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ESOL 0031 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC

ESOL Listening/Speaking
Prerequisite: Appropriate assessment. This course focuses on developing basic social and pre-academic listening and speaking skills. It includes skills such as understanding and giving descriptions, directions, and explanations, and listening for main ideas. Conversation conventions are practiced as well as non-verbal communication skills. Pronunciation and listening for discrimination are introduced through the study of basic phonetic segments and intonation patterns.
Course Description: This course focuses on developing basic social and pre-academic listening and speaking skills. It includes skills such as understanding and giving descriptions, directions, and explanations, and listening for main ideas. Conversation conventions are practiced as well as non-verbal communication skills. Pronunciation and listening for discrimination are introduced through the study of basic phonetic segments and intonation patterns. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085512


ESOL 0032 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Listening/Speaking
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0031 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course develops intermediate social and pre-academic listening and speaking skills through situational activities. Students will express ideas and opinions in small groups and learn to understand and react appropriately. This course introduces note-taking skills and comprehension of academically oriented materials. Pronunciation and listening discrimination skills are built upon and refined. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085512


ESOL 0033 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Speaking
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0032 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course develops public/academic oral language skills through active participation in group projects and presentations. Rhetorical skills such as narration, description, and process will be practiced. Students build on note-taking skills and comprehension based on academic lectures. Pronunciation skills, including stress and intonation, will be refined with focused effort on areas of need through monitoring of oral production. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085512


ESOL 0034 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Academic Speaking
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0033 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course stresses academic speaking skills. Students learn formal presentation techniques as they defend a point of view and participate in seminars, panels, and debates. Formal rhetorical skills such as cause/effect, process, and persuasion will be practiced. In addition, students refine note-taking skills and practice critical assessment of arguments and presentation skills. Pronunciation skills, including stress and intonation, will continue to be refined with focused effort on areas of need through monitoring of oral production. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085512


ESOL 0036 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, RLC

Skill Development in Listening/Speaking
Course Description: This course provides instruction in special topics related to oral and aural skills. The content may include reviewing social and academic listening/speaking skills, pronunciation of Standard American English, presentation techniques, and improving interpersonal/cross-cultural communication. This course is open only to students whose first language in not English. This course may be repeated for credit. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085512


ESOL 0041 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Reading
Prerequisite: Appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course focuses on basic reading comprehension. Students practice identifying main ideas and supporting details and employ reading strategies such as pre-reading, skimming, and scanning. Students build vocabulary and learn to use a dictionary. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085612


ESOL 0042 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Reading
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0041 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course builds upon the skills introduced in ESOL 0041. Students identify various modes of paragraph organization. Students distinguish between facts and opinions; make inferences; and increase reading rates and fluency. Students practice strategies such as context clues and word parts to deal with unknown words and acquire new vocabulary. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085612


ESOL 0043 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Reading
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0042 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course builds upon the skills introduced in ESOL 0042, emphasizing critical thinking skills including identifying author's purpose, tone and point of view; predicting outcomes; and drawing conclusions. Students identify and paraphrase stated and implied main ideas. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085612


ESOL 0044 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Reading
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0043 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: The capstone reading course prepares students to transition into college-level courses. Skills and strategies from previous courses are expanded to include evaluating the strength of an argument, identifying bias, and analyzing the strength and relevance of supporting details and assessing the author's credibility. Students paraphrase and summarize academic texts as well as explore figurative language and literary devices. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085612


ESOL 0046 (1 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC, EFC, RLC

Skill Development in ESOL Reading
Course Description: This course provides instruction in special topics related to reading. The content may include reviewing reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and critical thinking skills as well as learning to value cultural differences. This course is open only to students whose first language is not English. This course may be repeated for credit. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085612


ESOL 0051 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Writing
Prerequisite: Appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course focuses on students writing a series of sentences correctly in an informal paragraph. It covers mastery of standard sentence structure, an introduction to end-of-sentence punctuation, and exposure to basic vocabulary. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085412


ESOL 0052 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Writing
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0051 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course introduces the elements of formal paragraph structure as well as writing as a process - inventing, drafting, revising, and editing. It emphasizes a variety of modes such as narration, description, definition, and explanation. (1 Lec., 3 Lab)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085412


ESOL 0053 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Writing
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0052 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course reviews the elements of paragraph structure and introduces the essay through writing as a process. It emphasizes the development and organization of informative essays such as classification, cause/effect, and comparison/contrast. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085412


ESOL 0054 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Writing
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0053 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This course involves a review of essay structure with emphasis on development and organization of informative and persuasive/argumentative essays. It introduces paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesis of information along with library and internet research skills for essay writing. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085412


ESOL 0056 (1 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC, EFC, RLC

Skill Development in Writing
Course Description: This course provides instruction in special topics related to writing. The content may include reviewing single and multi-paragraph compositions, sentence structure, and edited American usage as well as developing awareness of organizational conventions of written American English. This course is open only to students whose first language is not English. This course may be repeated for credit. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085412


ESOL 0061 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Grammar
Prerequisite: Appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This first grammar course covers count/noncount nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, basic sentence patterns, as well as the following verb tenses - simple present and past, present and past progressive, and future. These basic elements of English grammar are necessary for writing correct sentences and paragraphs. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085712


ESOL 0062 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Grammar
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0061 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This second grammar course reviews elements of English grammar introduced in ESOL 0061 and introduces the following grammar and mechanics points: capitalization and basic end punctuation, count/noncount nouns and articles, prepositions, present perfect and present perfect progressive verb tenses, modals, gerunds and infinitives, and adjective clauses. These grammar points are necessary for writing correct sentences and paragraphs. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085712


ESOL 0063 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Grammar
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0062 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This third grammar course reviews elements of English grammar introduced in ESOL0062 and introduces the following grammatical points: past perfect, future perfect, and perfect progressive tenses; simple, compound, and complex sentences as well as appropriate sentence connectors and punctuation for these sentences; active and passive voice; expansion of modals, gerunds, and infinitives. These grammar points are necessary for writing sentences, paragraphs, and essays. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085712


ESOL 0064 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

ESOL Grammar
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed ESOL 0063 or placed into course through appropriate assessment.
Course Description: This final grammar course first reviews the elements of English grammar introduced in ESOL0061, ESOL0062, and ESOL0063 and then encourages application of this knowledge through editing activities. Attention is given to diagnosing fragments, run-ons, comma splices, and parallelism errors. Finally, emphasis is placed upon mastery of all the grammatical structures and marking conventions needed for effective writing of sentences, paragraphs, and essays. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085712


ESOL 0066 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, RLC

Skill Development in ESOL Grammar
Course Description: This course provides instruction in special topics related to grammar. Content may include reviewing parts of speech, verb forms, word order, and other elements of American English grammar. It may also emphasize the application of grammar in written and oral production. This course is open only to students whose first language is not English. This course may be repeated for credit. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3201085712



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.