Academic Catalogs

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL A0114 Units (72 lecture hours)  
Beginning Listening and Speaking  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Listening comprehension, oral communication, and pronunciation skills for beginning academic students who are non-native speakers of English. Practice in spontaneous conversation and small group discussion. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Not applicable to AA or AS degree.

ESL A0154.5 Units (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
Grammar, Reading and Writing 1  
Prerequisite(s): Qualifying score on the ESL placement test administered through the OCC Assessment Center or approval of the ESL Advisor.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Intensive introductory level of integrated basic grammar, reading, and writing of American English for non-native students who are pursuing college coursework. Includes work on sentence structure, questions, verb tenses, spelling and vocabulary. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. (Not applicable to AA degree.) Also, qualifying score on the OCC ESL placement test for ESL A021 level or higher or concurrent enrollment in ESL A011.

ESL A0224.5 Units (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
Grammar, Reading, and Writing 2  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Integrates intensive study of grammar, reading, and writing for low-intermediate students who are non-native speakers of English. Introduction to writing basic responses to simplified texts. Extended writing practice for grammar and mechanics. Offered for grade or pass/no pass.

ESL A0243 Units (54 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
Listening and Speaking 2: Intermediate Oral Communication, Presentations, and Note-Taking Skills  
Advisory: ESL A011, concurrent enrollment in either ESL A022 or ESL A032, or appropriate placement.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

This course is first in a sequence of listening and speaking courses leading to the English proficiency needed for success in college-level classes by focusing on listening comprehension, oral communication, presentation skills, and pronunciation skills for intermediate ESL students. Students will be introduced to various note-taking strategies, discuss academic lectures, and learn strategies to improve their listening comprehension and oral communication skills. In addition, students will present both in groups and individually. Offered for grade or pass/no pass. Students should complete the guided self-placement form before the first semester enrolling in an ESL course to determine which ESL course they should enroll in. This can be found at https://occsssp.formstack.com/forms/esl_selfplacement.

ESL A0324.5 Units (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
Grammar, Reading and Writing 3  
Advisory: ESL A022 or appropriate placement.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Integrates intensive study of grammar, writing, and reading for intermediate students who are non-native speakers of English. Introduction to both literal and critical reading in addition to writing basic responses to unsimplified texts. Writing practice for grammar, mechanics, and fluency. Offered for grade or pass/no pass. Students should complete the guided self-placement form before the first semester enrolling in an ESL course to determine which ESL course they should enroll in. This can be found at https://occsssp.formstack.com/forms/esl_selfplacement.

ESL A0344 Units (72 lecture hours)  
Listening and Speaking 3: High-Intermediate Oral Communication, Presentations, and Note-Taking Skill  
Advisory: ESL A024, concurrent enrollment in ESL A032 or ESL A052, or appropriate placement.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

The course is second in a sequence of listening and speaking courses leading to the English proficiency needed for success in college-level courses by focusing on listening comprehension, oral communication, presentation skills, and pronunciation skills for high-intermediate ESL students. Students will listen to various academic lectures while utilizing note-taking strategies in addition to discussing the various lecture topics in order to improve both their listening comprehension and oral communication skills. Students will also conduct research on academic topics for short individual and/or group presentations. Offered for grade or pass/no pass. Students should complete the guided self-placement form before the first semester enrolling in an ESL course to determine which ESL course they should enroll in. This can be found at https://occsssp.formstack.com/forms/esl_selfplacement.

ESL A0524.5 Units (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
Advanced Academic Reading and Writing 1  
Advisory: ESL A032 or appropriate placement.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

This course is the first in a series of advanced integrated ESL skills courses designed to improve the academic reading, writing, grammar, and interpersonal communication skills of non-native speakers. It integrates intensive study of grammar, reading, and writing for high-intermediate students who are non-native speakers of English. Expansion of intermediate grammar and reading skills, with extended practice using advanced grammatical structures. A variety of in-class writing assignments will be completed in response to readings emphasizing a cultural component. Offered for grade or pass/no pass. Students should complete the guided self-placement form before the first semester enrolling in an ESL course to determine which ESL course they should enroll in. This can be found at https://occsssp.formstack.com/forms/esl_selfplacement.

ESL A0544 Units (72 lecture hours)  
Listening and Speaking 4: Advanced Oral Communication, Presentations, and Note-Taking Skills  
Advisory: ESL A052 or concurrent enrollment or appropriate placement.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

The course is third in a sequence of listening and speaking courses leading to the English proficiency needed for success in college-level courses by focusing on listening comprehension, oral communication, presentation skills, and pronunciation skills for advanced ESL students. Students will give various presentations to the class, take notes on advanced college-level academic lectures of a variety of disciplines, analyze and discuss those lectures with classmates, and use various communication strategies to improve their listening comprehension and oral communication skills. Students will conduct interviews and complete further research on academic topics for lengthy individual and/or group presentations. Offered for grade or pass/no pass. Students should complete the guided self-placement form before the first semester enrolling in an ESL course to determine which ESL course they should enroll in. This can be found at https://occsssp.formstack.com/forms/esl_selfplacement.

ESL A0624.5 Units (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
Advanced Academic Reading & Writing 2  
Advisory: ESL A034 or ESL A052 or appropriate placement.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

This course is the second in a series of advanced integrated ESL skills courses designed to improve the academic reading, writing, grammar, and interpersonal communication skills of non-native speakers. It integrates college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, with an emphasis on summary skills, short responses to college-level readings, and clear/concise expression of ideas and opinions. Individual attention given to the structure and usage problems of ESL students by using readings emphasizing a cultural component, conferencing, computer applications, and self-revisions. Students will write approximately 6,000 instructor-evaluated words, including a variety of weekly in-class writing assignments.Offered for grade or pass/no pass. Students should complete the guided self-placement form before the first semester enrolling in an ESL course to determine which ESL course they should enroll in. This can be found at https://occsssp.formstack.com/forms/esl_selfplacement.

ESL A1003 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
ESL College Composition  
Advisory: ESL A034 or ESL A054, ESL A192 or appropriate placement.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This course is for second-language learners and is equivalent to ENGL A100. The emphasis is on in-class essay writing (thesis, body, and concluding paragraph development ), applying analytical and critical thinking and research based papers, using annotated college-level readings as supporting evidence. An additional focus is on second-language grammar, syntactical structure, and academic vocabulary. Students will be required to spend three hours per semester in the OCC Writing Center or other equivalent revision activities as determined by the instructor. Note: Students enrolled in ESL A100 must be present at the first class meeting. Absent students may lose their seats in the class. Students should complete the guided self-placement form before the first semester enrolling in an ESL course to determine which ESL course they should enroll in. This can be found at https://occsssp.formstack.com/forms/esl_selfplacement.

ESL A1924.5 Units (72 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
Advanced Academic Reading and Writing 3  
Advisory: Appropriate Placement.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This course is the third in a series of advanced integrated ESL skills courses designed to improve the academic reading, writing, grammar, and interpersonal communication skills of non-native speakers. It integrates college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills with intensive practice in writing essays in response to college-level expository texts, using various methods of development and organization to prepare students for ENGL A100. Individual attention given to sentence structure and usage problems needed for ENGL A100 and other college-level courses by using readings emphasizing a cultural component, conferencing, computer applications, and self-revisions. Students will write approximately 6,000 instructor-evaluated words, including in-class essays and a research paper. This course may also be offered online. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Students should complete the guided self-placement form before the first semester enrolling in an ESL course to determine which ESL course they should enroll in. This can be found at https://occsssp.formstack.com/forms/esl_selfplacement.