Academic Catalog

Non-Credit: English as a Second Language (NCEL)

NCEL 400  •  BRIDGE TO COLLEGE

NCEL 400 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Completion of the adult education course sequence or test score above 247 on the CASAS Level C Reading test.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

A bridge to college course for non-native speakers of English that focuses on the development of English language skills within the context of the culture of the college classroom: selecting and registering for classes, reading and understanding the syllabus, completing assignments and meeting deadlines, taking quizzes and test, and classroom communication skills; the assessment of skills, exploration of life paths and the resources offered by the community college; the development of basic digital literacy skills to access information on the internet.

NCEL 401  •  ESL FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

NCEL 401 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in a Child Development (CHLD) course.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 3 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Develops basic written and oral communications skills needed for success in credit-level child development courses. Emphasis on practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary in a typical credit-level child development course. Skills will be taught within the context of common child development topics such as age-appropriate development and behavioral issues. Intended for students in the child development program who need assistance gaining college level skills.

NCEL 403A  •  TRANSITIONING TO COLLEGE ESL PART I

NCEL 403A Details
Units: 0
Hours: 36 lecture per quarter (36 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 4 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Introduction for the adult English-learner to the community college campus and requirements for successful studies, and to prepare ESL students for successful transition to credit college-level coursework. Primary focus will be on listening and speaking activities in the classroom, including note taking and class participation.

NCEL 403B  •  TRANSITIONING TO COLLEGE ESL PART II

NCEL 403B Details
Units: 0
Hours: 3 lecture per week (36 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 4 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Assists the adult English-learner to navigate the community college campus and requirements for successful studies, and prepares ESL students for successful transition to credit college-level coursework. Primary focus will be on reading and writing skills needed in and outside the classroom for academic success.

NCEL 405  •  INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER & INTERNET LANGUAGE FOR ESL

NCEL 405 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 48 lecture per quarter (48 total per quarter)
Advisory: One of the following NCEL level 1 courses is recommended: NCEL 411, 412 or 413.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

An introductory course for the adult English-learner to the computer and internet language needed to be successful on the community college campus and in college-level coursework. Primary focus is on developing language to communicate basic computer problems and directions for basic computer tasks, through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in the classroom.

NCEL 410  •  LOW-BEGINNING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

NCEL 410 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 72 lecture per quarter (72 total per quarter)
Advisory: Designed for students whose native language is not English.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 6 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Low-beginning noncredit integrated skills course for learners of English as an additional language. Focus is on developing language for basic daily needs through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

NCEL 411  •  ADVANCED-BEGINNING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE I

NCEL 411 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 10 lecture per week (120 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 6 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability
Formerly: ESLL 200A

Introductory advanced-beginning level integrated skills course for learners of English as an additional language. Focus is on developing a basic level of grammar and vocabulary through listening, speaking, reading and writing so that learners can communicate with other English speakers in and outside of the classroom.

NCEL 412  •  ADVANCED-BEGINNING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE II

NCEL 412 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 10 lecture per week (120 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 6 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability
Formerly: ESLL 200B

Continuation of the advanced-beginning level integrated skills course for learners of English as an additional language. Focus on developing a basic level of grammar and vocabulary through listening, speaking, reading and writing so that learners can communicate with other English speakers in and outside of the classroom.

NCEL 413  •  ADVANCED-BEGINNING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE III

NCEL 413 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 10 lecture per week (120 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 6 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Final advanced-beginning level integrated skills course for learners of English as an additional language. Focus on developing a basic level of grammar and vocabulary through listening, speaking, reading and writing so that learners can communicate with other English speakers in and outside of the classroom.

NCEL 421  •  INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE I

NCEL 421 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 10 lecture per week (120 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 5 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability
Formerly: ESLL 210A

Introductory intermediate level integrated skills course for learners of English as an additional language who already have a basic level of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Focus assists learners to advance in their development of grammar and vocabulary through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

NCEL 422  •  INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE II

NCEL 422 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 10 lecture per week (120 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 5 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability
Formerly: ESLL 210B

This is a continuation of the intermediate level integrated skills course for learners of English as an additional language who already have a basic level of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The focus of this course is to help learners advance in their development of grammar and vocabulary through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

NCEL 423  •  INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE III

NCEL 423 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 10 lecture per week (120 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 5 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

This is the final intermediate level integrated skills course for learners of English as an additional language who already have a basic level of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The focus of this course is to help learners advance in their development of grammar and vocabulary through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

NCEL 425  •  DEVELOPING LISTENING & SPEAKING SKILLS

NCEL 425 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 10 lecture per week (120 total per quarter)
Advisory: NCEL 413 or higher.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 4 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Development of ability to listen to everyday English and to participate in everyday conversations. Introduction to academic listening and classroom interactional skills, discussion skills and the language of group work dynamics. Pronunciation work to develop clear speech and comprehension of naturally spoken American English.

