English as a Second Language

School of Language, LIterature, and Humanities

Dean: Joel M. Levine, Ed. D.

Department Chair: Surian Figueroa, M.A.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 430F, (619) 482-6349

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

ESL Student Advocate: Angelina Barrera, Office 436A, (619) 421-6700 ext. 5549

General Description

All ESL courses are designed for students whose native language is a language other than English or those who speak some English at home but feel they need to strengthen their English skills in order to prepare for entry into college academic or vocational programs and to interact effectively in their community. Southwestern College offers the following ESL programs and ESL courses:

  • Academic ESL Program (for students with academic goals) consists of the following courses:
    ESL 29DACADEMIC ESL SPEAKING, LISTENING AND GRAMMAR I5
    ESL 29EACADEMIC ESL READING, WRITING, AND GRAMMAR I5
    ESL 39DACADEMIC ESL SPEAKING, LISTENING, AND GRAMMAR II5
    ESL 39EACADEMIC ESL READING, WRITING, AND GRAMMAR II5
    ESL 49DACADEMIC ESL SPEAKING, LISTENING, AND GRAMMAR III5
    ESL 49EACADEMIC ESL READING, WRITING, AND GRAMMAR III5
    ESL 159AACADEMIC ESL ADVANCED READING AND GRAMMAR IV4
    ESL 159BACADEMIC ESL ADVANCED WRITING AND GRAMMAR IV5
    Please see the Courses Section to know more about each course.
  • Spanish-to-English Program (specific ESL classes designed to support the Child Development Certificate Program) consists of the following courses and other Child Development courses:
    ESL 27AESL FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT: PRINCIPLES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT2
    ESL 27BESL FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT: CHILD GUIDAN CE1
    ESL 27CESL FOR CURRICULUM1
    ESL 27DESL FOR CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY1
    Please see the Courses Section to know more about each course.
  • Everyday ESL courses (for students who want to use English around the community where they live, work or study) consist of the courses that can be taken independently such as:
    ESL 15PRONUNCIATION FOR ESL STUDENTS2
    ESL 16BASIC SPEECH FOR THE ESL STUDENT3
    ESL 17COMPARATIVE GRAMMAR/GRAMATICA COMPARATI VA3
    ESL 18ESL FOR MATH2
    ESL 19A1ESL ORAL COMMUNICATION I5
    ESL 19A2ESL WRITTEN COMMUNICATION I5
    ESL 19B1ESL ORAL COMMUNICATION II3
    ESL 30ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: GRAMMAR II5
    ESL 40ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: GRAMMAR III5
    ESL 55GRAMMAR VERBS I--SIMPLE AND PROGRESSIVE1
    ESL 56GRAMMAR VERBS II--PERFECT AND FUTURE1
    ESL 57GRAMMAR VERBS III--MODALS AND CONDITION ALS1
    ESL 58GRAMMAR VERBS IV--GERUNDS, INFINITIVES AND PASSIVE1
    ESL 103ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: WRITING II4
    ESL 104ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: WRITING III4
    Please see the Courses Section to know more about each course.

Career Options

Today, there are many career choices for people who can communicate effectively in more than one language. The world is a global community where employment opportunities for educated individuals can span more than one continent, several countries, and many different cultures. Career options are available at entry-level through more advanced positions in business, industry, education, and government.

Faculty

Surian Figueroa, M.A.
sfigueroa2@swccd.edu

Courtney Leckey-Bussell, M.A.
cleckey@swccd.edu

Alison MacArthur, M.A.
amacarthur@swccd.edu

Daniel Moody, M.A.
dmoody@swccd.edu

Eliana Santana, Ed.D.
esantana@swccd.edu

Elizabeth Smith, M.S.
esmith@swccd.edu

Jessica Whitsett, M.A.
jwhitsett@swccd.edu

ESL 15

PRONUNCIATION FOR ESL STUDENTS

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Preparation: ESL 21 or equivalent.

