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The English Language and American Culture (ESL) Program is designed for international students seeking an English language learning experience and an introduction to the American culture. The Program is designed to help students meet the English language skills that are required for admission into undergraduate and graduate programs.

Full-time ESL students take 12-17 units of ESL courses. Part-time ESL students (Expanded Level) take 8 units of ESL courses and 4-8 units of university-level undergraduate or graduate college courses, as appropriate.

ESL Basic Level

At this level, students learn the fundamental principles that govern the English language by being introduced to the basics of grammar, reading comprehension, conversation, writing, and essential vocabulary for everyday functioning.  Successful completion of this level will result in Basic Level competency and transition into the Beginning Level. Courses at this level do not apply toward graduation in any major or pre-professional program, nor do they meet any university studies or general education requirements.

Courses offered at this level:
ESLC 051Basic Grammar and Syntax (4 Units)
ESLC 052Basic Composition (4 Units)
ESLC 053Basic Reading, Comprehension & Vocabulary (4 Units)
ESLC 054Basic Listening, Pronunciation & Conversation (4 Units)
ESLC 050LBasic Language Lab (1 Unit)

ESL Beginning Level

At the completion of this level, students possess enough English language skills to comprehend basic reading material, write their thoughts in simple grammatically-correct sentences and short paragraphs, and have a vocabulary base that allows them to function in everyday situations. Successful completion of this level will result in Beginning Level competency and transition into the Intermediate Level. Courses at this level do not apply toward graduation in any major or pre-professional program, nor do they meet any university studies or general education requirements.

Courses offered at this level:
ESLC 151Beginning Grammar and Syntax (4 Units)
ESLC 152Beginning Composition (4 Units)
ESLC 153Beginning Reading, Comprehension & Vocabulary (4 Units)
ESLC 154Beginning Listening, Pronunciation & Conversation (4 Units)
ESLC 150LBeginning Language Lab (1 Unit)

ESL Intermediate Level

In this level, students develop skills in writing paragraphs and short essays that are clear, cohesive, and well-organized, using a wider range of academic vocabulary. In addition, students are exposed to college-level material. Successful completion of this level will result in Intermediate Level competency and transition into the Advanced Level. Courses at this level do not apply toward graduation in any major or pre-professional program, nor do they meet any university studies or general education requirements.

Courses offered at this level:
ESLC 251Intermediate Grammar and Syntax (4 Units)
ESLC 252Intermediate Composition (4 Units)
ESLC 253Intermediate Reading, Comprehension & Vocabulary (4 Units)
ESLC 254Intermediate Listening, Pronunciation & Conversation (4 Units)
ESLC 250LIntermediate TOEFL Lab (1 Unit)

ESL Advanced Level

At the completion of this level, students are able to produce grammatically-accurate writing that demonstrates college-level material clearly and effectively through public speaking and class discussions. Courses at this level do not apply toward graduation in any major or pre-professional program, nor do they meet any university studies or general education requirements.

Courses offered at this level:
ESLC 351Advanced Grammar and Syntax (4 Units)
ESLC 352Advanced Composition (4 Units)
ESLC 353Advanced Reading, Comprehension & Vocabulary (4 Units)
ESLC 354Advanced Listening, Pronunciation & Conversation (4 Units)
ESLC 350LAdvanced TOEFL Lab (1 Unit)

ESL Expanded Level

At the completion of this level, students will have obtained some tools necessary for college success, including elements of critical thinking, planning, and cultural awareness. Part time ESL students in the Expanded level are expected to successfully complete the two ESL courses identified below and 1-2 university-level courses, as advised. Students at this level participate in the University's BRIDGE Program, which ensures the opportunity for successful transition into full-time university study. Courses at this level do not apply toward graduation in any major or pre-professinal program, nor do they meet any university studies or general education requirements.

Courses offered at this level:
ESLC 102Expanded Composition (4 Units)
ESLC 103Expanded Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Composition (4 Units)

English Language and American Culture (ELAC) Courses

ELAC courses are designed for non-ESL students who need additional support in special areas as they continue to pursue proficiency in the English language and a more profound familiarity with American culture. Some ELAC courses provide preparation and training for professional school admission and interviews. These courses qualify as regular university classes in which students receive academic credit as general electives. Additional tuition at regular university undergraduate rate applies.

1-2 Unit courses offered at this level: (Classes not offered every quarter)
ELAC 101Speed Reading for College
ELAC 102Note Taking Success in the Classroom
ELAC 103Understanding American Culture
ELAC 150Increase Your American Vocabulary
ELAC 151American Idioms and Slang
ELAC 152Connotation and Denotation
ELAC 153American Film
ELAC 154California Culture
ELAC 201Oral Presentation Skills
ELAC 202Job Interviewing Skills
ELAC 250Communication for Business
ELAC 251Communication for Medicine
ELAC 252Communication for Dentistry

International Student Delayed Arrival (ISDA)

ISDA courses are designed to accommodate International students who arrive at La Sierra University 2 weeks or more after the start date of an academic term. Courses are 4 units each. These courses carry no academic credit and cannot be used to fulfill any degree, certificate, or pre-professional requirements. ISDA courses are non-transferable to other institutions.

Courses Offered At This Level: (Classes not offered every quarter)

ISDA 090Critical Thinking
ISDA 091American Classroom Culture
ISDA 092Topics in ESL
ISDA 093Preparatory Listening, Pronunciation & Conversation
ISDA 094Preparatory Foundational Reading & Vocabulary