Courses - Flowchart

Transitional Studies Courses - Flowchart 

(Click link above for color-coded flowchart of the Transitional Studies Department Pathway)

Course Descriptions

ESL R044 – English Conversation 3 3 Units Hours: 3 lecture weekly - This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who are able to hold a basic conversation in English. Providing additional knowledge of English grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic usage, the course helps nonnative speakers of English develop listening and speaking skills through practical, everyday conversation models. Students will also gain experience and confidence in making brief oral presentations. Not applicable for degree credit. Field trips may be required. Course is offered Pass/No Pass (P/NP) at student’s option.

ESL R046 – ESL Oral/Listening Skills 3 Units Advisories: ESL R044 Hours: 3 lecture weekly - This course is intended for non-native advanced speakers of English who are able to hold conversations in English. Providing knowledge of English grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic usage, the course helps non-native speakers of English prepare adequately documented public presentations so that they may thereby communicate more effectively in academic, professional, and social settings. Not applicable for degree credit. Field trips may be required. Course is offered Pass/No Pass (P/NP) at student’s option.

ESL R065 – Preparation for Academic Reading and Writing 4 Units Advisories: Appropriate placement based on assessment scores and advisement, or completion of OUHSD Adult Education ESL Level 4 Hours: 3 lecture, 3 lab weekly - This course provides intermediate level ESL students instruction in basic academic reading and writing skills. Topics include understanding main idea and supporting details, literal and inferential comprehension, grammar and sentence skills, vocabulary development, study skills and basic use of library resources and the college's course management system. Not applicable for degree credit. Field trips may be required. Course is offered Pass/No Pass (P/NP) at student’s option.

ENGL R075 (Formerly R056) – Reading Fundamentals 3 Units Advisories: ESL R054, or ESL R065, or completion of OUHSD ESL Level 5 or 6 Hours: 3 lecture weekly - This course is designed for native English speakers and high intermediate English-as-a-second language students who want to prepare themselves for content-area reading and study skills. This course will introduce critical thinking through rhetorical patterns of reading. Other topics include inferential comprehension, study-reading techniques (SQ3R), time relationships (e.g. chronological order) and research techniques. Not applicable for degree credit. Field trips may be required. Course is offered Pass/No Pass (P/NP) at student’s option.

ENGL R077 (Formerly R066) – Writing Fundamentals 3 Units Advisories: ESL R064, or completion of OUHSD ESL Level 5 or 6. Hours: 2 lecture, 3 lab weekly - This course is designed primarily to instruct the low-advanced ESL learner or the native speaker desiring instruction in the forms and usage of compound and complex sentences and other grammar points focusing on grammar, but applying it to writing, reading, speaking and listening. Not applicable for degree credit. Course is offered Pass/No Pass (P/NP) at student’s option.

ENGL R087 (Formerly R068) – Basic Composition 5 Units Prerequisites: Placement as measured by the college's multiple measures assessment process Hours: 5 lecture weekly - In this course, students develop sentence skills by writing, analyzing, and rewriting sentence exercises and paragraphs. The course includes study of paragraph structure and various patterns of development. At the end of the semester, students will be prepared to begin writing short essays. Not applicable for degree credit. Field trips may be required.

ENGL R095 – College Reading Across the Curriculum 3 Units Advisories: Reading ability commensurate with high school level or ENGL R056 Hours: 3 lecture weekly - This course emphasizes college-level reading materials across the curriculum with training in reading for major details, main ideas, drawing inferences, and conclusions; considering the nature of evidence and knowledge; and interpreting author’s tone and purpose. The course includes advanced vocabulary training, rapid reading techniques with improved comprehension. Formal evaluation is used to individualize instruction. Other activities include a mini research project with instruction in documentation and study skills practice. Field trips may be required. Course is offered Pass/No Pass (P/NP) at student’s option.

ENGL R097 (Formerly R096) – Intermediate Composition 4 Units Prerequisites: ENGL R068 Hours: 4 lecture weekly - In this composition course, students review the principles of effective paragraphs and learn to plan, write and revise short expository themes. This course includes essay-exam taking skills and an introduction to library resources. Upon completion, students will be able to write effective short essays. Students will also be prepared for a successful transition to ENGL R101. Field trips may be required.

ENGL R100 – Composition: ESL Emphasis 4 Units Prerequisites: ENGL R068 Hours: 4 lecture weekly - This course focuses on reading and composition for students whose native language is other than English. The course is intended for students familiar with the structure and vocabulary of English and with paragraph development. The course will develop the student’s ability to think critically about and organize information from reading and to write and revise expository essays. The course emphasizes basic writing processes, as well as focusing on grammar and syntax. (Formerly ENGL R140.) Field trips may be required. Transfer credit: CSU, UC

COMM R100 – ESL Academic Oral Communication 3 Units Advisories: ESL R046 Hours: 3 lecture, 1 lab weekly - This course is designed to help advanced non-native speakers of English communicate well in academic, professional, and social settings through practice in basic principles of oral communication (with an emphasis on most effective use of voice and body). Students will engage in group discussion, public speeches, and oral reading. Field trips may be required. Transfer credit: CSU