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American Language Courses 


    • Reading Courses (4 Units)

      31R Beginning Reading:
      Focuses on learning basic reading strategies, comprehending new information from texts with familiar language, recognizing patterns of logical sequencing, and comprehending the central meaning and details of a text when content and language are familiar.  In addition to a reading textbook, instructor assigns a fiction book of approximately 100-150 pages for extended reading.  Includes vocabulary study. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on Compass/ESL Reading placement test or successful completion of noncredit ESL Level 4.

      32R Intermediate Reading:
      Focuses on applying efficient reading techniques with increasing levels of speed and fluency, comprehending a writer’s purpose, summarizing and paraphrasing short to medium-length articles, making valid inferences, recognizing figurative language, distinguishing between fact and opinion, and beginning critical analysis of short texts. In addition to a reading textbook, instructor assigns a fiction book of approximately 150-200 pages for extended reading.  Includes vocabulary study. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AMLA 31R, or satisfactory score on Compass/ESL Reading placement test, or successful completion of noncredit ESL Level 5, 6, or VESL.

      33R Advanced Reading:
      Focuses on comprehending advanced level reading materials, demonstrating proficiency in reading a wide range of fictional, professional and academic texts, recognizing figurative language, understanding an author’s purpose, tone, and point of view, and critical analysis of longer texts. In addition to a reading textbook, instructor assigns a fiction book of 200+ pages for extended reading.  Includes vocabulary study.  Completion of this course meets the Mt. SAC reading competency. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AMLA 32R or satisfactory score on Compass/ESL Reading placement test.

    • Writing Courses (4 Units)

      41W Beginning Writing:
      Focuses on writing at the sentence level, including basic sentence structure and sentence patterns, consistent accuracy in simple grammatical structures, distinguishing between formal and informal language, and using the steps of the writing/revision process. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the English placement test or successful completion of noncredit ESL Level 4.  Advisory: AMLA 31R taken previously or concurrently.

      42W Intermediate Writing:
      Focuses on learning to interpret and write a logical response to a written prompt.  Moves towards paragraph production by emphasizing greater awareness of developing and combining ideas structurally and grammatically, identifying appropriate word choice, word forms, voice and syntax, and revising for accuracy and clarity. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the English placement test or successful completion of AMLA 41W or noncredit ESL Level 5, 6 or VESL.  Advisory: AMLA 32R taken previously or concurrently.

      43W Advanced Writing (ENG 67 equivalency):
      Focuses on writing at the paragraph level and responding to short texts.  Emphasizes analysis of model paragraphs and on incorporating structures, organizational/rhetorical patterns, and transitions in original writing, as well as proper use of quotation and self-editing.  Moves toward the essay by asking for increasing levels of summary and analysis of a variety of authentic texts of some linguistic and cultural complexity. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the English placement test or successful completion AMLA 42W.  Advisory: AMLA 33R taken previously or concurrently.

    • Speaking Courses (2 Units)

      AMLA 21S  Accent Reduction
      Focuses on pronunciation and listening for non-native speakers.  Vowels, consonants, stress, and intonation patterns are emphasized.  Students will analyze their pronunciation for strengths and weaknesses.

      AMLA 22S  Interpersonal Communication
      Focuses on enhancing the ability of non-native speakers to communicate in every day and academic situations. The emphasis is on grammatical accuracy and language sophistication as well as confidence in personal and professional settings.

      AMLA 23S  Formal Speaking
      Focuses on enhancing the ability of non-native speakers to listen effectively and speak formally in a variety of situations. Emphasis is on note-taking, outlining, organizing speeches, and verbal articulation of ideas.  Advisory: Eligibility for AMLA 43W.

      AMLA 24S  Idiomatic English
      Focuses on intermediate level idiomatic language, including common American idioms and proverbs, as used in everyday language situations.  Advisory: Eligibility for AMLA 42W 

    • Grammar Classes (1 Unit)

      AMLA 56 Nouns and Articles
      Focuses on count and non-count nouns, article usage and other determiners for non-native learners of English.  Writing practice and exercises will emphasize correct usage of these structures in writing and speaking.

      AMLA 57 Verb Review I
      Focuses on verb tense, form and use for non-native learners of English.  Practice in present, past, and future verb tense forms, meaning, and use in both spoken and written English, with special emphasis on writing for college courses.

      AMLA 58 Verb Review II
      Focuses at an advanced level on modals, passive voice, passive modals, and conditionals for non-native English students.  Exercises and writing practice will emphasize improved verb usage in writing.

      AMLA 59 Prepositions
      Focuses on spoken and written practice of prepositions for non-native English learners.  Students will analyze prepositions and idiomatic expressions through reading and will apply their knowledge to written work.

      AMLA 60 Verb Review III
      Focuses at an advanced level on gerunds, infinitives and participles for non-native English learners.  Exercises and writing practice will emphasize improved verb usage in writing.

      AMLA 61 Word Forms
      Focuses on spoken and written practice of noun, verb, adjective and adverb word forms for non-native English learners.