English as Second Language (ESL) – Intensive Program

The ESL Intensive Program fulfills the United States Immigration Services visa requirement for full-time study of English. Intensive English courses at varying levels include English grammar, conversation, reading, writing, research, ESL American culture and TOEFL preparation. Program length is 1080 contact hours (720 lecture/180 lab/180 practicum hours)

Most classes meet between 9:30am and 5:30pm. The full-time intensive program provides a total of 24 hours of classroom instruction each week. The program also includes cultural activities. In addition to a rigorous ESL curriculum, there are project-based assignments in which students are able to collaborate. There will be exploration and instruction through dramatic plays, songwriting, poetry, film directing, acting, comic and graphic design, musicals, etc.

Level    Area of Focus    Recommended TOEFL Minimum
 iBT  PBT
Basic(160 lecture/ 40 lab/ 40 practicum) = 240 contact hours This course prepares students to use English with increasing accuracy in most classroom and social situations.  Students will develop the reading, writing, and oral presentation skills required for success in all subjects. Students will study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts, develop oral communication skills through participation in informal debates and seminars, and extend their range of research skills.  30-40  383-433 
Intermediate (200/50/50) = 300 contact hours This course prepares students for secondary school English and other courses at the college and university preparation levels. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in reading literary works and academic texts, in writing essays and narratives, and in applying learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will also learn to respond critically to print and media works. 41-52 437-473 
Advanced (200/50/50)  = 300 contact hours This course prepares students to read and demonstrate comprehension of the main idea and most supporting details of a text on an unfamiliar topic.  Students will learn to synthesize concepts and data from a group of readings or a series of graphs and charts in written assignments as well as write a short, academic research paper with appropriate citations, quotations, and references, and single quotation marks, brackets and ellipses when needed.  53-64  477-510 
College Preparatory(160/40/40) = 240 contact hours This course preparers students to read and respond to literature; choose and respond to personal reading material comparable in scope and difficulty to materials chosen by their English- speaking peers; extract information from a variety of texts used in subject classrooms;  use independently a variety of strategies to build vocabulary; use a range of research strategies independently to gather information for a variety of purposes;  organize and link ideas logically and effectively in written texts such as narratives and essays and demonstrate understanding of a range of local, national, and global issues.  65-78  513-547 

                                                  Class Descriptions
Basic Level Classes

ESL101 COMMUNICATION FOR COLLEGE 1                                                4.0 Credits
This course is a beginning introductory college preparatory ESL Listening & Speaking course for non-native English speaking students. It focuses on basic listening and speaking skills, with emphasis on survival communication skills. The course prepares students for the college prep intermediate ESL communication class or selected vocational certificate programs.

ESL101A BASIC READING                                                                                   4.0 Credits
This course is a basic Introductory college preparatory ESL course for non-native English speaking students. It focuses on Basic Reading skills with emphasis on survival reading. The course prepares students for the College Prep Intermediate ESL Reading Class or selected Vocational Certificate programs.

ESL102 BASIC WRITING                                                                                    4.0 Credits
This course is a Basic Introductory college preparatory ESL course for non-native English speaking students. It focuses on Basic Writing skills with emphasis on survival writing. This course prepares students for the College Prep Intermediate ESL Writing class or selected Vocational Certificate programs.

ESL102A COMMUNICATION FOR COLLEGE 2                                                4.0 Credits
This course is the intermediate college preparatory ESL Listening & Speaking course for non-native English speaking residents. It focuses on introductory listening and speaking skills, with emphasis on basic communication. The course prepares students for college preparatory 200 level courses or selected vocational certificate programs.

Intermediate Level Classes

ESL103 INTERMEDIATE READING                                                                   4.0 Credits
This course is the Intermediate college preparatory ESL course for non-native English speaking students. It focuses on reading, with emphasis on basic skills. This course prepares students for the College Prep ESL Program or selected Vocational Certificate programs.

ESL104 INTERMEDIATE WRITING                                                                   4.0 Credits
This course is the Intermediate college preparatory ESL course for non-native English speaking students. It focuses on Writing, with emphasis on basic skills. This course prepares students for the College Prep ESL Program or selected Vocational Certificate programs.

ESL105 COMMUNICATION FOR COLLEGE 3                                                  4.0 Credits
This course is a college preparatory entry course for non-native speakers of English. The course prepares students for college level coursework through development of speaking and listening skills needed for academic success. It focuses on developing speaking and listening skills through individual and group work in academic settings.

