For more information, contact Maria Roche at 203-332 -5149 or Anson Smith at 203-332-5229

HCC TO OFFER 10 ESL COURSES

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community next semester will offer 10 English as a Second Language courses.

The courses, which are offered Mondays through Thursdays as well as Saturdays, are designed with elementary, intermediate and advanced level students in mind. There are both 3 and 6 credit courses offered.

The courses, which are offered in Lafayette Hall at the college, include:

  • Grammar 1, 3 credits.  An intensive language course for high-beginner and low-intermediate, non-native students who want to develop competency in the use of basic grammatical structures in everyday situations. The course provides students the opportunity to learn these structures through daily reading and language analysis exercises, speaking and writing practice. Offered Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12: 20 p.m. in Room B212.
  • Combined Skills II, 6 credits.  A high beginner-level language course for non-native students who need to develop confidence and fluency in speaking and writing practical English for everyday use. It includes listening comprehension and speaking skills, general vocabulary, basic grammar, and simple reading and writing practice. Offered Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-9:20 p.m. in Room B214.
  • Combined Skills III, 6 credits. An academically-oriented language course for non-native students who have a simple knowledge of spoken and written English. Emphasizes intensive general academic vocabulary development, extensive reading and listening comprehension, major aspects of sentence structure and grammar, and speaking and writing improvement using linguistically controlled materials. Two hours of laboratory/tutorial practice required per week. Offered Mondays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1: 50 p.m. in Room B214 in and Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9:20 p.m. in B214.
  • Grammar III, 3 credits. An intensive language course for non-native students who want to develop competency in the use of intermediate grammatical structures in practical and academic contexts. The course provides students the opportunity to learn these structures through daily reading and language analysis exercises, speaking and writing practice. Offered Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-6:20 p.m. in Room B214.
  • Combined Skills IV, 6 credits. Helps intermediate level ESL students improve their reading and writing skills and provides practice in listening and speaking. Reading assignments stress comprehension and vocabulary building. Writing skills focus on developing basic sentence structure and simple paragraphs. Students listen to taped lectures, practice dictation and note-taking, and participate in structured group discussions. All activities focus on expanding knowledge of English and developing fluency in all skills. Two hours of laboratory/tutorial practice required per week. Offered Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9:20 p.m. in Room B123; Mondays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1:50 p.m. in Room B123, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:20 p.m. in B123
  • Oral Communications IV, 3 credits. A speech improvement course to help intermediate-level, non-native speakers of English to communicate more effectively in everyday situations and in academic settings. Focus is on developing greater clarity and fluency in spoken English through daily listening discrimination and pronunciation exercises; peer observation and interaction; guided group discussions and individual oral presentations. One hour of laboratory or tutorial practice required per week. Offered Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5-6: 20 p.m. in Room B214.
  • Combined Skills V, 6 credits.  An advanced language course for non-native students who have developed basic fluency in written and spoken English and who wish to further improve their language skills for academic or career purposes. Emphasizes intensive academic vocabulary development, extensive reading practice using short and long selections of general interest from academic subjects and literary works, individual pronunciation and oral presentations. Elements of effective writing, including problems in advanced syntax and sentence structure, are applied in short essays and longer writings such as autobiographies and book reports. Two hours of laboratory/tutorial practice required per week. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9:20 p.m. in Room B204.
  • Grammar V, 3 credits. An intensive language course for non-native students who want to develop competency in the use of advanced grammatical structures in academic contexts. The course provides students the opportunity to master these structures through daily reading and language analysis exercises, group discussion and essay writing. Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-6:20 p.m. in Room B213.
  • Combined Skills VI, 6 credits.  Helps advanced ESL students expand and refine their reading, listening, speaking and writing skills for more effective communications in college and career settings. Students read non-fiction and fiction relating to North American culture and other subjects, discuss readings in small groups, then respond to readings by writing essays, summaries and reports. Students listen to taped lectures, dialogues and narratives from radio and television, and present oral reports and debates on selected topics. Activities focus on developing fluency, clarity and correctness of expression. Two hours of laboratory/tutorial practice required per week. Offered Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11a.m.-1:50 p.m. in Room B214 and Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9: 20 p.m. in Room B213.
  • Oral Communications VIl: 3 credits,   A speech improvement course to help advanced-level, non-native speakers of English communicate more effectively in academic and professional settings. Focus is on accent reduction and developing communication strategies through listening discrimination and pronunciation exercises; self-analysis practice, peer observation and interaction, and oral presentations. One hour laboratory/tutorial practice required per week. Offered Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-6: 20 p.m. in Room B204.

    For more information, contact Prof. Maria Roche at 293-332-5149.

    Registration for the Spring semester is going on now. Students can register online through Jan. 30, or by mail, fax or dropping off completed paperwork in the lobby drop box near the Information Desk in Lafayette Hall through Jan. 9. Formal registration sessions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday. Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Late registration sessions will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 21,, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 22, , 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held Friday, Jan. 23, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Classes start Monday, Jan. 26. For more information, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203-332-5088.

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Anson C. Smith
Public Relations Coordinator
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: 203-332-5229
Fax 203-332-8558
E-mail: asmith@hcc.commnet.edu <mailto:asmith@hcc.commnet.edu>