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ESL Program

 


Frequent Asked Questions

What are ESL Classes?

The English as a Second Language program provides language instruction and cultural orientation to nonnative speakers of English to help them be more successful in their other college courses, jobs, and the community. Features of the program are:

  • A large variety of classes covering different skills and levels
  • Orientation to American culture
  • Small classes
  • Immigrant, refugee, and visa students from over 60 countries
  • Qualified, experienced instructors

           

Who should enroll in ESL Classes?

If any of the following statements describe you, you should take the ESL placement test.

  • I have trouble understanding spoken English.
  • I have trouble understanding written English.
  • Other people cannot always understand my English.
  • I make a lot of mistakes when I write in English.

 

How do I enroll in ESL Classes?
 
  • Go to http://www.grossmont.edu/counseling/eslstudent.asp.
  • Click on the Application link and apply to the college.
  • Click on the ESL Assessment link and schedule an appointment to take the assessment test.  Select the link titled "How to Schedule an Appointment."
  • Click on the Orientation and Advising link and select the link titled "Group Orientation/Advising Presentation."  Attend one of the scheduled advising sessions.
  • Register for classes using WebAdvisor.

Registration fees are due within three business days.  If you are paying by check or money order, be sure to write your student identification number on the check or money order.

 

What do students learn in ESL Classes?

FUNDAMENTALS OF ESL: ESL 070, ESL 080, ESL 096, ESL 100, ESL 103, and ESL 106

  • The core reading, writing and grammar classes
  • ESL grammar, sentence building, paragraph and essay writing
  • Required lab assignments

COLLEGE COMPOSITION CLASS:  ESL 119 

  • High-advanced core reading, writing and grammar class
  • College composition and research writing
  • Review of advanced grammar
  • Required lab assignments

LISTENING AND SPEAKING CLASSES: ESL 071, ESL 081, ESL 097, ESL 101, and ESL 104

  • Listening and speaking skills
  • American culture and current topics
  • Presentation Skills
  • Note-taking Skills

READING & VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT CLASSES: ESL 096R, ESL 100R, ESL 103R, and ESL 106R

  • Reading comprehension and speed
  • Vocabulary development techniques
  • Phonics, word parts and forms, word recognition
  • Reading improvement techniques

PRONUNCIATION CLASSES: ESL 090 and ESL 109

  • Pronunciation skills
  • Accent correction

 

Do ESL classes earn college degree credit?

ESL 103 and 106 and 119 are transferable as elective credit to a CSU or a UC school.  ESL 100, 101, 100R, 103, 103R, 104, 106, 106R, and 119 meet all Title V standards for associate degree credit.  Other ESL classes are for non-degree credit.

 

Contact Information:
Helen Liesberg, ESL Chair
Phone: (619) 644-7441
Email: helen.liesberg@gcccd.edu

 

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