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More About Our ESL Program

Core Courses:

The ESL 110 courses are integrated courses that teach reading, vocabulary, writing, and grammar together. Students in these classes practice writing, read different kinds of texts, and review the grammar of English. These are the core courses:

  • ESL 110A - High-Beginning Reading/Writing/Grammar
  • ESL 110B - Intermediate Reading/Writing/Grammar
  • ESL 110C - High-Intermediate Reading/Writing/Grammar
  • ESL 110D - Advanced Reading/Writing/Grammar

If you haven't taken any ESL 110 classes here before, you'll need to go through the ESL placement process to find out which ESL 110 course you should take; the Assessment/Testing Information webpage at Chabot College can provide you with further information about this process.

Speaking and Listening Courses:

Students in these courses develop their skills in listening, speaking, and pronunciation. (There are no prerequisites for these courses.)

  • ESL 111A - Pronunciation

  • ESL 111B - Academic Listening and Speaking (Eligibility for ESL 110C strongly recommended.)

English Grammar:

  • ESL 112 - English Grammar: Review for ESL - This course provides ESL students with an intermediate-level overview of the structure of English grammar. (Eligibility for ESL 110C strongly recommended.)

  • ESL 114 - Editing for the Advanced ESL Writer - This course is for ESL students who need more practice editing their papers for errors or need more preparation for English courses. (Strongly recommended: eligibility for ESL 110D or English 101A demonstrated through the English Placement Process.)

Support Courses:

Some of these courses are offered during Chabot's short-term sessions. That means they may start several weeks after the beginning of the semester. Be sure to check the Schedule of Classes for exact starting dates.

  • ESL 108 - Basic Spelling for ESL

  • ESL 109 - Vocabulary Skills

  • ESL 127 - ESL Pronunciation Lab: This is an independent-study course in which you utilize the resources in the Language Center (Room 108) to improve your pronunciation skills.  This is a good course to supplement the ESL 111A instruction.

  • ESL 150 - Guided Skills Lab: In this class, you receive an individualized learning plan for improving your English language skills, and you complete all work utilizing the software and resources in the ESL lab (Room 146A) and the Study Room inside Room 108.

  • ESL 120/121/122/130 - Writing Workshop for Non-Native Speakers: In this series of classes, students work one-on-one with an instructor and highly qualified writing coaches on pre-writing strategies, developing and organizing ideas, and revising their writing. Students also have the opportunity to participate in short writing workshops on various topics. Emphasis in this course is placed on the writing process and individual writing needs. (Strongly recommended: eligibility for ESL 110B).

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