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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE : Courses

Victor Valley College offers a wide variety of ESL classes from beginning to advanced levels. Please consult the Class Schedule for a description of these classes in English and Spanish, along with times and locations. After completing the Admissions Application, ESL Orientation, and ESL Assessment, we encourage you to make an appointment with a (bilingual) counselor to discuss your educational goals.

(Note: The list of courses below are the most common courses offered at Victor Valley College on a semester by semester basis.)

COURSES (NON-FEE, NON-CREDIT):

SPEAKING AND LISTENING:

  • AENG 10.1: ESL Low Beginning Speaking and Listening         0.00 Units
    This class is for people who do not speak or understand any English. It
    will focus on oral skills required for managing everyday situations such
    as apartment problems, transportation, shopping, and medical
    emergencies. Frequent use of simulation and role play. Strong
    emphasis on vocabulary development, plus basic grammar.
  • AENG 10.3: ESL High Beginning Speaking and Listening        0.00 Units
    This class continues from AENG 10.1. It is for people who
    speak and understand a little English. Students will continue to
    learn new vocabulary and sentence patterns useful in everyday
    situations.

READING AND WRITING:

  • AENG 10.2: ESL Low Beginning Reading and Writing              0.00 Units
    This class is for people who do not read or write any English. It will
    focus on basic reading and writing skills. Students will learn to read
    and fill out everyday forms, such as job applications. They will learn the
    alphabet, basic vocabulary and spelling rules, and also basic grammar.
  • AENG 10.4: ESL High Beginning Reading and Writing             0.00 Units
    This class continues from AENG 10.2. It is for people who read and
    write a little English. Students will continue to develop reading and
    writing skills useful for everyday situations, such as reading
    advertisements and finding and using sources of information.

AENG = Adult Education English

 

 

COURSES (CREDIT):

SPEAKING AND LISTENING:

  • ESL 25: Pre-Intermediate Listening and Speaking                    3.0 Units
    (formerly ESL 153)                                          
    This course focuses on fundamental speaking and listening skills for
    ESL students who have a basic knowledge of common English words
    and phrases. Students learn to understand short, spoken passages,
    including questions and warnings. Speaking skills include describing
    familiar situations and events and giving basic information on the
    telephone. 48-54 hours lecture and 48-54 hours laboratory. This
    course will not apply to the Associate Degree. (No prerequisite.
    Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken two times.
  • ESL 35A: Low Intermediate Listening and Speaking                3.0 Units
    (formerly ESL 35)
    This course focuses on speaking and listening skills for students at
    intermediate level of English. Students practice telephone and face-to-face
    conversations. They learn to express common courtesies such as
    thanking and apologizing. They use strategies to listen to and
    understand new words. 48-54. This course will not apply to the Associate
    degree. (Noprerequisite. Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken two times.
  • ESL 35B: High Intermediate Listening and Speaking                3.0 Units
    (formerly ESL 36)
    This course focuses on speaking and listening skills for students at
    high intermediate level of English. Students practice a variety of
    conversational and listening strategies and engage in discussions.
    Through role play, and simulation exercises, students learn to express
    opinions and reach agreement. 48-54 hours lecture and 48-54 hours
    laboratory. This course will not apply to the Associate degree. (No
    Prerequisite. Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken two times.

PRONOUNCIATION:

  • ESL 30A: Intermediate Pronunciation I                                     3.0 Units
    This is the first of a two-part series of Intermediate Level
    Pronunciation courses. It is designed for non-native speakers of
    English who would like to improve their oral communication skills for
    better employment opportunities; to increase self-confidence in
    occupational, social, and academic settings. This class will focus on
    introducing basic sounds, intonation, and rhythm of the English
    language. Emphasis is on oral fluency and individual accuracy.
    This course will not apply to the Associate Degree. 48-54 hours lecture.
    (No Prerequisite. Recommended completion of ESL 12A is strongly
    recommended. Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken two times.
  • ESL 30B: Intermediate Pronunciation                                       3.0 Units
    This is the second of a two-part series of Intermediate Level
    Pronunciation courses. The course designed for low intermediate
    students whose speech is causing communicative difficulties at work,
    at school or in social situations. Students improve oral fluency for
    better employment opportunities and increase self-confidence in
    occupational, social, and academic settings. Students practice
    listening, rhythm, intonation, and pronunciation. Emphasis is placed on
    oral fluency and individual accuracy. 48-54 hours lecture. This course
    will not apply to the Associate Degree. (Recommended completion of ESL 30A.
    Pass/No Pass.)
  • ESL 40A: Low Advanced Pronounciation                                   3.0 Units
    This course is the first in a series of two classes for non-native speakers
    of English wanting to improve their pronunciation skills in English. Students
    will learn to effectively improve pronunciation for clear and effective
    communication in social, academic, or job settings. Through structured
    activities, direct instruction, and lab work, students will be able to improve
    their skills in those areas that comprise pronunciation, rhythm patterns,
    and stress. This course will not apply to the Associate Degree. 48-54 hours
    lecture. (No prerequisite. Recommended preparation: ESL 30B highly
    recommended. Some internet skills advised. Grade Option.)


