English as a Second Language

School of Language, Literature, and Humanities

Dean: Joel M. Levine, Ed. D.

Department Chair: Courtney Leckey Bussell, M.A.

Office: 28-106, (619) 482-6349

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

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

ESL Student Advocate: Angelina Barrera, Office 37-103, (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:

  • The Academic ESL Program prepares students to succeed in degree and certificate pathways and professional contexts. Completion of the placement process before registration is highly recommended. The Academic ESL Program 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 149DACADEMIC ESL SPEAKING, LISTENING, AND GRAMMAR III5
    ESL 149EACADEMIC 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 GUIDANCE1
    ESL 27CESL FOR CURRICULUM1
    ESL 27DESL FOR CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY1
    Please see the Courses Section to know more about each course.
  • ESL Support Classes for Multilingual Students facilitate the development of communication skills in English. They can be taken at any point during college study for language support as needed. There are no prerequisites and the ESL Placement process is not mandatory for registration. Students may elect to take these courses to address their particular language-learning needs.
    ESL 15PRONUNCIATION FOR ESL STUDENTS3
    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 30INTERMEDIATE ESL GRAMMAR5
    ESL 40ADVANCED ESL GRAMMAR5
    ESL 55GRAMMAR VERBS I--SIMPLE AND PROGRESSIVE1
    ESL 56GRAMMAR VERBS II--PERFECT AND FUTURE1
    ESL 57GRAMMAR VERBS III--MODALS AND CONDITIONALS1
    ESL 58GRAMMAR VERBS IV--GERUNDS, INFINITIVES AND PASSIVE1
    ESL 104MULTILINGUAL WRITERS EDITING WORKSHOP3
  • College-Level English Composition:  Southwestern College offers an ESL 115A course that fulfills degree and transfer requirements for English composition.
  • Noncredit ESL:  See the section on Noncredit for information about tuition-free noncredit ESL classes.  

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.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Certificate of Achievement
ESL Communication 01411

Faculty

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

Courtney Leckey Bussell, M.A.
cbussell@swccd.edu

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

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

Carol Ross, M.A.
cross@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

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Preparation: ESL 19A1 or ESL 29D or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Assists English as a Second Language students who wish to improve their intelligibility and aural comprehension in the English language. Emphasizes the stress, rhythm, and intonation of English, the sounds of the vowels and consonants in English, and how to use phonetic symbols to interpret those sounds. Presents strategies for self-monitoring and individual study will also be presented. [ND]

ESL 16

BASIC SPEECH FOR THE ESL STUDENT

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Develops oral communication skills for limited English-speaking students. Emphasizes verbal and non-verbal behavior, impromptu, extemporaneous, and prepared message delivery; helps prepare students for entry into vocational programs and college level classes. [ND]

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]

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 19A1.

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.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes writing and reading skills for everyday purposes. 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 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 Family Studies department. Focuses on intermediate low English skills for use in explaining child development milestones and theories. [ND]

ESL 27B

ESL FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT: CHILD GUIDANCE

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 Family Studies 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 Family Studies 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 Family Studies 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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 29E.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction in speaking, listening, and grammar at a novice-high level of English. Presents simple and progressive tenses, modals, sentence structure, and vocabulary. Includes reading and writing for interacting with class topics. First of four semesters of Academic ESL. [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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 29D.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

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

ESL 30

INTERMEDIATE ESL GRAMMAR

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 29D or ESL 29E or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 39D or ESL 39E.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides grammar instruction for English as a Second Language at an intermediate level. Develops grammar skills and related language competencies in sentence and paragraph writing. [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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction in speaking, listening, and grammar at an intermediate-low level of English. Expands on simple and progressive tenses, modals, sentence structure, and presents gerunds, infinitives, perfect tenses, and vocabulary. Includes reading and writing for interacting with class topics. Second of four semesters of Academic ESL. [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 equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction in reading, writing, and grammar at an intermediate-low level of English. Focuses on writing paragraphs. Emphasizes reading fiction and nonfiction. Expands on verb tenses, sentence structure, gerunds and infinitives, and academic vocabulary. Includes listening and speaking for interacting with class topics. Second of four semesters of academic ESL. [ND]

ESL 40

ADVANCED ESL GRAMMAR

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 30 or ESL 39D or ESL 39E, or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 149D or ESL 149E.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides grammar instruction for English as a Second Language at a high-intermediate level. Develops grammar skills and related language competencies in sentence and paragraph writing. [D]

ESL 52

BASIC READING

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

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] (Same as: RDG 52)

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 CONDITIONALS

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.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides development of fluency and accuracy in the form, meaning, and use of English verbs. Fourth in a series of four courses. Emphasizes use of gerunds/infinitives and passive voice. [ND]

ESL 85

IMPROVING GRAMMAR FOR COLLEGE WRITING

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Reviews English grammar that includes verbs and word forms for college writing. Emphasizes improving grammatical accuracy and editing common errors in students' college writing assignments. Provides additional instruction and practice for students in English composition courses, advanced ESL courses, or any student taking college classes who wishes to improve grammar. [ND]

ESL 86

IMPROVING SENTENCE STRUCTURE FOR COLLEGE WRITING

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Reviews English sentence structure for college writing. Includes sentence types, connectors, relevant punctuation, and parallel structure. Emphasizes sentence accuracy and variety. Provides additional instruction and practice for students in English composition courses, advanced ESL courses, or any student taking college classes who wishes to improve sentence structure. [ND]

ESL 104

MULTILINGUAL WRITERS EDITING WORKSHOP

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ESL 159A and ESL 159B or ENGL 71, or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Supports multilingual writers who would like to review grammar troublespots and develop editing skills for advanced writing in English. Emphasizes grammatical accuracy, sentence-level complexity, and vocabulary in academic writing. Students are encouraged to take this course simultaneously with degree-applicable courses in other departments. [D; CSU]

ESL 115A

COLLEGE COMPOSITION FOR MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: ESL 159A and ESL 159B, or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction and practice in college-level reading and writing for non-native English speakers. Focuses on critical thinking, textual analysis, expository essay writing, research methods and documentation to prepare students for academic coursework. Emphasizes college-level grammar and vocabulary. [D; CSU; C-ID ENGL 100]

ESL 149D

ACADEMIC ESL SPEAKING, LISTENING, AND GRAMMAR III

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 149E.

Prerequisite: ESL 39D and ESL 39E, or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction in speaking, listening, and grammar at an intermediate-high level of English. Provides linguistic skills needed access authentic academic texts including poetry, academic lectures on a range of topics. Includes cultural topics in the humanities such as poetry, art, philosophy, and history. Includes reading and writing to synthesize from sources. Third of four semesters of Academic ESL. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ESL 49D)

ESL 149E

ACADEMIC ESL READING, WRITING, AND GRAMMAR III

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 149D.

Prerequisite: ESL 39D and ESL 39E, or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction in reading, writing, and grammar at an intermediate-high level of English. Emphasizes reading non-fiction and narrative texts. Provides linguistic skills needed to access authentic academic texts on a range of topics including cultural topics in the humanities such as poetry, art, philosophy, and history. Reviews writing paragraphs and introduces essays. Includes listening/speaking to synthesize from sources. Third of four semesters of Academic ESL. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ESL 49E)

ESL 159A

ACADEMIC ESL ADVANCED READING AND GRAMMAR IV

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 159B.

Prerequisite: ESL 149D and ESL 149E, or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ESL 159A.

Prerequisite: ESL 149D and ESL 149E, or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

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]