NCEL 426  •  HIGH-INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR

NCEL 426 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Designed for students whose native language is not English; concurrent enrollment in ESLL 227 or NCEL 427 recommended; completion of noncredit ESL sequence or previous ESL coursework at Adult School is recommended.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 3 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass Only
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

A noncredit high-intermediate English course focusing on verb tenses, gerunds, infinitives, modal verbs in present, past, real present and future conditionals.

NCEL 427  •  HIGH-INTERMEDIATE READING SKILLS

NCEL 427 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Designed for students whose native language is not English; concurrent enrollment in ESLL 226 or NCEL 426 recommended; completion of noncredit ESL sequence or previous ESL coursework at Adult School is recommended.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 3 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass Only
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

An upper intermediate-level noncredit reading course focusing on developing comprehension skills and strategies for processing pre-college-level readings. In addition to developing vocabulary, students will demonstrate understanding of main ideas of texts by composing single- and multi-sentence writings in response to questions about the given texts.

NCEL 435  •  LISTENING/SPEAKING FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES

NCEL 435 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)
Advisory: Successful completion of ESLL 226 and 227, or NCEL 426 and 427 strongly recommended; placement test is suggested; intended for students whose native language is not English.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 2 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass Only
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

A noncredit listening/speaking course focusing on preparing students for listening to authentic lectures and participating in classroom discussions and presentations.

NCEL 436  •  ADVANCED GRAMMAR

NCEL 436 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Completion of two Level 3 courses, credit and/or noncredit: ESLL 226 or NCEL 426 AND ESLL 227 or NCEL 427.
Advisory: Designed for students whose native language is not English; concurrent enrollment in ESLL 237 or NCEL 437 recommended; completion of noncredit ESL sequence or previous ESL coursework at Adult School is recommended; placement test is suggested.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 2 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass Only
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Continuation of NCEL 426. An advanced noncredit English grammar course focusing on clause and phrase structures.

NCEL 437  •  BASIC COMPOSITION SKILLS

NCEL 437 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Completion of two Level 3 courses, credit and/or noncredit: ESLL 226 or NCEL 426 AND ESLL 227 or NCEL 427.
Advisory: Designed for students whose native language is not English; concurrent enrollment in ESLL 236 or NCEL 436 recommended; completion of noncredit ESL sequence or previous ESL coursework at Adult School is recommended; placement test is suggested.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 2 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass Only
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

A basic noncredit course for non-native speakers focusing on college-level reading and writing skills. Development of readings skills through analysis of assigned readings. Production of short multi-paragraph compositions that develop focused main ideas using a variety of standard English sentences. Lecture, discussion, and individualized instruction. Does not meet the graduation requirement in composition.

NCEL 447  •  ADVANCED VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT FOR READING & WRITING

NCEL 447 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 3 lecture per week (36 total per quarter)
Advisory: Intended for students whose native language is not English.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 2 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability
Formerly: ESL 177, ESLL 247

Expansion of academic vocabulary to meet the specific vocabulary needs for students in an academic setting. Multiple exposures to target words in meaningful contexts and rich information about each word.

NCEL 470  •  LOW TO INTERMEDIATE VOCATIONAL ESL FOR FOOD WORKERS

NCEL 470 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 4 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Introductory low-to-intermediate level vocational English course for non-native speakers in the food service industry. Focus on improving comprehension and communication in a food service workplace.

NCEL 471  •  INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED ESL FOR FOOD WORKERS

NCEL 471 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 4 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Intermediate-to-advanced level vocational English course for non-native speakers in the food service industry. Focus on improving comprehension and communication in a food service workplace.

NCEL 480  •  ESL FOR JOB SEARCHING

NCEL 480 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 4 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Designed to teach English for job searching to non-native speakers. Focus on developing reading/writing/speaking/listening skills needed for job searching and interviewing as well as improved understanding of American work culture.