English as a Second Language

College of the Desert’s English as a Second Language program offers credit and noncredit courses preparing students for entry to academic programs at COD as well as for vocational and personal goals.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Credit Program

The Credit ESL program is for non-native speakers of English and for those who speak English as a second language. The credit ESL program offers multi-level courses in writing, reading and speaking to prepare students for the demands of higher education or a vocational certificate.

English as a Second Language (ESLN) Noncredit Program

The Noncredit ESL program is an intensive series of multi-skill courses which meet the needs of students not fluent in English. Persons from the literacy level to advanced level of English proficiency acquire the skills required for their daily lives and prepare themselves to enter high school completion, vocational or academic programs.

Classes are open-entry, thereby allowing students to register at any time during the school year. Classes are held day and evening at Palm Desert, Indio Campus and other off-campus locations.

All persons 18 years of age and older regardless of their educational background are welcome to enroll in this program.

The Noncredit ESL program also offers two noncredit certificate options to students. The English Proficiency Certificate focuses on the essential English language skills needed in day-to-day living and working situations. The Academic English Certificate is for students who are planning on pursuing a college degree or vocational certificate. Please refer to the sequence of noncredit ESL courses required for these certificates. For more information please call (760) 773-2559.

El Ingles Como Segundo Idioma

Inglés como Segundo Idioma ofrece programas de instrucción para todos los niveles de habilidad. Se encuentra la oficina de ESL noncredit en el segundo piso del centro estudiantil Hilb localizado enfrente de la fuente (Palm Desert Campus).  Las clases que se ofrecen en este departamento reciben nuevos estudiantes todos los días. Cada persona de 18 años o más, sin tener en cuenta su educación previa, es bienvenida a este programa.

Advisors:  

Renate Senters
rsenters@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 568-3201

Christen Smith
chsmith@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7256

Diane Taras
dtaras@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 862-1321

Fred Vescial
fvescial@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7298

Certificates of Proficiency

(This certificate is locally approved and is not notated on the student's transcript in accordance with State regulations.)

Certificate of Completion

ESL Credit (ESL)

ESL 052  Pronunciation Units: 3

This course, for Non-native Speakers of English, focuses on pronunciation of phonetic sounds, syllable stress, word pattern stress, rhythm and intonation of Standard American English for effective communication.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESL 053  Speech Pronunciation & Listening Units: 3

This course is designed to enable ESL students to gain confidence and pronunciation accuracy in speaking. Students will practice and develop their overall English listening and speaking proficiency and focus on specific areas of pronunciation difficulty in leading group discussions and giving speeches in college and the workplace.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ESL-052
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESL 069  ESL Academic Reading & Writing Units: 4

This is the first in a series of three Reading and Writing courses to help non-native English students develop academic reading and writing skills. Emphasis is on vocabulary development, and locating main ideas and supporting sentences for reading comprehension, as well as, developing basic sentence and paragraph skills for academic purposes.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ESL-069A is strongly advised as a corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESL 069A  Introductory Grammar & Editing Units: 2

This course provides non-native English speaking students with a review of intermediate level grammar and language structures applicable to introductory academic writing as well as strategies for editing their own writing.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ESL-069 is strongly advised as a corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESL 070  ESL/Academic English I Units: 4

This is the second in a series of three Reading and Writing courses to help non-native English students develop and improve academic reading and writing skills. Emphasis will be on basic essay structure, beginning research skills, and critical reading strategies with integrated practice and reinforcement in writing and reading. (Equivalent to ENG-070.)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: ESL-069
Advisory: ESL-070A is strongly advised as a corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESL 070A  Grammar & Editing Units: 2

Non-native English speaking students will learn high-intermediate level grammar and language structures applicable to academic writing as well as strategies for editing their own writing.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: ESL-069A
Advisory: ESL-070 is strongly advised as a corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESL 071  ESL/Academic English II Units: 4

