Academic ESL Courses

Please refer to the 2012-2013 catalog for the latest list of course offerings. Also the course schedule for an upcoming semester can be found on the CUNYFirst website at http://bit.ly/course_schedule (Choose "Institution" and "Term". Then, type the course subject (e.g., ESL, ESR, ELJ, etc.). Select "Undergraduate LaGuardia CC" in Course Career and uncheck "Show Open Classes Only". Finally, click on "Search".)

  1. ESA099: Basic Writing for NNS of English (0 credits; 6 hours (4 lecture, 2 lab) (Equivalent to ENG099))
    This course aims at developing college-level writing proficiency. By emphasizing the writing process, rhetorical conventions, sum- mary writing, paraphrasing and analytical language skills, the course will prepare students for timed, high-stakes essays, such as the CATW. In addition, students will learn to identify and correct grammatical errors in their own compositions and learn to employ argumentative and other rhetorical modes in a short essay form to clearly express ideas written in academic English.
    Prerequisite: ESL/ESR099 or waiver
  2. ESC099: Accelerated Composition for Select Readers (0 credits; 10 hours (8 lecture, 2 lab))
    This is an accelerated writing-intensive composition course that merges Basic Writing I for Non-Native Speakers of English with English for Select Readers to develop college level writing skills emphasizing writing process, fluency, grammatical accuracy, text- based writing and critical reading strategies to effectively use var- ious academic written modes. This course is not open to repeaters of any levels of ESR/ESL or CSE.
    Prerequisite: Pass COMPASS, ESR098; ESR 099 Placement/Passing Grade in ESR 098 plus Exemption from Reading or Passing Score on COMPASS Reading Exam. No repetition of any level of ESL/ESR or CSE courses.
  3. ESE099: Intensive Basic Writing for NNS of English (0 credits; 45 hours)
    This is a one-week intensive version of ESA 099. This course aims at developing college-level writing proficiency. Emphasizing the writing process, rhetorical conventions, summary writing, para- phrasing and analytical language skills, the course will prepare students for timed, high-stakes essays, such as the CATW. In addi- tion, students will learn to identify and correct grammatical errors in their own compositions and learn to employ argumentative and other rhetorical modes in a short essay.
    Prerequisite: ESL/R099 or waiver, departmental permission
  4. ESL097: English as a Second Language II (0 credits; 9 hours (7 lecture, 2 lab) (Equivalent to First Year Institute USE097))
    This course, for students with some knowledge of English develops a student’s proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Listening and pronunciation receive careful attention. Similarities and differences between written and spoken language are emphasized. At the end of the course, students must demon- strate their overall proficiency by passing departmental listening, reading, and writing examinations.
    Prerequisite: Placement exam
  5. ESL098: English as a Second Language III (0 credit; 9 hours (7 lecture, 2 lab) (Equivalent to First Year Institute USE098))
    This course helps intermediate level ESL students to improve their reading and writing skills and also provides practice in listening and speaking. All of the activities focus on expanding the students’ knowledge of English and developing fluency in all of the skills. At the end of the course, students must demonstrate increased com- petency in writing as well as in reading, speaking and listening.
    Prerequisite: ESL097 or placement exam
  6. ESL099: English as a Second Language IV (0 credit; 10 hours; (8 lecture, 2 lab) (Equivalent to First Year Institute USE099))
    This course provides extensive practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking using college-level materials, and helps students increase their vocabulary and study skills. Its purpose is to enable students to express ideas in acceptable written and spoken English.
    Prerequisite: ESL/ESR098 or placement exam
  7. ESR098 ESL III for Select Readers (0 credit; 6 hours (6 lecture, 2 lab) (Equivalent to ESL098))
    This is an accelerated course which focuses on expository writing and critical reading skills for the non-native speaker of English and is open only to those students who achieve a predetermined level based on the reading placement test. Oral presentations and/or themes will follow the discussion of reading selections used to improve students’ ability to think critically. These selections and the students’ compositions will be used for grammar and vocabu- lary instruction.
    Pre- or Corequisite: This course is only open to new students who place at the ESL098 level and who either place into CSE099 or have a passing score on the Compass Reading test.
  8. ESR099: ESL IV for Select Readers (0 credit; 8 hours; (6 lecture, 2 lab) (Equivalent to ESL099))
    This is an accelerated ESL099 course which provides extensive practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking using college- level materials and helps students increase their vocabulary and study skills. Its purpose is to enable students to express ideas in acceptable written and spoken English. Final compositions read by both ESL and English Department faculty determine placement in English Department courses.
    Prerequisite: ESR098 or placement exam