Program Courses

Foundation Course

Level Course Number Course Title Units
  ESLW 960 Foundations in ESL 6 units

Listening and Speaking

Level Course Number Course Title Units
1 ESLW 961LS Basic Listening and Speaking 1 4 units
2 ESLW 962LS Basic Listening and Speaking 2 4 units
3 ESLW 963 LS Oral Communication 1 4 units
4 ESLW 964 LS Oral Communication 2 4 units
5 ESLW 65 LS Academic Listening and Speaking 4 units

Grammar and Writing

Level Course Number Course Title Units
1 ESLW 961GW Basic Grammar and Writing 1 4 units
2 ESLW 962GW Basic Grammar and Writing 2 3 units
3 ESLW 963GW Sentence Development 3 units
4 ESLW 964GW Paragraph Development 3 units
5 ESLW 65GW Composition in ESL 4 units

Reading and Vocabulary

Level Course Number Course Title Units
1 ESLW 961RV Basic Reading and Vocabulary 1 4 units
2 ESLW 962RV Basic Reading and Vocabulary 2 3 units
3 ESLW 963RV Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary 1 3 units
4 ESLW 964RV Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary 2 3 units
5 ESLW 65RV Academic Reading and Vocabulary 3 units

 

Please note that West Valley does not offer every class every semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for current offerings.

New students are required to take a placement test before registering for classes.

Course Descriptions

ESLW 960: Foundations in ESL

6 units: lecture 6 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the ESLW placement test

This course provides basic functional practice in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar for low-beginning level ESL students. It also provides preparation for placement into ESL 961 classes. Oral communication tasks involve the comprehension and production of basic verbal instructions and requests, communication strategies, pronunciation, and vocabulary usage. Written communication tasks include completion of grammar exercises and short written assignments. Students are given the opportunity to develop basic study skills such as time management, and to complete simple tasks involving the library, dictionary, and computer. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 961GW: Basic Grammar and Writing 1

4 units: lecture 4 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 960: Foundations in ESLW or proof of qualifying assessment score

This course is designed to improve the basic writing and grammar skills of beginning level ESL students. The focus is on understanding and using basic grammatical forms and writing simple sentences using correct word forms, word order, function words, spelling, and punctuation. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 962GW: Basic Grammar and Writing 2

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 61GW or ESLW 961GW or completion of ESL assessment

Advisory: It is strongly recommended that students enroll concurrently in ESLW 962LS and ESLW 962RV

This course is designed to improve the basic grammar and writing skills of ESL students. The focus is on the study and practice of simple and compound sentences, using compound tenses and correct word forms, word order, spelling, and punctuation. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 963GW: Sentence Development

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 62GW or ESLW 962GW or completion of ESL assessment

Advisory: It is strongly recommended that students enroll concurrently in ESLW 963LS and ESLW 963RV

This course develops writing fluency at the sentence and paragraph level through study and practice of compound and complex sentence patterns and organizational patterns used in standard written English. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 964GW: Paragraph Development

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 63GW or ESLW 963GW or completion of ESL assessment

Advisory: It is strongly recommended that students enroll concurrently in ESLW 964LS and ESLW 964RV

This course develops the ability to write varied, complex sentences and effective paragraphs in standard written English. The course focuses on study and practice of complex sentence structures, pre-writing techniques including outlining, and basic rhetorical patterns.

ESLW 65GW: Composition in English as a Second Language

4 units: lecture 4 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 964GW or proof of qualifying assessment score

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop fluency in writing expository paragraphs in standard written English and introduces essay structure. The focus is on the study and practice of topic sentences and thesis statements, rhetorical patterns, organization of the paragraph and short essay, and coherence and writing techniques. A grade of C or better in this course qualifies a student for English 905. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 961LS: Basic Listening and Speaking 1

4 units: lecture 4 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 960: Foundations in ESL or proof of qualifying assessment score

This introductory course provides instruction and extensive practice in listening at the word, phrase, and sentence level. The focus is on the listening skills of comprehension of verbal instructions, of vocabulary in context, and of ideas in sentences, monologues, and dialogs. Speaking focuses on the clear pronunciation of common words and phrases and the development of basic English pronunciation patterns of stress and intonation. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 962LS: Basic Listening and Speaking 2

4 units: lecture 4 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 961LS or proof of qualifying placement score

