English as a Second Language Noncredit

The English as a Second Language Noncredit (ESLN) program consists of a series of courses which meet the needs of students not fluent in English. The program offers six levels of English, ranging from a Foundations level for true beginners to a low-advanced Level 5. Students acquire the skills required for their daily lives and prepare themselves to enter high school completion, vocational, or academic programs. Students can enroll in comprehensive courses, which are 3-hour multi-skills classes (M-R) or in conversation and pronunciation courses, which help students enhance speaking, listening, and pronunciation proficiency.

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 ESLN 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.

Interested students may also consider coursework in ESL.

El Ingles Como Segundo Idioma

Inglés como Segundo Idioma ofrece programas de instrucción para todos los niveles de habilidad. Personas que estan interesadas en matricularse en las clases de ESL noncredit pueden ir a la oficina de “Admissions & Records” que esta localizada en segundo piso del edificio de “Cravens Student Center” en el campus de “College of the Desert” en Palm Desert o pueden llamar a (760) 773-2559 para mas informacion.  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

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

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 390A  ESL - Pronunciation & Vocabulary 1 Units: 0

This noncredit course is designed to help high-beginning to low-intermediate level students to better communicate orally through practice in recognition and production of the sounds, syllables, stress, 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-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 390B  ESL - Pronunciation & Vocabulary 2 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 ESLN-390A 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