English as a Second Language
Coursework in English as a Second Language is intended for students whose first language is one other than English. The program differs from that offered through the adult school in its rigor and focus. Courses make college-level demands on students, requiring intense study in and outside of class, and they focus on academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, rather than the life-skills focus of the adult school program. Intermediate courses are designed for students with minimal skills in one or more of the reading, writing, speaking and listening areas; advanced courses are equivalent in rigor to developmental composition courses in the English department but stress improvement of the skills with an emphasis on the special needs of the non-native speaker.
The program seeks to support and encourage students as they take coursework elsewhere in the college curriculum, and thus many students take courses simultaneously in ESL and in other disciplines. The ESL department also offers a non-credit, no cost program for students who want to learn English but do not need college credits. There are options both on campus and in local off-site locations to complete non-credit beginning, intermediate, and advanced certificates in ESL.
Language Arts Division Chair
Joshua Geist | (559) 892-1689 | email@example.com
Room: 60E | Hanford Campus
Dean of Arts and Letters
Marshall Fulbright | (559) 730-3735 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tule: 550 | Visalia Campus