Course Descriptions

Descriptions for ESOL classes

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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In order to help satisfy the need for English instruction by students whose first language is not English, Vol State offers courses in conversation, grammar, literacy, U.S. culture, beginning computer, reading, and writing for non-native speakers of English. These courses are designed to take students from high beginner proficiency to a level adequate for their successful completion of standard college level courses.

Students should see an ESOL advisor and take required admission and English proficiency tests before registering for classes. ESOL class offerings and E sections of ENGL and READ 0810 and 0820 classes are listed below:

ESOL 0121 - Conversation 1

This course is for high-beginning level students of the English language. Students will learn to talk about common topics, make simple conversation, and engage in basic discussions.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0122 - Conversation 2

This course is designed to teach low-intermediate level students how to make and understand conversation in English while learning about the American culture. Students should be able to talk about common topics and express opinions at the end of this course.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0121.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0123 - Conversation 3

This course is designed for high-intermediate level students of the English Language. It is designed to teach students how to converse in depth on social and academic topics and be able to participate in academic courses.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0122.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0124 - Conversation 4

This course is for advanced level students of the English language. Students will listen to and take notes on academic lectures as well as learn basic public speaking skills.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOl 0123.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0131 - Literacy 1

This course is for high-beginning level students of the English language. Students will learn to write basic sentences and read paragraphs.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0132 - Literacy 2

This course is designed for low-intermediate level students of the English language. Students will learn how to write grammatically correct sentences, read and understand simple paragraphs, and respond to readings in writing.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0131.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0151 - Grammar 1

This course is for high-beginning level students of the English language. It is designed to teach students the basics of grammar, both in spoken and written form. Students will talk about common topics, make simple conversation, and understand the guidelines for basic grammatical structures.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0152 - Grammar 2

This course is for low-intermediate students of the English language. It focuses on grammar basics in spoken and written English. Students will talk about common topics, including future activities, and understand the guidelines for the grammatical structures taught in the class.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0151.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0153 - Grammar 3

This course is for high-intermediate level students of the English language. It focuses on sentence parts, patterns, forms, and structural variety in English.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0152.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0154 - Grammar 4

This course is an advanced grammar course to prepare students of the English language to succeed in college level courses.

PREREQUISITES:Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0153.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0161 - Navigating U.S. Culture

An introduction to American culture through cultural exploration and multi-media experiences.

PREREQUISITES: Placement scores on English placement test indicate student is at a Conversation 1 or Literacy 1 level or higher.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0173 - Reading 3

This is for high-intermediate level students of the English language. Students will increase vocabulary and reading abilities. Students will read a variety of materials and identify main ideas and details.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0132.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0174 - Reading 4

This is for low-advanced level students of the English language. Students will improve reading comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, and skills in an academic environment.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0180 - Supplemental Writing for the ESOL Student

This is a companion course to accompany ESOL sections of ENGL 0820 for completion of Level 2 Writing Competencies. The course provides additional instructional and in-class writing time for ESOL students to achieve ENGL 0820 course objectives.

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Writing Comptency level 1.
COREQUISITES: ENGL 0820 E section.

Credits: (1)

ESOL 0183 - Writing 3

This is for high-intermediate level students of the English language. Students will learn academic paragraph form, basic summarizing skills, and awareness of rhetorical modes.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0132.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0184 - Writing 4

This course is for low-advanced level students of the English language. Students will write basic academic essays and writings using standard written English.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into course from scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0183.

Credits: (3)

ESOL 0192 - Navigating the Computer

An introduction course of basic computer usage, skills, and keyboarding for the ESOL student.

PREREQUISITES: Placement into Literacy 2 or higher from scores on English placement test or by recommendation of an ESOL advisor.

Credits: (3)

ENGL 0810 E section- Learning Support Writing I

A course designed to improve student skills in the principles of writing task/purpose, audience awareness, organization, development, language skills, grammar/punctuation, and writing process. Students write a series of essays and complete an individualized study plan for language skills, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Successful completion of ENGL 0810 satisfies the requirement for Writing Competency Level One and may satisfy the requirement for Writing Competency Level Two. The ENGL 0810 E section is for students' whose first language is not English.

Credits: (3)

ENGL 0820 E section - Learning Support Writing II

A continuation of ENGL 0810 for completion of Learning Support Writing Competencies. Individualized topics include writing task/purpose, audience awareness, organization, development, language skills, grammar/punctuation, and writing process. Successful completion of ENGL 0820 satisfies the requirement for Writing Competency Level Two. The ENGL 0820 E section is for students' whose first language is not English.

PREREQUISITES: Completion of English Competency Level 1.

Credits: (2)

READ 0810 E section- Learning Support Reading I

A course designed to improve reading comprehension and skills in the areas of main idea, supporting details, organization and relationships, vocabulary development, and critical and strategic reading. Students read a variety of texts and complete an individualized study plan. Successful completion of READ 810 satisfies the Reading Competency Level 1 and may satisfy Reading Competency Level 2. The READ 0810 E section is for students' whose first language is not English.

Credits: (3)

READ 0820 E section - Learning Support Reading II

READ 0820 is a continuation of READ 0810 for completion of Level 2 Reading Competencies to improve reading comprehension and skills in the areas of main idea, supporting details, organization and relationships, vocabulary development, and critical and strategic reading. Students read a variety of texts and complete an individualized study plan. Successful completion of READ 0820 satisfies the Reading Competency Level 2. The READ 0820 E section is for students' whose first language is not English.

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Reading Competency Level 1.

Credits: (2)