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English as a Second Language Certificate

Last updated 4/7/2014

Certificate of Proficiency

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Anne Bollati, 309-796-5183, bollatia@bhc.edu
East Campus
Wendy Smith, 309-854-1713, smithw@bhc.edu

Visit the Academic ESL Program website.


This certificate is intended for international students and non-native residents who wish to develop proficiency in academic English and study skills.

To receive an internal certificate of proficiency in ESL, a student must receive a “C” grade or better in each of the following:

ESL 061 Basic Sentence Structure  or  ESL 062/062A Intermediate Grammar
ESL 063 Reading I  or  ESL 064/064A Intermediate Reading
ESL 065 Writing I  or  ESL 066/066A Intermediate Writing
ESL 067 Listening/Speaking I
ESL 069 Pronunciation and Conversation  or  ESL 070/070A Communication Skills
COMM 105/ESL 072/072A Complex Sentence Structure
ESL 073 Reading II  or  ESL 074/074A Advanced Reading
ESL 075 Writing II  or  ESL 076/076A Advanced Writing
COMM 100/ESL 078 Listening/Speaking II  or  ESL 078A Advanced Oral Skills

Also, while in the advanced level, Level 7, students complete a graduation essay. Students who pass the classes and receive a “pass” on the essay will receive an internal certificate of proficiency.

Upon entering the program, students are given the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency. Students who prove proficiency through the Michigan Test do not have to take all of the above courses.

Courses for this program include: »

COMM 100 Communication Skills
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For career program students only. COMM 100 and ENG 132 fulfill requirements for an associate’s degree in several career programs. Concentration on developing skills in writing, speaking and reading.

COMM 105 Essentials of English
3 cr. hrs.
; 3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: See Assessment and Orientation
Reviews grammar, punctuation, usage and sentence structure and organizational principles of writing through a variety of tasks. COMM 105 is a required course in several career curricula.

ESL 061 Basic Sentence Structure
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
In this course, students will master the paragraph and learn the structure of the essay. Since good writing results from working through a process that begins with exploration of ideas and ends with editing, students will learn the steps of process writing and also practice the mechanics that will produce an acceptable final product.

ESL 062 Intermediate Grammar
1-4 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; .5-2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
In this course, students will master the paragraph and learn the structure of the essay. Since good writing results from working through a process that begins with exploration of ideas and ends with editing, students will learn the steps of process writing and also practice the mechanics that will produce an acceptable final product.

ESL 062A Intermediate Grammar Online
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This is the online component associated with ESL 062 Intermediate Grammar. This course, in conjunction with ESL 062 Intermediate Grammar, gives an overview of the structure of the simple English sentence; it concentrates on the noun phrase and the verb phrase. This course helps students understand the system of the English language and the rules that govern the system. Grammar is taught in a holistic context. In other words, each grammar point is taught within a thematic unit; students learn the vocabulary associated with the theme and practice the grammar through a series of online exercises and activities including quizzes and discussion boards. This course may be repeated three times.

ESL 063 Reading I
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is designed to develop vocabulary and reading skills at the intermediate level. Students will improve skills at the intermediate level. Students will improve comprehension by learning to process sentence patterns that combine ideas, by reading for the main idea and the supporting details. Student will reinforce comprehensive and retention of ideas through outlining and summarizing. Students will also expand their vocabulary by learning to
use context and by learning word families and affixation. An introduction to library resources is also part of this course.

ESL 064 Intermediate Reading
1-4 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; .5-2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is designed to develop vocabulary and reading skills at the intermediate level. Students will improve comprehension by learning to process sentence patterns that combine ideas, by reading for the main idea and the supporting details. Student will reinforce comprehensive and retention of ideas through outlining and summarizing. Students will also expand their vocabulary by learning to use context and by learning word families and affixation. An introduction to library resources is also part of this course.

ESL 064A Intermediate Reading Online
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is the online component associated with ESL 064 Intermediate Reading. It is designed to reinforce the reading, vocabulary and research skills taught in ESL 064. Students will practice reading for the main idea, reading for specific information, and reading for comprehension. They will also practice the techniques needed to retain information from the reading by writing outlines and summaries. They will learn how to find the meaning of vocabulary through context. Students will practice online research skills and use PLATO to practice reading skills.

ESL 065 Writing I
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
In this course, students will master the paragraph and learn the structure of the essay. Since good writing results from working through a process that begins with exploration of ideas and ends with editing, students will learn the steps of process writing and also practice the mechanics that will produce an acceptable final product.

ESL 066 Intermediate Writing
1-4 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; .5-2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
In this course, students will master the paragraph and learn the structure of the essay. Since good writing results from working through a process that begins with exploration of ideas and ends with editing, students will learn the steps of process writing and also practice the mechanics that will produce an acceptable final product.

ESL 066A Intermediate Writing Online
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is the online component associated with ESL 066. This course is designed to introduce the process of academic writing in English to advanced beginning and intermediate ESL students. Students will master different kinds of paragraph writing, learn the structure of the essay and practice the skills necessary for academic writing. Because good writing results from working through a process that begins with the exploration of ideas and ends with editing, students will learn all the necessary steps of process writing and will then practice the mechanics that produce an acceptable final product.

ESL 067 Listening/Speaking I
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
The principal objectives of this course are improve the listening and speaking skills of international students and non-native speakers of English so they can function effectively and comfortably in situations beyond the basic survival setting and to prepare them for the more specific listening and speaking tasks required in the academic setting. Students will learn to discuss topics important to well-educated people and to present persuasive opinions about them. Students will listen to lectures and learn how to take notes. They will engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities that will help refine their analytical skills. Students will learn how to give informative, persuasive, and demonstration speeches. They will develop academic vocabulary related to the lecture themes and refine their pronunciation.

