adult language learners who possess limited to no proficiency in English. Students also may not possess literacy skills in their first language. The class will focus on basic vocabulary in English along with basic writing conventions and pronunciation. (Apportionment)

ESLA 160 168 Hours ESL Fundamentals, Beginning Low

This integrated-skills course focuses on developing beginning-level receptive and productive language skills; the course also emphasizes life skills. (Apportionment)

ESLA 161 168 Hours ESL Fundamentals, Beginning High

The course focuses on developing receptive and productive language skills. Students will acquire grammar, vocabulary and language functions to improve proficiency. The course also emphasizes beginning level life skills. (Apportionment)

ESLA 162 168 Hours ESL Fundamentals, Intermediate Low

The course focuses on developing intermediate level receptive and productive language skills. Students will acquire grammar, vocabulary and language functions to improve proficiency. The course also emphasizes life skills. (Apportionment)

ESLA 163 168 Hours ESL Fundamentals, Intermediate High

This is a four-skill language course using topics and information sources related to student need. Students will increase their proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking by acquiring new vocabulary and applying appropriate grammatical structures. Building language fluency is the focus of the course. (Apportionment)

ESLA 164 168 Hours ESL Fundamentals, Advanced

This is a four-skill language course where students will improve their fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing based on topics relevant to students' lives, experiences and goals. Grammatical structures will be integrated into language practice activities. Improving accuracy is a focus of the course. (Apportionment)

ESLA 170 84 Hours ESL and Civics Education, Beginning Low

This competency-based course focuses on both basic language development and life skills. Integrated language skills will help students access community resources, prepare them for the workplace and introduce them to life learning opportunities. (Apportionment)

ESLA 171 84 Hours ESL and Civics Education, Beginning High

This competency-based course focuses on both language development and life skills. Integrated language skills will help students access community resources, prepare them for the workplace and introduce them to life learning opportunities. (Apportionment)

ESLA 172 84 Hours ESL and Civics Education, Intermediate Low

This competency-based course focuses on both language development and life skills. Integrated language skills will help students access community resources, prepare them for the workplace and introduce them to life learning opportunities. Students will also develop critical thinking skills . (Apportionment)

ESLA 173 84 Hours ESL and Civics Education, Intermediate High

This course partners with ESL Fundamentals to complete the Intermediate High level of ESL. In this course, students will apply learned language skills to accessing community resources and being an active community participant. Language acquisition and practice is focused on helping students navigate the many ins and outs of their communities Civics topics will be chosen each term based on the needs of the students. (Apportionment)

ESLA 174 84 Hours ESL and Civics Education, Advanced

This course partners with ESL Fundamentals to complete the Advanced level of ESL. In this course, students will apply learned language skills to accessing community resources and being an active community participant. Language fluency development is focused on helping students navigate the many ins and outs of their communities.Civics topics will be chosen each term based on the needs of 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)

ESLA 400 120 Hours ESL Intermediate Low

The course content is relevant to the lives of the student. It integrates language functions and language forms wit informational sources, skills and topics. Topics are chosen in accordance with student goals: general or vocational. Samples of informational sources are: Telephone Directory and indexes. Among the skills: alphabetizing. General topics should include: Housing, Transportation, Emergencies, General health. Vocational topics include: Job skills, Classified Ads, Job Safety. (Apportionment)

ESLA 500 120 Hours ESL Intermediate High

The course content is relevant to the lives of the students. It integrates language functions and language forms with informational sources, skills and topics. Topics are chosen in accordance with student' goals: general vocational, or academic. The vocational topics should include: Social Security, preparedness for job interviews, wages and deductions, benefits. Academic topics could include: Major historical events, current events, stories/fables. Familiarization with U.S. culture should include topics such as taboos and politics. (Apportionment)

ESLA 600 120 Hours ESL Advanced

Course content is relevant to the lives of the students. It integrates language function and language forms with informational, sources, skills and topics. Topics are chosen in accordance with students¿ goals: general, vocational, or academic. Samples of informational sources include but are not limited to: Almanacs, newspapers, paragraph organization, consumer protection procedures, Health facilities, work manual, customer relation, work ethics, education system, and immigration patters. (Apportionment)

ESLA 700 120 Hours ESL Advanced High

Course content is relevant to the lives of the students. It integrates language function and language forms with informational sources, skills and topics. Topics re chosen in accordance with students' goals: general, vocational, or academic. (Apportionment)

ESLA 801 36 Hours Computer Skills for ESL - Beginning

The course introduces ESL students to hands-on exploration and use of current Microsoft Windows programs. Students will learn basic computer parts, keyboarding, and the basics of MS Word, PowerPoint, Print Shop, and Excel. Emphasis is on building confidence in computer use to improve English skills in grammar, vocabulary, writing, speaking, pronunciation, and reading. (Apportionment)

