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.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program offers two levels: high intermediate and advanced. The purpose of these classes is to provide students with college preparation and academic language instruction. The focus is to prepare students for the GED, vocational certificate, and degree programs, and transfer to a University. Tuition fees apply for credit classes, and Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

Interested students may also consider coursework in ESLN. Further resources are available via the International Student Office and the TASC Language Lab.

Advisors:

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

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

Noncredit Certificate

Local Certificate

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

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 070  ESL/Academic English I Units: 4

This is the first in a series of two 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. ESL 070A Introductory Grammar & Editing corequisite strongly advised.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ESL 070A as 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 grammar and language structures applicable to academic writing as well as strategies for editing their own writing. Strongly recommended corequisite for students enrolled in ESL 070 Academic English I.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ESL 070 as 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

An advanced course to help non-native English students develop and improve academic reading and writing skills. Emphasis is on college-level reading and writing: expanding vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical thinking, researching, and expository essay writing. ESL 071A Advanced Grammar & Editing corequisite strongly advised.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: ESL 070
Advisory: ESL 071A as 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 352  Pronunciation Units: 0

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: 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

ESL 353  Speech Pronunciation & Listening Units: 0

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: 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

ESL 370  ESL/Academic English I Units: 0

This is the first of two 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.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ESL 370A as corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ESL 370A  Grammar & Editing Units: 0

Non-native English speaking students will learn grammar and language structures applicable to academic writing as well as strategies for editing their own writing. Strongly recommended corequisite for students enrolled in ESL 070 Academic English I.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ESL 370 as corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ESL 371  ESL/Academic English II Units: 0

An advanced course to help non-native English students develop and improve academic reading and writing skills. Emphasis is on college-level reading and writing: expanding vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical thinking, researching, and expository essay writing. ESL 371A Advanced Grammar & Editing corequisite strongly advised.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESL 370
Advisory: ESL 371A as corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ESL 371A  Advanced Grammar & Editing Units: 0

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. Strongly recommended corequisite for students enrolled in ESL 371 Academic English II.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: ESL 370A
Advisory: ESL 371 is strongly advised as a corequisite
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None