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Intensive ESL

Course Descriptions

INTEN 010: Reading 1-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Provides an introduction to reading in English as a second language. Students will achieve a basic level of reading fluency. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Intensive ESL Placement Test.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use reading skills to demonstrate understanding of a very basic text. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of very basic vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 011: Grammar 1-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Provides an introduction to basic English grammar. Introduces "be" and "have"; simple present, present progressive simple past and future tenses; ability with "can"; and basic nouns and pronouns. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Intensive ESL Placement Test.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use correct grammar in very basic sentences. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of very basic grammar structures. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 012: Speaking and Listening 1-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Provides an introduction to basic speaking and listening in English. Students practice speaking skills for conversation, relating to daily activities, family and cultural background and social changes. Basic listening skills emphasized. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Intensive ESL Placement Test.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate very basic conversation skills. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of very basic spoken English. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 013: Writing 1-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Provides an introduction to writing in English as a second language. Students will achieve a basic level of writing proficiency, using simple verb tenses and vocabulary; spelling emphasized. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Intensive ESL Placement Test.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of sound-letter correspondence. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Write very basic sentences and passages. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Use very basic punctuation, capitalization and coordination correctly. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 014: Reading 1-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Provides an introduction to reading in English as a second language. Students will achieve a basic level of reading fluency. S/U grade option.

Course Level Objectives


INTEN 020: Reading 2-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for students with basic reading skills in English as a second language. Emphasis is on increasing reading comprehension, reading speed and vocabulary. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 010 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use reading skills to demonstrate understanding of a basic text. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of basic vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 021: Grammar 2-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for students with knowledge of basic English grammar. Introduces count/non-count nouns, basic modals, negatives, question forms, comparisons and articles. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 011 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use correct grammar in basic sentences. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of basic grammar structures. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 022: Speaking and Listening 2-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for students with some ability to speak English as a second language. Students work on listening comprehension skills by listening to taped conversations, and begin practice listening to fast, relaxed English. Some American idioms introduced. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 012 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic conversation skills. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of basic spoken English. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 023: Writing 2-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for students with basic writing skills in English as a second language. Students work on paragraph structure through journals, letters, and basic paragraphs. In addition to paragraph development, work on sentence mechanics is included. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 013 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write a basic paragraph on a simple topic. [COMMUNICATE ]
  2. Demonstrate use of basic written grammar and mechanics. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Use basic vocabulary in writing. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 030: Reading 3-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for intermediate ESL students. Students read and discuss textbook passages and a simplified novel. Reading for main ideas and details are discussed. Vocabulary expansion and word form study are also emphasized. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 020 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use reading skills to demonstrate understanding of a lower intermediate text. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of lower intermediate vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Summarize a lower intermediate text. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Express opinions about the content of a lower intermediate text. [REASON]

INTEN 031: Grammar 3-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for intermediate ESL students. Brief review of parts of speech; present, past future tenses; focus on subject/verb agreement and count/non-count nouns; introduction to modals. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 021 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use correct grammar in low-intermediate discourse. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of low-intermediate grammar structures. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 032: Speaking and Listening 3-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for intermediate ESL students. Focuses on listening to English using videos and audio materials. Practice involves small group discussions and pair work. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): INTEN 022 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate lower-intermediate conversation skills. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of lower-intermediate spoken English. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate basic understanding of non-ESL spoken English in selected media. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Discuss common topics at a lower-intermediate level. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 033: Writing 3-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for intermediate ESL students. Focus on paragraph structure, idea development, and coherence with additional work on sentence connectors. Also includes journal writing. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 023 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write an academic paragraph at a low-intermediate level. [COMMUNICATE ]
  2. Demonstrate use of low-intermediate level written grammar and mechanics. [COMMUNICATE ]
  3. Use low-intermediate level vocabulary in writing. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 040: Reading 4-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for intermediate ESL students. Academic reading skills including vocabulary expansion, main ideas, and supporting details. Students read authentic texts. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 030 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use reading skills to demonstrate understanding of intermediate texts. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of intermediate vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE ]
  3. Summarize intermediate texts and non-ESL readings. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Express opinions about the content of intermediate texts and non-ESL readings. [REASON]

INTEN 041: Grammar 4-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for intermediate ESL students. Verb tenses are reviewed and expanded. Course focus is on adjective and adverb clauses, infinitives and gerunds, conjunctions, and parallelism. Emphasis on written usage. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 031 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use correct grammar in intermediate discourse. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of intermediate grammar structures. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 043: Writing and Editing 4-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for intermediate ESL students. Students learn to edit their writing for correct English grammar, sentence structure, and expression. Additional focus on sentence types, articles, and prepositions. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 033 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write an academic paragraph at an intermediate level. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate use of intermediate level written grammar and mechanics. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Use intermediate level vocabulary in writing. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Identify and correct sentence errors. [REASON ]