This is the third (and most advanced) in a series of three Reading and Writing courses to help non-native English students develop and improve academic reading and writing skills. Emphasis is on practice in college-level reading, critical thinking, expository essay writing, and research skills. (Equivalent to ENG-071.)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: ESL-070 or ENG-070
Advisory: ESL-071A is strongly advised as a corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESL 071A  Advanced Grammar & Editing Units: 2

Non-native English speaking students will learn advanced level grammar and language structures applicable to college writing as well as strategies for editing their own writing.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: ESL-070A
Advisory: ESL-071 is strongly advised as a corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESL Noncredit (ESLN)

ESLN 309A  ESL - Foundations Units: 0

This foundation level comprehensive English as a Second Language course emphasizes the development of the very basic English literacy skills. This course is for ESLN students who require basic skills development in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Lecture Hours: 192         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 310A  ESL - Comprehensive I Units: 0

This first level comprehensive English as a Second Language course introduces students to the main structures of functional American grammar and stresses the simple present and present continuous tenses in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Lecture Hours: 192         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-309, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 310B  ESL - Comprehensive II Units: 0

This second level comprehensive English as a Second Language course reinforces previously learned grammatical structures, as well as reading, writing, listening and speaking skills from Level I, with emphasis on developing a higher level of fluency in these areas.
Lecture Hours: 192         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-310A, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 310C  ESL - Comprehensive III Units: 0

This third level comprehensive English as a Second Language course reinforces grammatical structures, as well as reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills from Levels I and II and stresses the present perfect, past continuous, and present perfect continuous tenses. Emphasis is placed on expanding the students' oral, reading, and writing fluency in English.
Lecture Hours: 192         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-310B, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 310D  ESL - Comprehensive IV Units: 0

This fourth level comprehensive English as a Second Language course reinforces grammatical structures from Level III and stresses verb patterns and use of gerunds and infinitives. Emphasis is on developing the student's reading and oral fluency and the ability to compose a paragraph using Standard English word order and learned conventions.
Lecture Hours: 192         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-310C, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 310E  ESL - Comprehensive V Units: 0

This course provides a bridge for non-credit non-native speakersof English preparing to enroll in credit academic and vocationalclasses. The course provides a basic introduction to the writing process and the development of critical-thinking skills. Thecourse emphasizes communication fluency in authentic personaland academic modes.
Lecture Hours: 192         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-310D, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 388A  ESL Conversation I - Low Beginning Units: 0

This first level course in English as a Second Language Conversation focuses on simple communication skills relevant to the students' daily lives.
Lecture Hours: 64         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 388B  ESL Conversation II/High Beginning Units: 0

This second level course in English as a Second Language Conversation reinforces skills taught in Level I and emphasizes vocabulary and phrases used in real-life situations.
Lecture Hours: 64         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-388A, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 388C  ESL Conversation III/Low Intermediate Units: 0

This third level course in English as a Second Language Conversation reinforces skills presented in Level II and emphasizes skills needed to communicate in small group situations.
Lecture Hours: 64         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-388B, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 388D  ESL Conversation IV/High Intermediate Units: 0

This fourth level course in English as a Second Language Conversation focuses on extended use of oral language in various conversational situations. Students engage in conversations, discussions, and presentations.
Lecture Hours: 64         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-388C, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 388E  ESL Conversation V/Low Advanced Units: 0

This fifth level course in English as a Second Language Conversation focuses on refining conversation skills within the context of life in the U.S., its social conventions, and U.S. history. Students will engage in conversations, discussions,and presentations.
Lecture Hours: 64         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-388D, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESLN 390B  ESL - Pronunciation & Vocabulary Units: 0

This noncredit course is designed to help high-intermediate to low-advanced level students to better communicate orally through practice in recognition and production of the sounds, syllables, rhythm, and intonation of Standard American English words. In addition, students will learn about word meaning and usage and receive help with common errors for conversation purposes. Emphasis is placed on developing confidence in oral production through enhanced clarity of communication as well as vocabulary acquisition.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 48          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESLN-310C, or appropriate ESLN Placement Test, or Instructor recommendation.
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None