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ESLR 20
Novice Reading
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
ESLR 20 is a novice reading course for English language learners. This course is an introduction to reading in English which focuses on an emerging ability to read words, phrases and sentences in the context of a paragraph or short reading. Students will learn word forms, spelling rules, phonetics and basic grammar in the context of reading passages. They will work on vocabulary building, basic comprehension skills and reading speed. This course is part of the ESL reading sequence which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.
ESLR 30
Novice-High Reading
4 Units
Prerequisite: Completion of ESLR 20 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
ESLR 30 is a novice-high reading course for English language learners. This course is a further introduction to reading in English which expands on the concepts learned in ESLR 20. Students focus on an emerging ability to utilize basic reading comprehension strategies. Students will learn to use word form and grammatical structure to determine meaning. They will continue to develop vocabulary building skills and increase reading speed. This course is part of the ESL reading sequence which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.
ESLR 40
Intermediate-Low Reading
4 Units
Prerequisite: Completion of ESLR 30 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
ESLR 40 is an intermediate-low level reading course for English language learners. This course focuses on developing reading skills with an emphasis on building vocabulary, literal comprehension, and fluency. Students will participate in class discussions and write about readings This course is part of the ESL reading sequence which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.
ESLR 50
Intermediate-Mid Reading
4 Units
Prerequisite: Completion of ESLR 40 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
ESLR 50 is a reading course for English language learners at the intermediate-mid level. This course focuses on the further development of academic reading skills, with an emphasis on vocabulary development, literal comprehension, and dictionary skills. Students will continue to develop critical thinking skills to understand, analyze, discuss, and write responses to ideas expressed in adapted academic readings. This course is part of the ESL reading sequence, which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.
ESLR 51
Building Vocabulary Skills
2 Units
Prerequisite: ESLR 40 and ESLW 30 with grades of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Hours: 36 hours LEC
This course introduces English language learners to vocabulary building skills. The course teaches parts of speech, vocabulary study strategies, word attack skills, dictionary skills, and level-appropriate academic vocabulary.
ESLR 310
Intermediate-High Reading
4 Units
Prerequisite: Completion of ESLR 50 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC
This course focuses on the introduction of academic reading skills with an emphasis on speed, vocabulary expansion, and comprehension of ideas, and introduces students to library use. Students will use critical thinking skills to understand, paraphrase, summarize, and respond to ideas expressed in reading, either orally or in writing.
ESLR 320
Advanced-Low Reading
4 Units
Prerequisite: Completion of ESLR 310 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC
This course focuses on refining academic reading skills with an emphasis on speed, vocabulary development, and analytical comprehension. Students will practice research and synthesizing skills and do extensive writing based on critical analysis of readings.
ESLR 499
Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Reading
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB