Courses

ESL 76 F & ESL 78 F: Multiple Skills Preparation (5 units)

Multiple Skills Preparation for Non-Native Speakers

These courses are designed for low intermediate and intermediate non-native speakers of English.

ESL 76 F – Reading, Speaking, and Vocabulary
This course provides intensive instruction in reading, oral communication, and vocabulary development

  • Improve reading comprehension skills and identify main ideas and supporting information in readings at the intermediate level.
  • Practice listening and speaking skills through discussions, group activities, and presentations.
  • Expand vocabulary and learn to use an English-English dictionary effectively.

ESL 78 F – Listening, Writing, and Grammar
This course provides intensive instruction in listening comprehension, sentence and paragraph writing, and basic grammar.

  • Improve listening skills by listening to short lectures, conversations, and videos.
  • Plan and write well-organized paragraphs of 8 – 12 sentences.
  • Use simple present and past tenses and continuous tenses in statements and questions.
  • Use punctuation, capitalization, and spelling correctly.

Students may enroll in ESL 076 F and ESL 078 F concurrently.

Recommended Support Courses:

  • ESL 25 F – Basic English Grammar
  • ESL 29 F – Idiomatic Expressions for Students of ESL
  • ESL 36 F – Basic Listening and Speaking
  • ESL 38 F – Fundamentals in American English Pronunciation
ESL 83 F: High-Intermediate Reading and Writing (5 units)

High Intermediate Reading and Writing for Non-Native Speakers

This course is for high intermediate students of English. It provides instruction in critical reading, expository paragraph writing, grammar and vocabulary. It offers continuing practice in listening and speaking.

  • Read short articles on academic topics, identify the main ideas, and expand academic vocabulary.
  • Learn the steps of writing an academic paragraph including brainstorming, outlining/organizing, composing, and revising.
  • Write well-organized, well-developed 1-page paragraphs (typed).
  • Learn to write effective sentences using a variety of verb tenses, modal verbs, and connecting words.

Recommended Support Courses:

  • ESL 29 F – Idiomatic Expressions for Students of ESL
  • ESL 35 F – Intermediate English Grammar
  • ESL 36 F – Basic Listening and Speaking
  • ESL 38 F – Fundamentals in American English Pronunciation
  • ESL 39 F – Vocabulary Expansion Techniques: Students of ESL
  • ESL 46 F – Intermediate Conversation
  • ESL 48 F – Intermediate American English Pronunciation
ESL 184 F: Low Advanced Academic English (5 units)

Low Advanced Academic English for Non-Native Speakers

This course is for low-advanced students of English. It provides instruction in academic reading, short essay writing, critical thinking, and advanced grammatical concepts.

  • Read academic articles, identify main ideas, examine the organizational structure, and make inferences.
  • Learn to write summaries of news stories and academic articles.
  • Learn to write essays of 1 ½ – 2 pages on various academic topics with an introduction, thesis, 2-3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • Build better sentences by learning to use infinitives, gerunds, passive voice, adjective clauses, adverb clauses, and transition words effectively.

Recommended Support Courses:

  • ESL 35 F – Intermediate English Grammar
  • ESL 39 F – Vocabulary Expansion Techniques: Students of ESL
  • ESL 46 F – Intermediate Conversation
  • ESL 48 F – Intermediate American English Pronunciation
ESL 185 F: Advanced Academic English (5 units)

Advanced Academic English for Non-Native Speakers

This course is for advanced students of English. It provides instruction in academic reading, critical thinking, and expository essay writing with some review of advanced grammar. This course fulfills the reading requirement for graduation.

  • Read and analyze longer academic articles and write effective summaries.
  • Write well-organized 2 – 3 page academic essays developed with information from one or more readings.
  • Use quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing from outside sources to support ideas in an essay.
  • Build more sophisticated sentences by learning to use parallelism, noun clauses, adjective clauses, conditional sentences, and complex verb tenses effectively.

Recommended Support Courses:

  • ESL 45 F – Advanced English Grammar
  • ESL 48 F – Intermediate American English Pronunciation
  • ESL 49 F – Advanced Academic Vocabulary for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 56 F – Advanced Conversation: Academic Topics
  • ESL 58 F – Advanced American English Pronunciation
  • ESL 189 F – Advanced Reading for Non-Native Speakers
ESL 186 F: College Writing Preparation (5 units)

College Writing Preparation for Non-Native Speakers

This course is for advanced students of English. It provides instruction in college-level reading and essay writing, critical thinking, basic research skills, with some review of advanced grammar.

  • Compose 3 – 4 page academic essays using both print and online sources.
  • Create accurate paraphrases and summaries of passages and essays by professional writers.
  • Respond to author’s opinions with critical thinking and analysis.
  • Learn to do research through utilizing databases, evaluating sources, and using MLA for in-text citations and a Works Cited page.
  • Develop self-editing techniques for common grammatical errors: run-ons, comma splices, fragments; shifts in tense; pronouns, prepositions and articles.

Recommended Support Courses:

  • ESL 45 F – Advanced English Grammar
  • ESL 48 F – Intermediate American English Pronunciation
  • ESL 49 F – Advanced Academic Vocabulary for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 56 F – Advanced Conversation: Academic Topics
  • ESL 58 F – Advanced American English Pronunciation
  • ESL 189 F – Advanced Reading for Non-Native Speakers
ESL 190 F: Advanced Accelerated English (5 units)

Advanced Accelerated English for Non-Native Speakers of English

This course is for advanced students of English who are non-native speakers. It provides instruction in college level reading, essay writing, basic research skills and review of English grammar and editing.

