English as a Second Language (ESL) at Virginia Highlands Community College


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ESL 2 - English As a Second Language II
Provides intensive instruction and practice at the low intermediate level. Provides an introduction to the sound system, stress, intonational and rhythmic patterns of English through listening and speaking exercises. Includes individualized instruction to improve basic reading comprehension. Requires practice in writing with emphasis on building basic sentence structures, grammar and sentence- level writing.
Variable hours per week.
9-20 credits
ESL 7 - Oral Communication I
Helps students practice and improve listening and speaking skills as needed for functioning successfully in academic, professional, and personal settings. Assesses students' oral skills and includes, as needed, practice with pronunciation, rhythm, stress, and intonation. Provides exercises, practices, small and large group activities, and oral presentations to help students overcome problems in oral communication.
Variable hours per week.
3-6 credits
ESL 8 - Oral Communication II
Provides further instruction and practice in helping students to improve listening and speaking skills. Assesses students' oral skills and includes, as needed, practice with pronunciation, rhythm, stress, and intonation. Emphasizes the development of fluency through exercises, practices, small and large group activities, and formal and informal presentations.
Variable hours per week.
3-6 credits
ESL 14 - ESL: Oral and Written Communications I
Provides practice in the sound, stress, intonation, structural patterns, grammar, vocabulary, and idioms of beginning-level English.
Variable hours per week.
3-6 credits
ESL 19 - English As a Second Language: Spelling and Vocabulary
Provides individualized instruction and practice in sound- letter correspondences. Introduces students to basic spelling rules, word division, prefixes, roots and suffixes. Helps students master vocabulary through an understanding of homonyms, confusing words, and Greek and Latin roots. Stresses using words in context.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
ESL 20 - English As a Second Language II
Provides intensive instruction and practice at the low intermediate level. Provides an introduction to the sound system, stress, intonational and rhythmic patterns of English through listening and speaking exercises. Includes individualized instruction to improve basic reading comprehension. Requires practice in writing with emphasis on building basic sentence structures, grammar and sentence- level writing.
Variable hours per week.
9-15 credits
ESL 24 - Oral and Written Communications I
Provides practice in the sound, stress, intonation, structural patterns, grammar, vocabulary, and idioms of beginning-level English. Prerequisite: Requires ability to understand short spoken passages as well as familiarity with basic grammatical structure.
Lecture 3-6 hours per week.
3-6 credits
ESL 32 - Reading I
Helps students improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary development. Improves students' reading proficiency to a level that would allow the students to function adequately in ESL 42 and other college classes. Prerequisite: Requires competency in reading as indicated by the placement test or by teacher recommendation from a previous level.
Lecture 3-6 hours per week.
3-6 credits
ESL 33 - Oral Communications I
Helps students practice and improve listening and speaking skills as needed for functioning successfully in academic, professional, and personal settings. Assesses students? oral skills and includes, as needed, practice with pronunciation, rhythm, stress, and intonation. Provides exercises, practices, small and large group activities, and oral presentations to help students overcome problems in oral communication. Credits are not applicable toward graduation. Prerequisite: Requires competency in the English language as indicated by a placement test score or teacher recommendation from a previous level or from other college classes.
Lecture 3-6 hours per week.
3-6 credits
ESL 35 - Applied Grammar 3
Provides instruction and practice in the use of intermediate-level academic English grammar structures including verb tenses, parts of speech and basic sentence structure. Helps ESL students assess their own knowledge of English grammar, improve accuracy, and learn methods to improve editing.
(3 Cr.) Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ESL 42 - Reading II
Improves students' reading proficiency to a level that would allow students to function adequately in the ESL 52 reading class and other college courses. Credits are not applicable toward graduation. Prerequisite: Requires competency in reading as indicated by the placement test or by teacher recommendation from a previous level. Helps students improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary development.
Lecture 3-6 hours per week.
3-6 credits
ESL 72 - Spelling and Vocabulary
Provides individualized instruction and practice in sound-letter correspondences. Introduces students to basic spelling rules, word division, prefixes, roots and suffixes. Helps students master vocabulary through an understanding of homonyms, confusing words, and Greek and Latin roots. Stresses using words in context. Credits are not applicable toward graduation. Prerequisite: Requires completion of ESL 20 and ESL 24 or placement in Level 3 or higher.
Lecture 1-5 hours per week.
1-5 credits
ESL 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits