Adult Basic Education / ELA
|ESL-001: Educational Interview, Credits = 1|
Learner-focused college readiness course designed to provide English as Second Language learners with an understanding of college culture, learning needs and goal setting. The course is offered with students one-to-one, in small or large groups, or in a combination of these configurations. Student can register for three consecutive 1-credit courses. The course must meet for at least 10 hours per quarter to earn one credit. State-mandated assessment as well as the college's registration processes are included. Course has fully developed modules of instruction and is offered as a computer enhanced course.
ESL-005: ELA Foundations, Credits = 1 - 12
This foundational skills course is directed toward fostering students' understanding and working knowledge of concepts of print, the alphabetic principle, and other basic conventions of the English writing system. The skills are not an end in and of themselves; rather, they are necessary and important components of an effective, comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of types and disciplines. In this course students will achieve foundational reading skills anchors as specified by the College Career and Readiness Standards for Adult Education produced by U.S. Department od Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Prerequisite: Placement by CASAS of 185, oral screen, or instructor permission.
ESL-010: ESL Level II, Credits = 1 - 12
Offered to students who are literate in their own language or progressed from ESL 005. Students will be able to read simple text and write simple sentences. Focus is to improve reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar in life skills contexts such as providing personal information, describing daily events, and identifying jobs and work related abilities. Prerequisite: Placement by CASAS or completion of ESL 005.
ESL-014: Oral Communication, Credits = 1 - 5
For students needing skills in verbal communication at a basic level. Students use familiar oral phrases, questions and social conversations to increase both speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: CASAS placement score of 181-210.
ESL-015: Communication, Credits = 1 - 5
Designed to meet the needs of students who speak with difficulty in familiar settings either face-to-face or in brief telephone conversations. Focus is on developing vocabulary, word choice, register, pace and gesture in order to increase effectiveness of communication. Prerequisite: CASAS placement score of 211 and above.
ESL-020: ESL Level III, Credits = 1 - 12
Enables students to satisfy survival needs and routine work and social demands. Focuses on skills needed independently accomplish simple, well defined, and structured reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills needed to communicate in English. Placement by CASAS score of 191 or completion of ESL 010
ESL-027: ESL Advanced Reading, Credits = 5
This class develops reading techniques for advanced ESL students through focusing on the reading of pre-college textbooks and academic discussion of literature. This course helps to improve comprehension skills, critical reading skills and application of reading strategies used to increase comprehension. Students will be expected to analyze and synthesize materials at an appropriate reading speed as well as formulate critical judgments of readings. Daily discussions, outside readings, written assignments and examinations are required. A CASAS score of 221-236 and a writing assessment are required for placement. Students with a CASAS score of 236 and above, and a grade of A or B may quality for Read 88 and College Level Reading.
ESL-028: ESL Advanced Writing, Credits = 5
Course focus is on organizing and presenting information to serve a specific purpose. Graphic organizers are routinely used to generate ideas. Students use a variety of sentence types and transition words to organize ideas into logical paragraphs with main ideas and supporting details. Students work on editing skills and observe writing conventions of grammar, spelling and sentence structure. This course includes daily discussion, individual and group writing activities, examinations and homework. This course is designed to prepare students for a successful transition to college-level courses and to develop the behaviors and values relevant to success in higher education and the labor market. Students who successfully complete this course will earn up to three High School 21 credits in English. WAC 180 51-061 CASAS post-test will be given after 45 hours of instruction. Prerequisite: CASAS Reading 221 or above and writing assessment.
ESL-030: ESL Level IV, Credits = 1 - 11
Enables students to satisfy survival needs and routine work/social demands. Focuses on skills needed to independently accomplish simple, well defined, and structured reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills needed to communicate. Prerequisite: Placement by CASAS or completion of ESL 020. Students may co-enroll in IBEST courses with permission of the Transitional Studies Department.
ESL-031: ESL United States History and Government and the Arts, Credits = 1 - 9
This course is designed for students seeking an adult high school diploma through the High School 21 Program, students studying for the GED exam, and students seeking educational enrichment. In this course, students will investigate US History and Government through a variety of multimedia, reading, writing, fine art, and music. Students will respond to a wide variety of themes, by era in American History, beginning with the American Revolution through the development of our modern government, from the 1600s to the present. The content will examine the pathway and the development of the modern day culture, democracy and the federal government. Students who successfully complete this course could earn High School 21 credit in American History/Government and fine arts. Students can earn additional credit if they demonstrate the requisite competencies in reading and writing. WAC 180 51-061 CASAS post-test will be given after 45 hours of instruction. Prerequisite: CASAS score of 190 or above.
ESL-032: ESL HS 21 Portfolio Class, Credits = 1 - 2.5
ABE HS 21 Portfolio classes are self-paced computer classes offered in a variety of learning modalities - including face-to-face, hybrid and online. Portfolio classes are conducted using Canvas. This competency based course allows students to work at their own pace and is designed to prepare students for a successful transition to college-level courses and to develop the behaviors and values relevant to success in higher education and the labor market. Prerequisite: HS 21 Transcript Evaluation: Score under 246 or placement in basic skills program.
ESL-042: ESL Integrated Digital English Acceleration, Credits = 1 - 9
Integrated Digital English Acceleration classes prepare ELA students for entry into I-BEST and other post-secondary programs. 30 instructional strands focus on English language instruction using an information literacy approach that aids students learn to learn language and locate information within a variety of contexts. The instructional design uses the flipped classroom model that provides online opportunities for students to gain foundational knowledge before coming to class, where they will apply the knowledge in project and problem-based activities. At least 50 percent of the instruction uses digital learning resources and include opportunities for self-directed learning. Instructor permission required.
ESL-050: ESL Level VI, Credits = 1 - 11
Designed for persons who are literate in English, can handle their jobs with oral and written instructions, and can communicate with native speakers. Emphasis is on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills with continued use of computers and other technologies.
ESL-060: Multi-Level ESL, Credits = 1 - 13.5
Offered for ESL students in levels I-VI. Student-centered instruction designed to develop language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening and basic numeracy. Skills are developed in the context of everyday life situations with the goal of communicative and cultural competence. Technology is used to enhance learning opportunities as available.
ESL-066: e-Learning for ESL, Credits = 1 - 9
Designed for ESL students at all levels of English competency. Students use a variety of computer programs and the Internet to improve language, grammar, vocabulary, study skills, and computer skills.
ESL-070: Special Purposes in ESL, Credits = 1 - 11
Opportunity for students to pursue special interests and topics in ESL.