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English As A Second Language - Noncredit

The English as a Second Language Noncredit (ESLN) program consists of a series of courses which meet the needs of students not fluent in English. The program offers six levels of English, ranging from a Foundations level for true beginners to a low-advanced Level 5. Students acquire the skills required for their daily lives and prepare themselves to enter high school completion, vocational, or academic programs. Students can enroll in comprehensive courses, which are 3-hour multi-skills classes (M-R) or in conversation and pronunciation courses, which help students enhance speaking, listening, and pronunciation proficiency.

Classes are open-entry, thereby allowing students to register at any time during the school year. Classes are held day and evening at Palm Desert, Indio Campus and other off-campus locations.

All persons 18 years of age and older regardless of their educational background are welcome to enroll in this program.

The ESLN program also offers three noncredit certificate options to students. The English Proficiency Certificate focuses on the essential English language skills needed in day-to-day living and working situations. The Academic English Certificate is for students who are planning on pursuing a college degree or vocational certificate. The Certificate of Completion in Vocational ESL Noncredit is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of fields. Please refer to the sequence of noncredit ESL courses required for these certificates. For more information, please call (760) 773-2559.

Interested students may also consider coursework in ESL.​

El Ingles Como Segundo Idioma​

Inglés como Segundo Idioma ofrece programas de instrucción para todos los niveles de habilidad. Personas que estan interesadas en matricularse en las clases de ESL noncredit pueden ir a la oficina de “Admissions & Records” que esta localizada en segundo piso del edificio de “Cravens Student Center” en el campus de “College of the Desert” en Palm Desert o pueden llamar a (760) 773-2559 para mas informacion.  Las clases que se ofrecen en este departamento reciben nuevos estudiantes todos los días. Cada persona de 18 años o más, sin tener en cuenta su educación previa, es bienvenida a este programa.​​

Advisors:

Renate Senters
rsenters@collegeofthedesert.edu (760) 568-3201
Fred Vescial
fvescial@collegeofthedesert.edu (760) 776-7298

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION:
LIFE & WORK SKILLS

This sequence of courses will teach the student the English grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that he or she will need to be an active and productive member of the community at large. The sequence of courses will also give students the necessary skills to find and maintain a job, as well as advance in a current job that he or she may have.

Core Courses:

ESLN 309A ESL - Foundations
ESLN 310A ESL - Comprehensive I
ESLN 310B ESL - Comprehensive II
ESLN 310C ESL - Comprehensive III

Elective Courses:

ESLN 324A ESL - Reading Lab
ESLN 388A ESL - Conversation I - Low Beginning
ESLN 388B ESL - Conversation II/High Beginning
ESLN 388C ESL - Conversation III/Low Intermediate
ESLN 390A ESL - Pronunciation & Vocabulary 1

ACADEMIC ENGLISH CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

This series of courses will teach the students English grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that they will need to be adequately prepared for college credit classes where they will be able to earn vocational certificates, earn an Associate degree, and/or transfer to a baccalaureate institution. The sequence of courses will also give students the necessary skills to find and maintain a job, as well as advance in a current job that he or she may have.

Core Courses:

ESLN 310D ESL - Comprehensive IV
ESLN 310E ESL - Comprehensive V

Elective Courses:

ESLN 388D ESL - Conversation IV/High Intermediate
ESLN 388E ESL - Conversation V/Low Advanced
ESLN 390A Pronunciation & Vocabulary 2

VOVOCATIONAL ESLN CE​RTIFICATE OF COMPLETION​

The Certificate of Completion in Vocational ESL Noncredit is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of fields. The core courses focus on work-related vocabulary and strategies to help students find and retain a job, whereas the elective course focuses on more specialized skills.​

Core Courses:

ESLN 360A ​Vocational ESL for the Workplace I
ESLN 360B Vocational ESL for the Workplace II

Elective Courses:

ESLN 389A ESL - Introductory Computer Skills
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