READING AND VOCABULARY:

  • ESL 23: Pre-Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary                   3.0 Units
    (formerly ESL 154)
    This course focuses on development and practice of fundamental
    reading and vocabulary skills to prepare students who plan to continue
    their post-secondary education. Reading skills include understanding
    new vocabulary in context and scanning for specific information.
    Students read simplified texts on academic and vocational subjects.
    48-54 hours lecture. This course will not apply to the Associate
    Degree. (No prerequisite. Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken
    two times.
  • ESL 33: Low Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary                 3.0 Units
    (formerly ESL 103)
    A reading course for low intermediate ESL students emphasizing main
    ideas, outlining, and vocabulary in context. This course will not apply to the
    Associate Degree. 32-36 hours lecture and 48-54 hours laboratory.
    (No prerequisite. It is recommendation that students should already
    have basic skills in decoding information and understanding at a literal
    level. They should be able to read and understand short, authentic
    texts such as letters and instructions. Pass/No Pass.)
  • ESL 33B: High Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary             4.0 Units
    This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish
    to strengthen business communication skills. Course focus is on
    cultural differences, social etiquette, business idioms, and some business
    writing. Emphasis on developing fluency and comprehension. This course
    will not apply to the Associate Degree. 64-72 hours lecture.
    (No prerequisite. Recommended preparation: ESL 33. Pass/No Pass.)
  • ESL 43: Low Advanced Reading and Vocabulary                     3.0 Units
    This is the first of two courses designed for non native speakers of
    English who are approaching advanced level of proficiency in reading
    English. Emphasis is on further developing reading and vocabulary
    skills. Students are introduced to a variety of reading genres, word
    structure, vocabulary, and reading strategies. This course will not apply
    to the Associate Degree. 48-54 hours lecture. (No prerequisite.
    Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken two times.
  • ESL 43B: High Advanced Reading and Vocabulary                   4.0 Units
    This course is designed for non-native speakers of English. Skills include
    developing essays form longer reading passages. Students will respond
    to reading passages, reinforce vocabulary building and comprehension.
    This couse will not apply to the Associate Degree. 64-72 hours lecture.
    (No prerequisite. Grade option.) This course may be taken two times.

WRITING AND GRAMMAR:

