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ELL Course Descriptions

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING (ELL) COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


ELL A001N — Oral Communication 1

This noncredit course is designed for beginning English language learners who want to improve their oral communication skills. Students will practice daily communication skills in the home and community, with an emphasis on listening comprehension.


ELL A002N — Oral Communication 2

This noncredit course is a continuation of Oral Communication 1 and is designed for beginning English language learners who want to improve their English communication skills. Students will practice daily communication skills in the home and community, with an emphasis on speaking skills.


ELL A012N — Multiskills English 1A

This noncredit course is a beginning multi-skills course designed for English language learners. Students will be introduced to the basic conventions of American English, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.


ELL A013N — Multiskills English 1B

This noncredit course is a continuation of a beginning multi-skills course designed for English language learners. Students will continue to use the conventions of American English, including listening, speaking, grammar, reading, and writing skills.


ELL A020N  English Language Learning for U.S. Citizenship 

This noncredit course is one in a series of two courses designed to help non-native speakers of English prepare for U.S. citizenship.  In this course, students review and practice basic writing conventions and basic reading skills. They also learn about and discuss the fundamentals of U.S. history, government, and geography.


ELL A021N  English Language Learning for U.S. Citizenship 2

This noncredit course is one in a series of two courses designed to help non-native speakers of English prepare for U.S. Citizenship.  In this course, students receive direct instruction of English speaking and listening skills. Students also learn about and discuss the naturalization process and civic rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.


ELL A022N — Multiskills English 2A

This noncredit course is a low-intermediate multi-skills course for English language learners. Students will use all conventions of American English, including listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar skills.


ELL A023N — Multiskills English 2B

This noncredit course is a continuation of Multi-skills English 2A for English language learners. Students will add to their knowledge of the conventions of American English, including listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar skills.


ELL A032N — Beginning Grammar Review

This noncredit course is the first of two courses in a progressive low-intermediate grammar review sequence for non-native speakers of English. This course is designed to provide students additional opportunities to master foundational grammatical structures such as the English verb tense system and basic sentence structures. Students review the rules governing the use and meaning of the target structures and practice identifying and producing them in spontaneous oral and written communication.


ELL A033N — Intermediate Grammar Review

This noncredit course is the second of two courses in a progressive beginning-intermediate grammar review sequence for non-native speakers of English. This course is designed to provide students additional opportunities to master essential grammatical structures such as the English verb tense-aspect system and various complex sentence structures. Students review the rules governing the use and meaning of the target structures and practice identifying and producing them in spontaneous oral and written communication.


ELL A038N  Speaking about Fiction 

This noncredit course is for students who want to discuss fiction writing through participation in small and large group discussions. Students will read stories from a variety of sources and share their summaries and opinions of the stories. Listening, speaking, and conversation skills will also be emphasized.


ELL A039N  Speaking about Nonfiction 

This noncredit course is for students who want to talk about nonfiction topics such as current events, significant speeches, and other areas of interest which may include politics, technology, world events sports, travel, business, and lifestyle. Listening, speaking, and conversation skills will also be emphasized.


ELL A041N  English Language Learning for Parents of K - 2nd Graders

This noncredit course is one of four in a multi-skill course series designed to help English-learning students with children in the U.S. K-12 school system develop the cultural awareness and knowledge of the American primary school system along with English skills needed to be more effective advocates for their children’s education. Listening, speaking, reading and writing will be addressed as necessary for students to communicate with their children's school. Special attention will be given to the cultural and academic expectations of K-2nd grade students in the U.S. This course is recommended for students with at least low-intermediate English skills.


ELL A042N  English Language Learning for Parents of 3rd - 5th Graders

This noncredit course is one of four in a multi-skill course series designed to help English Learning students with children in the U.S. K-12 school system develop the cultural awareness and knowledge of the American primary school system along with English skills needed to be more effective advocates for their children’s education. Listening, speaking, reading and writing will be addressed as necessary for students to communicate with their children's school. Special attention will be given to the cultural and academic expectations of 3rd-5th grade students in the U.S. This course is recommended for students with at least low-intermediate English skills.


ELL A062N — Advanced Grammar Review 1

This noncredit course is the first of two courses in a progressive advanced grammar review sequence for non-native speakers of English. It is designed for those who are at least at the upper-intermediate level of the ESL program or equivalent, or who are entering college-level courses. This course will focus on a review of grammatical structures, especially pronouns and clauses.


ELL A063N — Advanced Grammar Review 2

This noncredit course is the second of two courses in a progressive advanced grammar review sequence for nonnative speakers of English. It is designed for those who at an advanced level of the ESL program or equivalent, or who are currently in college-level courses. This course will focus on verb moods, the passive voice, and avoiding sentence errors through self-editing.


ELL A080N — ESL for the Workplace 1

This noncredit course is the first of two courses in a high-intermediate to advanced course series for adult English language learners seeking to improve their employability in the United States. The primary goal of this course is to help students develop the English skills necessary to obtain a job in the U.S. and to familiarize them with the cultural expectations, rules, and regulations of the American workplace.


ELL A081N — ESL for the Workplace 2

This noncredit course is the second of two courses in a high-intermediate to advanced course series for adult English learners seeking to improve their employability in the United States. The primary goal of this course is to help students develop the English skills and cross-cultural competence necessary to perform and/or advance in the American workplace.


ELL A092N — Listening and Speaking Transition to College

This noncredit course is one of two courses in a high-intermediate to advanced course series for English learners seeking to transition to credit college-level course work. The primary goal of this course is to help students develop the listening and speaking skills necessary to successfully participate in college such as participating in class discussions, delivering oral presentations and taking notes from lectures. The course will also focus on increasing students' understanding of the U.S. college system including admissions and graduation requirements, services, and procedures.


ELL A093N — Reading and Writing Transition to College

This noncredit course is one of two courses in a high-intermediate to advanced course series for adult English language learners seeking to transition to credit college-level coursework. This course will focus on helping students successfully meet college expectations by developing their reading, writing, and study skills. Students will work on improving reading rate and comprehension, note-taking from textbooks, study skills, and the basics of academic writing.


ELL courses are noncredit and zero units. Courses are not applicable to AA or AS degrees.