Course Descriptions

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Descriptions for ESOL classes

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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, spelling and vocabulary, 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 sections of DSP classes are listed below:

ESOL 0122-Conversation II.

This course is designed to teach students how to make and understand conversation in English while learning about the American culture. Students should be able to talk about common topics (shopping, work, family) and express opinions at the end of this course.

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

ESOL 0123-Conversation III.

This course is designed to teach students how to converse in depth on social and academic topics and be able to participate in academic courses.

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

ESOL 0133-Literacy III.

This course is designed to teach non-native students basic paragraph form, summarizing, skimming and scanning skills and beginning academic vocabulary and academic reading skills. Students will respond to assigned readings in writing.

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

ESOL 0151-Grammar I.

This course 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.

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

ESOL 0152-Grammar II.

This course is at the high beginner-low intermediate level. This course focuses on grammar basics in spoken and written English. It is a follow-on course to ESOL 0151. Students will talk about common topics, including future activities, and understand the guidelines for the grammatical structures taught in the class.

Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement test or successful completion of ESOL 0151.

ESOL 0153-Grammar III.

This course is at the intermediate-high-intermediate level. Students will work on sentence parts, patterns, forms, and structural variety in English, in order to prepare students to succeed at the remedial level of DSPW courses.

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

ESOL 0141-English Spelling & Vocabulary.

This course is a course in English spelling and vocabulary for the non-native student of English. It may be taken at level 2, 3, or 4 as a pre-requisite to DSPR 0800. Reading.

Prerequisite: Placement into class per scores on English placement test.

ESOL sections of DSP are offered at VSCC. These courses are designated by an "E" after the DSPR number.

DSPR 0700 E-Reading I section for non-native speakers of English

DSPR 0800 E-Reading II section for non-native speakers of English

DSPW 0700 E-Writing I section for non-native speakers of English

DSPW 0800 E-Writing II section for non-native speakers of English

These courses are listed under the "ESOL course section" in the fall, spring, and summer schedules.