English as a
Second Language 103
English as a Second Language III
Catalog Description: The third core course
in the study of English grammar, reading, and writing designed for
students whose first language is not English. The course develops
and takes students to the next level of the academic literacy skills
taught in English as a Second Language II and includes the study of
grammar and sentence structure, paragraph organization and
development, essay introduction, and reading skills. One hour a week
will be spent in the English Writing Center on word processing
and/or completing software modules designed to reinforce and develop
the grammar, reading, and writing skills introduced in class.
Course Prerequisite: Successful completion of
ESL 103 with a C grade or higher or placement in ESL 103.
Semester Units: 5
Credit: ESL 103 counts toward a Grossmont
College Associate of Arts or Science Degree as elective credit only.
It is not a general education requirement, but ESL 103 is a
prerequisite course to ESL 106 and English 110.
Requirements: Five hours each week in class, one
hour per week in the English Writing Center, and 10 hours of
homework per week.
Description of an ESL 103 Student:
- I have mastered the simple present and many irregular and
regular past forms, but the progressive and perfect forms still
give me problems. I know the difference between the active and
passive voice. Although using voice accurately in speaking and
writing is still a problem, I know the difference between the
active and passive voice and can make various simple forms.
- I have little understanding of past and perfect modals,
especially subjunctive forms.
- I have mastered very common gerund and infinitive forms and
uses, specifically gerund and infinitive complements, yet my
vocabulary is so poor the number of gerund and infinitive
complements I use is limited to the most frequently used forms,
like "want to" or "enjoy + -ing."
- I know some rules of agreement, but I still make many
- I have a limited knowledge of the use of definite and
indefinite articles with common and proper nouns. I consistently
make many article mistakes when writing and speaking. I have a
difficult time recognizing my article errors and understanding
the usage rule.
- I can write various kinds of sentences and clauses, but I
really cannot easily identify the various word, phrase, clause,
and sentence types.
- I can write paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting
sentences, but my paragraphs lack grammatical accuracy,
sufficient development of ideas, and precise word choice.
- I can write an essay with an introductory paragraph with a
thesis, 3 supporting paragraphs and a conclusion. However, the
essay lacks grammatical accuracy, sufficient development of
ideas, and precise word choice.
- I can eventually comprehend college level texts, but I need
to read extremely slowly and translate a lot of words. I
couldn’t begin to understand college texts without my bilingual
- I can read and comprehend the newspaper, but I read slowly,
and always have to look up many words in my bilingual dictionary
or have a bilingual person help me with the comprehension.
- I sleep with my bilingual dictionary.
Texts: The following texts have traditionally
been used in ESL 103, but these are examples only. You must see your
instructor before you purchase your books.
Focus on Grammar: High Intermediate.
Azar, Betty. Understanding and Using English Grammar.
Broukal, Milada. Weaving It Together 3. Heinle and
English, Andrew K. Northstar: Focus on Reading and
Writing: High Intermediate. White Plain, NY: Addison Wesley
Recommended Courses to Take with ESL 103:
ESL 104 – Listening and Speaking III
ESL 102 – Reading & Vocabulary
English 105 – College Reading
Speech 105 – Pronunciation