English As a Second Language (ESL)

ESL 601  Noncredit  
ESL Beginning Level 1 - Introduction to Basic English Literacy  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

This noncredit course is designed to introduce low-beginning English language learners to basic English letter-sound correspondence, vocabulary, and sentence patterns. Students will start using English to speak about themselves, their families, and their community. In addition, students will learn to read and complete simple forms.
ESL 602  Noncredit  
ESL Beginning Level 2 - English at Home and School  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Advisory: ESL 601 or eligibility as determined through the SBVC assessment process or by advisement.

This noncredit course is designed to prepare low-beginning English language learners with vocabulary and sentence structure to communicate in social and academic settings. Students will learn to give and respond to directions, as well as to speak about home, classroom routines, and community life by using a variety of sentence patterns. In addition, students will learn basic note-taking skills.
ESL 603  Noncredit  
ESL Beginning Level 3 - English for Work and Leisure  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Advisory: ESL 602 or eligibility as determined through the SBVC assessment process or by advisement.

This noncredit course is designed to prepare intermediate-beginning English language learners to use a variety of English structures and vocabulary for work and leisure. Students will learn appropriate linguistic behaviors with regards to the setting and time of the occasion being discussed.
ESL 604  Noncredit  
ESL Beginning Level 4 - English for Work and Education  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Advisory: ESL 603 or eligibility as determined through the SBVC assessment process or by advisement.

This noncredit course is designed to prepare high-beginning English language learners to use Standard English for job interviews, and in conversations at work and in educational settings. Students will begin learning aspects of composition. In addition, students will learn effective note-taking skills.
ESL 620  Noncredit  
English Pronunciation  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This noncredit course is designed to help English language learners to improve their pronunciation skills in English. The class will focus on Standard English pronunciation, word stress, intonation differentiation, and vocabulary building.
ESL 650  Noncredit  
Citizenship Preparation - Part 1: Basic English Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Advisory: ESL 604 or eligibility as determined by the SBVC assessment process or by advisement.

This noncredit course is designed to prepare prospective candidates for the English portion of the U.S. citizenship process. Students will learn skills to improve their basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities through practice and drills.
ESL 651  Noncredit  
Citizenship Preparation - Part 2: Civic Principles and Fundamental U.S. History  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Advisory: ESL 940 or eligibility as determined by the SBVC assessment process or by advisement.

This noncredit course is designed to prepare prospective candidates for the civics portion of the U.S. citizenship process. Students will learn the rights and responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen, in addition to learning how to complete all required immigration forms and practicing the USCIS Citizenship Test by becoming familiar with U.S. history.
ESL 907  3 Units  
Basic Conversational English  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This course is designed to increase the skills of English language learners in basic conversation, listening and pronunciation of the English language. This course is taught through total English immersion.
ESL 930  4 Units  
Composition Based ESL Level 1 - Beginning  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Advisory: ESL 604 or eligibility as determined by the SBVC assessment process.

This is the first of a four-course sequence designed to give English language learners a comprehensive understanding of English composition. The focus of this course is on creating effective sentences and paragraphs, including a study of grammar, punctuation and usage. The grammatical emphasis of this course will be on simple present and past tenses. It also has some emphasis on pronunciation, listening and speaking. This course is taught through total English immersion.
ESL 931  4 Units  
Composition Based ESL Level 2 - Beginning  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Prerequisite: ESL 930 or eligibility as determined through the SBVC assessment process.

This is the second of a four-course sequence designed to give English language learners a comprehensive understanding of English composition. The focus of this course is on creating effective sentences and paragraphs, including a review of grammar, punctuation and usage. The grammatical emphasis of this course will be on present and past progressive tenses, and modal usage. It also has some emphasis on pronunciation, listening and speaking. This course is taught through total English immersion.
ESL 940  4 Units  
Composition Based ESL Level 3 - Intermediate  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Prerequisite: ESL 931 or eligibility as determined through the SBVC assessment process.

This is the third of a four-course sequence designed to give English language learners a comprehensive understanding of English composition. The focus of this course is on creating effective sentences and paragraphs, including a review of grammar, punctuation and usage. The grammatical emphasis of this course will be on the present perfect, past perfect, and present perfect progressive tenses. This course is taught through total English immersion.
ESL 941  4 Units  
Composition Based ESL Level 4 - Advanced  

Lecture: 72 contact hours

Prerequisite: ESL 940 or eligibility as determined through the SBVC assessment process.

This is the last of a four-course sequence designed to give English language learners a comprehensive understanding of English composition. The focus of this course is on creating effective sentences, paragraphs and essays, including a review of grammar, punctuation and usage. This course is taught through total English immersion.