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Non-Credit ESL Course Descriptions

Core Courses

To pass to the next level in ESL Non-credit, students usually need to:

  • Successfully complete TWO courses in one level and...
  • Pass tests in the class and be recommended by the instructor and...
  • Write an essay evaluated by the ESL Non-Credit Program.


To pass into the ESL Credit Program from ESL Non-credit classes, students must complete these minimum requirements:

  • Successfully complete ESL Reading/Writing 50 and...
  • Pass one Grammar course in level 40, or 50, or 60 and...
  • Write an essay evaluated by the Credit Program and receive a strong recommendation from the Level 50/60 Instructor.

Reading and Writing – Levels 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60

Learn to write sentences and compositions. Study correct sentence structure for speaking and writing. Practice the writing process including brainstorming, organizing, drafting, and editing. Read short stories and articles and discuss them. Do exercises to improve comprehension and vocabulary. Students will read and write a lot in class and at home.

Grammar – Levels 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60

Learn grammar for writing and speaking. Study verb tenses, parts of speech, and other grammar points. Practice writing sentences and paragraphs. Read and discuss a few stories to improve comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. Students will do a lot of grammar exercises and some writing in class and at home.

Speaking and Listening – Levels 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60

Improve your speaking and listening skills and build your confidence. Listen to audio CDs and discuss them to improve listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and speaking. Practice speaking English in small groups. Students will also do writing exercises in class and at home.

Speaking/Listening EDO (Educational Discoveries) - Levels 30, 40, 50, 60

Use interactive lessons in listening, speaking, reading, and grammar on the computer. Practice speaking English in small groups. Students will also do writing exercises in class and home. (Computers are available at NCC for homework).

English for Beginners 10 - Level 10

Begin to develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Learn to speak and write English with basic grammatical sentences and short dialogues about personal information, daily life skills, and classroom directions and tasks. Practice speaking and listening using basic grammar and basic vocabulary in pairs and groups. Listen to audio CDs, do grammar exercises, and read and write short paragraphs in class and at home.

Writing and Grammar 63 - Levels 40, 50, 60, and up

Improve grammar and writing. Review correct sentence structure and paragraph organization. Practice the writing process including brainstorming, planning, editing, and the correct essay format. Students will read some stories and discuss them. Students will do a lot of grammar exercises and writing in class and at home.

English for Specific Purposes

Writing/Grammar on Computer 61 - Levels 40, 50, 60, and up

Study grammar and sentence structure. Practice writing essays. Learn computer format for essays and email attachments to prepare for credit ESL classes. Use the Internet for listening, writing and grammar.

Basic Pronunciation 68 - Levels 40, 50, 60, and up

Learn to speak more clearly. Practice sounds, words, stress in words & sentences, and intonation to improve pronunciation. Students will also practice speaking and listening skills. Students will have assignments in the ESL Language Lab and at home.

Business for ESL students - Levels 40, 50, 60, and up

Study different kinds of businesses and the basic operations of business. Discuss international business including importing and exporting. Learn about starting and owning a small business (entrepreneurship). Practice communication skills used in corporations such as reading and writing business proposals, marketing plans, emails, and customer service. Review vocabulary for management, marketing, production, etc. Discuss current topics in business from news sources such as the Wall Street Journal.

Reading/Writing II for College 70

This is the same class as ESL022, the 6-credit course already offered, except students may take it as a non-credit course. Students must be eligible for ESL 022. They must pass and get a "P" in this course to go to the next level ESL 132.

Oral Communications II 72 - Levels 70/022 and up

This is the same class as credit ESL 027, offered as non-credit. Must be eligible for ESL 022 or higher. Class examines interesting contemporary issues to improve listening/ speaking skills and use them in discussions, presentations, surveys and interviews. Weekly Web Quest activities online. Good preparation for speaking success in the college classroom.

Reading Circles 78 - Levels 80/132 and up

This class is for higher level ESL students who enjoy reading to improve English fluency. American short stories will be the basis for discussion to improve reading comprehension and speaking/listening. These skills will help students in ESL and academic classes, work, and living in the United States. Students will review grammar and learn new vocabulary and idioms used in the stories. Students will read the short stories, do comprehension exercises, and write short assignments in class and for homework.

Conversation Circles 26/36 - Levels 20 & 30
Conversation Circles 76 - LEvels 40, 50, 60, and up

This class is for Au Pairs and is open to all ESL students. Practice speaking, listening, and vocabulary for conversation and pronunciation. This is a fun, dynamic, interactive, informal conversation class.

TOEFL Test Preparation 79 - Levels 80/132 and up

Prepare for the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). This course will provide intermediate learners of English as a Second Language with techniques for taking this international exam. Learn strategies and tips for vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, grammar, speaking and listening, and writing an effective essay. The TOEFL exam is often required to enter a four-year college or university in the United States. It is not required for NCC. This is a high level, intense course with a lot of writing and homework.