Tracks and course offerings for ESL Core Classes | Admissions

Admissions & Records

Tracks and course offerings for ESL Core Classes

Description of Academic Writing/ESL Core Classes:

WR 1 + ESL 302 + ESL 382 (6.5 units)

Fulfills IVC's IGETC Pattern: Area 1A and CSUGE Area A2

WR 1 is the first semester course in college-level writing. This WR 1 course is paired with an ESL course that offers 2 additional units of support for students who have college-level reading and writing skills, but need assistance with language refinement.  The WR 1 section and support course are taught by an ESL faculty.  Class sessions will typically involve: 

  • Actively reading college-level texts, including non-fiction and/or fiction books 
  • Writing (4) essays based on those texts. Students begin with a 4-pg essay and move to a 7-9 pg. research paper by the end of the semester
  • Reviewing MLA format conventions
  • Writing summaries, reading responses, writers’ journals, and other assignments to support students’ reading and writing skills
  • Development of academic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that will help students in other college course, including writing across the curriculum
  • Classroom discussion, small group work, in-class writing

ESL 302 provides:

  • Language-based activities to assist students in refining their Academic English skills.
  • Additional support to help students understand and analyze their WR 1 reading assignments
  • Time in class to draft and review WR 1 essays with the instructor and peers
  • Assignments and activities designed to help students succeed in WR 1 and build a strong college-writing foundation

ESL 382 provides: 

  • Assistance in the writing center for students enrolled in ESL 302 and WR 302. 
  • Students must complete no fewer than 24 hours in the Writing Center and participate in four formal conferences to receive credit.

ESL 90 + ESL 390L (5.5 units)

General Elective Transferable to UC/CSU*

This is the 4th and final semester of the academic writing sequence designed for non-native English writers who need to gain proficiency in Academic English. Students write essays in response to assigned readings from a range of college-level texts. The course covers how to state and develop a central idea of an essay, organize paragraphs into logical sequence, and integrate the ideas of others into a paper that expresses the writer’s own analysis as developed through multiple drafts. * Maximum 8 units of ESL transferable elective credit.    Class sessions will typically involve: 

  • Actively reading full-length college-level texts, including a 300-pg, full-length nonfiction book
  • Writing (4) essays based on those texts. Students begin with a 3.5-pg. essay and move to a 6-7 pg. essay by the end of the semester
  • Reviewing MLA format conventions
  • Focus on syntheses and analyses of multiple texts for reading responses, summaries, and short writes
  • Development of academic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that will help students in other college classes
  • Development of revision and editing skills to assist students at editing their written academic English 
  • Language based activities ((about 20% grammar, 80% writing)
  • Co-requisite course: ESL 390L = This is a 0.5 lab course that students attend, during open lab hours, in the English Language Center, room B354. Includes individual writing conferences with ESL instructors and independent grammar/reading lab work
  • Sample ESL 90 Student Text
  • Sample ESL 90 Student Essay

ESL 80 + ESL 380L (5.5 units)

General Elective Transferable to UC/CSU*

This is the 3rd semester of the academic writing sequence designed for non-native English writers who need to gain a greater understanding of Academic English. Students write essays in response to assigned readings of college-level texts. The course covers how to develop a thesis statement, how to control the structure of an academic essay, and how to develop details of support through multiple drafts. * Maximum 8 units of ESL transferable elective credit.   Class sessions will typically involve:

  • Actively reading short college-level texts, including a 250-pg full-length novel or nonfiction book
  • Writing (4) essays based on those texts. Students begin with a 3-pg. essay and move to a 4-5 pg. essay by the end of the semester
  • Reviewing MLA format conventions
  • Focus on analyses of single texts for reader-centered responses, summaries, and short writes.
  • Grammar and other language-based activities (about 30% grammar, 70% writing)
  • Development of academic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that will help students in other college classes
  • Co-requisite course: ESL 380L = This is a 0.5 lab course that students attend, during open lab hours, in the English Language Center, room B354. Includes individual writing conferences with ESL instructors and independent grammar/reading lab work
  • Sample ESL 80 Text
  • Sample ESL 80 Student Essay

ESL 370 + ESL 370L (5.5 units)

This is the 2nd semester of the academic writing sequence designed for non-native English writers who need to be introduced to the demands of Academic English. Students will write paragraphs and short essays as they respond to text-based prompts. The course covers refining the academic paragraph, and structuring the academic essay.  Class sessions will typically involve:

  • Actively reading short college-level texts, including a 200-pg full-length novel or non-fiction book
  • Writing paragraphs and (2) short essays, 2-3 pages, based on those texts
  • Development of MLA format conventions
  • Focus on analyses of single texts for reader-centered and personal responses
  • Grammar and other language-based activities (about 50% grammar, 50% writing)
  • Development of academic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that will help you in other college classes
  • Development of revision and editing skills to assist you in developing your written academic English 
  • Optional lab course available - ESL 389, noncredit (0 units).  Similar to ESL 301L and 201L.
  • Co-requisite course: ESL 370L = This is a 0.5 lab course that students attend, during open lab hours, in the English Language Center, room 354. Includes individual writing conferences with ESL instructors and independent grammar/reading lab work
  • Sample ESL 370 Student Essay

ESL 360 (5 units)

The first course of the ESL academic writing sequence for multilingual writers who need to gain an understanding of Academic English. Focuses on the structure and development of the academic paragraph and the correct use of appropriate grammatical structures. Students are required to complete rigorous reading and writing tasks that introduce students to college-level academic requirements.

Class sessions will typically involve:

  • Actively reading short (ESL glossed) texts
  • Writing sentences of various types and paragraphs
  • Introduction to the conventions of academic writing and MLA format
  • Large focus on grammar and other language-based activities (about 60% grammar, 40% writing)
  • Development of academic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that will help students succeed in ESL/Academic Writing courses
  • Optional lab course available - ESL 389, noncredit (0 units).  Similar to ESL 380L and 390L.
  • Sample ESL 360 Student Essay

Questions?

Contact ESL Faculty Rebecca Beck or Jeff Wilson.