ESL - English Language Program Classes

All students who are interested in taking ESL classes must take the ESL placement test to determine their starting level. Contact the International Student Services office to schedule an appointment to take the ESL placement test.

Intensive English Program

8 week sessions
4 hrs. a day x 5 days a week = 20 hrs.
8:00 am – 11:50 am

Level 1 (Basic)

  • Simple present, past, and present progressive
  • Sentence structure
  • Prediction and sequencing
  • Vocabulary development and sequencing

Level 2 (High Basic)

  • Simple future, past progressive, and introduction to modals
  • Descriptive paragraphs and spatial and time order
  • Making inferences
  • Vocabulary and pronunciation development, clarification, and permission

Level 3 (Low Intermediate)

  • Review of past tenses, future, future time clauses, modals, gerunds, and infinitives
  • Topic focus and multiple writing drafts
  • Recognize supporting ideas, inferences, and summarization
  • Conducting interviews, syllable stress, and

Level 4 (Intermediate)

  • Present perfect and modals
  • Paragraph skills and the writing process
  • Comprehension skills and reported speech
  • Extending conversation and pronunciation

Level 5 (High Intermediate)

  • Writing and correctly using spoken English in all present, past, and future verb tenses
  • Refining paragraph organization and improving writing mechanics
  • Relationship of ideas and note-taking
  • Recognizing fact and opinion
  • Discussion, defending an opinion, rhythm, and sentence stress

Level 6 (Low Advanced)

  • Adverbial and noun clauses, generation of complex sentences, and embedded questions
  • Essay format and writing from sources
  • Paraphrasing and critical thinking
  • Note-taking, speaking persuasively, and special intonation patterns

Level 7 Advanced ESL

Upon completion of Advanced ESL courses, students are eligible to enroll in ENG 121: English Composition.

Advanced ESL Required Academics

All advanced courses are offered on a full semester basis starting in August, January, and June

ENSL 2001 - Listening & Speaking

15 Week Course :: Traditional Lecture: Equivalent of 3 credit hours Traditional

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and correct use of advanced level grammatical structures.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of academic and work-related situations.
  • Demonstrate increased vocabulary recognition and use in areas appropriate to students’ academic and vocational goals

ENSL 2002 - Advanced Reading

15 Week Course :: Traditional Lecture: Equivalent of 4 credit hours

  • Use pre-reading strategies to activate background knowledge, set purpose for reading, and predict content.
  • Comprehend texts at an academic level suitable for first year college classes.
  • Employ critical reading skills to evaluate, analyze, paraphrase, and summarize readings.
  • Increase vocabulary knowledge.
  • Locate information in libraries and on the Internet

ENSL 2003 - Advanced Composition

15 Week Course :: Traditional Lecture: Equivalent of 4 credit hours

  • Follow a recursive process in writing course assignments.
  • Write well-organized, clearly focused, well-developed expository essays.
  • Use common rhetorical modes in the development of essays.
  • Use the writing of other writers in an ethical, clearly documented way.
  • Write grammatically correct simple, compound, and complex sentences.

ENSL 2004 - Integrated Research Methods

5 Week Course:: Hybrid: Equivalent of 1 credit hours

  • Integrate skills learned in ENSL 2001, ENSL 2002,and ENSL 2003 in a global current events context.
  • Participate and respond to weekly on-line D2L discussions.
  • Research global topics.
  • Develop research methodology skills.
  • Develop classroom and online discussion and presentation skills.

Language Lab

15 Weeks :: Laboratory: Required minimum of 6 documented hours in lab per week or participating in activities approved through the International Student Services & Programs department

  • Use of online resources to develop identified areas of language weakness.
  • Research for ENSL 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004.
  • Special projects approved by the International Student Services & Programs
  • Department designed to integrate language skills.

Students who have successfully completed the Advanced ESL courses (includes ENSL 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and Language Lab) have met the language prerequisites required by Red Rocks Community College for GTE courses and can register for ENG 121.