ESL 086 English as a Second Language Level 6 • V1-10 Cr.
Prepares English-as-a-second language students to understand and communicate independently in selected authentic situations. Students apply reading strategies and critical thinking skills when reading materials from various sources. Students write and edit organized essays. This is high advanced 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 main ideas and most details in relatively complex and unstructured conversations, short lectures, news reports, extended explanations and other connected discourse on a range of topics, including topics beyond everyday contexts and immediate experiences in a variety of work, personal, and basic academic contexts with limited need for guidance and repetition.
- Effectively use advanced strategies to repair gaps in understanding, to ask questions to deepen comprehension and to give feedback appropriate to the situation, the audience and the purpose of the communication.
- Speak so others can understand by recalling and using a range of vocabulary including words related to most everyday, school, work, and social situations; know and use a variety of complex sentence structures and grammatical forms; know and use appropriate register in a range of communicative tasks, including unfamiliar, unpredictable, and uncomfortable interactions when provided minimal support.
- Apply a wide range of strategies (including body language, pause fillers, stalling devices, and different rates of speech as needed) to monitor and enhance effectiveness of communication and to meet the speaking purpose.
- Read with understanding dense or multipart texts to independently accomplish structured, complex reading activities in a variety of familiar and novel settings, and locate important information; read identified sections for detail and determine missing information.
- Monitor and enhance comprehension using a wide range of strategies, such as brainstorming and question formulation techniques.
- Convey ideas in writing by determining the purpose and audience for writing expressive, persuasive and informative texts using a variety of complex sentence structures in coherently-linked multiple-paragraph essays.
- Use a variety of strategies (undertake multiple re-readings of text in order to edit for grammar, spelling, sentence structure, language usage, and text structure) and use appropriate tools such as dictionaries and grammar guides.