ESL 069 Pronunciation and Conversation
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is intended for students who want to improve their pronunciation and to increase knowledge of the conventions of communication in English. Students will study individual vowel and consonant sounds as well as the stress and intonation patterns of English. Students will learn how individual sounds become altered in the stream of speech. In addition, students will learn how to open, control, and close conversations. They will learn how to thank, express anger, give compliments, etc., and to participate effectively in daily conversation. Students will practice their newly acquired skills while exploring the community. This class will benefit most those students with a strong commitment to work constantly to improve their pronunciation.

ESL 070 Communication Skills
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is intended for students who want to improve their pronunciation and to increase knowledge of the conventions of communication in English. Students will study individual vowel and consonant sounds as well as the stress and intonation patterns of English. Students will learn how individual sounds become altered in the stream of speech. In addition, students will learn how to open, control, and close conversations. They will learn how to thank, express anger, give compliments, etc., and to participate effectively in daily conversation. Students will practice their newly acquired skills while exploring the community. This class will benefit most those students with a strong commitment to work constantly to improve their pronunciation.

ESL 070A Communication Skills Online
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is the online component associated with ESL 070 Communication Skills. It is designed to reinforce the vocabulary development, the conversation skills and public speaking skills taught in ESL 070. Students will extend their learning of colloquial English by visiting websites each week. They will prepare for conversations and speaking assignments through exploration of websites and online library resources. They will participate in online discussions through the course discussion board. May be repeated three times.

ESL 072 Advanced Grammar
1-4 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; .5-2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course continues to build the notion of language as a structure system and continues to teach the rules that operate within the system. Students will review the noun phrase and verb phrase, but will focus on how the English language shows relationships among idea units. Sentence types, clause types, sequencing of tenses, and connecting words are studied in detail. Students will continue to learn structures in context.

ESL 072A Advanced Grammar Online
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is the online component associated with ESL 072 Advanced Grammar. This course, in conjunction with ESL 072, continues to build the concept of language as a structured system and to illustrate the rules that operate within the system. Students will review the noun phrase and the verb phrase and will focus on how the English language shows relationships among the idea units. Sentence types, clause types, tense sequences, and connecting words are studied in detail. Students will learn structures in context. Students will complete online exercises, quizzes and online discussions to practice targeted structures. This course may be repeated three times.

ESL 073 Reading II
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is designed to give students extensive practice reading unmodified college texts and essays. It continues to increase the length and complexity of reading required of students both inside and outside class. Particular attention is paid to text structure and organization. Students are required to participate in discussions in which they critically analyze the author’s approach to the articles they read. Students continue to develop vocabulary in much the same way as outlined in Reading I. They are particularly encouraged to develop a personal inventory of vocabulary based on extensive reading passages.

ESL 074 Advanced Reading
1-4 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0.5-2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is designed to give students extensive practice reading unmodified college texts and essays. It continues to increase the length and complexity of reading required of students both inside and outside class. Particular attention is paid to text structure and organization. Students are required to participate in discussions in which they critically analyze the author’s approach to the articles they read. Students continue to develop vocabulary in much the same way as outlined in Reading I. They are particularly encouraged to develop a personal inventory of vocabulary based on extensive reading passages.

ESL 074A Advanced Reading Online
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is the online component associated with ESL 074 Advanced Reading. It is designed to reinforce the reading, vocabulary and research skills taught in ESL 074. Students will practice reading unmodified college texts and essays. The length and complexity of reading required of students will continue to increase. Students will pay particular attention to text structure and organization. Students will participate in online discussion in which they critically analyze authors’ approaches to their topics. These online discussions will also analyze various aspects of the novel read in ESL 074. Students will develop a personal inventory of vocabulary based on extensive reading. Students will increase their online database and Internet research skills, and test-taking skills.

ESL 075 Writing II
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
In this course, students will acquire the level of writing they need to succeed in their studies in college. By the end of the course, students should be able to write well-organized essays that are largely free of errors common of non-native speakers. Students will continue to work through the writing process, and learn how to write the research paper.

ESL 076 Advanced Writing
1-4 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; .5-2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
In this course, students will acquire the level of writing they need to succeed in their studies in college. By the end of the course, students should be able to write well- organized essays that are largely free of errors common of non-native speakers. Students will continue to work through the writing process, and learn how to write the research paper.

ESL 076A Advanced Writing Online
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This is the online component associated with ESL 076 Advanced Writing. This course is conjunction with ESL 076 prepares the student to write at the College level. Students will write well-organized essays that are mostly free of errors typical of non-native speakers of English. Students will learn how to work through the writing process. In addition, students will learn how to write a research paper and to become proficient in word processing. Students will also use Internet resources to practice editing skills and to work through the drafting process. This course may be repeated three times.

ESL 078 Advanced Oral Skills
1-4 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0.5-2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is designed to teach international students and non-native speakers of English the listening/speaking skills and strategies needed to participate fully and successfully in the college classroom. Students will practice listening strategies to help them understand and recall lectures. Speaking activities include small group discussions, role-playing simulation, games and debates, and speeches. Special activities include films, video taping of activities and guest speakers. Students will continue to work on pronunciation.

ESL 078A Advanced Oral Skills Online
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ESL Program Coordinator consent.
This course is the online component associated with ESL 078 Advanced Oral Skills. This course is designed to teach non-native speakers of English the listening and speaking skills needed to participate fully and successfully in the college classroom. Students will practice listening strategies to help them understand and recall lectures. They will listen to reports and lectures online. They will learn to predict information to be found on tests. Speaking activities will include small group discussions, role-plays, simulations, debates and speeches of varying lengths. They will develop online research skills to help them prepare for these class activities. Students will continue to work on pronunciation through appropriate software. May be repeated three times.