English as a Second Language
Our ESL program gives students the opportunity to obtain the English language skills needed to achieve a multitude of goals.

By graduating from our ESL course you will have the skills needed to yield better results in the college environment as well as the employment field that follows. It is sure to open up many new opportunities in your area of expertise. An English learner can better support their children in their journey through school and become a more positive participant in their community. They will be studying and practicing communications skills, which includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking. Courses span five levels that range from Beginner Proficiency to Advanced Academic Language.

Beginner: Students at beginner proficiency have virtually no functional ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English. They are often new arrivals. Beginner level students may go through a “silent period” as a stage of normal second language acquisition development. These are literacy skills.

High Beginner: Students at high beginner proficiency are beginning to understand language and use it in a limited capacity. Typically, they memorize words and phrases and can comprehend and utilize language that they have been taught. The curriculum focuses on applying literacy skills to the development of new knowledge. In second language acquisition, keep in mind that social language precedes academic language development.

Intermediate: Students at intermediate proficiency are beginning to understand most oral language pertaining to familiar topics but have difficulty comprehending and using academic vocabulary. Their speech and writing are basic and contain errors. Social language ability can be misinterpreted for more advanced ability in academic English. Grade level academic content skills are still in development. The curricular focus is on advancing applications of literacy skills for the development of new knowledge.

High Intermediate: Students at high intermediate proficiency are able to function well in most everyday situations but still require academic language support. They may have difficulty understanding text beyond the literal level. They often make errors in structure and idiomatic language. The curricular focus is on more advanced applications of literacy skills.

Advanced: Students are expected to handle most personal, social, and academic language. This course will utilize all the previous English skills and build on more advanced idioms and structure. Students will utilize the dictionary to deal with complicated literacy and academic texts that may seem unfamiliar with the student. The ESL curricular focus is based on literacy skills necessary for success in a chosen career/profession. Specialized topics include Medical English/Terminology or Business English.

The English as a Second Language course requires 24 Semester Credit Hours. Upon completion, students will have completed a total of 720 Total Clock Hours of study. They will clock 18 hours per week for 40 weeks. Schedule options include:

  • Day/Morning Schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
  • Day/Afternoon Schedule: Monday to Friday, 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
  • Evening Schedule: Monday to Friday, 5:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.
Course Lecture/Lab Hours
ESL100 – ESLI – Beginner 108 / 36
6ESL200 – ESLII – High Beginner 108 / 36
ESL300 – ESLIII – Intermediate 108 / 36
ESL400 – ESLIV – High Intermediate 108 / 36
ESL500 – ESLV – Advanced 108 / 36
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Director of Admissions (Main Campus)
Amin Maghsoodi
Sr. Admissions Advisor (Main Campus)
Patrick Gopez
Director of Admissions (Branch Campus)
Amin Maghsoodi