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ESL Certificate Program

ESL Program Overview

The Bethesda University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program offers courses year-round for students who are required to take ESL classes as an academic requirement as well as for individuals who simply desire to improve their English language skills. We are dedicated to providing high-quality English instruction in a supportive environment that prepares students to achieve their academic and personal goals.

ESLP students who are part of the certificate program must complete a minimum of 30 units of ESL classes within two years and complete level 4 in order to earn their ESLP Certificate. Students in our certificate program can elect to take either an English Concentration track or an English Christian ministry track. Students who enroll in the English ministry track will take 9 units of Christian ministry ESL courses in place of 9 other required ESLP concentration units.

 

Mission Statement

The main goal of this certificate program is to equip non-English speaking students with the necessary language skills to thrive within any English-speaking setting and beyond.

 

General Information

 Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. In each of the semesters, students attend classes for 15 weeks.  12-15 credit hours (units) will be offered for each level (12 units are considered a full-time load).

There are four levels of ESL:

Level 1 – Intro
Level 2 – Beginning
Level 3 – Intermediate
Level 4 – Advanced

All students need to take the ESL placement test. Students who score high enough may test out of Levels 1 and/or 2. Each of these students must still complete 30 ESL units in order to receive their ESLP Certificate. After the initial placement test, grades determine whether a student will advance to the next level in a class.  It is preferable that students receive a grade of “A” (93-100) or “B” (83-89) to advance.  However, when a student passes a course in one level with a grade of ‘C’ or above he or she can take the next level course in the following semester. Students who do not demonstrate successful completion of a course must repeat that class.

 

Objectives

Upon completion of all four levels of ESL, students will have:

1) A holistic understanding of the English language.
2) Oral language skills that will enable them to integrate into American society.
3) Knowledge of American culture.
4) An understanding of many idiomatic characteristics of the English language.
5) Academic reading, writing, grammar, and listening skills that will enable them to pursue further studies in American institutions.

Note: All international students must consult the admissions department regarding unit and/or hour requirements in relation to maintaining F1 status.

 

Admission Information

ESL Certificate program Admission Requirements is same as Undergraduate Admission.

 

 Chair of ESL

Mr. Isaac Ko

Office: 306

esl@buc.edu

(714) 683-1435

 

Course Description

1. ESL Core Classes

Bethesda University’s Core ESL classes are required for all students in the ESL certificate program. Each 6 unit class incorporates reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The classes are designed in a way that each skill reinforces the learning of new grammar structures, vocabulary, and language functions. While enrolled in core classes, certificate track students are required to take concentration classes. The availability of each core class is dependent on enrollment.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE GL100 (6 Units)
ESL Core Class, Level 1

This Level 1 ESL course is designed for students who are learning basic skills in English reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This course is suitable for beginning students needing a thorough presentation of basic functions, grammar structures, and vocabulary. After completing the course, students will be able to read and write basic English sentences and paragraphs. Additionally, they will be able to engage in simple oral communication. Students in this class are allowed concurrent enrollment to all university courses taught in the Korean language.
Prerequisites: No previous study of English is required.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE GL101 (6 Units)
ESL Core Class, Level 2

This Level 2 ESL course is designed for high beginning to low intermediate level students in English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. This course builds on the foundations established in Level 1 and extends the students’ grammatical, lexical, and functional abilities. At the completion of the course, students will be able to read and write short essays and actively participate in English conversations. Students in this class are allowed concurrent enrollment to all university courses taught in the Korean language.
Prerequisites: ESL GL100
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE GL102  (6 Units)
ESL Core Class, Level 3

This Level 3 ESL course is designed for high intermediate students in English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. This course bridges the gap between the lower level ESL core classes and the advanced level. It reinforces the integrated skills acquired in Levels 1-2 and extends the students’ grammatical, lexical, and functional abilities towards the advanced level. At the completion of the course, students will be able to comprehend higher level English and express more complex ideas with fluency and accuracy. Students in this class are allowed concurrent enrollment to all university courses taught in the Korean language as well as general ed courses taught in English with a written recommendation from the ESL department. Successful completion of this course removes all restrictions for attending college level courses taught in the English language.
Prerequisites: ESL GL101
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE GL103 (6 Units)
ESL Core Class, Level 4

This Level 4 ESL course is designed for students who are advanced in English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar skills. This course completes the four-part ESL core class series. At the completion of this course, students will be able to comprehend at an advanced level English and actively express complex ideas with fluency and accuracy. Students enrolled in this class are allowed concurrent enrollment to all university courses taught in English with a written recommendation from the ESL department.
Prerequisites: ESL GL102
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

 

2. ESL Concentration classes

These are required courses to be taken concurrently with core ESL classes of the same level. Each 3 unit concentration class will have assigned prerequisite courses which can be waived by passing the assessment test of the desired level.