Laboratory 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Designed for English as a Second Language students who wish to improve their intelligibility and aural comprehension in the English language. Emphasis will be given to the stress, rhythm, and intonation of English. Additional emphasis will be on the sounds of the vowels and consonants in English, and on how to use phonetic symbols to interpret those sounds. Strategies for self monitoring and individual study will also be presented. [ND] (Formerly: SPCH 10)

ESL 16

BASIC SPEECH FOR THE ESL STUDENT

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Preparation: ESL 31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Designed to develop oral communication skills for limited English speaking students. Emphasizes verbal and nonverbal behavior, impromptu, extemporaneous and prepared message delivery; helps prepare students for entry into vocational programs and college level-classes. [ND] (Formerly: SPCH 20)

ESL 17

COMPARATIVE GRAMMAR/GRAMATICA COMPARATI VA

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Taught primarily in Spanish at the beginning moving towards more English by the end of the course. Compares and contrasts different aspects of English and Spanish grammar, such as syntax, parts of speech, cognates, false cognates, prepositions, infinitives, and gerunds. Can be taken concurrently with any other core English as a Second Language courses. [ND] (Formerly: ESL 2)

ESL 18

ESL FOR MATH

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Develops reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills with a focus on language specific to mathematics. Focuses on skills to communicate effectively in English about mathematical concepts. Prepares students linguistically to succeed in mathematics courses. [ND]

ESL 19A1

ESL ORAL COMMUNICATION I

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 19A2.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes listening and speaking for everyday purposes. Focuses on grammar for speaking. Develops simple and progressive tenses, future, and a variety of modals and semi-modals for politeness. Requires demonstration at a novice-mid level (see California Pathways Standards) of listening and speaking language competency in conversations around the community. [ND]

ESL 19A2

ESL WRITTEN COMMUNICATION I

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 19A2.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes listening and speaking for everyday purposes. Focuses on grammar for speaking. Develops simple and progressive tenses, future, and a variety of modals and semi-modals for politeness. Requires demonstration at a novice-mid level (see California Pathways Standards) of listening and speaking language competency in conversations around the community. [ND]

ESL 19B1

ESL ORAL COMMUNICATION II

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes listening and speaking skills for everyday purposes. Focuses on grammar for speaking. Reviews simple and progressive tenses. Develops perfect tenses and several modals and semi-modals for politeness. Requires demonstration at a novice-high level (see California Pathways Standards) of listening and speaking language competency in conversations around the community. [ND]

ESL 19B2

ESL WRITTEN COMMUNICATION II

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 19B1] Emphasizes writing and reading skills for everyday purposes.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

[ Requires demonstration of a novice-high level (see California Pathways Standards) of writing language competency in the genres needed for successful written communication around the community. Requires reading 4 and 5 level books. [ND]

ESL 20

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: GRAMMAR I

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: Placement as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 21 and 25.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

First of a series of three English as a Second Language grammar courses. Designed for students with very limited English background. Basic English grammar skills to be used in conversational and academic context. [ND]

ESL 27A

ESL FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT: PRINCIPLES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Enrollment is limited to students enrolled in the Spanish to English Associate Teacher certificate program.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Integrates the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Supports students taking CD 170 in order to receive a certificate of proficiency from the Child Development department. Focuses on intermediate low English skills for use in explaining child development milestones and theories. [ND]

ESL 27B

ESL FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT: CHILD GUIDAN CE

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: ESL 27A or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Enrollment is limited to students enrolled in the Spanish to English Associate Teacher certificate program.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Integrates the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with supplemental coursework that supports students who take CD 180 to receive a certificate of proficiency from the Child Development department. Focuses on English skills required to explain children's behavior and effective guidance techniques to promote children's self-control, self-esteem and competence. [ND]

ESL 27C

ESL FOR CURRICULUM

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: ESL 27B or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Enrollment is limited to students enrolled in the Spanish to English Associate Teacher certificate program.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Integrates the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Supports students taking CD 181 in order to receive a certificate of proficiency from the Child Development department. Focuses on English skills needed to express reasons and requirements for preschool curriculum and a preschool classroom environment.[ND]