ESLA 802 36 Hours ESL Pronunciation/Conversation Skills

This course is designed for intermediate to advanced ESL learners to improve conversation and pronunciation skills in English. It is recommended that participants have English language skills at a Beginning High level. (Apportionment)

ESLA 803 60 Hours Citizenship Preparation

The course is designed to prepare prospective candidates for the US citizenship process. Students will learn how to complete all required immigration forms and practice the USCIS Citizenship Test by becoming familiar with US history. Students will acquire an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of being a US citizen. (Apportionment)

ESLA 804 36 Hours ESL and the Arts

This course builds students' reading comprehension, writing, and speaking skills in the context of thematic and aesthetic exploration of arts. Students will identify common artistic themes while comparing and contrasting a variety of aesthetic forms, styles, and periods. This interactive course includes visiting museums, watching performances, and listening to guest speakers. (Apportionment)

ESLA 805 90 Hours Drama for Communication

This ESL course builds students' reading, speaking, and pronunciation skills in the context of theatrical performances. Students will examine human experiences and cultural norms through imagined roles and expand creative thinking. Students will learn history and terminology of the performing arts and build social skills and confidence necessary for public speaking. (Apportionment)

ESLA 808 36 Hours ESL Intermediate/Advanced Work Skills

This ESL course covers basic job-search and workplace survival language skills while building necessary computer and critical thinking skills for students who are at an intermediate level or higher. Emphasis is on understanding basic principles of getting a job as well as wages, benefits and concepts of employee organizations. Students will practice work-related safety standards and procedures and demonstrate effective use of common workplace technology and systems. Students will acquire skills of how to communicate effectively and manage workplace resources. (Apportionment)

ESLA 809 36 Hours American Idioms

Students will become familiar with common American English idioms, their meanings and uses and demonstrate the application of idioms to everyday situations. In addition, students will learn the skills of deducing the meaning of the new vocabulary from context and become more comfortable sharing their opinions and experiences while practicing the target idioms. (Apportionment)

ESLA 810 60 Hours Writing/Reading

This ESL course emphasizes reading comprehension skills while building vocabulary and critical thinking skills for students who are at an intermediate level or high. In addition, the writing component is designed to acquaint students with writing skills required to develop college- level writing techniques by focusing on prewriting, outlining, drafting, revising and editing. (Apportionment)

ESLA 812 30 Hours Spanish Literacy

The Spanish Literacy course is designed for native Spanish-speaking students at the beginning literacy level. Students will acquire basic Spanish reading comprehensive and writing skills as well as improved their Spanish vocabulary and speaking. Students will acquire English literacy skills by immersing into the English language toward acquisition of the second language. The skills attained will give students a strong foundation for success in the basic skills or ESL Programs. (Apportionment)

ESLA 813 18 Hours Intermediate Grammar Review

Students will learn to understand grammar structures in various contexts and practice using them in both oral and written communication. This class supplements core ESL courses or works as a stand-alone course. This course is designed for the ESL students placed in the Intermediate Low, Intermediate High, and Advanced levels. (Apportionment)

ESLA 814 18 Hours Intermediate Vocabulary Review

Students will review, expand, and retain vocabulary words and phrases organized by commonly used topics. Students will work on using approximately twenty-five practical target words per class in oral and written exercises. This course is designed for the ESL students placed in the Intermediate Low, Intermediate High, and Advanced levels. (Apportionment)

ESLA 815 36 Hours Computer Skills for ESL - Advanced

Students will enhance their English language skills through challenging computer application tasks using MS Word, PowerPoint, Print Shop, Excel, the Internet, and MS Publisher. Emphasis is on building confidence in independent projects to improve English skills in grammar, vocabulary, writing, and reading. Students will be actively involved in computer projects linking the academic environment with their communities. (Apportionment)

ESLA 990 36 Hours Oral Interpretation (Reading Out Loud)

Literature and communication are integrated in the art of oral interpretation. This course emphasizes the study and analysis of relevant printed materials. Students learn to select and communicate the material orally and effectively to an audience through public presentation/performance. (Apportionment)

ESLA 995 36 Hours Vocational English as a Second Language: Electricity and Construction

The course focuses on improving communicative competence within real-life situations related to working with electricity and general construction. Students will gain confidence as they improve their ability to communicate effectively while on the job. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1020 36 Hours Vocational English as a Second Language: Early Childhood Education

This ESL course provides students with necessary language skills to succeed in early childhood education (ECE) programs, thereby bridging the gap between standard ESL coursework and ECE coursework. The course also focuses on preparing students to interact in the real world in ECE situations (e.g. parent-teacher conferences). (Apportionment)

