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ESL 053 English as a Second Language Level 3 • V1-10 Cr.


Prepares English-as-a-second language students to communicate in familiar job, life-skill, or social situations. Students read short texts using simple context clues and decoding skills and write short paragraphs that are edited for basic grammar and spelling. This is intermediate 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 explanations, conversations, instructions, and narratives made up of sentence-length utterances and some connected discourse on familiar topics related to personal background and needs, social conventions, and everyday tasks.
  • Use several strategies, including formulas for asking for repetition and clarification, and strategies for indicating understanding, for giving feedback, for gathering missing information and/or repairing problems in comprehension, such as rephrasing, substituting a different word, or drawing a picture.
  • Speak so others can understand by recalling and using a somewhat limited vocabulary including words related to common, everyday topics, personal experience; know and use basic grammar and sentence structure in familiar, predictable communication tasks.
  • Apply simple strategies (such as making and responding to requests for feedback, repetition, and rephrasing) to monitor and enhance the effectives of the communication and to meet the speaking purpose.
  • Read with understanding by decoding and recognizing everyday words in short, simple texts by breaking words into parts, tapping out/sounding out syllables, applying pronunciation rules, using picture aids, and recalling oral vocabulary and sight words.
  • Monitor and enhance comprehension using various strategies, such as rereading, restating, copying and rephrasing text; making a list of new words, or using a simplified dictionary.
  • Convey ideas in writing by following a highly structured plan to organize ideas around a single familiar topic and produce a short but legible and comprehensible draft.
  • Appropriately use everyday, familiar vocabulary and simple sentence structures to produce several sentences on a topic, and make simple edits of grammar, capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

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