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The following English as a Second Language courses are offered:

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL 90     Language Skills Laboratory    .5-1 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours:  54 hours LAB 
This is a  laboratory course designed to enable students to focus on specific English language skills through interaction with tutors, faculty, and computer software programs. This class is recommended for ESL students at any level who need further, focused attention to very specific skills including, but not limited to pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary development and spelling. Students may enter the course at any time during the first 9 weeks of the semester and earn either 0.5 or 1 unit.  This course is graded on a pass/no pass basis. 

ESL 91     Beginning Independent Lab    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours:  216 hours LAB 
This course provides individualized, self-paced, and/or small group instruction to non-native English speakers at the beginning levels. A variety of self-study materials are available on such topics as grammar, composition, reading, vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, study skills, and workplace skills to develop and reinforce the use of the English language. Students may register until the end of the ninth week of the semester if space allows. This course is pass/no pass and is not a substitute for other ESL courses. Students must complete 27 hours of work to earn 0.5 units of credit. This course may be taken for up to 4 units total, at a rate of .5 or 1.0 unit per semester, until the 4 unit limit is reached.  

ESL 92     ESL Center: Intermediate Independent Lab    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours:  216 hours LAB 
This course provides individualized, self-paced, and/or small group instruction to non-native English speakers at the intermediate levels. A variety of self-study materials are available on such topics as grammar, composition, reading, vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, study skills, and workplace skills to develop and reinforce the use of the English language. Students may register until the end of the ninth week of the semester if space allows. This course is pass/no pass and is not a substitute for other ESL courses. Students must complete 27 hours of work to earn 0.5 units of credit. This course may be taken for up to 4 units total, at a rate of .5 or 1.0 unit per semester, until the 4 unit limit is reached.  

ESL 299     Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 


ESL - Grammar (ESLG)

ESLG 50     Intermediate-Mid Grammar    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLW 40 (Intermediate-Low Writing) with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Advisory: ESLL 50, ESLR 50, and ESLW 50
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a course for non-native speakers at the intermediate-mid level, which focuses on the fundamental grammatical structures of English. Students will develop skill and accuracy in using grammatical structures in appropriate contexts. There will be opportunities for oral and written practice with an emphasis on sentence structure and verb tenses.
  
ESLG 86     Verb Tense and Aspect    2 Units
Prerequisite: ESLR 40 and ESLW 40 with grades of “C” or better;  or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 36 hours LEC  
This 2-unit elective course provides an overview of the English verb system.  Students will learn the 12 active voice verb structures and their meanings.  Intensive practice will be given in choosing appropriate verb “tenses” for different purposes.  Students will also learn how various kinds of verbs affect sentence structure. 

ESLG 299     Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Grammar    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

ESLG 310     Intermediate-High Grammar    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLG 50 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Advisory: ESLL 310, ESLR 310, and ESLW 310
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a course for non-native speakers of English, which focuses on further practice of the forms, meanings, and usage of grammatical structures of English at the intermediate-high level. Students will develop skill and accuracy in using grammatical structures of English.  There will be opportunities for oral and written practice with an emphasis on sentence structure, verb tenses, and dependent clauses.
 
ESLG 320     Advanced-Low Grammar    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLG 310 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios district, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Advisory: ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC
This course focuses on the forms and meanings of major structures used in writing at the Advanced-Low level with an emphasis on clause structure. Oral practice reinforces the structures studied. Students practice writing extensively, both in and out of class. Assignments emphasize sentence structure in the context of longer written work.


ESL - Listening (ESLL)

ESLL 20     Novice Listening and Speaking    4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ESL 91
Advisory: ESLR 20 and ESLW 20; one year of adult school and concurrent enrollment in ESL Reading and Writing courses at the student’s assessed levels are highly recommended.
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a course in listening comprehension and basic conversation for non-native English speakers at the novice level. Students will develop the skills required for basic communication, such as dates, time, weather, food, family etc.  Students will learn the sounds of English and be introduced to the stress and intonation patterns of American English.  Communication will be comprehensible to a sensitive listener accustomed to interacting with non-native speakers. 

