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                                         Columbia Basin College
                          ESL Level 4 Low Intermediate

Prepared by: Tom Woodall                                                    Revised December 2007

Course and Title
ESL 040, English As A Second Language (ESL) Level 4

Catalog Description
Designed for persons who are fairly literate in English, can handle their jobs with simple oral and
basic written instructions, and can communicate with native speakers with some difficulty.
Emphasis is on developing student’s speaking, listening, reading and writing skills along with the
use of various computer software.

Prerequisites: successful completion of ESL Level 3, or placement based on the student’s CASAS
appraisal scores.

Credits, Hours & Workload
1-12 non-transferable credits, based on student attendance at 11 hours per credit. Classes meet up to
12 hours per week. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Students will practice
English language skills outside of class.

Texts and Materials
Students are not required to purchase texts or materials for this course.
 Selected ESL texts
 Worksheets and supplemental dictionaries
 Instructor made material
 Computer lab and related software

General Teaching Methods
- Class discussions
- Worksheets
- Dictations
- Student presentations
- Computer lab
- Group and pair work

CBC Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate from Columbia Basin College will have been exposed to the skills, concepts,
and methods of inquiry in many different disciplines. The totality of their learning experience is
expressed in a set of general Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), which all students, regardless of
program, are expected to demonstrate:

       1. Apply information tools and resources
       2. Develop cultural awareness
       3. Think critically
       4. Communicate effectively
       5. Reason quantitatively and symbolically
       6. Master Program Learning Objectives

ESL Level 3 is intended to develop SLO’s numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 through the following

Course Outcomes
A. Read with Understanding
      Determine the reading purpose (2, 3, 6)
      Select reading strategies appropriate to the purpose (2, 3, 6)
      Monitor comprehension and adjust reading strategies (2, 3, 6)
      Analyze the information and reflect on its underlying meaning (2, 3, 6)
      Integrate it with prior knowledge to address reading purpose (2, 3, 6)

B. Convey Ideas in Writing
      Determine the purpose for communicating (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
      Organize and present information to serve the purpose, context, and audience (1 ,2, 3, 4, 6)
      Pay attention to conventions of English language usage, including grammar, spelling, and
       sentence structure, to minimize barriers to reader's comprehension (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
      Seek feedback and revise to enhance the effectiveness of the communication (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)

C. Speak So Others Can Understand
      Determine the purpose for communicating(1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
      Organize and relay information to effectively serve the purpose, context, and listener
        (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
      Pay attention to conventions of oral English communication, including grammar, word
       choice, register, pace, and gesture in order to minimize barriers to listener's comprehension
       (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
      Use multiple strategies to monitor the effectiveness of the communication (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)

D. Listen Actively
      Attend to oral information (2, 3, 6)
      Clarify purpose for listening and use listening strategies appropriate to that purpose (2, 3, 6)
      Monitor comprehension, adjusting strategies to overcome barriers to comprehension (2, 3, 6)
      Integrate information from listening with prior knowledge to address the listening purpose
       (2, 3, 6).
 CASAS Reading and Listening Post-tests
 Writing Samples
 Performance Tasks
 Instructor made assessments

Students will advance to ESL level 5 upon successful demonstration of the Washington State Adult
Learning Standards for ESL level 4; score 211 or above on both the reading and listening CASAS
post-tests; demonstrate proficiency in speaking, listening and computer use; and recommendation of
current instructor. Many students require up to three quarters to complete this level.

As members of the Columbia Basin College learning community, students are not to engage in any
form of academic dishonesty. Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to,
plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, grade tampering, and misuse of computers and other electronic
technology. Students who engage in academic dishonesty may receive an academic penalty or a
disciplinary penalty or both. Instances of academic dishonesty may be referred to the Vice President
for Student Services in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), section 132S-
40-165, paragraph 3 (Dishonesty) and the CBC Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The
disciplinary consequences of engaging in any form of academic dishonesty include reprimand,
probation, suspension, and dismissal. A student who knowingly helps or attempts to help another
individual to violate the college’s policy on academic honesty also may be subject to academic as
well as disciplinary penalties.

Students are expected to be familiar with CBC policy on academic dishonesty. This is available on-
line at http://www.columbiabasin.edu/academichonesty

Columbia Basin College abides by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a
federal law that maintains students' right to the privacy of their academic records. CBC will not
release student information or student records to a parent or guardian without the student’s written
permission. Students who wish to authorize an instructor to provide information to their parent(s),
guardian(s), or others, must complete the necessary authorization, which is available in the Office of
Admissions and Registration.

The Tutor Center offers CBC students help with their studies for most departments and programs. It
is also available to facilitate study groups. The center is in Room S 233 (the Science & Technology
Center) on the Pasco campus. The phone number is (509) 542-4676.

You can reach the Tutor Center online at www.columbiabasin.edu/tutor

Columbia Basin College provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. Students
who need course accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information, or
need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, should notify their instructors as
soon as possible. The responsibility for determining a student’s eligibility for accommodations rests
with the Resource Center, which can be reached at (509) 542-5525.

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