Course Recommendations for English as a Second Language (ESLA) at Riverland Community College - Riverland

English as a Second Language (ESLA)

Program credits depend on where an individual student initially places on the ESL Accuplacer Assessment

Riverland Placement Chart for English Proficiency Standardized Tests

Required Core Courses

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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ESLA0930
Intermediate Writing and Grammar

This writing and grammar course is designed for non-native speakers of English. Learners will analyze model texts and develop the writing, grammar, and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in college courses. Passing will require an 70% mastery or letter grade C- of learning outcomes. Prerequisites: One of the following must be satisfied to enroll in this course: ESL Accuplacer Reading score of 73 or higher plus an acceptable score on the ESLA faculty-assessed writing sample; TOEFL iBT score of 32 or higher; TOEFL Paper score of 400 or higher; IELTS Academic Module score of Band 3.5 or higher; IELTS General Training Module score of Band 4.5 or higher. This course does not meet distribution requirements and will not count as credits toward graduation. A grade of 70% or letter grade C- or higher is required to enroll in ESLA 0950.

(5 Cr- 5 lect, 0 lab) 

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ESLA1030
Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary

This reading and vocabulary course is designed for non-native speakers of English. The course focuses on developing strategies necessary for understanding fiction and non-fiction text types. The learner will practice applying strategies to increase reading comprehension skills, reading speed, and vocabulary range. The learner will actively study vocabulary which is most frequently encountered in college texts and lectures from the Academic Word List (AWL). Passing will require a 70% mastery or letter grade C- of learning outcomes.  Prerequisites:  One of the following must be satisfied to enroll in this course:  Completion of ESLA 0920 with a grade of C- (80%) or higher; ESL Accuplacer Reading score of 73 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 32 or higher; TOEFL Paper score of 400 or higher; IELTS Academic Module score of Band 3.5 or higher; IELTS General Training Module score of Band 4.5 or higher. A grade of 70% or letter grade C- or higher is required to enroll in ESLA 1040.

 

(5 Cr- 5 lect, 0 lab) 

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ESLA1130
Intermediate Listening and Speaking

This listening and speaking course is designed for non-native speakers of English.  The course provides the strategies and skill practice necessary for learners to successfully participate in future academic courses. Learners will develop their listening and note-taking skills through activities based on audiotaped and videotaped lectures, live class presentations and discussions. Learners will develop their speaking skills by participating in class discussions and giving short presentations. Passing will require a 70% mastery or letter grade C- of learning outcomes. Prerequisites:  One of the following must be satisfied to enroll in this course:  Completion of ESLA 0920 with a grade of C- (70%) or higher; ESL Accuplacer Reading score of 73 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 32 or higher; TOEFL Paper score of 400 or higher; IELTS Academic Module score of Band 3.5 or higher; IELTS General Training Module score of Band 4.5 or higher. A grade of 70% or letter grade C- or higher is required to enroll in ESLA 1140.

(5 Cr- 5 lect, 0 lab) 

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ESLA0950
Advanced Writing and Grammar

This writing and grammar course is designed for non-native speakers of English and fulfills the requirements of ENGL 0950 College Prep English I. Learners will analyze model texts and develop the writing, grammar, and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in college courses. Passing will require an 70% mastery or letter grade C- of learning outcomes.  Prerequisites:  Completion of ESLA 0930 with a grade of 70% or letter grade C- or higher. Students who earned less than 70% in ESLA 0930 are ineligible to register for ESLA 0950. For students who have not completed 0930, prerequisites include any of the following test scores: ESL Accuplacer Reading score of 86 or higher plus an acceptable score on the ESLA faculty-assessed writing sample; TOEFL iBT score of 40 or higher; TOEFL Paper score of 433 or higher; IELTS Academic Module score of Band 4.0 or higher; IELTS General Training Module score of Band 5.0 or higher. This course does not meet distribution requirements and will not count as credits toward graduation. A grade of 70%, or letter grade C- or higher is required to enroll in ENGL 0960.  

(5 Cr- 5 lect, 0 lab) 

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ESLA1040
Advanced Reading and Vocabulary

This reading and vocabulary course is designed for non-native speakers of English. The course focuses on developing strategies necessary for understanding a variety of fiction and non-fiction text types.  The learner will practice applying strategies to increase reading comprehension skills, reading speed, and vocabulary range. The learner will actively study vocabulary which is most frequently encountered in college texts and lectures from the Academic Word List (AWL).  Passing will require a 70% mastery or letter grade C- of learning outcomes based upon a departmentally-devised standard assessment. Prerequisites: Completion of ESLA 1030 with a grade of 70% or letter grade C- or higher. Students who earned less than 70% in ESLA 1030 are ineligible to register for ESLA 1040. For students who have not completed ESLA 1030, prerequisites include any of the following test scores: ESL Accuplacer Reading score of 86 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 40 or higher; TOEFL Paper score of 433 or higher; IELTS Academic Module score of Band 4.0 or higher; IELTS General Training Module score of Band 5.0 or higher. A grade of 70%, or letter grade C- or higher is required to enroll in ENGL 0960. 

(5 Cr- 5 lect, 0 lab) 

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ESLA1140
Advanced Listening and Speaking

This listening and speaking course is designed for non-native speakers of English. The course provides the strategies and skill practice necessary for learners to successfully participate in future academic courses. Learners will also develop speaking and listening strategies for college and career goal exploration. Learners will develop their listening and note-taking skills through activities based on audiotaped and videotaped lectures, live class presentations and discussions.  Learners will develop their speaking skills by participating in class discussions, conducting interviews and giving presentations.  This course will be graded on a letter grade basis. Passing will require an 70% mastery or letter grade C- of learning outcomes based upon a departmentally-devised standard assessment.  Prerequisites: Completion of ESLA 1130 with a grade of 70% or letter grade C- or higher. Students who earned less than 70% in ESLA 1130 are ineligible to register for ESLA 1140. For students who have not completed ESLA 1130, prerequisites include any of the following test scores: ESL Accuplacer Reading score of 86 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 40 or higher; TOEFL Paper score of 433 or higher; IELTS Academic Module score of Band 4.0 or higher; IELTS General Training Module score of Band 5.0 or higher.

(5 Cr- 5 lect, 0 lab) 

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Last Updated: April 9, 2019