ESLL 30     Novice-High Listening and Speaking    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLL 20 with a grade of “C” or better;  or placement through the assessment process.; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Corequisite: ESL 91
Advisory: ESLR 30 and ESLW 30
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a course in listening comprehension and practical conversation for non-native English speakers who plan to take college courses. Students will build on their basic communication skills exploring topics such as family, education, travel, health etc. They will learn to recognize and produce the sounds in American English, stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns.  
 
ESLL 40     Intermediate-Low Listening and Speaking    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLL 30 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Corequisite: ESL 92
Advisory: ESLR 40 and ESLW 40
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is an intermediate level course in listening comprehension and conversation for non-native English speakers.  Students will focus on developing phrases and sentences to communicate their ideas in familiar situations.  The course includes group and individual listening and speaking activities, an overview of American English sounds, and practice in stress, rhythm, and intonation.  
 
ESLL 50     Intermediate-Mid Listening and Speaking    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLL 40 with a grade of “C” or better; ESLL 40 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Corequisite: ESL 92
Advisory: ESLG 50, ESLR 50, and ESLW 50
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a course in listening comprehension and conversation for non-native English speakers at the intermediate level.  Students will understand and be understood in both familiar and unfamiliar situations. Students will be introduced to academic listening and speaking activities and will continue to work on pronunciation skills. 

ESLL 299     Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Listening    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

ESLL 310     Intermediate-High Listening and Speaking    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLL 50 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in an ESL Reading and Writing course at the student’s assessed level.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a course for non-native English speakers at the intermediate-high level designed to further practice and develop listening and speaking for academic purposes, including comprehension of lectures, note-taking, and classroom discussion.  This course covers a review of American English sounds with emphasis on understanding and producing stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns to communicate effectively.  


ESL - Pronunciation (ESLP)

ESLP 85     Pronunciation    2 Units
Prerequisite: ESLL 40 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Hours: 36 hours LEC  
This elective course is designed for non-native English-speaking students who need to improve their pronunciation. It offers intensive practice in the pronunciation and recognition of American English sounds. Students will be introduced to intonation patterns of American English, syllables and stress, and sentence rhythm. 


ESL - Reading (ESLR)

ESLR 20     Novice Reading    4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ESL 91
Advisory: ESLL 20 and ESLW 20; Advise adult school before taking ESLR 20.
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a reading course for non-native English speakers at the novice level. It introduces students to reading words, phrases and short sentences in passages. Students will learn word forms, spelling rules, phonetics and basic grammar in the context of reading passages. They will work on vocabulary building, basic comprehension skills and reading speed. 
  
ESLR 30     Novice-High Reading    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLR 20 with a grade of “C” or better;  or placement through the assessment process.
Corequisite: ESL 91
Advisory: ESLL 30 and ESLW 30
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
ESLR 30 is a reading course for non-native speakers at the novice-high level. This course focuses on reading words, phrases, and sentences in texts.  Students will develop reading skills and strategies,  increase their core vocabulary, study spelling rules, phonetics, word forms and grammar necessary to understand short readings.
  
ESLR 40     Intermediate-Low Reading    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLR 30 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Corequisite: ESL 92
Advisory: ESLL 40 and ESLW 40
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a four-unit course for non-native English speakers at the intermediate-low level.  This course focuses on developing reading skills with an emphasis on building vocabulary, literal comprehension, and fluency.  Students will discuss and write about readings. 

ESLR 50     Intermediate-Mid Reading    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLR 40 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Corequisite: ESL 92
Advisory: ESLG 50, ESLL 50, and ESLW 50
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a reading course for non-native English speakers at the intermediate-mid level. This course focuses on the introduction of academic reading skills, with an emphasis on vocabulary development, literal comprehension, and dictionary skills.  Students practice critical thinking skills to understand, analyze, discuss, and write responses to ideas expressed in reading.  
 
