Noncredit ESL

http://www.miracosta.edu/instruction/continuingeducation/esl/

Noncredit ESL Instruction

The goal of adult education in California is to provide citizens of every age and educational level the opportunity to develop civic responsibility, a realization of the human potential, effective human relationships, and economic self-sufficiency. This broad goal forms the basis for the courses and programs MiraCosta College offers in each of the authorized categories of tuition-free noncredit instruction, including English as a Second Language (ESL).

At MiraCosta College, Noncredit ESL offers students a variety of learning opportunities to achieve proficiency in the English language and formulate and attain personal, academic, vocational, and/or civic goals. The program offers citizenship, career-track, conversation, computer and digital literacy, reading and writing skills-based, and open-entry distance learning classes. Specific information about the program is available on the Noncredit ESL webpage.

Contact Information

Chair: Elizabeth Dinamarca Clarke

Dean: Kate Alder

www.miracosta.edu/instruction/continuingeducation/esl/

Department: Noncredit ESL

Office: Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058, 760.795.8710

Full-Time Faculty

Elizabeth Dinamarca Clarke
Ruth Gay
Tricia Hoste
Kristi Reyes
Mariana Silva

Certificates

Certificate of Competency

Beginning Noncredit ESL

This entry-level certificate is designed to help students communicate in everyday life situations they will encounter in the community and at home, school, and work so they can meet their personal, academic, and career goals. Students earn this certificate by successfully completing a sequence of three noncredit beginning-level ESL courses. Students may take supplemental courses in conversation and reading/writing to help them progress through the sequence and transition into intermediate-level courses or employment. 

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of the program, students will have the English language skills needed to communicate in everyday life situations they will encounter at home, at school, at work, and in the community.
Required courses: 
NCESL 10English as a Second Language, Level 16
NCESL 21English as a Second Language, Level 26
NCESL 22English as a Second Language, Level 36
Elective Courses (choose one):3
Noncredit ESL Conversation Skills for Beginning Students
Reading and Writing for Beginning Level Students
Total Hours21

Certificate of Competency

Intermediate Noncredit ESL

This intermediate-level certificate is designed to help students build on their abilities to communicate in English and to progress through the noncredit ESL program. Students earn this certificate by successfully completing a sequence of two noncredit intermediate-level ESL courses. Students may take supplemental courses in conversation and reading/writing to help them progress through the sequence and transition into advanced-level courses or employment. 

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of the program, students will have the English skills necessary to successfully progress through the program to the advanced levels.
Required courses: 
NCESL 31English as a Second Language, Level 46
NCESL 32English as a Second Language, Level 56
Elective Courses (choose one):3
Noncredit ESL Conversation Skills for Intermediate Students
Reading and Writing for Intermediate Level Students
Total Hours15

Certificate of Competency

Advanced Noncredit ESL

This advanced-level certificate is designed to help students build on their abilities to communicate in English and to progress through the noncredit ESL program. Students earn this certificate by successfully completing a sequence of two noncredit advanced-level ESL courses. Students may take NCESL 62 as a supplemental course to help them progress through the sequence and transition into Adult High School/GED courses, credit courses, or employment. 

Student Program Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of the program, students will have the English skills necessary to successfully transition to ABE/Adult High School/GED, credit classes, or employment.
Required courses: 
NCESL 40English as a Second Language, Level 66
NCESL 45English as a Second Language, Level 76
Elective Course:6
Career-Track ESL
Total Hours18

Courses

NCESL 10: English as a Second Language, Level 1

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Level 1 ESL is designed for students with little or no previous background in English. Non-literate or students with extremely low English skills are placed at this level. This integrated skills course provides students instruction in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English.

NCESL 20: Noncredit ESL Conversation Skills for Beginning Students

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course promotes listening comprehension and provides conversation practice. Students acquire the skills needed to have basic conversations with native speakers of English. Instruction focuses on beginning-level speaking and listening skills appropriate for conversational English.

NCESL 21: English as a Second Language, Level 2

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course is designed for students with very little ability in English. It focuses on the speaking and understanding necessary to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements. Students in this level learn to comprehend high-frequency words in context, use learned phrases and sentences to communicate needs, and read and write simplified materials.

NCESL 22: English as a Second Language, Level 3

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Level 3 ESL focuses on further development of the oral language skills and vocabulary required in day-to-day situations. Additionally, this course assists students to aurally comprehend conversations in routine situations, read and write simplified materials, and have control of basic grammar.

NCESL 23: Reading and Writing for Beginning Level Students

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course focuses on the reading and writing skills beginning-level learners need in order to learn vocabulary and produce simple and compound sentences and basic paragraphs.