This course continues the development of basic listening comprehension and speaking skills. Listening focuses on the comprehension of verbal instructions and questions in a series, of vocabulary in context, and of main ideas and details in sentences, monologues dialogs, and short paragraphs. Speaking focuses on the clear pronunciation of common words and phrases and continues the development of basic English pronunciation patterns of stress and intonation. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 963LS: Oral Communication 1

4 units: lecture 4 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 962LS or proof of qualifying assessment score

This course provides guidance and extensive practice in effective oral communication in a variety of social and/or vocational situations. Students have the opportunity to use vocabulary, syntax and new idiomatic expressions appropriate to the level for conversation. Students have the opportunity to observe and practice appropriate verbal and nonverbal behavior for conversing in English. The course emphasis is on the development of oral fluency in one-on-one and small group communication as students practice speaking strategies that help them express their ideas in sustained speaking contexts. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 964LS: Oral Communication 2

4 units: lecture 4 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 963LS: Oral Communication 1 or proof of qualifying assessment score

This high intermediate course continues to focus on developing oral communication skills in a variety of social, business, and/or academic situations. Students have the opportunity to use current vocabulary resources, syntactic knowledge, and new and idiomatic expressions to express ideas in conversational settings. Students continue to have the opportunity to learn appropriate verbal and nonverbal behavior. Emphasis is on the development of oral fluency and the appropriate use of conversational strategies and conversation management techniques. Effective Fall 2003, this course is non-degree applicable. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 65LS: Academic Listening and Speaking

4 units: lecture 4 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 964LS or proof of qualifying assessment score

Acceptable for credit: California State University

The course provides advanced level ESL students guidance and extensive practice in listening and speaking in academic and professional settings. Listening focuses on understanding spoken English in formats such as college lectures and news broadcasts. The course also covers various styles and accents of speakers. Note-taking tasks are intended to reinforce aural comprehension and focus on recognizing organizational patterns and outlining main ideas and supporting details through audiotaped, videotaped and live presentations. Speaking focuses on increased fluency and communicative strategies used by native speakers in academic and professional settings. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 961RV: Basic Reading and Vocabulary 1

4 units: lecture 4 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 960 or proof of qualifying placement score

ESL 961RV focuses on vocabulary development and basic comprehension of ideas in sentences and groups of sentences written in standard English. Students receive focused practice in the association of sound and meaning. Materials and class discussions are designed to increase knowledge of American culture necessary for understanding concepts and texts in English. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 962RV: Basic Reading and Vocabulary 2

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 961RV or proof of qualifying assessment score

Advisory: It is strongly recommended that students enroll concurrently in ESLW 962GW and 962LS.

ESL 962RV is a low-intermediate reading and vocabulary course for non-native speakers of English. This course emphasizes reading comprehension and high frequency vocabulary through effective reading strategies, synonyms, affixes, and word forms. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 963RV: Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary 1

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 962RV or proof of qualifying assessment score

Advisory: It is strongly recommended that students enroll concurrently in ESLW 963GW and ESLW 963LS.

ESL 963RV is an intermediate reading and vocabulary course for non-native speakers of English. The course focuses on vocabulary development and reading comprehension through reading strategies, skimming, scanning, organizational patterns and structure, summarizing, and word pair analogies. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 964RV: Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary 2

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 963RV or proof of qualifying assessment score

Advisory: It is strongly recommended that students enroll concurrently in ESLW 964GW and 964LS.

ESL 964RV is a high-intermediate reading and vocabulary course for nonnative speakers of English. This course emphasizes paraphrasing, summarizing, making inferences and analysis of academic and native-speaker texts in order to identify main ideas and distinguish fact from opinion. This course focuses on development of academic and sophisticated vocabulary needed for academic success. Pass/No Pass Option

ESLW 65RV: Academic Reading and Vocabulary

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ESLW 64RV or ESLW 964RV or completion of ESL assessment

Advisory: It is strongly recommended that students enroll concurrently in ESLW 65LS and ESLW 65GW

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course emphasizes reading and vocabulary development for ESL students at an advanced level. Students read articles that are longer and more complex than in ESL 964RV. Emphasis is on paraphrasing, summarizing, and analysis of texts to make abstract inferences and recognize propaganda. Pass/No Pass Option

last published: 5/17/18