ESL Courses

GRCC offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for students whose native language is not English. Classes are offered at four levels (from beginning to advanced) in the following categories:

  • Listening and speaking
  • Writing and grammar
  • Reading and vocabulary

ES 101 - English as a Second Language: Listening and Speaking I

This class is designed for students who have a limited understanding of English but need to develop basic communication skills. Students focus on conversation skills used in everyday situations and practice listening, speaking, and pronunciation to make them more successful in these interactions. A LOEP Accuplacer listening score of 55-67 is required for placement into this class.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 102 - English as a Second Language: Listening and Speaking II

This class helps students have more comfortable and comprehensible interactions in English. Students learn phrases and vocabulary used in specific situations. They practice their listening, speaking, and pronunciation and learn how to improve these skills for better communication. A LOEP Accuplacer listening score of 68-74 or successful completion of the prerequisite course is necessary to enroll in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 103 - English as a Second Language: Listening and Speaking III

This class focuses on advanced conversation skills and basic academic English. Students practice conversation strategies and skills used in various situations with various levels of formality. They also learn note taking and oral presentation skills. In addition, pronunciation is a major focus of this class. A LOEP Accuplacer listening score of 75-80 or successful completion of the prerequisite course is necessary to enroll in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 104 - English as a Second Language: Listening and Speaking IV

This is an advanced course designed to prepare English as a Second Language students to succeed in courses outside of the ESL program. Students work on academic skills such as lecture comprehension, note taking, and presenting. Pronunciation clarity is also a focus. A LOEP Accuplacer listening score of 81-90 or successful completion of the prerequisite course is necessary to enroll in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 111 - English as a Second Language: Writing and Grammar I

The focus of this class is on writing at a sentence level. Students will focus on specific grammatical and mechanical points and use these points to create more comprehensible sentences. Sentences will also be combined to make simple paragraphs. A LOEP Accuplacer language use score of 56-72 and Writeplacer score of 1-2 is necessary to enroll in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 112 - ESL: Writing and Grammar II

Prerequisite: A placement test or successful completion ("C-" or higher in ES 111) is required to place students in this class. The focus of this class is on writing paragraphs. Topic sentences and supporting details will be discussed and used to create various types of paragraphs. Specific grammatical points will be taught and focused on in writing assignments.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 113 - ESL: Writing and Grammar III

Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER Writeplacer score of 3-4 and language use score of 87-97 or successful completion ("C-" or higher) in ES 112 is required to place students in this class. The focus of this class is on writing an essay. Students will learn how to write an essay with an introduction, thesis, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Students will also study various grammatical points and apply them to their writing.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 114 - English as a Second Language: Writing and Grammar IV

In this class students continue their work with essays. They review and practice the basic essay format and learn to write other modes of essays as well. Students also study various advanced grammatical points and apply them to their writing. A LOEP Accuplacer language use score of 98-106 and Writeplacer score of 4-5 or completion of ES 113 (C or Higher) is necessary for enrollment in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 121 - English as a Second Language: Reading and Vocabulary I

The focus of this class is on reading simplified English writing. Students learn how to find answers to comprehension questions, summarize readings, find the main idea of a passage, and broaden their vocabulary. A LOEP Accuplacer reading score of 56-77 is necessary in order to enroll in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 122 - ESL: Reading and Vocabulary II

Prerequisite: A placement test or successful completion ("C-" or higher in ES 121) is required to place students in this class. The focus of this class is on improving reading skills. Students will use simplified texts to learn and practice various reading skills such as skimming, scanning, making inferences, and paraphrasing. They will also expand their vocabulary and learn various strategies to figure out new words.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 123 - ESL: Reading and Vocabulary III

Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER LOEP reading score of 87-93 or successful completion ("C-" or higher) in ES 122 is required to place students in this class. The focus of this class is on improving reading skills. Students will practice skills such as skimming, scanning, inferring, paraphrasing and summarizing using mainly authentic texts. They will study stems and affixes as a way to understand a wider range of vocabulary and practice other vocabulary comprehension strategies.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ES 124 - English as a Second Language: Reading and Vocabulary IV

The focus of this class is on improving reading skills and preparing students to succeed in classes outside of the ESL program. Students develop critical reading skills through the study of authentic texts. They work to master reading skills and vocabulary needed to understand English texts at the college level. A LOEP Accuplacer reading score of 94-105 or successful completion of ES 123 (C or Higher) is required for enrollment in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)