ESL Courses

Core ESL Courses

Reading and Writing Courses

Level Course Course Description
1

ESL-181RW (5 units)
981RW (noncredit)

This course is for students who can already read, write, and communicate in simple English related to everyday life. Students in this course will improve their basic reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills and learn basic paragraph-writing. Students must be able to type and use a computer.
2 ESL-182RW (5 units)
982RW (noncredit)
This course is for students who can already write paragraphs of 150 words and read simple novels or biographies. In this course, students will expand reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills and learn to write longer, more complex paragraphs. Students must be able to type and use a computer.
3 ESL-183RW (5 units)
983RW (noncredit)
This course is for students who already write paragraphs of 200-250 words and read intermediate level novels and articles. Students in this course will continue to expand their vocabulary and grammar skills and learn how to use variety in sentence structure to create a writing style that expresses more complex ideas. The course includes writing multi-paragraph essays. Students must be able to type and use a computer.
4 ESL-184RW (5 units)
984RW (noncredit)
This course is for students who already write essays of 500 words with a clear thesis and supporting paragraphs, related to readings and topics of study and discussion that might be used by high school or college students who are native speakers of English. Students in this course will raise the accuracy, quality, and complexity of their academic writing to prepare for transfer-level classes in English and other subjects. The focus is on reading analytically, thinking critically, and writing academic essays. Students must be able to type and use a computer.

Listening and Speaking Courses

Level Course Course Description
1

ESL-181LS (5 units)
981LS (noncredit)

This course is for students who already understand and speak basic English and can communicate their needs and have short conversations about daily life. In this course, students will practice listening and speaking skills, improve their fluency, and learn more vocabulary. Students must be able to type and use a computer.
2 ESL-182LS (5 units)
982LS (noncredit)
This course is for students who can already understand the main points when they listen to someone talk about a familiar topic and can also speak about basic ideas and experiences. Students in this course will develop broader listening, speaking, and communication skills in American English. The focus of this course is on fluency and vocabulary development, with some attention to verb tenses and sentence structure. Students must be able to type and use a computer.
3 ESL-183LS (5 units)
983LS (noncredit)
This course is for students who can already discuss their own experiences and familiar topics easily but most often only within the ESL environment. Students in this course will develop broader listening, speaking, and communication skills for general and academic purposes outside of ESL. The course emphasizes fluency, comprehension, beginning note-taking, vocabulary development, and increasing grammatical accuracy. Students must be able to type and use a computer.
4 ESL-184LS (5 units)
984LS (noncredit)
This course is for students who already interact with native speakers effectively in many situations. Students should be able to understand some academic lectures and participate in group discussions on familiar topics. In this course, students will improve their ability to comprehend and express ideas on a higher level for academic and professional purposes through development of listening, speaking, and additional communication skills. The course also includes note-taking and responding to academic lectures and other presentations through group discussions, debates, oral presentations, and impromptu speeches. Students must be able to type and use a computer.

 

Refer to the searchable online Class Schedule for times and availability.

Independent Study Courses Open to ESL Students (offered every semester by the English Department)

  • ENGL-172 Vocabulary Improvement (1 unit)
  • ENGL-173 Improvement of Learning Techniques (1 unit)
  • ENGL-174 Spelling Improvement (1 unit)
  • ENGL-175 Reading and Comprehension Improvement (1 unit)

Textbooks, Online Access Codes, Other Supplies and Resources

Most Ohlone College classes require the purchase of a textbook, and some classes require the purchase of online access codes (also known as keys) or other supplies. Most of these purchases are available at the Ohlone College Bookstore.

Students may also be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with the instructor.

More at Textbooks: Information and Purchasing, including Online Orders, Newark Center Textbooks and Supplies, Book Buybacks, and Textbook Costs.

Student Learning Outcomes of the ESL Program

Upon successful completion of the courses in this discipline, the student will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • The student will demonstrate the reading and writing skills necessary to study in transfer or near-transfer level English Department courses and write clear, coherent English essays for academic purposes.  
  • The student will demonstrate the listening/speaking skills necessary to participate successfully in oral English exchanges in a variety of academic and/or professional settings.