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ESL 31: English as a Second Language I: Composition I (3 cr.) — Provides instruction and practice in the writing process, emphasizing development of fluency in writing and competence in structural and grammatical patterns of written English. Co-requisite: ESL 32 or ESL 05. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ESL 32: English as a Second Language: Reading I (3 cr.) — Helps students improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary development. Improves students’ reading proficiency to a level, which would allow the students to function adequately in ESL 42 and other college classes. Co-requisite: ESL 31 or ESL 11. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ESL 33: Oral Communication I (3 cr.) — 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. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ESL 41: English as a Second Language: Composition II (3 cr.) — Provides further instruction and practice in the writing process and introduces advanced language patterns. Includes practice in developing and improving writing strategies. Co-requisite: ESL 42 or ESL 6. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ESL 42: English as a Second Language: Reading II (3 cr.) — Improves students’ reading proficiency to a level which would allow students to function adequately in the ESL reading class and other college classes. Co-requisite: ESL 41 or ESL 12. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ESL 72: English as a Second Language: Spelling and Vocabulary (3 cr.) — 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. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ESL 73: Accent Reduction (3 cr.) — Provides contextualized practice at the high intermediate/advanced level to improve the speech and intelligibility of non-native speakers of English. Focuses on problems of American English pronunciation, unclear individual sounds and positional variants, stress, rhythm and intonation common to speakers of different language backgrounds. May include individualized practice in consonant and vowel production. Lecture 3 hours per week.

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