English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) discipline includes courses in academic writing, reading and vocabulary development, grammar, and speaking and listening. ESL courses emphasize critical thinking and clear communication, and those numbered 50 and higher are associate-degree applicable. Non-native speakers of English take these courses to build skills for success in all college courses and in the workplace. 

Contact Information

Department Chair: Mary Gross

Dean: Dana Smith

www.miracosta.edu/ESL

Department: English as a Second Language

Office: Building SAN Admin, 760.634.7876

Full-Time Faculty

Mary Gross
Melissa Lloyd-Jones
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Courses

ESL 20: Listening and Speaking for Non-Native Speakers of English

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.86)

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. Offered pass/no pass only. (Formerly ESL 810.)

ESL 30: Reading and Vocabulary Development for Non-Native Speakers of English

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.85)

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. (Formerly ESL 815.)

ESL 40: Grammar for Non-Native Speakers of English

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)

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, pronoun case, and sentence types. The course is intended for non-native speakers who are making the transition to the use of academic English and who require the development of grammatical skills for academic and workplace success. Offered pass/no-pass only. (Formerly ESL 820.)

ESL 49: Introduction to Academic Writing for Students from Multilingual Backgrounds

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ACE 49, ENGL 49.
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (4930.84)

This course is designed for students from diverse language backgrounds who are making a transition to the use of academic English and who require the development of writing skills. The course emphasizes critical thinking, reading, and writing. It provides practice in gathering, organizing, and communicating information and in applying the principles and conventions of standard edited American English. Offered pass/no pass only. (Formerly ESL 802.)

ESL 50: Introduction to College Composition for Students from Multilingual Backgrounds

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ACE 49, ENGL 49, or ESL 49 or eligibility determined by the English placement process.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ACE 50, ENGL 50, ENGL 803, or ESL 803.
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (4930.84)

This course, designed for students from diverse language backgrounds, offers intensive practice in the writing process, critical reading, and critical thinking. It also provides practice in acquiring, synthesizing, and communicating information and in applying the principles and conventions of standard edited American English. (Formerly ESL 803.)

ESL 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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