ESLA 1025 36 Hours Vocational English as a Second Language: Pharmacy Technician

This ESL course covers basic English communication skills in a pharmacy setting for students who are at an intermediate ESL level or higher. Students will practice typical in-person and phone conversations with pharmacy customers and co-workers. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1030 36 Hours Vocational English as a Second Language: Administrative Assistant

This ESL course provides students with necessary language skills to succeed in the vocational administrative assistant programs, thereby bridging the gap between standard ESL and VESL coursework. The course also focuses on preparing students to interact in real-life office situations. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1035 30-48 Hours Public Speaking for ESL

This ESL course builds students' public speaking skills with direct focus on the preparation, practice, presentation and evaluation of formal speaking. Students will learn the elements and organization of a speech, the most common types of speeches, the use of verbal and nonverbal techniques in formal speaking, and the evaluation standards of speeches. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1040 144 Hours Listening/Speaking for Academic Success

Learn how to listen to and take lecture notes; participate in classroom discussions; give presentations; and take exams in college, career technical education, high school, and GED programs. Acquire technological skills necessary for academic success. Experience campus life through field trips to local colleges. For Intermediate High thru Advanced level students. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1045 144 Hours Reading/Writing for Academic Success

Acquire reading, writing, note-taking, test-taking, critical thinking, and computer skills necessary for academic success in college, high school, GED, or career technical education programs. Learn American cultural norms in the classroom. Participate in campus life through field trips to local colleges. For Intermediate High through Advanced level students. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1050 60 Hours ESL Workplace Advancement Skills, Basic

This course focuses on introducing ESL students to the workplace discourse system and culture. By improving their communication skills and understanding the United States culture within the workplace, students will become successful employees (Apportionment)

ESLA 1052 60 Hours ESL Workforce Readiness Skills, Basic

This course covers basic work skills as well as language skills necessary for intermediate level students to gain employment. Students will identify various job opportunities available in their respective communities and will learn to communicate with employers. In addition, students will gain basic knowledge of basic technology. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1054 60 Hours ESL Workplace Advancement Skills, Advanced

Prerequisite(s): ESLA 400 ESL Intermediate Low.

This course prepares ESL students at an advanced level for the American workplace. Students will learn American workplace expectations, practice effective business communication including giving presentations and participating in meetings, and identify professional development needs. In addition, students will enhance their computer applications skills by gaining additional experience with Microsoft Office. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1056 60 Hours ESL Workforce Readiness Skills, Advanced

Prerequisite(s): ESLA 400 ESL Intermediate Low.

This course prepares ESL students at an advanced level for the American workforce. Students will plan a career path based on skills and interests. They will also practice all aspects of conducting a job search, perform business communcation tasks, and use computers for word processing and internet searches. In addition, students will learn about American workplace values and expectations. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1060 120 Hours ESL for Academic Success: Reading and Writing I

Acquire reading and writing skills for academic success in higher level academic ESL courses, college, high school, GED, or career technical education programs. Students will participate in a variety of writing and reading activities on high-interest academic topics. Skills covered include reading for main ideas/details, sentence patterns and the writing process. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1062 120 Hours ESL for Academic Success: Listening and Speaking I

Acquire listening and speaking skills necessary for academic success in higher level academic ESL courses, college, high school, GED, or career technical education programs. Students will participate in a variety of listening and speaking activities on high-interest academic topics. Skills covered include listening to lectures, note taking, presentation skills and critical thinking. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1065 120 Hours ESL for Academic Success: Reading and Writing II

Prerequisite(s): ESLA 500 ESL Intermediate High or ESLA 1060 ESL for Academic Success: Reading and Writing I.

Acquire reading, writing, note-taking, test-taking, critical thinking, and computer skills necessary for academic success in college, high school, GED, or career technical education programs. Learn American cultural norms in the classroom. Participate in campus life through field trips to local colleges. For advanced level ESL students. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1067 120 Hours ESL for Academic Success: Listening and Speaking II

Prerequisite(s): ESLA 500 ESL Intermediate High or ESLA 1062 ESL for Academic Success: Listening and Speaking I.

ESL students will practice the listening and speaking skills ESL students will practice the listening and speaking skills needed in a post-secondary academic setting, including listening to academic lectures, taking notes, participating in class discussions, giving presentations, and taking exams. Students will practice the technological skills needed for academic success and experience campus life through field trips to local colleges. For advanced level ESL students. (Apportionment)

ESLA 1070 14-200 Hours ESL Academic Distance Learning

The course content is relevant to the lives of students. It integrates language functions and language forms with informational sources, skills and topics. Course topics will include the process and skills needed to seek employment as well as norms in the American workforce. The course will also cover planning, traveling and finances as skills needed to function in society. Students will use the above topics to build on reading comprehension, vocabulary, listening, speaking, writing and technology skills in an online environment. (Apportionment)