INTEN 050: Reading 5-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for upper-intermediate ESL students. Stresses academic skills, critical thinking, and vocabulary expansion. Course work includes main ideas, making inferences, and distinguishing fact and opinion. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 040 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use reading skills to demonstrate understanding of upper-intermediate texts. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of upper-intermediate vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Summarize upper-intermediate texts and non-ESL readings. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Express opinions about the content of upper-intermediate texts and non-ESL readings. [REASON]

INTEN 051: Grammar 5-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Designed for upper-intermediate ESL students. Focuses on conditionals, noun clauses, gerunds, infinitives, particles, and modals. Emphasis is on spoken usage. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 041 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use correct grammar in upper-intermediate discourse. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of upper-intermediate grammar structures. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 053: Writing 5-ESL

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

For upper-intermediate ESL students. Students review paragraph structure and learn the organization and style for basic essays, formal letters, and short answer items. Additional focus on editing for correct English grammar, sentence structure and expression. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 043 or Intensive ESL Placement Exam.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write an academic paragraph at an upper-intermediate level. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Write a basic academic essay. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Write a formal letter. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate use of upper-intermediate level written grammar and mechanics. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Use upper-intermediate level vocabulary in writing. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Identify and correct sentence errors. [REASON]

INTEN 055: TOEFL Preparation

Credits: 1.0

Designed to help students with upper- intermediate to advanced English proficiency develop the skills required to be successful on the actual TOEFL. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Placement in Itensive ESL. Level 4 or 5 is recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the three sections of the TOEFL Test. [REASON]
  2. Identify specific question types for each section of the TOEFL Test. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate test-taking strategies. [REASON]

INTEN 071: Advanced Speaking and Listening

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

A general speaking and listening course for upper-intermediate ESL students. Students improve their speaking and listening skills through discussions, speeches, idioms practice and focused listening work. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 032 or Intensive ESL Placement Test.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate intermediate level of understanding of spoken English. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Present a short speech. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Participate in small group discussions. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate understanding of target vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Use target vocabulary in conversation. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 072: College Preparation

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

For upper-intermediate ESL students. Students improve speaking and listening skills with an emphasis on skills for college success: listening and note taking, small group discussion, oral presentation. Provides an introduction to the American community college system. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 032 or Intensive ESL Placement Test.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Take notes on the main ideas and essential information of academic lectures. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the main ideas and essential information of academic lectures. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Participate in small group discussions. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Present a short speech. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Observe and describe several college classes. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 073: Pronunciation Plus

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

An upper-intermediate ESL speaking and listening course with an emphasis on improving students' American English pronunciation. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 032 or Intensive ESL Placement Test.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate individual improvement in English pronunciation. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Recognize difference of meaning in English due to rhythm, intonation, and stress. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate understanding of spoken English from authentic sources. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Present a short speech. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Participate in small group discussions. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 074: Partners in Service

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Upper-intermediate ESL students improve their speaking/listening skills by volunteering for campus or community organizations. Students get opportunities to use English, to reflect on their speaking/listening improvement, and to gain exposure to American culture. S/U grade option. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Pass INTEN 032 or Intensive ESL Placement Test.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate improvement of oral communication skills using English with native speakers, in a volunteer job. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate cultural understanding represented in the volunteer site. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Communicate with native speakers about their respective countries and cultures. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Complete volunteer responsibilities. [ACT]
  5. Present a short speech describing the service experience. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 076: Special Topics in Speaking and Listening

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Prepares ESL students for content-based college work by focusing on global topics such as sustainability and cross-cultural communication. Students develop skills in listening, discussion, oral presentations and basic internet-based research. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Placement into Intensive ESL Listening and Speaking 4 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate intermediate-level understanding of spoken English (videos, news clips, lectures, etc.). [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate understanding of target vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Use target vocabulary in spoken English. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Present a short speech based on course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Participate in small group discussions. [COMMUNICATE]

INTEN 087: Language Study Skills

Credits: 5.0

This course is designed to assist Intensive ESL students who have failed one or more classes for two consecutive quarters and need study skill and content area support. The course will combine study skills instruction and practice and content area tutoring. This course will be a requirement for enrollment in the IESL program for students who have failed for two consecutive quarters. It will also be open to but not required of students by instructor recommendation. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): See an adviser (department head).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful complete of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic study skills [REASON]
  2. Understand IESL and college support resources [REASON]
  3. Locate assistance for IESL course content, assignments, etc. [REASON]