English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program offers students a comprehensive selection of courses to improve their knowledge of and skills with English for both personal and academic purposes. The ESL program also introduces international students to American culture and customs. Courses range from pre-collegiate (non-degree-applicable) through transfer levels. ENGL 101 Reading and Composition for ESL students satisfies the graduation requirement in writing competency and satisfies a general education requirement for the associate degree.

Faculty

NameOffice Room NumberPhoneEmail
Cross, Cynthia CI 223626-857-4128ccross@citruscollege.edu

Contact Information

Division
Language Arts and Library
Dean
Dr. Gina Hogan
Administrative Secretary
Cathy Day
Division Office
CI 217
Division Phone Number
626-914-8856

This discipline prepares students to do the following:

  • Read analytically and critically at the college level.
  • Write in grammatically correct English with clarity and fluency.
  • Listen actively and speak articulately.
  • Research and synthesize information on topics using library and Internet sources.
  • Analyze and self-correct grammatical, semantic, and lexical errors.
  • Participate appropriately in an American college classroom by demonstrating cultural awareness, personal responsibility, and ethical behavior.

ESL 003A
Low-Intermediate Reading & Writing Skills
6 Units
108 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 020 and ESL 024, or direct placement based on multiple measures.

A reading and writing course for high beginning/low-intermediate English language students. The course is designed to help students expand vocabulary, reading skills, idiom usage, and sentence writing skills. Emphasis is on reading comprehension, vocabulary and usage, sentence construction, and pre-paragraph writing. This is one of two courses in ESL Level 3. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 003B
Low-Intermediate Grammar
3 Units
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESL 036

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 026 or direct placement based on multiple measures.

A course for low-intermediate ESL students seeking to improve their grammatical accuracy in written English. Intensive review and practice of meaning and use of syntactic structures such as verb tense, modals, noun and adjective forms, questions and negatives, passive voice, adverbs, and articles. This is one of two courses in ESL Level 3. NOTE: THE UNITS FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 004A
High-Intermediate Reading and Writing Skills
6 Units
108 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 030 and ESL 034, or ESL 003A, or direct placement based on multiple measures.

This course prepares intermediate ESL students for Level 5 reading and writing. It includes grammar, vocabulary, and the writing skills of sentence and paragraph development. This course previews essay development and writing. This course also is designed to facilitate appropriate strategies for improving reading comprehension, vocabulary, and idiom usage. Emphasis is on college-level reading skills. This is one of two courses in ESL Level 4. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 004B
High-Intermediate Grammar
3 Units
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESL 046

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 036 or ESL 003B, or direct placement based on multiple measures.

Strongly recommended: For students enrolled in ESL Level 4 core courses.

A course for high-intermediate ESL students seeking to improve their grammatical accuracy. Intensive review and practice of syntactic structures such as verb tense, tag questions, gerunds and infinitives, and phrasal verbs. This is one of two courses in ESL Level 4. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 005A
Advanced College Reading & Writing Skills
6 Units
108 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 040 and ESL 044, or ESL 004A, or direct placement based on multiple measures.

This course prepares high-intermediate and advanced ESL students for college-level writing and reading. It provides a review of English paragraph writing fundamentals and focuses on critical thinking and essay composition. It also aims to improve reading skills and analysis of academic texts. Students will develop reading comprehension skills, improve vocabulary through context and word stem study, and practice summarizing and paraphrasing techniques. Students will work on adopting American discourse in composition, and will work on reading skills in order to prepare for college-level coursework. This is one of two courses in ESL Level 5.

ESL 005B
Advanced Grammar
3 Units
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESL 056

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 046 or ESL 004B, or direct placement based on multiple measures.

Strongly recommended: For students enrolled in ESL level 5 core courses.

A course for advanced ESL students seeking to improve their grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking. Further review and practice of complex syntactic structures such as verb forms, tag questions, conditional statements, reported speech, modals and phrasal verbs, and subordinate clauses. This is one of two courses in ESL Level 5. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 020
English Language Skills II
3 Units
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Placement is based on multiple assessment measures.

A writing course for high-beginning English language students. Emphasis on production and comprehension of simple phrases, basic sentence construction, introductory paragraph writing skills and basic vocabulary. One of three core courses in ESL Level 2. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 022
Pronunciation and Conversation II
2 Units
36 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Placement is based on multiple assessment measures including the Accuplacer placement test.

Strongly recommended: For students enrolled in ESL Level 2 core courses.

A course for beginning ESL students in comprehension and communication of spoken English. Emphasis is on building confidence in oral expression and refining pronunciation. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 024
Reading/Vocabulary/Idioms II
3 Units
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Placement is based on multiple assessment measures.

A reading, vocabulary, and idioms course for low-intermediate ESL students. The course is designed to help students expand their vocabulary and use of idioms through oral and written practice and improve their reading comprehension. One of three core courses in ESL Level 2. NOTE: THE UNITS FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 026
Grammar Fundamentals II
3 Units
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Placement is based on multiple assessment measures.

