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ESL - ELAC - English Language and American Culture

Program/Classes

The English Language and American Culture (ELAC) ESL program is designed for international students seeking an English 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 ELAC students take 12-16 units of ESL courses. Part-time ELAC students take 8 units of ESL courses and 4-8 of regular undergraduate or graduate college courses.

 

ESL Courses

 

ESL Basic Level

Courses offered at this level are:

ESLC 051a, b   Basic Grammar and Syntax
ESLC 052a, b   Basic Composition
ESLC 053a, b   Basic Reading, Comprehension & Vocabulary
ESLC 054         Basic Listening, Pronunciation & Conversation

At this level, students learn the fundamental principles that govern the English language by being introduced to the basics of grammar, reading, comprehension and writing skills, 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.

ESL Beginning Level

Courses offered at this level are:

ESLC 151a, b   Beginning Grammar and Syntax
ESLC 152a, b   Beginning Composition
ESLC 153a, b   Beginning Reading, Comprehension & Vocabulary
ESLC 154         Beginning Listening, Pronunciation & Conversation

At the completion of this level, students possess enough English language skills to comprehend basic reading material, write 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.

ESL Intermediate Level

Courses offered at this level are:

ESLC 251a, b   Intermediate Grammar and Syntax
ESLC 252a, b   Intermediate Composition
ESLC 253a, b   Intermediate Reading, Comprehension & Vocabulary
ESLC 254         Intermediate Listening, Pronunciation & Conversation

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 prepared for reading and comprehending early college-level material effectively.  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.

ESL Advanced Level

Courses offered at this level are:

ESLC 351a, b   Advanced Grammar and Syntax
ESLC 352a, b   Advanced Composition
ESLC 353a, b   Advanced Reading, Comprehension & Vocabulary
ESLC 354         Advanced Listening, Pronunciation & Conversation

At the completion of this level, students are able to produce grammatically-accurate writing that demonstrates a variety of organizational strategies, and are able to read and comprehend college-level material effectively.  In addition, students will be able to practice oral communication skills clearly and effectively.  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.

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 general electives which applies toward graduation. Additional tuition applies.

1-2 Unit courses offered at this level are:

ELAC 101        Speed Reading for College
ELAC 102        Note Taking Success in the Classroom
ELAC 103        Understanding American Culture
ELAC 150        Increase Your American Vocabulary
ELAC 151        American Idioms and Slang
ELAC 152        Connotation and Denotation
ELAC 153        American Film
ELAC 154        California Culture
ELAC 201        Oral Presentation Skills
ELAC 202        Job Interviewing Skills
ELAC 250        Communication for Business
ELAC 251        Communication for Medicine
ELAC 252        Communication for Dentistry

International Student Delayed Arrival (ISDA)

ISDA courses are designed to accommodate International students who arrive at La Sierra University 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 are:

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

Classes are divided into three levels: basic, beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Placement is based on scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Michigan Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS).

 

Contact Us

4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515

esl@lasierra.edu
951.785.2351

 

Office Location:

Convenience Center
Suite EE

 

Office Hours:

Monday -Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. - Noon

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