English as a Second Language

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: ESL Level I, Credits = 1 - 12
Offered to non-literate, pre-literate, or semi-literate students. Students will 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 oral screen.

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-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-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-040: ESL Level V, Credits = 1 - 12
Enables students to satisfy routine work and social demands. Focuses on skills needed to independently accomplish well defined and structured reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills needed to communicate in English. Prerequisite: Placement by CASAS or completion of ESL 030. Student may co-enroll in a I-BEST courses with the permission of the Transitional Studies Department.

ESL-040A: ESL Context Reading, Credits = 5
Course is aligned with outcomes for WA Adult Reading Learning Standard ESL V. This course 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. Students will be expected to analyze and synthesize materials at an appropriate reading speed, as well as formulate critical analysis of readings. Daily discussions, outside readings, written assignments and examinations are required. A CASAS score of 215-235 and writing assessment are used for placement. Students with an end of quarter CASAS score of 236 and above, and a grade of A may qualify for READ 88 or College Level Reading. Instructor permission required.

ESL-040B: ESL Context Writing, Credits = 5
This course is needed to support ESL students with a goal to pursue an academic or vocational pathway. Students apply academic writing concepts addressed in ENGL 077, thus providing opportunities to work toward College level English faster. The course also provides students with an introduction to on-line course work within a supported environment. Instructor permission required.

ESL-040C: ESL Integrated Digital English Acceleration, Credits = 1 - 9
Integrated Digital English Acceleration classes prepare ESL l-3 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 an 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.