English as a Second Language

Division: Language Arts

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.

Contact Information

Language Arts Division Chair

Joshua Geist | (559) 892-1689 | joshuag@cos.edu
Room: 60E | Hanford Campus

Dean of Arts and Letters

Marshall Fulbright | (559) 730-3735 | marshallf@cos.edu
Tule: 550 | Visalia Campus

ESL 320 Interm Writing and Grammar 3 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the lower-intermediate student who has a basic foundation in English grammar and writing. Students focus on writing coherent paragraphs and begin writing essays using the process approach. The course reinforces and builds upon grammar and writing skills, enabling the student to function in intermediate English academic and vocational situations. Students are introduced to basic computer and word processing skills. Students enrolled in ESL 320 may access supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 321 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 322 (or appropriate ESL (Listening/Speaking course) is strongly recommended. ESL 321 and ESL 322 may be taken concurrently.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 321 and ESL 322 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better.
ESL 321 Interm Reading/Vocab 3 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the low intermediate student with some foundation in English reading and vocabulary skills. This course is designed to develop reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to written and spoken English. Students enrolled in ESL 321 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. ESL 320 and 322 may be taken concurrently.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 311, 320 and 322 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better.
ESL 322 Interm Listening/Speaking 3 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: ESL 332AB
This ESL course is suitable for the low intermediate student who has a basic foundation in English pronunciation and speaking skills. This course is designed to improve speaking skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to spoken English in academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 322 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 320 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 321 (or appropriate Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 312 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility based on COS placement procedures or skill competencies as determined by department assessment.
ESL 330 Interm Writing and Grammar 4 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the high-intermediate student with some foundation in English reading and vocabulary skills. This course is designed to develop reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to written and spoken English. Students enrolled in ESL 330 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 331 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 332 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 320 or equivalent college course with “C” or better, or eligibility based on COS placement procedures or skill competencies as determined by department assessment.
ESL 331 Interm Reading/Vocabulary 4 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the high intermediate student with a foundation in English reading and vocabulary skills. This course is designed to expand reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to written and spoken English in intermediate to advanced academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 331 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 330 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 332 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 321 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
ESL 332 Interm Listening/Speaking 4 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the high intermediate student who has a good foundation in English pronunciation and speaking skills. This course is designed to improve speaking skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to spoken English in academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 332 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 330 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 331 (or appropriate Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 340 Adv Writing and Grammar 5 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the low-advanced student with a strong foundation in English grammar and writing. Using the process writing approach, students write essays in response to a variety of prompts. This course is designed to review and build upon grammar and writing skills, enabling the student to function in advanced English academic and vocational courses. Students will use basic computer and word processing skills necessary for academic work. Students enrolled in ESL 340 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 341 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 342 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 330 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility based on COS placement procedures or skill competencies as determined by department assessment.
ESL 341 Adv Reading/Vocabulary 5 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the low advanced student with a strong foundation in English reading and vocabulary skills. The course is designed to expand reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to written and spoken English in advanced academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 341 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 340 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 342 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 331 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
ESL 342 Adv Listening/Speaking 5 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: ESL 352AB
This ESL course is suitable for the low advanced student who has a strong foundation in English listening and speaking skills. This advanced ESL course is designed for the student to improve listening and speaking skills and to comprehend and respond to spoken English in advanced academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 342 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 340 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 341 (or appropriate Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 332 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
ESL 350 Adv Writing/Grammar 6 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the advanced student with demonstrated knowledge and experience in English grammar and writing. The course is designed to review and refine grammar for application in pre-collegiate assignments, enabling the student to successfully transition into mainstream college course work. Students will use basic computer and word processing skills necessary for academic work. One additional outside Language Lab hour is required for this class. Students enrolled in ESL 350 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. ESL 351 may be taken concurrently; ESL 352 may be taken concurrently.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 340 and ESL 351 and ESL 352 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better.
ESL 351 Adv Reading and Vocabulary 6 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the high advanced student with demonstrated ability to comprehend written English at an advanced level. The course is intended to expand reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can successfully transition into mainstream course work. Students enrolled in ESL 351 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 350 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 352 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 341 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility based on COS placement procedures or skill competencies as determined by department assessment.
ESL 352 Adv Listening/Speaking 6 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the high advanced student who demonstrates the ability to comprehend and respond to spoken English in advanced academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 352 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 350 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 351 (or appropriate Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 342
ESL 402 Beginning Writing/Grammar 1 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the true beginner with little or no knowledge of English grammar and writing conventions. Students focus on writing at the sentence level. The course is designed to provide an introduction to English grammar and writing skills enabling students to function minimally in basic English academic and vocational situations. Students are introduced to basic computer and word processing skills. Students enrolled in ESL 402 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 403 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 404 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 403 Beginning Reading/Vocabulary 1 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the true beginner with little or no knowledge of English reading or vocabulary skills. The course is designed as an introduction to basic reading techniques, vocabulary and study skills, and basic writing and spoken English in academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 403 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 402 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 404 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 404 Beg. Listening/Speaking 1 0 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: ESL 412AB
