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College ESL Course Descriptions

College ESL Course Descriptions

We offer integrated English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in reading, writing, listening and speaking at four different levels:

ES 86College ESL I6 credits
ES 87College ESL II6 credits
ES 100College ESL III6 credits
ES 150College ESL IV6 credits

 

We offer specialized study of grammar at two levels:

ES 89Grammar and Editing I3 credits
ES 93Grammar and Editing II3 credits

 

We offer specialized focus on speaking, pronunciation, and listening at two levels:

ES 88Listening and Speaking I3 credits
ES 91Listening and Speaking II3 credits

 

We offer a specialized summer writing course for high-intermediate and advanced students:

ES 98ESL Summer Writing Seminar3 credits

 



Course Descriptions

  • (ES 86) College ESL I
    Designed students who have limited experience with English. Introductory course focuses on basic understanding of English through integrated reading, writing, and speaking/listening activities. Students develop fluency in English through personal narrative and information sharing assignments. Required for some students based on college placement tests. The course does not replace any degree requirement or elective. A limited course load is recommended for students enrolled. Lecture: 6 hours per week.
  • (ES 87) College ESL II
    Designed for intermediate level students. Focuses on development of abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in an integrated approach. Classroom discussion of readings used to develop students’ confidence in their understanding and expression of English. Students develop college composition skills, focusing primarily on personal narrative and opinion pieces. Required for some students based on College placement tests. Lecture: 6 hours per week.
  • (ES 100) College ESL III
    Designed for intermediate level students. Focuses on development of abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in an integrated approach. Classroom discussion of readings used to develop students’ confidence in their understanding and expression of English. Students develop college composition skills, focusing primarily on personal narrative and opinion pieces. Required for some students based on College placement tests. Lecture: 6 hours per week.
  • (ES 150) College ESL IV
    Designed for advanced level students. Focuses on development of abilities in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening needed for college level courses. Students evaluate and analyze course readings and learn to incorporate readings as sources in their academic writing. Students produce a portfolio including three essays and a reading journal. Required for some students based on College placement tests. Lecture: 6 hours per week.
  • (ES 89) Grammar and Editing I
    Intended for students who place into ES 086 and ES 087. Focuses on understanding and using fundamental English grammar in context. Students learn to identify errors in their own writing and edit for correctness. Areas to be covered include basic verb tenses and sentence formation. Lecture: 3 hours per week.
  • (ES 93) Grammar and Editing II
    Intended for students in ES 100 or higher, including students in upper level writing courses who wish to improve their English grammar. Focuses on understanding and using advanced grammatical structures in context. Students develop an understanding of their own grammatical problems and how to edit their own writing for correctness. Areas to be covered include verb forms, complex sentences and parallel structure. Lecture: 3 hours per week.
  • (ES 88) Listening and Speaking I
    Designed for beginner and intermediate-level English language learners. Focuses on improving speaking, pronunciation, and listening skills for conversational and academic English. Students build vocabulary and develop fluency by discussing various topics of interest. Activities may include listening to podcasts and videos, participating in discussions and role plays, and giving presentations. Does not replace any degree requirement or elective. Lecture: 3 hours per week. 3 credits.
  • (ES 91) Listening and Speaking II
    Designed for high-intermediate and advanced English language learners. Focuses on improving speaking, pronunciation, and listening skills for college study. Students develop fluency and accuracy by discussing various academic topics of interest. Activities may include listening to authentic materials such as podcasts and videos, participating in discussions and debates, and giving presentations. Does not replace any degree requirement or elective. Lecture: 3 hours per week. 3 credits.
  • (ES 98) ESL Summer Writing Seminar
    This course is designed for high-intermediate and advanced English language learners who want to improve their academic English skills. Students will read about a theme in literature, culture, or society and produce different types of academic writing, including one longer essay. Upon completion of the course, students may submit a writing portfolio to be considered for accelerated writing course placement. Does not replace any degree requirement or elective. Lecture: 3 hours per week. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Placement into ES100 or higher.


 For more information about the College ESL Program, contact us at esl@massbay.edu or or by phone at 781-239-2511.

MassBay is located at 50 Oakland Street Wellesley Hills, MA and 19 Flagg Drive Framingham, MA.