ESL 27D

ESL FOR CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: ESL 27C or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Enrollment is limited to students enrolled in the Spanish to English Associate Teacher certificate program.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Integrates the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Supports students taking CD 284 in order to receive a certificate of proficiency from the Child Development Department. Focuses on oral and written English skills needed to interact with parents and community members. [ND]

ESL 29D

ACADEMIC ESL SPEAKING, LISTENING AND GRAMMAR I

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 19A1 and ESL 19A2 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 29E.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

First of four semesters of Academic ESL. Provides instruction in speaking, listening, and grammar at a novice-high level of English. Includes academic and social topics. Presents simple and progressive tenses, modals, sentence structure, and vocabulary. Includes reading and writing to synthesize from novice-high level sources. [ND]

ESL 29E

ACADEMIC ESL READING, WRITING, AND GRAMMAR I

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 19A1 and ESL 19A2 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 29D.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

First of four semesters of Academic ESL. Provides instruction in reading, writing, and grammar at a novice-high level of English. Emphasizes reading non-fiction and narrative texts. Focuses on writing sentences and summaries. Presents simple and progressive tenses, modals, sentence structure, and vocabulary. Includes listening/speaking to synthesize from sources. [ND]

ESL 30

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: GRAMMAR II

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 20 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 31, 103, and appropriate reading course.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers the second in a series of three English as a Second Language grammar courses for students at the intermediate level. Continues to emphasize grammar while covering all the necessary skills needed to learn academic English. [ND]

ESL 39D

ACADEMIC ESL SPEAKING, LISTENING, AND GRAMMAR II

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 39E.

Prerequisite: ESL 29D and ESL 29E or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Second of four semesters of Academic ESL. Provides instruction in speaking, listening, and grammar at an intermediate-low level of English. Includes academic topics. Expands on simple and progressive tenses, modals, sentence structure, and presents gerunds, infinitives, perfect tenses and vocabulary. Includes reading and writing to synthesize from intermediate-low level sources. [ND]

ESL 39E

ACADEMIC ESL READING, WRITING, AND GRAMMAR II

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 39D.

Prerequisite: ESL 29D and ESL 29E or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Second of four semesters of Academic ESL. Provides instruction in reading, writing, and grammar at an intermediate-low level of English. Emphasizes reading non-fiction and narrative texts. Focuses on writing paragraphs. Expands on tense, modals, sentence structure and presents gerunds/infinitives, perfect tenses, and vocabulary. Includes listening/speaking to synthesize from sources. [ND]

ESL 40

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: GRAMMAR III

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 30 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 41 and 104.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Completes the last in the series of English as a Second Language grammar courses for students at an advanced level. Develops grammar skills and related language competencies in sentence and paragraph writing and more advanced vocabulary. [D]

ESL 49D

ACADEMIC ESL SPEAKING, LISTENING, AND GRAMMAR III

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 49E.

Prerequisite: ESL 39D and ESL 39E or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Third of four semesters of Academic ESL. Provides instruction in speaking, listening, and grammar at an intermediate-high level of English. Includes academic topics. Expands on tense, modals, sentence structure, gerunds, infinitives and presents conditionals, passive voice, and vocabulary. Includes reading and writing to synthesize from intermediate-high level sources. [ND]

ESL 49E

ACADEMIC ESL READING, WRITING, AND GRAMMAR III

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 49D.