ESLR 310     Intermediate-High Reading    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLR 50 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Advisory: ESLG 310, ESLL 310, and ESLW 310
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This course focuses on developing academic skills at the intermediate-high level with emphasis on speed, vocabulary expansion, and comprehension of ideas.  This course also introduces students to library use.  Students will use critical thinking skills to understand, paraphrase, summarize, and respond orally, as well as in writing, to ideas expressed in fiction and non-fiction readings. 

ESLR 320     Advanced-Low Reading    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLR 310 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Advisory: ESLW 320
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This course focuses on refining academic reading skills with an emphasis on speed, vocabulary development, and analytical comprehension. Students will practice research and synthesizing skills and do extensive writing based on critical analysis of readings. 

ESLR 499     Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Reading    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 


ESL - Writing (ESLW)

ESLW 20     Novice Writing    4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ESL 91
Advisory: ESLL 20 and ESLR 20; one year of adult school and concurrent enrollment in ESL Reading and Listening/Speaking courses at the student’s assessed levels are highly recommended.
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
ESLW 20 is a writing course for non-native English speakers at the novice level. This course is an introduction to writing in English. Students write about familiar topics focusing on the structure of English sentences including parts of speech and word order. Emphasis is on the production of clear, basic written sentences using common everyday vocabulary. Question formation is also demonstrated and practiced. By the end of the semester, students will be able to write simple sentences using correct grammar.  
 
ESLW 30     Novice-High Writing    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLW 20 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Corequisite: ESL 91
Advisory: ESLL 30 and ESLR 30
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
ESLW 30 is a course for non-native English speakers at the novice-high level. It will enable students to progress from writing simple sentences to writing narrative and descriptive paragraphs on topics related to their everyday life and experience.  
 
ESLW 40     Intermediate-Low Writing    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLW 30 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Corequisite: ESL 92
Advisory: ESLL 40 and ESLR 40
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a course for non-native speakers of English at the intermediate-low level which focuses on writing paragraphs with a clear beginning, middle, and end while developing correct sentence structure. Students learn to use critical thinking skills and level-appropriate grammar in their writing. By the end of the semester, students are able to write multiple paragraphs.
  
ESLW 50     Intermediate-Mid Writing    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLW 40 with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Corequisite: ESL 92
Advisory: ESLG 50, ESLL 50, and ESLR 50
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
This is a course for non-native speakers at the intermediate-mid level which focuses on the development of paragraph writing in a variety of rhetorical modes through guided writing and practice. By the end of the semester, students will progress to writing multi-paragraph essays.  Students will learn techniques essential to essay writing.  They will continue to develop sentence structure in longer pieces of writing. 

ESLW 85     Parts of Speech    2 Units
Prerequisite: ESLR 40 and ESLW 40 with grades of “C” or better;  or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 36 hours LEC  
This elective course covers the most important parts of speech in English. Students will learn to identify and use nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, prepositions, and conjunctions in basic sentences. 

ESLW 86     Spelling    2 Units
Prerequisite: ESLR 40 and ESLW 40 with grades of “C” or better;  or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 36 hours LEC  
This elective course is designed for students who need to improve their spelling. It includes an introduction to the basic spelling rules and patterns of English. Students will also learn to recognize and differentiate homophones, suffixes, and plurals. Students will develop competence in the ability to spell. 

ESLW 310     Intermediate-High Writing    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLW 50 (Intermediate-Low Writing) with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Advisory: ESLG 310, ESLL 310, and ESLR 310
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
In this course, students at the intermediate-high level will develop their ability to respond to a variety of essay assignments.  They will use the writing process to produce developed, organized, and unified essays.  They will practice critical thinking skills through class discussion and written response to readings.  They will refine their ability to control a range of grammatical structures.  

ESLW 320     Advanced-Low Writing    4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLW 310 with a grade of “C” or better; ESLW 310 (Low-Advanced Writing) with a grade of “C” or better; or, for those students not previously enrolled in ESL courses within the Los Rios District, placement through the LRCCD ESL assessment process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
In this course, students will use critical thinking skills and the writing process to produce a variety of focused, developed, and organized essays. The course emphasizes sentence variety and the mechanics of English in the context of the essay. Essays will incorporate outside sources as well as personal experience.
 
ESLW 499     Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Writing    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 


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