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ESL 082 English as a Second Language Level 2 • V1-10 Cr.


Prepares English-as-a second language students to communicate using routine statements related to personal needs, desires, and feelings in familiar social contexts. Students learn to write basic messages, interpret maps, bills, and schedules, and follow written and oral instructions. This is beginning ESL. Students must show progress in three quarters of instruction. Course is credit/no-credit. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Apply active listening strategies to understand and respond to learned words and phrases in simple questions, statements and high-frequency commands as part of short conversations, explanations, instructions, and narratives where the linguistic complexity is simplified.
  • Use a few simple formulas to convey understanding, and ask for repetition or clarification and one or two simple strategies for gathering missing information and/or repairing problems in communication.
  • Use non-verbal and visual clues, as well as socio-cultural, linguistic, and other background knowledge to understand the basic intent of the speaker and to meet the purpose of the communication.
  • Speak so others can understand to recall and use a limited set of learned words, phrases, and short sentences related to basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities and immediate needs in familiar, predictable, and straightforward communication tasks.
  • Use simple strategies (such as familiar phrases and questions; responding to simple, direct questions; and, combining or re-combining learned or heard words and phrases) to select and relay information.
  • Apply simple strategies (such as gestures, eye contact, and simple, repeated requests for feedback from listener) to monitor effectiveness of the communication and to meet the speaking purpose.
  • Read with understanding by decoding and recognizing familiar everyday, simple words in short, simple text by breaking words into parts, tapping out/sounding out syllables, applying pronunciation rules, using picture aids, and recalling oral vocabulary and sight words.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with learned words, phrases, and simple sentences.
  • Locate discrete items of information in simplified text.
  • Monitor accuracy of decoding simple sentences using various strategies such as rereading, copying, or making word lists.
  • Recall prior knowledge to understand information in simple texts.
  • Convey ideas in writing by following a highly structured plan to organize ideas around a single familiar topic.
  • Determine the purpose and audience for communicating in writing.
  • Appropriately use everyday, familiar vocabulary (such as words with personal significance and commonly-used adjective, pronouns and prepositions) and simple sentence structures to produce a few sentences on a topic.
  • Make simple edits of grammar, capitalization, spelling, and punctuation based on review and feedback from others.
  • Take responsibility for establishing own learning goals.
  • Use simple computer programs and perform a sequence of routine tasks using computers or other technologies appropriate for his or her family, worker or citizen roles.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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