Certificates

ESL (English as a Second Language) Certificate

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate program is designed to academically prepare international and local immigrant students for course work at the college level and/or entrance into the workforce. Focus concepts are in the three major areas of writing, reading, and communication.

Students who have successfully completed the twenty-three credit ESL Certificate program have matriculated to two and four-year colleges or universities, entered the work force as translators for local and district courts, as paralegals in law firms, as teachers and paraprofessionals in the K-12 public school system, as faculty at higher education institutions, and as engineers for international companies. Recipients of the ESL Certificate have received an academic foundation upon which they have continued to build and earn careers.

 ESL (English as a Second Language) Certificate

 FIRST (FALL) SEMESTER 

  Course Number   Course name Credits
   BAS 0960   Non-Native Listening           3.0
   HMDV 1005   First Year Success 1.0
   HMDV 1100   Speed Reading  1.0
   HMDV 1502   English as a Second Language, Writing and Grammar 3.0
   HMDV 1504   Reading and Vocabulary Skills 3.0
    Subtotal 11.0

  

SECOND (SPRING) SEMESTER

  Course Number   Course name Credits
   HMDV 0550   U.S. Culture Communication                                           2.0
   ENGL 1010
    OR HIGHER
  English Composition I 3.0
   HMDV 1101   Critical Reading/Critical Thinking 3.0
   HMDV 1110   College Vocabulary 1.0
   HMDV 1503   Non-Native Conversation 3.0
    Subtotal 12.0
    Total 23.0

 

This course is designed for students who do not feel confident about their English listening skills and is required for students testing at levels 4 through 7 on the BEST+ Test. Assignments prepare the student for the level of listening required for college level courses and personal communication.

Western Wyoming Community college recognizes that students face unique challenges as they begin their college education. Learning to balance a variety of factors is critical to the student's success. This course is designed to teach incoming students how to develop priorities, build organizational and study skills, enhance communication, take responsibility for their learning, understand resources available to them, and learn to positively balance their commitments. Woven throughout the course are discussions and exercises related to reading, note taking, testing.

Students learn to increase their pace of reading without sacrificing understanding. This course is designed for those students who already have good comprehension and vocabulary skills.

This course emphasizes writing practice. One part of this course focuses on writing improvement through daily assignments, the development of the paragraph and essay, and the study of grammar. Students will also develop writing skills through listening to, sharing, and commenting on fellow students 146 paragraphs and essay(s) by the peer exchange or workshop method. The structure of the format essay will be introduced. However discussion, role play, viewing or reading media sources, field trip (for a descriptive paragraph), pronunciation, and other activities will also be used in order to use the full range of English skills.

This course is designed to provide non-native students with the opportunity to practice speaking and listening skills, and to develop fluency in English. Students who need to improve basic communication and practice speaking the English language will benefit from this course. Every activity in this course emphasizes listening and speaking English. Students are also prepared fo the expectations of college courses.

This course serves as a bridge for students from the open-ended English Language classes, or international students just entering the U.S. to become acquainted with American college classes.

This freshman English course is designed to develop writing skills. The course has two objectives: for students to understand the various stages of the writing process, such as pre-writing, revising, and proofreading and for students to write clear, well-ordered essays.

This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading, inquiry and analysis is tandem with critical and creative thinking. Critical reading focuses on analyzing texts, synthesizing materials, recognizing valid inferences, composing accurate summaries, and discerning main ideas. In addition, critical thinking focuses on evaluating hypotheses, determining relevance of information, determining whether evidence supports the main point, evaluating data for consistency, and recognizing flaws and inconsistencies in an argument. Conclusions drawn from information will be evaluated on credibility, accuracy, and reliability. Thus Critical Reading/Critical Thinking's purpose is to create more skillful, better-prepared thinkers for college and for the workplace.

 This course is recommended for students who have good reading skills and want to expand their knowledge of words.

 

This course is designed to provide non-native students with the opportunity to practice speaking and listening skills, and to develop fluency in English. Students who need to improve basic communication and practice speaking the English language will benefit from this course. Every activity in this course emphasizes listening and speaking English. Students are also prepared for the expectations of college courses.

 

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