GL140 Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation 1 (3 units)
 This introductory English course is designed to improve students’ listening and basic conversation skills. The course also includes a pronunciation component that is designed to retrain the students’ speech muscles used to produce the phonetic sounds in the English language. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL100.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites required.

GL141 Listening Speaking and Pronunciation 2 (3 units)
This beginning English course builds on the skills developed from GL140 and introduces listening and speaking strategies to facilitate extended situational conversations. Like GL140, this course includes a pronunciation component that is designed to retrain the students’ speech muscles used to produce the phonetic sounds in the English language. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL101.
Prerequisites: GL140
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL142 Listening Speaking and Pronunciation 3 (3 units)
 This intermediate English course builds on the skills developed from GL141 and introduces listening and speaking strategies to facilitate academic classroom discussions.. Like GL140 and GL141, this course includes a pronunciation component that is designed to retrain the students’ speech muscles used to produce the phonetic sounds in the English language. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL102.
Prerequisites: GL141
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL143 American Accent Training and Public Speaking (3 units)
This class is designed to focus on American intonation and stress patterns as well as develop the techniques and skills necessary for public speaking and presentations.
Prerequisites: GL142
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL110 Beginning Reading and Writing (3 units)
This basic reading and writing class introduces students to basic reading comprehension as well as sentence and paragraph level composition. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL100.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites required.

GL111 Intermediate Academic Reading and Writing (3 units)
This academic reading and writing class introduces students to academic reading materials and prepares them for college-level writing. It will focus on paragraphs and introduce students to basic short essay writing. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL101.
Prerequisites: GL100, GL110
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL112 Advanced Academic Reading and Writing (3 units)
This academic reading and writing class introduces students to longer academic reading materials and equips students for essay writing. It will focus on essay reading comprehension and writing mechanics. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL102.
Prerequisites: GL101, GL111
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL113 Preparation for College Reading and Writing (3 units)
This academic reading and writing class is a preparatory course for college level writing. It will focus on the various essay types required in the university setting as well as introduce students to research writing. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL103.
Prerequisites: GL102, GL112
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL121 Listening to Academic Lectures 1 (3 units)
 This is an introductory level class in academic listening. The course is designed to prepare students for academic lectures in the North American university setting. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL101.
Prerequisites: ESL GL100
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL122 Listening to Academic Lectures 2 (3 units)
This is an intermediate level class in academic listening. The course is designed to prepare students for academic lectures in the North American university setting. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL102.
Prerequisites: ESL GL101, GL121
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL123 Listening to Academic Lectures 3 (3 units)
This is an advanced level class in academic listening. The course is designed to prepare students for academic lectures and note taking in the North American university setting. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL103.
Prerequisites: ESL GL102,  GL122
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL130 Grammar 1 (3 units)
This grammar class focuses on basic English word order patterns as well as grammar items like simple present, simple past, simple future, and present progressive verb tenses. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL100.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites required.

GL131 Grammar 2 (3 units)
This grammar class reinforces basic English grammar and introduces higher level items like modal auxiliaries, the passive voice, and adjective clauses. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL101.
Prerequisites: GL100, GL130
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL132 Grammar 3 (3 units)
This English grammar course reinforces intermediate and lower-level grammar and introduces complex items like noun clauses, adverb clauses, and coordinating conjunctions in parallel structures. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL102 or 103.
Prerequisites: ESL GL101, GL131
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL133 Grammar 4 (3 units)
This English grammar course reinforces high-intermediate grammar knowledge and develops communicative and interactive language skills. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL103.
Prerequisites: ESL GL102, GL132
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

 

3. English Christian Ministry Track

 These courses may be taken by ESLP students in place of 9 other required concentration courses.

GL150 English Ministry Preparation (Biblical Vocabulary for English Ministry) (3 units)
This concentration course is designed to equip students for English Christian Ministry by providing an in-depth review of theological and biblical English terms and vocabulary. Students will improve their ability to listen to, read, write and speak theological and biblical English terms in ministry contexts.

GL151 English Ministry Training (English Ministry Training; prerequisite EMP) (3units)
This concentration course is designed to train students to improve in interactions, evangelism, preaching and all other parts of ministry in English. Students will receive cultural and linguistic training essential to excel with God’s help in English Christian Ministry.
Prerequisites: GL150

GL152 English Ministry Worship (English Ministry Worship) (3 units)
This concentration course is designed to train students to improve their ability to organize, lead, and sustain an English Worship Ministry. Students will receive practical instruction in cultural and linguistic training as it pertains to English worship ministry, such as in areas of music selection, volunteer management, and worship service scheduling.
Prerequisites: GL150

 

4. Electives

These are specialty classes that are designed to help students develop important linguistic and para-linguistic skills to complement core and concentration classes.

GL21 American Culture and Idioms 1 (3 units)
This beginning-level course introduces students to a more informal and widely used mode of language communication and provides valuable cultural insights to American society.
Prerequisites: GL100

GL22 American Culture and Idioms 2 (3 units)
This intermediate-level course builds on GL21 and covers the more informal and widely used mode of language communication and provides valuable cultural insights to American society.
Prerequisites: GL101, GL21
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL23 American Culture and Idioms 3 (3 units)
This intermediate-level course builds on GL21 and GL22 and covers the more informal and widely used mode of language communication and provides valuable cultural insights to American society.
Prerequisites: GL102, GL22
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL30 Basic English Vocabulary 1 (3 units)
This first course in basic English vocabulary is designed to help intro level students learn the most frequently used words in the English Language.  It will cover the first half of the General Service List (GSL), a list of the 2,000 words that make up about 80% of any written or spoken material in English. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL100.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites required.

GL31 Basic English Vocabulary 2 (3 units)
This second course in basic English vocabulary is designed to help beginning level students learn the most frequently used words in the English Language.  It will cover the second half of the General Service List (GSL), a list of the 2,000 words that make up about 80% of any written or spoken material in English. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL101.
Prerequisites: GL130, GL100
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL32 Academic Vocabulary 1 (3 units)
This first course in academic vocabulary is designed to introduce students to the first half of the Academic Word List (AWL). In this course, students will learn to identify and properly use AWL words and derivatives. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL102.
Prerequisites: GL101, GL131
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL33 Academic Vocabulary 2 (3 units)
This second course in academic vocabulary is designed to introduce students to the second half of the Academic Word List (AWL). In this course, students will learn to identify and properly use AWL words and derivatives. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with GL103.
Prerequisites: GL102, GL132
Prerequisite courses can be waived via placement test or written teacher recommendation.

GL24 TOEFL Preparation (3 units)
This class is designed to help students prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students in this class will learn important TOEFL specific reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills necessary to pass the test. They will also learn different question types and test taking strategies to help them go through the TOEFL more efficiently. This course is only open to students enrolled in Levels 3 and 4 of the core ESL classes.

Note: Availability of each ESL course is dependent on student enrollment

Course Schedule

​ESL Core Classes
GL101 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 1 - 6 Units
GL111 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 2 - 6 Units
GL121 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 3 - 6 Units
GL131 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 4 - 6 Units
 

Concentration classes/Electives
GL102 Basic English Vocabulary (3 units)
GL103 Basic Pronunciation (3 units)

GL112 Academic Reading and Writing 1 (3 units)
GL122 Academic Reading and Writing 2 (3 units)
GL132 Academic Reading and Writing 3 (3 units)

GL113 Listening to Academic Lectures 1 (3 units)
GL123 Listening to Academic Lectures 2 (3 units)
GL133 Listening to Academic Lectures 3 (3 units)
 
GL081 Basic English Grammar (3 units)
GL082 Fundamentals of English Grammar (3 units)
GL083 Understanding and Using English Grammar (3 units)
 
GL001 American Accent Training (3 units)
GL002 American Conversation Skills (3 units)
GL024 TOEFL Preparation (3 units).