  • Write 8 essays including 3 in-class essays. These essays will be of increasing length from 2-4 pages. Students must pass 2 out of 3 in-class essays.
  • Write effective summaries and paraphrases of passages by professional writers.
  • Respond to author’s opinions with critical thinking and analysis.
  • Learn to incorporate quotes and other information from outside sources into essays.
  • Learn to do research through utilizing databases, evaluating sources, and using MLA format for in-text citations and a Works Cited page.
  • Most grammar is taught in the lab. Student writing should demonstrate reasonable control of commonly recurring grammatical errors: run-ons, comma splices, fragments, shifts in tense, improper prepositions and article usage.

Recommended Support Courses:

  • ESL 45 F – Advanced English Grammar
  • ESL 48 F – Intermediate American English Pronunciation
  • ESL 49 F – Advanced Academic Vocabulary for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 56 F – Advanced Conversation: Academic Topics
  • ESL 58 F – Advanced American English Pronunciation
  • ESL 189 F – Advanced Reading for Non-Native Speakers

ESL Core Courses

ESL Core Courses provide instruction in academic reading, writing, and critical thinking. In addition, each course is supported by vocabulary and grammar concepts relevant to each level. Students who complete the ESL Core Course Sequence are more successful in ENGL 100F, which is a required course for Associate Degrees or transfer to a 4-year university. 

After applying to Fullerton College, you must take the ESL Assessment Test and meet with a college counselor to help identify the appropriate ESL core course level for your placement.

ESL Course Sequence

ESL Support Courses

ESL Support Courses are designed to provide focused instruction in specific aspects of English language learning such as conversation, grammar, pronunciation, reading, and vocabulary.

  • ESL 36 F – Basic Listening and Speaking (4 units)
    This course will help beginning English speakers understand and participate in conversations in English. The focus will be on review and practice of common conversational and academic situations on a basic level. Recommended for students in ESL 76 F, ESL 78 F, and ESL 83 F.
  • ESL 46 F – Intermediate Conversation (2 units)
    Designed for students at an intermediate level, this course will improve conversational speaking and listening skills on a variety of everyday topics. Suitable for students with an intermediate skill level. Recommended for students in ESL 83 F and ESL 184 F.
  • ESL 56 F – Advanced Conversation: Academic Topics (2 units)
    This course is designed to practice and improve conversation, class discussion, and presentation skills for advanced ESL students. Topics will focus on current events and issues common to the academic setting. Recommended for students in ESL 185 F, ESL 186 F, and ESL 190 F.
  • ESL 25 F – Basic English Grammar (3 units)
    This course is designed for beginning ESL students who need a basic introduction to English grammar and is designed to increase students’ knowledge and usage of verb tenses, sentence structure, and other basic grammatical topics. It will develop grammatical accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Recommended for students in ESL 76 F, ESL 78 F, and ESL 83 F.
  • ESL 35 F – Intermediate English Grammar (3 units)
    This course is designed for intermediate ESL students who need to strengthen their grammatical skills in reading and writing. Recommended for students in ESL 83 F and ESL 184 F.
  • ESL 45 F – Advanced English Grammar (3 units)
    This course is designed for advanced ESL students who need to refine their grammar in written communication. Recommended for students in ESL 185 F, ESL 186 F, and ESL 190 F.
  • ESL 38 F – Fundamentals of American English Pronunciation (2 units)
    This course is for ESL students at a beginning level of oral expression and pronunciation. It provides instruction in developing basic pronunciation. Recommended for students in ESL 76 F, ESL 78 F, and ESL 83 F.
  • ESL 48 F – Intermediate American English Pronunciation (2 units)
    This course is for ESL students at an intermediate level of oral expression and pronunciation. It provides instruction in developing language fluency and style. Recommended for students in ESL 83 F and ESL 184 F.
  • ESL 58 F – Advanced American English Pronunciation (2 units)
    This course is for ESL students at an advanced level of oral expression and pronunciation. It provides instruction in refining pronunciation skills in order to reduce foreign accent. Recommended for students in ESL 185 F, ESL 186 F, and ESL 190 F.
  • ESL 189 F – Advanced Reading for Non-Native Speakers (3 units)
    This course prepares non-native speakers of English for college-level courses by focusing on academic reading in content areas, critical thinking and analysis, vocabulary development, and comprehension skills. Recommended for students in ESL 185 F, ESL 186 F, and ESL 190 F.
  • ESL 29 F – Idiomatic Expressions for Students of ESL (2 units)
    This course provides instruction in idiomatic expressions and slang for high beginning to intermediate ESL students. Recommended for students in ESL 76 F, ESL 78 F, and ESL 83 F.
  • ESL 39 F – Vocabulary Expansion Techniques: Students of ESL (3 units)
    This course will present principles and techniques of vocabulary expansion for high beginning to intermediate ESL students. Recommended for students in ESL 83 F and ESL 184 F.
  • ESL 49 F – Advanced Academic Vocabulary for Non-Native Speakers (3 units)
    This course is designed for advanced ESL students who wish to expand their academic vocabulary in preparation for transfer to a university. Recommended for students in ESL 185 F, ESL 186 F, and ESL 190 F.

The Skills Center

The ESL Lab at the Fullerton College Skills Center (Room 801) provides materials to help ESL students develop English skills and strategies in listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary.

ESL Core Courses 76, 78, 83, 184, 185, and 190 require one hour of arranged lab attendance every week of the semester. View Weekly Arranged Lab Hours (WALH) >>>

 

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