This ESL course is suitable for the low beginning student, the true beginner, and is designed to introduce students to basic listening and speaking skills and to develop their ability to comprehend and respond to basic spoken English. Students enrolled in ESL 404 may access supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 402 (or appropriate Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 403 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 410 Beginning Writing/Grammar 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the high-level beginner with minimal knowledge of English grammar and writing conventions. Students focus on writing accurate sentences and developing paragraph skills. The course is designed to reinforce and build upon basic grammar and writing skills, enabling the students to function in basic English academic and vocational situations. Students are introduced to basic computer and word processing skills necessary to academic work. Students enrolled in ESL 410 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 411 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 412 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 411 Beginning Reading/Vocabulary 2 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the high-level beginning student with basic knowledge of English reading and vocabulary skills. This course is designed for students to develop and expand reading techniques, vocabulary and study skills, and to comprehend and respond to written and spoken English in basic academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 411 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 410 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 412 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 412 Beg. Listening/Speaking 2 0 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This beginning ESL is designed for students to develop basic speaking skills and to comprehend and respond to basic spoken English. Students enrolled in ESL 412 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 410 (or appropriate Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 411 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 420 Intermediate Writing/Grammar 3 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the lower-intermediate student who has a basic foundation in English grammar and writing. Students focus on writing coherent paragraphs and begin writing essays using the process approach. The course reinforces and builds upon grammar and writing skills, enabling the student to function in intermediate English academic and vocational situations. Students are introduced to basic computer and word processing skills. Students enrolled in ESL 420 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 421 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 422 (or appropriate ESL Pronunciation/Speaking course) is strongly recommended.
ESL 421 Intermediate Reading/Vocab 3 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the low intermediate student with some foundation in English reading and vocabulary skills. This course is designed to develop reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to written and spoken English. Students enrolled in ESL 421 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 420 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 422 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 422 Interm Listening/Speaking 3 0 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: ESL 432AB
This ESL course is suitable for the low intermediate student who has a basic foundation in English pronunciation and speaking skills. This course is designed to improve speaking skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to spoken English in academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 422 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 420 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 421 (or appropriate Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 430 Intermediate Writing/Grammar 4 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the high-intermediate student with some foundation in English reading and vocabulary skills. This course is designed to develop reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to written and spoken English. Students enrolled in ESL 430 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 431 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 432 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 431 Intermediate Reading/Vocab 4 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the high intermediate student with a foundation in English reading and vocabulary skills. This course is designed to expand reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to written and spoken English in intermediate to advanced academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 431 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 430 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 432 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 432 Interm Listening/Speaking 4 0 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the high intermediate student who has a good foundation in English pronunciation and speaking skills. This course is designed to improve speaking skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to spoken English in academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 432 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 430 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 431 (or appropriate Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 440 Advanced Writing/Grammar 5 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the low-advanced student with a strong foundation in English grammar and writing. Using the process writing approach, students write essays in response to a variety of prompts. This course is designed to review and build upon grammar and writing skills, enabling the student to function with appropriate English writing skills in academic and vocational courses. Students will use basic computer and word processing skills necessary for academic work. Students enrolled in ESL 440 may access supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 441 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 442 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 441 Advanced Reading/Vocab 5 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the low advanced student with a strong foundation in English reading and vocabulary skills. The course is designed to expand reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can comprehend and respond to written and spoken English in advanced academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 441 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 440 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 442 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 442 Adv Listening/Speaking 5 0 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: ESL 452AB
This ESL course is suitable for the low advanced student who has a strong foundation in English pronunciation and speaking skills. This advanced ESL course is designed for the student to improve speaking skills and to comprehend and respond to spoken English in advanced academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 442 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 440 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 441 (or appropriate Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ESL 432 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility based on COS placement procedures or skill competencies as determined by department assessment.
ESL 450 Advanced Writing/Grammar 6 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
This ESL course is suitable for the high-advanced student with demonstrated knowledge and experience in English grammar and writing. The course is designed to review and refine grammar for application in pre-collegiate assignments, enabling the student to successfully transition into mainstream college course work. Students will use basic computer and word processing skills necessary for academic work. Students enrolled in ESL 450 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit, non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 451 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 452 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended. Concurrent registration in ESL 451 (or appropriate ESL Reading/Vocabulary course) AND ESL 452 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 451 Adv Reading/Vocabulary 6 0 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the high advanced student with demonstrated ability to comprehend written English at an advanced level. The course is intended to expand reading techniques, vocabulary, and study skills so that the student can successfully transition into mainstream course work. Students enrolled in ESL 451 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 450 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 452 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended. Concurrent registration in ESL 450 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 452 (or appropriate ESL Listening/Speaking course) is STRONGLY recommended.
ESL 452 Adv Listening/Speaking 6 0 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This ESL course is suitable for the high advanced student who demonstrates the ability to comprehend and respond to spoken English in advanced academic and vocational situations. Students enrolled in ESL 452 may access the supplemental learning assistance by enrolling in ENGL 400, an open entry/open exit non-credit course. Concurrent registration in ESL 450 (or appropriate ESL Writing/Grammar course) AND ESL 451 (or appropriate Reading/Vocabulary course) is STRONGLY recommended.

English as a Second Language

Laird-Jackson, Barbara
B.A., California State University, San Diego
M.A., California State University, San Diego

Maryanow, Jeffrey
B.A., Auburn University
M.A., University Of Memphis