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ESL Course Descriptions

(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)

Please note:  Schedules are subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester.

 

English as a Second Language Level of Difficulty

Subject Area
Emphasis
High-Beginning Intermediate High-Intermediate Advanced
Listening & Speaking (4 units) 283A/B 232A/B 233A/B 50A/B
Reading & Writing (6 units) 285A/B 222A/B 223A/B 52A/B
Grammar (4 units) 284A/B 215A/B 216A/B 217A/B

 

ESL 50A, 4 Units

Advanced Listening and Speaking

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 200B or 233B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process. Acceptable for credit: CSU

Advanced level listening and speaking in American English: Listening comprehension, public speaking strategies, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, and pronunciation.

 

ESL 50B, 4 Units

Oral Communication for Advanced ESL Students

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 50A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process. Acceptable for credit: CSU

Continuation of advanced level listening and speaking in American English: Listening comprehension, public speaking strategies, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, and pronunciation.

 

ESL 52A, 6 Units

Advanced Reading and Writing

6 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 21A or 223B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Advanced level of reading and writing: Critical thinking skills, critical and analytical reading of college level texts, and writing research and other academic papers.

 

ESL 52B, 6 Units

Advanced Reading and Writing

6 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 52A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Continuation of advanced level of reading and writing: Critical thinking skills, critical and analytical reading of college level texts, and writing research and other academic papers.

 

ESL 205A, 3 Units

Vocabulary and Idioms in Context 3

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: Appropriate placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Intermediate level of vocabulary: Study of words and idioms as used in context.

 

ESL 205B, 3 Units

Vocabulary and Word Analysis in Context 4

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: ESL 205A or appropriate placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

High intermediate/low advanced level of vocabulary and content: Focus on vocabulary useful in academic courses; analysis of word derivations.

 

ESL 215A, 4 Units

Intermediate Grammar

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 252B or 284B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Intermediate level of English grammar: Introduction to complex grammar structures and sentence patterns.

 

ESL 215B, 4 Units

Intermediate Grammar

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 215A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of intermediate level of English grammar: Introduction to complex grammar structures and sentence patterns.

 

ESL 216A, 4 Units

High Intermediate Grammar

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 202A or 215B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

High intermediate level of English grammar: Further study of complex grammar structures and sentence patterns.

 

ESL 216B, 4 Units

High Intermediate Grammar

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 216A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of high intermediate level of English grammar: Further study of complex grammar structures and sentence patterns.

 

ESL 217A, 4 Units

Advanced Grammar

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 202B or 216B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Advanced level of English grammar: Expanding, refining, and applying the complex grammar skills used in academic writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

 

ESL 217B, 4 Units

Advanced Grammar

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisite: ESL 217A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of advanced level of English grammar: Expanding, refining, and applying the complex grammar skills used in academic writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

 

ESL 218A, 1.5 Units

ESL Writing Workshop

1.25 hours lecture, 1.25 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)

Individualized instruction in writing: Emphasis on pre-writing, thesis control, and essay organization.

ESL 218B, 1.5 Units

ESL Writing Workshop

1.25 hours lecture, 1.25 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ESL 218A.

Individualized instruction in writing: Emphasis on essay organization and idea development.

 

ESL 218C, 1.5 Units

ESL Writing Workshop

1.25 hours lecture, 1.25 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ESL 218B.

Individualized instruction in writing: Emphasis on sentence structure and mechanics.

 

ESL 218D, 1.5 Units

ESL Writing Workshop

1.25 hours lecture, 1.25 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ESL 218C.

Individualized instruction in writing: Emphasis on editing and proofreading strategies.

 

ESL 219A, 4 Units

Applied Grammar And Editing

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 217B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Grammar, editing and proofreading practice for advanced ESL writers: Review and clarification of troublesome grammar points, and practice in writing, editing, and proofreading. 4930.84

 

ESL 219B, 4 Units

Applied Grammar And Editing

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 219A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of grammar, editing and proofreading practice for advanced ESL writers: Review and clarification of troublesome grammar points, and practice in writing, editing and proofreading. 4930.84

 

ESL 220A, 1.5 Units

High Intermediate ESL Listening and Speaking Workshop

1.25 hours lecture 1.25 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP).

Individualized instruction for non-native English speakers in listening and speaking. Students may use a variety of print and multimedia resources, as well as materials recommended by the ESL lab or classroom instructor. 4930.86

 

ESL 220B, 1.5 Units

High Intermediate ESL Grammar Workshop

1.25 hours lecture 1.25 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP).

Individualized instruction for non-native English speakers in grammar. Students may use a variety of print and multimedia resources, as well as materials recommended by the ESL lab or classroom instructor.

 

ESL 220C, 1.5 Units

Advanced ESL Listening and Speaking Workshop

1.25 hours lecture 1.25 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP).

Individualized instruction for non-native English speakers in listening and speaking. Students may use a variety of print and multimedia resources, as well as materials recommended by the ESL lab or classroom instructor. 4930.86

 

ESL 220D, 1.5 Units

Advanced ESL Grammar Workshop

1.25 hours lecture 1.25 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP).

Individualized instruction for non-native English speakers in grammar. Students may use a variety of print and multimedia resources, as well as materials recommended by the ESL lab or classroom instructor.

 

ESL 222A, 6 Units

Intermediate Reading and Writing

6 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 285B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Intermediate level of reading and writing: Academic vocabulary and critical thinking skills using intermediate-level ESL reading materials; expanding paragraphs into simple narratives and essays.

 

ESL 222B, 6 Units

Intermediate Reading and Writing

6 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 222A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of intermediate level of reading and writing: Academic vocabulary and critical thinking skills using intermediate-level ESL reading materials; expanding paragraphs into simple narratives and essays.

 

ESL 223A, 6 Units

High Intermediate Reading and Writing

6 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 222B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

High intermediate level of reading and writing: Critical readings of essays, short academic texts, short stories, and/or a novel; writing well-developed essays and compositions.

 

ESL 223B, 6 Units

High Intermediate Reading and Writing

6 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 223A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of high intermediate level of reading and writing: Critical readings of essays, short academic texts, short stories, and/or a novel; writing well-developed essays and compositions.

 

ESL 230A, 2 Units

English for the U.S. Workplace

2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP).

Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for business and practical applications: Preparation of non-native speakers for career opportunities by focusing on vocabulary, language strategies, and cultural conventions needed to obtain a job and perform effectively in the U.S. workplace.

 

ESL 230B, 2 Units

English through Topics in Business

2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP).

Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for business and practical applications: Preparation of non-native speakers for career and transfer opportunities by focusing on vocabulary, language strategies, and cultural conventions needed to succeed in transfer-level business and economics classes.

 

ESL 231A, 2 Units

English through Topics in U.S. History and Government

2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP).

Vocabulary, discussion, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through the study of U.S. History and Government.

 

ESL 231B, 2 Units

English through Topics in U.S. Culture

2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)

Vocabulary, discussion, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through the study of U.S. culture.

 

ESL 232A, 4 Units

Intermediate Listening and Speaking

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 283B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Intermediate level listening and speaking: Improving fluency and accuracy in American English through listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, pronunciation, and presentation skills.

 

ESL 232B, 4 Units

Intermediate Listening and Speaking

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 232A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of intermediate level listening and speaking: Improving fluency and accuracy in American English through listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, pronunciation, and presentation skills.

 

ESL 233A, 4 Units

High Intermediate Listening and Speaking

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 232B or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

High intermediate level listening and speaking: Improving fluency and accuracy in American English through listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, pronunciation, and presentation skills.

 

ESL 233B, 4 Units

High Intermediate Listening and Speaking

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 233A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of high intermediate level listening and speaking: Improving fluency and accuracy in American English through listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, pronunciation, and presentation skills.

 

ESL 257A, 3 Units

Pronunciation 3

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ESL 256 or appropriate placement through multiple-measures assessment process. Non-degree applicable.

Beginning level pronunciation of American English: Improvement in pronunciation, intonation, and fluency in English for speakers of ESL with practice in the use of standard conversational expressions and styles. 4930.82

 

ESL 257B, 3 Units

Pronunciation 4

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Recommended preparation: ESL 257A or appropriate placement through multiple-measures assessment process. Non-degree applicable.

Continuation of ESL 257A: Improvement in pronunciation, intonation, and fluency in English for speakers of ESL with practice in the use of standard conversational expressions and styles.

 

ESL 283A, 4 Units

High Beginning Listening and Speaking

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)

High beginning level listening and speaking: Improving fluency and accuracy in American English through listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, pronunciation, and presentation skills.

 

ESL 283B, 4 Units

High Beginning Listening and Speaking

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 283A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of high beginning level listening and speaking: Improving fluency and accuracy in American English through listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, idioms, pronunciation, and presentation skills.

 

ESL 284A, 4 Units

High Beginning Grammar

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)

High beginning level of English grammar: Basic grammar structures, sentence patterns and parts of speech.

 

ESL 284B, 4 Units

High Beginning Grammar

4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 284A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of high beginning level of English grammar: Basic grammar structures, sentence patterns, and parts of speech.

 

ESL 285A, 6 Units

High Beginning Reading and Writing

6 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)

High beginning level of reading and writing: Fiction and non-fiction readings adapted for ESL; writing short narrative and descriptive paragraphs.

 

ESL 285B, 6 Units

High Beginning Reading and Writing

6 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Prerequisites: ESL 285A or placement through multiple-measures assessment process.

Continuation of high beginning level of reading and writing: Fiction and non-fiction readings adapted for ESL; writing short narrative and descriptive paragraphs.

 

(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)

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