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English as a Second Language

The Credit ESL Program is designed for students with academic goals who wish to complete a two-year degree or vocational certificate at City College or transfer to a four-year college or university. The program includes six levels of instruction from Beginning (ESL 110 - 6 hours per week) to Advanced (ESL 160 - 4 hours per week). Grades are given and students earn credit toward an AA/AS degree or transfer to a university. Classes are offered at the Ocean, Downtown and Mission campuses, and other locations in San Francisco. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are available.

Classes

ESL 26. Health Professionals: Communication & Careers C (6)
Lec-6   P/NP Available
Designed for health care professionals in all health fields with upper intermediate English language proficiency. Integrated language skills on themes such as phone and email communication in health care settings, strategies for communicating with special-needs patients, handling and resolving conflict with co-workers, understanding legal and ethical issues in health care, and researching racial and cultural health disparities. These courses do not need to be taken in sequence.

ESL 79. Advanced Speaking and Pronunciation (3)
Lec-3   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: Placement in ESL 150 or 160 or completion of ESL 140
Practice in effective communication in everyday, academic, and professional situations through the use of dialogues, role plays, improvisations, plays, interviews, debates, and individual and group presentations. Practice in communication skills and pronunciation, stress, intonation, phrasing, phrase reductions and tone as needed. CSU
Not intended for students who have completed more than one level beyond ESL 82/ESL 160

ESL 130. Intermediate Academic ESL (6)
Lec-6   
PREREQ.: Placement in ESL 130 or completion of ESL 120; or 120R and 120W
Academic reading skills and strategies. Practice in writing brief expository essays and reports. Intermediate level vocabulary and grammar study. Equivalent to the former ESL 58 or ESL 52 and 54 (Reading/Writing).

ESL 132. Intermed. Listening/Speaking (2)
Lec-3   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: Placement in ESL 132 or completion of ESL 122
Introduction to academic listening and speaking skills and strategies. Oral communication activities and oral presentations with vocabulary and grammatical structures appropriate to the intermediate level. Equivalent to the former ESL 56 (Listening/Speaking).

ESL 140. High-Intermediate Academic ESL (6)
Lec-6   
PREREQ.: Placement in ESL 140 or completion of ESL 130
Academic reading skills and strategies, with reading passages used to support written composition work. Practice in writing summaries, expository essays and essay tests. High-intermediate level vocabulary and grammar study. Equivalent to the former ESL 68 or 62 (Reading/Writing). UC/CSU

ESL 150. Advanced Academic ESL (5)
Lec-5.5, Lab-1   
PREREQ.: Placement in ESL 150 or completion of ESL 140.
Advanced academic reading skills and strategies, with reading passages used to support written composition work. Practice in writing summaries, expository essays and essay tests. Advanced level vocabulary and grammar study. Language skills integrated on the basis of academic tasks and content. Equivalent to the former ESL 72 (Reading/Writing). UC/CSU
 
ESL 160. High-Advanced Academic ESL (4)
Lec-4.5, Lab-1   
PREREQ.: Placement in ESL 160 or completion of ESL 150.
Advanced academic reading skills and strategies. Practice in various forms of composition and research necessary for college work. High-advanced level vocabulary and grammar study. Language skills integrated on the basis of academic tasks and content. UC/CSU