ESOL Course Design

ESOL Course Design

English as a Second Language

Typical Course Schedule

Classes are held during Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters (Spring and Fall- 15 weeks; Summer-12 weeks) and typically follow semester beginning and end dates. There are six levels of instruction in which students may be placed following an evaluation:

  • Beginning ESOL
  • Low Beginning ESOL
  • High Beginning ESOL
  • Low Intermediate ESOL
  • High Intermediate ESOL
  • Advanced ESOL

Students in each of these levels will participate in courses focusing on:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • U.S. Culture
  • Pronunciation
  • Language Structures
  • Conversation Partners
  • Online learning programs focusing on English at their level
  • Students will often have the opportunity to participate in scheduled activities/field trips. These activities will help students develop an understanding of culture and social behavior, practice their language skills outside the classroom setting, and enhance confidence necessary to become an integral part of the campus community.

    ESOL Curriculum

    The curriculum is designed for non-native speakers and international students who need English skills to participate in American society, to enroll in vocational or academic programs at the college level, or to enter or advance in the workplace. Students will attain and refine language and study skills as well as deepen their knowledge of U.S. culture through a series of specially designed courses in sentence structure, reading, writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation, and conversation. Students have access to computer, video, and lab equipment through the Independent Learning Center. Individual and group tutoring can be arranged.


    The speaking courses focus on both fluency and accuracy when speaking American English. The courses also focus on conversational English skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, slang, and public speaking. The High Intermediate and Advanced Speaking courses focus on public speaking and speaking skills that students use in mainstream academic coursework.


    The writing courses focus on helping non-native speakers of English with writing for academic purposes. These courses explore the process of writing and help students become more successful writers. All of the Writing courses blend accuracy with fluency and encourage students to focus on both meaning and form.

    The lower level Writing courses are primarily concerned with a firm base in English grammar, while the high level Writing courses are primarily concerned with the strategies and production of five-paragraph essays and also seek to assist with difficult/advanced grammar.


    The reading courses focus on vocabulary skills as well as identifying the main ideas and supporting points of paragraphs and essays in English. These courses also offer experience and strategies for reading a number of different genres in English for academic purposes. The High Intermediate and Advanced Reading courses focus on mainstream academic texts and give students the opportunity to discuss the texts in class.


    The listening courses focus on vocabulary skills as well as identifying the main ideas and supporting points of spoken English (lectures, discussions, conversations). The courses also enforce many different listening strategies and give students the opportunity to utilize those strategies both inside and outside of the classroom.

    Listening and note-taking skills that students need in order to be successful in their mainstream academic course work are emphasized in the higher level classes, while the lower levels emphasize listening skills and strategies needed for everyday life and conversation.