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ESLW 20
Novice Writing
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
ESLW 20 is a writing course for English language learners at the novice level. This course is an introduction to English writing at the sentence and paragraph level. Students will write about familiar topics focusing on the structure of English including word form, parts of speech, verb tense and word order. Students will learn to construct affirmative and negative statements, and yes/no and information questions in simple present, simple past, present continuous and simple future tenses. This course is part of the ESL writing sequence which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.
ESLW 30
Novice-High Writing
4 Units
Prerequisite: Completion of ESLW 20 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
ESLW 30 is a course for English language learners at the novice-high level. In this course students will expand control of English sentence and paragraph structures. Students will continue to develop mastery of verb tenses, subject verb agreement, singular and plural nouns, and punctuation within sentences. This course is part of the ESL writing sequence which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.
ESLW 40
Intermediate-Low Writing
4 Units
Prerequisite: Completion of ESLW 30 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
ESLW 40 is a writing course for English language learners at the intermediate-low level. This course builds skills in writing at the paragraph level. Students continue to build an understanding of the use of word form, parts of speech, verb tense, and English sentence structure. This course is part of the ESL writing sequence which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.
ESLW 50
Intermediate-Mid Writing
4 Units
Prerequisite: Completion of ESLW 40 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 72 hours LEC
ESLW 50 is a writing course for English language learners at the intermediate-mid level. This course introduces essay writing. Students build an understanding of the writing process, essay structure, and types of writing assignments. Students continue to build confidence in using correct sentence structure, grammar, and editing skills. This course is part of the ESL writing sequence which is designed to prepare English language learners to take college courses leading to a certificate, degree, and/or transfer.
ESLW 310
Intermediate-High Writing
4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLW 50 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 72 hours LEC
In this course students will continue to develop their writing skills through the writing process to create focused, fully developed and well-organized essays. The course focuses on writing for different purposes, sentence variety and emerging mastery of mechanics in the context of essays. Essays will incorporate outside sources as well as personal experience.
ESLW 320
Advanced-Low Writing
4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLW 310 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 72 hours LEC
In this course students will analyze and employ techniques throughout the writing process to produce a variety of well focused, fully developed and organized essays. The course also emphasizes competent sentence variety and mastering the mechanics of English in the context of the essay. Essays will incorporate outside sources as well as personal experience.
ESLW 340
Advanced Composition
4 Units
Prerequisite: ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(a); CSU Area A2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC
This college composition course emphasizes reading analysis, writing, and critical thinking skills, while also addressing the specific language and cultural needs of non-native speakers. These skills are essential for successful completion of a two or four-year college program. Writing assignments include expository and argumentative prose based on analysis of a variety of assigned readings and original research including a fully documented research paper and in-class essays. (Competency: Writing)
ESLW 499
Experimental Offering in English as a Second Language - Writing
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB