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Courses for English Language Learners

By improving English and preparing to do academic work in English, you are making your future academic life easier–especially if you are hoping to enter a competitive program which entails a high level of academic English proficiency, like nursing. By taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, you will improve your English language fluency in the following ways:

  • Gaining listening strategies to help understand lectures

  • Practicing public speaking and group discussion techniques
  • Practicing reading college-level texts from different disciplines, to recognize main ideas, supporting details and increase academic vocabulary
  • Practicing formal academic writing, including the grammar that is necessary to express meaning
  • Learning academic vocabulary words and strategies to make up for words you may not know

Most ESL courses are limited to 15 students so you will have the opportunity to receive individual assistance from your instructor.

English language learners may lack English language skills, but they are not remedial students. Students taking ESL at Tyler often have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are not in need of learning how to read and write at the college level, so the focus of the class is on practicing (not learning) these skills in English.

Tyler’s ESL Curriculum

ESL 31 Composition I (6 credit hours)
Provides instruction and practice in the writing process, emphasizing development of fluency in writing and competence in structural and grammatical patterns of written English.

Prerequisite: Requires ability to express ideas clearly in writing without a consistent pattern of grammatical errors as indicated by a placement exam or teacher recommendation from a previous level. Credits are not applicable toward graduation.

ESL 32 Reading I (3 credit hours)
Helps students improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary development. Improves students' reading proficiency to a level that would allow the students to function adequately in ESL 42 and other college classes.

Prerequisite: Requires competency in reading as indicated by the placement test or by teacher recommendation from a previous level.

ESL 41 Composition II (6 credit hours)
Provides further instruction and practice in the writing process and introduces advanced language patterns. Includes practice in developing and improving writing strategies.

Prerequisite: Requires a sense of paragraph structure and development, appropriate use of verb forms, and command of basic sentence structures with some coordination and subordination, as indicated by a placement test and writing sample, or teacher recommendation from a previous level. Credits are not applicable toward graduation.

ESL 42 Reading II (3 credit hours)
Improves students' reading proficiency to a level that would allow students to function adequately in the ESL 52 reading class and other college courses.

Prerequisite: Requires competency in reading as indicated by the placement test or by teacher recommendation from a previous level. Helps students improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary development. Credits are not applicable toward graduation.

ESL 51 Composition III (3 credit hours)
Prepares for college-level writing by practice in the writing process, emphasizing development of thought in essays of greater length and complexity and use of appropriate syntax and diction.

Prerequisite: Requires competency in the English language and ability to write short essays in understandable English, as indicated by a placement test and writing sample, or by teacher recommendation from a previous level. Credits are not applicable toward graduation.

ESL 52 Reading III (3 credit hours)
Emphasizes applying and synthesizing ideas. Includes ways to detect organization, summarize, make inferences, draw conclusions, evaluate generalizations, recognize differences between facts and opinions, and introduces other advanced comprehension strategies. May also include comprehensive library skills.

Prerequisite: Requires competency in reading as indicated by the placement test or by teacher recommendation from a previous level. Helps students improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary development. Improves students' reading proficiency to a level that would allow students to succeed in certificate and degree programs. Credits are not applicable toward graduation.
 

Special Benefits for ESL students at Tyler

Tyler understands the unique position of English Language Learners (ELLs) in classes across the disciplines. We believe that students working at the college level in their second or third language should be given every opportunity for success their native-speaking peers have access to. To that end we encourage use of aids like bilingual dictionaries and extended time on tests, as appropriate and with instructor approval, for the duration of your degree.

But I already speak English….

Tyler’s ESL curriculum is designed for students who are already proficient speakers of English. Most students have been living and working in an English-speaking community for years. Our curriculum is designed to help you bridge the gap between your speaking and listening fluency and your academic reading and writing fluency, so that you succeed in college level reading and writing intensive courses.


That said, there are many college-credit classes available to students who are still taking ESL classes; you are encouraged to take as many additional credit hours as you like (up to full-time). You can work toward your degree while still taking ESL classes to improve your academic reading and writing fluency in English.

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