NCESL 29: Listening and Speaking for Non-native Speakers of English

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course emphasizes the development of aural and oral competence in standard American English through listening to and participating in a variety of communicative activities. It offers instruction and practice in listening and speaking skills to develop students' ability to understand and participate in conversations, discussions, and other interpersonal communication in academic, work-related, and social contexts. Practical applications include participating in small group discussions, working on individual pronunciation and intonation variations, and developing academic note taking competence.

NCESL 30: Noncredit ESL Conversation Skills for Intermediate Students

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course promotes more advanced listening comprehension and conversation practice. Students acquire the skills needed to have conversations beyond basic survival needs with native speakers of English. Instruction focuses on authentic communication practice for home, work, community, and educational needs.

NCESL 31: English as a Second Language, Level 4

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Level 4 ESL assists students to expand their listening and speaking skills in face-to-face conversations, read and interpret narrative and descriptive passages on familiar and some unfamiliar topics, and write simple routine correspondence and short paragraphs. Instruction focuses on the refinement of skills needed in conversations beyond students' survival needs. Students begin to monitor themselves on basic grammatical structures.

NCESL 32: English as a Second Language, Level 5

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Level 5 ESL focuses on further development of the oral language skills and vocabulary required in day-to-day situations. Additionally, this course assists students to aurally comprehend and participate in routine conversations, read and write simplified materials, and have control of basic grammar.

NCESL 33: Reading and Writing for Intermediate Level Students

Prerequisites: None
Prerequisites: None
Course Typically Offered: Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)

This course focuses on the reading and writing skills intermediate-level learners need in order to do process writing and self/peer editing at the paragraph level.

NCESL 39: Reading and Vocabulary Development for Non-Native Speakers of English

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course is designed for non-native speakers who are making the transition to the use of academic English and who require the development of reading and vocabulary skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students read a variety of texts and apply appropriate reading strategies as well as participate in activities to advance vocabulary and facilitate comprehension. Offered pass/no pass only.

NCESL 40: English as a Second Language, Level 6

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Level 6 ESL stresses the refinement and expansion of language skills that enable students to use English to meet social, academic, and vocational demands effectively. Listening skill development focuses on the comprehension of abstract topics in familiar context. Speaking skill development focuses on participation in casual and extended conversations. Reading skills development focuses on reading authentic materials. Writing skill development focuses on the formal development of the writing process.

NCESL 45: English as a Second Language, Level 7

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Level 7 ESL prepares noncredit ESL students to enroll in credit academic and/or vocational courses. This course emphasizes fluency and communication by integrating language functions and forms with appropriate information sources skills and topics. The course promotes the continued development of reading skills and writing skills through the writing process.

NCESL 49: Grammar for Non-Native Speakers of English

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course reviews basic grammar for non-native speakers of American English and emphasizes standard usage. Topics include parts of speech, clauses, verb forms and tenses, noun usage, mechanics, punctuation, and sentence types. This course is designed for non-native speakers who are making the transition to the use of academic English and who require the development of grammatical skills for educational and workplace success.

NCESL 50: English as a Second Language, Learning Lab

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course is designed for students at any of the seven levels of noncredit ESL instruction who want to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in small groups or individually based on their assessed proficiency level.

NCESL 62: Career-Track ESL

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course prepares students for a vocational program by providing instruction in the language and academic skills needed to succeed in selected career and technical programs. This course also emphasizes the acquisition of the language and cross-cultural skills needed to function effectively in the workplace.

NCESL 65: English as a Second Language, Citizenship

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course provides intermediate and advanced ESL students with the basic knowledge and information necessary for becoming a United States citizen and a basic understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Students study U.S. history and government, basic geography, and culture to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam. Students study the process and samples of the required forms to successfully pass the naturalization examination.

NCESL 81: Basic Computers and Digital Literacy (BCDL) for ESL Students (Beginning Level)

Prerequisites: None
Prerequisites: None
Course Typically Offered: Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)

This computer class for beginning students in the Noncredit ESL program covers basic vocabulary related to technology and computers, email, word-processing, and presentation software. Students are exposed to keyboard lessons and activities to increase their accuracy. Students develop language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through individual, pair, and group work.

NCESL 82: Computers and Digital Literacy (CDL) for ESL Students (Intermediate/Advanced Level)

Prerequisites: None
Prerequisites: None
Course Typically Offered: Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)

This computer class for intermediate/advanced students in the Noncredit ESL program covers vocabulary related to technology and computers. It also covers topics such as digital literacy, Internet, email, word-processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets Students develop language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through individual, pair, and group work.