Course Code: 3et
In this lesson, you’ll learn skills for reading a menu, making a shopping list, locating items in a supermarket, planning meals, and reading recipes. Then, you will learn how to discuss describing housing, interpreting classified ads, completing a rental application, identifying rooms and furniture, and making a family budget.
You will learn the form for information questions and practice using it. Understand how to describe your community, scan a directory index, give and follow directions, read a letter, and write and send a letter. Then, you’ll make comparisons about what is better and best and use regular and irregular verbs in simple past to describe symptoms and medical problems. You’ll also gain speaking skills which include describing healthy practices, identifying ailments, making a doctor’s appointment, reading medicine labels, and identifying and describing emergencies.
You will practice using will to make commitments and can to talk about your abilities and experience as you learn evaluating learning and work skills, identifying jobs and job skills, applying for a job, interviewing for a job, and following instructions in an office. Then, review the skills you’ve gained so far.
You’ll identify common goals and practice expressing future plans with want to, hope to, plan to, and be going to. You’ll also practice writing your goals in sentences and in a paragraph. Then, you will practice using adverbs of frequency and future time clauses with when. Skills include making a schedule; identifying goals, obstacles, and solutions; writing about your goals; identifying study habits; and identifying time-management strategies.
Gain additional skills in identifying places to purchase goods and services, interpreting advertisements, comparing products, identifying and comparing purchasing methods, and making a smart purchase. Then, you will practice comparatives using more, most, fewer, less, and least as well as yes/no questions with do as you learn about interpreting classified ads, making decisions about housing, arranging and canceling utilities, making a budget, and writing a letter to a landlord.
Focus on information questions with how far, what time, how often, and how much. There is also a section on adverbial clauses with before, after, and when. Skills include asking for information, interpreting charts and comparing information, interpreting a road map, identifying daily activities, and writing about a place. And finally, you’ll review everything you’ve learned in the course and leave more confident about your English speaking ability.
Rob Jenkins is a professor at Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education. He has more than 16 years of teaching experience in the English language classroom and holds an MS in TESOL from California State University Fullerton. Rob is the Professional Development Coordinator for Continuing Education Programs at his institution. He is also the author of textbooks and other materials for English language learners. He has received curriculum development, professional development, and publications awards from his college and most recently was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2008.
Staci Johnson has taught all levels of adult ESL, including credit, non-credit, and workplace English. She holds an MA in Linguistics with a Teaching ESL Certificate, which is supported by more than 10 years in the English language classroom. Staci has also written textbooks and other materials for English language learners. Her passions are teacher training and curriculum development, both of which she does on a continual basis.
Charletta Bowen will be your facilitator in the Discussion Areas. She is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and has been teaching ESL for 30 years. She currently teaches advanced level students at a university in the U.S.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.