Prerequisite: ESL 39D and ESL 39E or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Third of four semesters of Academic ESL. Provides instruction in reading, writing, and grammar at an intermediate-high level of English. Emphasizes reading non-fiction and narrative texts. Reviews writing paragraphs and introduces essays. Expands on tense, modals, sentence structure, gerunds, infinitives and presents conditionals, passive voice and vocabulary. Includes listening/speaking to synthesize from sources. [ND]

ESL 52

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE---BASIC READING

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 50 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Focuses on the specialized needs of the ESL and basic reading student. Provides effective strategies for reading: vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and critical thinking skills at the basic level. [ND] (Formerly: ENGL 52; Same as: RDG 52)

ESL 54

ESL FOR COMPUTERS

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides the linguistic and basic technology skills English as a Second Language (ESL) learners need in order to be able to succeed in ESL classes. Prepares students linguistically to take CIS classes on technology. [ND]

ESL 55

GRAMMAR VERBS I--SIMPLE AND PROGRESSIVE

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 29A.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides development of fluency and accuracy in the form, meaning, and use of English verbs. First in a series of four courses. Emphasizes simple and progressive forms of present and past tenses. [ND]

ESL 56

GRAMMAR VERBS II--PERFECT AND FUTURE

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 39B.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides development of fluency and accuracy in the form, meaning, and use of English verbs. Second in a series of four courses. Emphasizes perfect and future verb forms. [ND]

ESL 57

GRAMMAR VERBS III--MODALS AND CONDITION ALS

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 49A.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides development of fluency and accuracy in the form, meaning, and use of English verbs. Third in a series of four courses. Emphasizes modal and conditional forms. [ND]

ESL 58

GRAMMAR VERBS IV--GERUNDS, INFINITIVES AND PASSIVE

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 49B] Provides development of fluency and accuracy in the form, meaning, and use of English verbs.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

[ Fourth in a series of four courses. Emphasizes use of gerunds/infinitives and passive voice. [ND]

ESL 59A

LEARNING ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES 4A

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: ESL 49A, ESL 49B, and ESL 49C, or ESL 49D and ESL 49E, or equivalent.

Corequisite: ESL 59B, ESL 159A, and ESL 159B.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Helps students develop specific skills and knowledge to manage their personal and academic lives, sample lectures in content areas, familiarize themselves with services and resources available to students, and create a plan for transitioning from ESL to traditional college course offerings at an advanced-low level of English proficiency. [ND]

ESL 59B

LEARNING ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES 4B

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: ESL 49A, ESL 49B, and ESL 49C, or ESL 49D and ESL 49E, or equivalent.

Corequisite: ESL 59A, ESL 159A, and ESL 159B.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Develops concepts and skills learned for ESL 159A and ESL 159B by providing practice in preparing and refining class writing assignments and oral presentations. Continues the instruction of the use of technology for participating in and completing class assignments at an advanced-low level of English proficiency. [ND]

ESL 103

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: WRITING II

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 25 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 30 and 31.

Lecture 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Second writing course in a series of three. Continues to emphasize pre-writing communicative activities, writing, editing, and re-writing skills. Also, emphasizes sentence combining at a compound/complex level. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ESL 35)

ESL 104

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: WRITING III

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 103 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 40 and 41.

Lecture 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Advanced level ESL writing course--the last in a series of three. Continued emphasis on pre-writing communicative activities, writing, editing, and re-writing skills. Also emphasizes independent writing. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ESL 45)

ESL 159A

ACADEMIC ESL ADVANCED READING AND GRAMMAR IV

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: ESL 49D and ESL 49E or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: ESL 159B.

Lecture 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Fourth of four semesters of Academic ESL. Prepares students for mainstream college classes. Provides instruction in reading and grammar at an advanced level of English. Emphasizes reading authentic texts and analyzing argumentative texts. Includes advanced grammar: passive voice, perfect tenses, sentence variety and adjective/noun clauses. Incorporates academic listening and speaking. [D; CSU]

ESL 159B

ACADEMIC ESL ADVANCED WRITING AND GRAMMAR IV

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: ESL 49D and ESL 49E or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College ESL Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: ESL 159A.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Fourth of four semesters of Academic ESL. Prepares students for mainstream college classes. Provides instruction in writing and grammar at an advanced level of English. Emphasizes essay writing with integrated sources and MLA format. Includes advanced grammar: passive voice, perfect tenses, sentence variety and adjective/noun clauses. Incorporates academic listening and speaking. [D; CSU]