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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Achieve your goals one vocabulary word at a time!

 

Program Information

The ESL Program at Los Medanos College has both day and evening classes at our main Pittsburg Campus and at the Brentwood Center.

 

The Los Medanos ESL Program Levels and Sequences of Instruction Chart (PDF) gives an overview of our program.

 

 

What do we offer?

Our program offers four levels of instruction from basic to advanced. You can read the catalogue description of each course below (click the plus signs next to each level to see the descriptions).

 

Levels 1 and 2 are bridge courses for students transferring from adult education programs or language programs in their home country. These levels do assume students have a foundational level of English already. Levels 1 and 2 are geared toward continued development of general, everday English language understanding and use. Levels 3 and 4 are community college ESL courses and are designed to build on this general ability and prepare students for academic and career success.

 

 

What will you learn in each level?

Click to access course content charts (PDF - currently under revision) that provide an across-the-curriculum view of the content that will be covered in each of our courses. At each level of instruction, the content in one class supports what is being learned in another class. Additionally, from one level to the next, the skills, strategies, and language being studied builds on that which was covered in a previous level.

 

 

The four levels of instruction:

 

LEVEL ONE COURSES

 

ESL-011 Vocabulary Development I - 3 Units
ADVISORIES: One year of formal English as a Second Language instruction, or a level one placement on the ESL Placement Test. Concurrent enrollment in ESL-021, ESL-031 and/or ESL-041
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-019) Do you want to learn new words in English and improve your reading skills? In this class, you will learn and practice strategies to add more words to your vocabulary. Learn how to effectively use the dictionary, to read more effectively using context clues and use English words appropriately. SC

 

ESL-021 Grammar for Communication I - 4 Units
ADVISORIES: One year of formal English as a Second Language instruction, or a level one placement on the ESL Placement Test. Current enrollment in ESL-011, ESL-031 and/or ESL-041.
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-020) This is the first of a four-semester grammar sequence. This novice/basic first level helps students build the fundamentals needed to begin communicating in English. This course will help you clearly understand and appropriately use a selection of English language grammar points. Learn through guided discovery, focused analysis, controlled practice, and personalized interaction, and develop your ability and confidence to listen, speak, read and write at a novice/basic level. SC

 

ESL-031 Conversation/Pronunciation I - 3 Units
ADVISORIES: One year of formal English as a Second Language instruction, or a level one placement on the ESL Placement Test. Concurrent enrollment in ESL-011, ESL-021 and/or ESL-041.
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-030) Do you want to improve your English pronunciation and oral communication skills? Take this class and learn how to say English words correctly so you can effectively communicate with people using basic English phrases and sentences. SC

 

ESL-041 Writing and Reading I - 4 Units
ADVISORIES: One year of formal English as a Second Language instruction, or a level one placement on the ESL Placement Test. Concurrent enrollment in ESL-011, ESL-021 and/or ESL-031.
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-922A) Would you like to learn how to become an efficient writer and
reader of English? Would you like to research and share information with your community
regarding all the excellent degrees and certificates Los Medanos College offers? Then, this is the class for you. Learn how to write a professional cover letter you can use to look for a job. SC

 

LEVEL TWO COURSES

 

ESL-012 Vocabulary and Reading II- 3 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-011, or a level two placement on the ESL Placement Test.

ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-022, ESL-032 and/or ESL-042
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-924) Continue to practice and improve your vocabulary and reading skills at a high-beginning level! Expand your vocabulary and become a more confident reader of English. Learn how to read more effectively using context clues, and other reading and vocabulary strategies to improve comprehension. SC

 

ESL-022 Grammar for Communication II - 4 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-021, or a level two placement on the ESL Placement Test

ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-012, ESL-032 and/or ESL-042
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-021) This is the second of a four-semester grammar sequence. This high-beginning second level builds on the fundamentals learned in level one. This course will help you clearly understand and appropriately use a selection of English language grammar points. Learn through guided discovery, focused analysis, controlled practice, and personalized interaction, and develop your ability and confidence to listen, speak, read and write at a high beginning level. SC

 

ESL-032 Conversation/Pronunciation II - 3 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-031, or a level two placement on the ESL Placement Test.

ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-012, ESL-022 and/or ESL-042
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-031) Do you want to further improve your English pronunciation and oral communication skills? Take this class and learn more about how to say English words correctly so you can effectively communicate with people with more advanced English phrases and sentences. SC

 

ESL-042 Writing and Reading II - 4 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-041, or a level two placement on the ESL Placement Test.

ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-012, ESL-022 and/or ESL-032.
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-922B) Continue to develop and reinforce your writing and reading English skills. Learn how to write a persuasive letter you can use in an employment setting or as you help a family member deal with a difficult real-life situation. Familiarize yourself with useful resources your community offers by engaging in real life reading and writing activities. SC

 

LEVEL THREE COURSES

 

ESL-013 Intermediate Text Skills - 3 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-012, or a level three or ENGL-070 placement on the ESL Placement Test.
ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-023, 033, and/or ESL-043
LMC Degree: NDA
This is the first of a two-semester upper-level text skills sequence that will focus on developing your reading and vocabulary abilities.  In this intermediate level course, you will apply and build on the reading and vocabulary skills that you learned in Vocabulary Development I and II.  The main goals of this course are to help you continue to increase your vocabulary base and to become an active, thoughtful, and confident reader of English.  You will also participate in listening, speaking, viewing, and writing activities that will help you understand and consider the readings and enable you to use the new words and phrases you are learning. SC

 

ESL-023 Grammar for Communication III - 4 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-022 (formerly ESL-021 and ESL-929), or a level three or ENGL-070 placement on the ESL Placement Test.
ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-013, 033, and/or ESL-043.
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-022) This is the third of a four-semester grammar sequence. This intermediate third level builds on the skills learned in level two. This course will help you clearly understand and appropriately use a selection of English language grammar points. Learn through guided discovery, focused analysis, controlled practice, and personalized interaction, and develop your your ability and confidence to listen, speak, read and write at an intermediate level. SC

 

ESL-033 Intermediate Oral Skills - 3 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-032 (formerly ESL-031), or a level three or ENGL-070 placement on the ESL Placement Test.
ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-013, 023, and/or ESL-043.
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-925) This is the first of a two-semester upper-level oral communication
sequence. In this intermediate level course, you will apply and build on the English language communication skills learned in Grammar I and II and Conversation/Pronunciation I and II. You will learn and practice using a variety of listening and speaking strategies, and you will develop skills and confidence to effectively and successfully listen, speak, and critically think in English at an intermediate level. SC

 

ESL-043 Writing and Reading III - 4 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-042 (formerly ESL-922B), or a level three or ENGL-070 placement on the ESL Placement Test.
ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-013, 023, and/or ESL-033
LMC Degree: NDA
(Formerly ESL-922C) Continue to develop and reinforce your writing and reading English skills. Learn how to write a cause and effect essay regarding a real life issue. Become skilled at effectively using library resources which you can use to write successfully in college level courses. SC

 

LEVEL FOUR COURSES

 

ESL-014 Advanced Text Skills - 3 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-013, or a level four or ENGL-070 placement on the ESL Placement Test.
ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-024, 034, and/or ESL-044
LMC Degree: NDA
This is the second of a two-semester upper-level text skills sequence that will focus on developing your reading and vocabulary abilities.  In this advanced level course, you will apply and build on the reading and vocabulary skills that you learned in Intermediate Text Skills.  The main goals of this course are to help you expand and enrich your vocabulary knowledge and application and to become an active, thoughtful, and confident reader of English.  You will also participate in listening, speaking, viewing, and writing activities that will help you understand the readings and enable you to use the new words you are learning. SC

 

ESL-024 Grammar for Communication IV - 4 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-023 (formerly ESL-022 and ESL-930), or a level four or ENGL-070 placement on the ESL Placement Test.
ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-014, 034, and/or ESL-044
LMC Degree: NDA
This is the fourth of a four-semester grammar sequence. This high-intermediate to advanced fourth level builds on the skills learned in level three. This course will help you clearly understand and appropriately use a selection of English language grammar points. Learn through guided discovery, focused analysis, controlled practice, and personalized interaction, and develop your ability and confidence to listen, speak, read and write at a high-intermediate to advanced level. SC

 

ESL-034 (ESL-926) Advanced Oral Skills - 3 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-033, or a level four or ENGL-070 placement on the ESL Placement Test.
ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-014, 024, and/or ESL-044
LMC Degree: NDA
This is the second of a two-semester upper-level oral communication sequence.  In this high-intermediate to advanced level course, you will apply and build on language skills learned in the Intermediate Oral Skills course, as well as the Conversation/Pronunciation and Grammar for Communication courses.  You will practice using many different listening and speaking strategies that will help you to communicate in social, career, and school situations.  You will also strengthen your pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar skills to confidently, effectively, and successfully listen, speak, and critically think in English at a high-intermediate to advanced level. SC

 

ESL-044 Writing and Reading IV - 4 Units
PRE-REQUISITE: ESL-043 (formerly ESL-922C), or a level four or ENGL-070 placement on the ESL Placement Test.
ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in ESL-014, 024, and/or ESL-034
LMC Degree: NDA
Continue to develop and reinforce your writing and reading English skills at a high intermediate
to advanced level. Learn how to write a research-based essay regarding a real life issue. Become skilled at effectively using library resources which you can use to write successfully in college level courses. SC