GENERAL ESL

ESL Literacy (12 weeks: 216 hours) – Level 1

Course Requirement:
Placement Test

CaMLA EPT

CaMLA Speaking

CaMLA Writing

Total Range for Placement

0-26

0-3

0-5

0-34

Course Description

ESL Literacy is designed to build foundational skills for nonnative speakers in American English, focusing on aural/oral development.

Course Goal

Develop students’ ability to understand and produce the basic sounds, vocabulary and sentence patterns of American English.

Beginning ESL (12 weeks: 216 hours) – Level 2

Course Requirement:
Placement Test

CaMLA EPT

CaMLA Speaking

CaMLA Writing

Total Range for Placement

27-40

3-8

5-12

35-60

Course Description

Beginning ESL builds upon basic American English literacy through the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Additional grammatical forms and communicative modes are studied.

Course Goal

Further develop students’ ability to understand and produce the basic sounds, vocabulary and sentence patterns of American English.

Intermediate ESL (12 weeks: 216 hours) – Level 3

Course Requirement:
Placement Test

CaMLA EPT

CaMLA Speaking

CaMLA Writing

Total Range for Placement

41-50

8-12

12-18

61-80

Course Description

Intermediate ESL offers nonnative speakers intensive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the study of grammatical structures and functions needed for increased fluency in writing and speaking.

Course Goal

Develop students’ ability to comprehend American English to develop students’ use of spoken American English in a variety of settings; to develop students’ ability to begin to apply knowledge of grammatical structures in both written and spoken American English; and to develop students’ ability to actively engage in authentic texts on a variety of topics

High Intermediate ESL (12 weeks: 216 hours) – Level 4

Course Requirement:
Placement Test

CaMLA EPT

CaMLA Speaking

CaMLA Writing

Total Range for Placement

51-61

12-16

18-25

81-102

Course Description

High Intermediate ESL offers continued intensive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and increased emphasis on grammatical correctness in writing and speaking for success in daily life.

Course Goal

Develop students’ ability to comprehend American English; to further develop students’ use of spoken American English in a variety of settings; to develop students’ ability to effectively apply knowledge of grammatical structures in both written and spoken American English; and to expand students’ ability to actively engage in authentic texts on a variety of topics.

Advanced ESL (12 weeks: 216 hours) – Level 5

Course Requirement:
Placement Test

CaMLA EPT

CaMLA Speaking

CaMLA Writing

Total Range for Placement

62-68

16-20

25-30

103-118

Course Description

Advanced ESL Reading and Writing further develops students’ ability to read and write fluently and coherently using standard American English and advanced grammatical forms and structures.

Advanced ESL Listening & Speaking further develops students’ ability to listen and speak fluently and coherently using standard American English and advanced grammatical forms and structures.

Accent reduction offers extensive practice in standard American English pronunciation including speech patterns like stress, intonation and rhythm.

Course Goal

Expand students’ ability to analyze and synthesize text; to increase students’ ability to apply knowledge of advanced grammatical forms and structures to understand texts of different genres and to produce coherent written text.

Expand students’ ability to comprehend to authentic conversations and short lectures.  Further develop learners’ confidence and fluency; increase students’ ability to apply knowledge of advanced grammatical forms and structures when speaking with improved pronunciation.

Develop students’ phonetic awareness of standard American English.

Advanced ESL course consists of

  1. Advanced Reading/Writing/Listing/Speaking (R/W/L/S) – 168 hours (14 hours per week/12 weeks) and
  2. Accent Reduction – 48 hours (4 hours per week/ 12 weeks)

Advanced ESL students must earn a grade of C- (70%) or higher for both Advanced ESL R/W/L/S and Accent Reduction class to graduate from Advanced ESL course.                      If a student fails any of the classes, he/she will not be allowed to graduate from this course, which results in the student placed on the academic probation.

The way to be an ESL Teacher

TESOL (Teacher Training Program)