A course for low-intermediate ESL students seeking to improve their grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking. Intensive review and practice of verb tenses, noun forms, adjectives, adverbs and modals, in a communicative context. One of three core courses in ESL Level 2. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 030
English Language Skills III
3 Units
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESL 035

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 020 or placement in ESL Level 3 on the Accuplacer assessment test.

A writing course for low-intermediate English language students. Emphasis on production and comprehension of longer phrases, compound and complex sentence construction, low-intermediate paragraph writing skills and vocabulary. One of three core courses in ESL Level 3. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 032
Pronunciation and Conversation III
2 Units
36 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: For students enrolled in ESL level 3 core courses.

Placement is based on multiple assessment measures. A course for low-intermediate students in comprehension and communication of spoken English. Emphasis is on building confidence in oral expression, refining pronunciation, and reducing accent. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 034
Reading/Vocabulary/Idioms III
3 Units
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESL 025

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Placement is based on multiple assessment measures or successful completion of ESL 024.

A reading, vocabulary, and idioms course for intermediate ESL students. The course is designed to help students further expand vocabulary, idiom usage and reading skills. Emphasis is on building vocabulary and idiom usage through oral and written practice and improving reading comprehension. One of three core courses in ESL Level 3. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 036
Grammar Fundamentals III
3 Units
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESL 003B

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Placement is based on multiple assessment measures or successful completion of ESL 026.

A course for low-intermediate ESL students seeking to improve their grammatical accuracy in written English. Intensive review and practice of meaning and use of syntactic structures such as verb tense, modals, noun and adjective forms, questions and negatives, passive voice, adverbs, and articles. One of three core courses in ESL Level 3. NOTE: THE UNITS FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 040
English Language Skills IV
3 Units
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 030 or placement in ESL Level 4 on the Accuplacer assessment test.

This course prepares high-intermediate ESL students for ESL 100. It includes grammar, vocabulary, usage, and the writing skills of sentence and paragraph development. It also previews essay development and writing. One of three core courses in ESL Level 4. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 042
Pronunciation and Conversation IV
2 Units
36 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Placement is based on multiple assessment measures.

Stronlgy recommended: For students enrolled in ESL Level 4 core courses. A course for high intermediate students in comprehension and communication of spoken English. Emphasis is on building confidence in oral expression, refining pronunciation and reducing accent. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 044
Reading/Vocabulary/Idioms IV
3 Units
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 034 or placement in ESL Level 4 based on multiple assessment measures.

A reading, vocabulary, and idioms course for high intermediate ESL students, designed to facilitate appropriate strategies for improving reading comprehension and developing vocabulary and idiom usage. Emphasis is on college-level vocabulary and reading skills. One of three core courses in ESL Level 4. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 046
Grammar Review I
3 Units
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESL 004B, ESL 090

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 036 or placement is based on multiple assessment measures.

Strongly recommended: For students enrolled in ESL Level 4 core courses.

A course for high-intermediate ESL students seeking to improve their grammatical accuracy. Intensive review and practice of syntactic structures such as verb tense, tag questions, gerunds and infinitives, and phrasal verbs. One of three core courses in ESL Level 4. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 053
Bridge to College Literature
3 Units
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Placement is based on multiple assessment measures or successful completion of ESL 044.

Strongly recommended: ESL 100.

This fiction reading and vocabulary course is designed to help ESL students develop the skills necessary for analyzing and writing about literature in English at the college level. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 054
Bridge to College Reading
3 Units
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Placement is based on multiple assessment measures or successful completion of ESL 044.

A reading and vocabulary course for advanced ESL students designed to improve their skills in the reading and analysis of academic text. Students will develop reading comprehension and study strategies in preparation for college-level coursework. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 056
Grammar Review II
3 Units
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESL 005B

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 046.

Strongly recommended: For students enrolled in ESL level 5 core courses.

A course for advanced ESL students seeking to improve their grammatical accuracy in writing and speaking. Further review and practice of complex syntactic structures such as verb forms, tag questions, conditional statements, reported speech, modals and phrasal verbs, and subordinate clauses. NOTE: THE UNITS EARNED FOR THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE 60 UNITS FOR GRADUATION.

ESL 100
Fundamentals of Composition
3 Units (AA/AS; UC)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 040 or placement in ESL level 5 on the Accuplacer assessment test.

This course prepraes high-intermediate and advanced ESL students for college-level writing. It provides a review of English fundamentals and practice in critical thinking, paragraph development and essay writing with an emphasis on exposition. Continued practice in special writing problems common to second language learners.

ESL 101
Reading and Composition
5 Units (AA/AS; Citrus A1; CSU; UC; CSUGE A2)
90 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ESL 100 or direct placement in ESL Level 6 based on multiple measures or successful completion of ESL level 5 core courses.

An advanced composition and reading course for ESL students. Instruction and practice in critical reading, expository writing and techniques for researching, documenting and writing a research paper. The course content parallels ENGL 101, offering reading and vocabulary for ESL students. This course is designed to help ESL students develop the skills necessary for analyzing and writing about literature in English at the college level.

The ESL Sequence of Courses outlines the courses provided at various levels.

2018-2019 ESL Course Sequence