  • ESL27A: Pre-Intermediate Writing and Grammar                        3.0 Units
    This course is designed for non-native speakers of English. Course focus is
    on fundamental writing and grammar skills for ESL students who have a
    basic knowledge of common English words,phrases, and structure. Students
    write at the sentence and paragraph level, learn to organize ideas and edit
    for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. 48-54 hours lecture. This course will
    not apply to the Associate Degree. (No prerequisite. Pass/No Pass.) This course
    may be taken two times.
  • ESL27B: Pre-Intermediate Writing and Grammar                       3.0 Units
    This class is the second of a two-part series of pre-intermediate grammar
    and writing classes. This course is designed for non-native speakers of
    English who want to develop grammar and writing skills. The focus is on
    reviewing verb tenses and introducing modals, adjectives, count and
    non-count articles, adverbs and adjectives. Students will practice writing
    and editing simple paragraphs. 48-54 hours lecture.This course will not apply
    to the Associate Degree. (No prerequisite. Pass/No Pass.) This course
    may be taken two times.
  • ESL 37: Intermediate Grammar                                                        3.0 Units
    Students at this level learn and apply rules of English grammar and structure
    for use in oral and written communication. This course provides practice in
    areas such as common verb tenses, question forms, and expressions of
    ability, permission and advice. This course will not apply to the Associates
    Degree. 48-54 hours lecture. (No prerequisite. Grade option.)
  • ESL 37A: Low Intermediate Writing and Grammar                    3.0 Units
    This course helps students at low intermediate level develop writing
    and grammar skills appropriate for educational and personal success.
    Students write short compositions on familiar topics. They learn to
    apply principles of grammar as they write. 32-36 hours lecture and 48-
    54 hours laboratory. This course will not apply to the Associate
    Degree. (No prerequisite. Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken
    two times.
  • ESL 37B: High Intermediate Writing and Grammar                   3.0 Units
    This course helps students at high intermediate level develop writing
    and grammar skills appropriate for educational and personal success.
    Students write short compositions on a variety of topics. They learn to
    apply principles of grammar as they write. This course will not apply to the
    Associate Degree. 32-36 hours lecture and 48-54 hours laboratory.
    (No prerequisite. Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken two times.
  • ESL 38: High Intermediate Grammar                                            3.0 Units
    Students at high intermediate level learn and apply rules of English
    grammar and structure for use in oral and written communication.
    This course provides practice in areas such as description using
    adjectives and adverbs, use of gerund and infinitive forms of verbs,
    certain models, and nouns and articles. This course will not apply to the
    Associate Degree. 48-54 hours lecture. (No prerequisite. Grade option.)
  • ESL 47: Advanced Grammar                                                            3.0 Units
    (formerly ESL 113)
    Students at advanced level learn and apply rules of English grammar
    and structure for use in oral and written communication. This course
    provides review practice and expanded study of verb tenses, gerunds
    and infinitives, modals, and tag questions. This course will not apply to
    the Associate Degree. 48-54 hours lecture. (No prerequisite. Grade
    Option) This course may be taken two times.
  • ESL 48: High Advanced Grammar                                                  3.0 Units
    (formerly ESL 114)
    Students at high advanced level learn and apply rules of English
    grammar and structure for use in oral and written communication. This
    course provides review practice and expanded study of phrasal verbs
    and introduces passive forms, conditional statements, adjective
    clauses, and indirect speech. This course will not apply to the
    Associate Degree. 48-54 hours lecture. (No prerequisite. Grade
    Option) This course may be taken two times.

WORKPLACE/CULTURAL/PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS:

  • ESL 34: High Intermediate English Skills at the Workplace     3.0 Units
    This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who
    wish to strengthen business commun-ication skills. Course focus
    is on cultural differences, social etiquette, business idioms,
    and some business writing. Emphasis on developing fluency
    and comprehension. This course will not apply to the Assocaite Degree.
    48-54 lecture hours. (No prerequisite. Pass/No Pass.)
  • ESL 45: Public Speaking for ESL                                                      3.0 Units
    This class is for non-native speakers of English at the advanced level
    of listening and speaking who wish to develop practical public
    speaking skills. The class is designed to help build confidence in
    speaking. Students will learn to use visual and audio aids to enhance
    presentation skills and to listen critically and objectively. Students
    will recite, develop, present, and evaluate speeches for a variety of situations.
    This course will not apply to the Associate Degree. 48-54 lecture hours.
    (No prerequisite. Grade option.)
  • ESL 45A: Cross Cultural Communication Skills                           3.0 Units
    This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who
    wish to understand cultural differences of North American society.
    Course focus is on broadening intercultural understanding for students
    living and working in the USA. Topics focus on different aspects of
    mainstream North American cultures encountered in a work or social
    setting. This course will not apply to the Associate Degree. 48-54
    lecture hours. (No prerequisite. Grade option.)

COMPUTER LITERACY:

  • ESL 12A: Basic Computer Literacy                                           3.0 Units
    This is a two-part course in ESL Computer Literary for non-native
    speakers of English. The focus of the course is to develop language
    skills related to computer usage. Students will learn computer uses for
    ESL courses and education purposes. 48-54 hours lecture. This
    course will not apply to the Associate Degree. (No prerequisite.
    Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken two times.
  • ESL 12B: Basic Computer Literacy                                           3.0 Units
    This is the second in a series of ESL Computer Literary for beginners.
    The focus of the course is to expand on basic computer knowledge for
    ESL educational purposes. 48-54 hours lecture. This course will not
    apply to the Associate Degree. (No prerequisite. Recommended preparation:
    ESL 12A. Pass/No Pass.) This course may be taken three times.

                                                                                                                                                                                  
ESL = English as a Second Language