ESL106 COLLEGE PREPARATORY READING                                                 4.0 Credits
This course is a college preparatory course for non-native speakers of English. The course prepares students for college level courses through development of reading skills needed for academic success. It focuses on developing academic reading skills. Additionally, reading skills that specifically address academic ESL problems will be studied. Students registered for this course must demonstrate competency in basic communications related work.

ESL107 COLLEGE PREPARATORY WRITING                                                 4.0 Credits
This course is a college preparatory entry course for non-native speakers of English. The course prepares students for college level work through development of writing skills needed for academic success. It focuses on developing academic writing skills. Additionally, grammar skills that specifically address academic ESL problems will be studied. Students registered for this course must demonstrate competency in intermediate writing level work.

Advanced Level Classes

ESL205 COLLEGE PREP WRITING 1                                                                            4.0 Credits
This course is designed for basic writing skills development. It focuses on basic grammar skills and basic paragraph writing skills. The skills will be developed through class lectures, individual and small group activities, writing lab activities, computer lab activities, and homework assignments.

ESL206 COLLEGE PREP WRITING 2                                                                             4.0 Credits
This course is designed to teach skills needed for writing unified, coherent paragraphs with correct grammar, usage, mechanics, punctuation, and sentence structure. Students registered for this course must pass the coursework in ESL205 or other writing related courses.

ESL207 PREP PRE-ALGEBRA                                                                                      4.0 Credits
This class is designed to introduce basic mathematics skills. It focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals; operations with signed numbers including solving for missing terms; applied geometry; percent problems; mathematical notations; ratio-proportion and mathematics study skills.

ESL208 INTEGRATED ARITHMETIC AND ALGEBRA                                              4.0 Credits
This course integrates college prep arithmetic and college prep algebra skills into one course to allow students to accelerate their college prep mathematics requirements. It is designed for students who would generally test into the upper score range for placement into college prep arithmetic. Topics include integers, percents, sets, linear equations and inequalities, polynomial operations, factoring, exponents, radicals, graphing, solving quadratics and applications for all topics. Students must pass coursework efore moving into college level mathematics course.

ESL209 ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA                                                                           4.0 Credits
This course includes an in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities; integer exponents and their properties; operations on polynomials, including factoring; an introduction to graphing linear functions and interpreting graphs; solving quadratic equations; and applications. Prerequisite: ESL208 or equivalent 

College Preparatory Classes

ESL309 COLLEGE PREP READING 1                                                                      4.0 Credits
This course is designed to develop basic reading and study skills. It focuses on vocabulary development, literal reading skills, and basic critical reading skills. The skills will be developed through class lectures, individual and small group activities, reading lab activities, computer lab activities, and homework assignments. Prerequisite: ESL106 or equivalent

ESL310 COLLEGE PREP READING 2                                                                     4.0 Credits
This course is designed to improve basic skills, and critical thinking. It focuses on recognition of main ideas, supporting details, author’s purpose, tone, valid arguments, explicit and implicit relationships within and between sentences, the ability to detect bias, to distinguish fact from opinion, to draw logical inferences and conclusions, and vocabulary and study skills at the college preparatory level. Students must pass the coursework and the state exit exam before they register for designated college courses.

ESL311 COLLEGE PREP CRITICAL THINKING 1                                                      4.0 credits
In this course, students understand and improve the critical and creative thinking processes central to college level learning. Students develop an awareness of the general characteristics and practices of an advanced learner, with a major focus on self- monitoring, self-assessing and self-correcting thinking and learning patterns. Students also develop an awareness of the specific attitudes, structures, processes, and applications of thinking central to comprehending and communicating ideas, solving problems, and making decisions. Students develop skills in analyzing and evaluating information, asking probing questions, and drawing logical conclusions with improved accuracy and fair-mindedness.

ESL312 COLLEGE PREP CRITICAL THINKING 2                                                 4.0 credits                      

While this is a college-level course, students who have gone through the college prep reading sequence are required to take this class or exempt out.
Students practice reading and listening with heightened awareness and empathy, writing and speaking with improved clarity and precision; and thinking and inquiring with originality. This course promotes making connections within and between academic disciplines, career areas, and personal life. The course applies core thinking and learning processes to college content areas and real-life scenarios, and it promotes the development of lifelong-learning habits. Prerequisites: College-level reading placement score