Instruction and practice to enhance competence in writing short expository and
argumentative compositions. Reading to stimulate clarity in thought and written
expression. This course develops skills necessary to plan, develop, and organize
ideas into essays of many rhetorical modes: narration, description, example,
comparison/contrast, cause/effect, definition, process, and argument.
Course Prerequisite: ESL 106 with a "C" grade or
better, English 103 with a "C" grade or better, or assessment
recommendation for English 110 or 120.
Semester Units: 3
Credit: ESL sections of English 110
fulfill the same requirements as the native speaker sections.
English 110 counts toward a Grossmont College A.A./A.S. degree as a
general education class. It also transfers to California State
universities as part of the general education package.
Requirements: 3 hours a week in class, at least
6 hours a week of homework. Students will write at least 8
compositions and approximately 5000 words in the class. Each student
will be required to complete a portfolio that includes both in-class
and out of class writing. You must turn in a passing portfolio to
pass the class.
Description of an English/ESL 110 student: The
following statements generally describe an English/ESL 110 student:
I have studied and mastered most
English grammar. I still make some errors when writing, but if I
am not sure about a grammar rule, I know where to find the
I have had experience writing
essays but need more practice in writing, especially when
writing in class under time pressure.
I feel comfortable writing on
personal topics, but I need help writing from other sources,
such as articles and books.
I need to practice writing longer
essays with more sophisticated vocabulary and sentence
I write rough drafts and revise my
ideas before completing a finished draft for evaluation.
I use a variety of sentence
patterns in my writing.
I can read texts at an English 110
level (10.0 grade level or higher).
Texts: The following textbooks may be
used in this class. These are examples only, so see your instructor
before you buy the books.
Spack, Ruth. Guidelines: A Cross-Cultural Reading/Writing
Text. 2nd Edition. New York, NY: St. Martin’s
Raimes, Ann. Keys for Writers. 2nd
Edition. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.
Smalley, Regina L., Marry K. Ruettten, and Joann Rishel Kozyrev.
5th Edition. Boston, MA: Heinle and Heinle
Other Courses: If you placed at the English 110
level, this may be the only English class that you need to take. The
following courses are also recommended if you need more practice:
English 105 – College Reading
English 108 – College Vocabulary
English 051 or 052 – College Writing
Skills (.5 or 1 unit)
You should be able to succeed at most of the other courses on
campus with English 110 level skills. Look for the English/ESL 110
section that is linked with a general education class if you want to
learn English skills that you can apply directly to your other
classes on campus. The essays and other assignments in the English
110 class will focus on themes from the general education class.
It is strongly recommended that you do not take more than 12-13
units during your first semester unless you have had previous
experience studying in the American educational system, have lots of
time to spend on studying, and have over 500 on the TOEFL if you are
an international student. Most students should also not take courses
in their majors during the first semester unless they already have a
strong background in this area. It is a good idea to complete
English 110 before taking any classes in your major.