Strengths of the SMC ESL Program
ESL 10, 11A, 11B, 21A, 21B, and 25 are multi-skill writing courses that include a sequential review of grammar points commonly problematic for non-native speakers: Verb Tenses; Sequence of Tenses; Subject/Verb Agreement; Count/Non-Count Nouns; Article Use; Pronoun Agreement; Word Forms; and Usage.
We also offer grammar courses. ESL 16A is a one-unit course recommended for students who need to focus on nouns (count/non count) and articles. ESL 16B is a one-unit course recommended for students who need to work on verb forms. ESL 16C is a one-unit course recommended for students who need to work on sentence building and punctuation. ESL 20A and 20B are grammar workshops that cover a wide range of errors common to non-native speakers. These courses help students understand grammar better so that they may edit their own writing.
Error analysis as a learning tool helps non-native speakers identify grammatical errors in their own and other students' writing samples. Peer editing affords students the opportunity to correct their own and other students' grammar errors. These techniques are used in all levels.
ESL classes are designed to teach American academic rhetorical style required in American colleges and universities.