Discover English as a Second Language (ESL) at GCCC

GCCC's college-level ESL program offers courses that help students develop the academic and professional language skills they need to be successful in college courses and as professional employees. ESL courses earn college credit.

If you are interested in taking college-level Intermediate and High-Intermediate ESL classes, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete a college application in the Admissions office in the Student and Community Services Center.
  2. Call (620) 276-9654 or go to the Assessment Center to take the Accuplacer Placement Test. This test will help us determine which classes you should take.
  3. See an advisor to help you enroll in ESL courses based on your test results.

 

 

 

ESL Courses Offered

LANG 205 Academic Vocabulary
3 Hours

This course will help students in all levels to increase their knowledge of the forms, meanings, uses, and pronunciation of dozens of the most common academic vocabulary words used in textbooks and lectures. Students will learn how to use a variety of vocabulary learning strategies, prefixes, roots, and suffixes. Students will also have the opportunity to encounter, practice, and review the words in written and spoken exercises.

LANG 222 Intermediate Writing
3 Hours

This course will help intermediate students improve their academic writing skills through practice. This course will focus on the development of high quality subjective paragraphs and essays. Students will study academic writing conventions such as text structures, formality, word choice, grammar, and punctuation.

LANG 232 High-Intermediate Writing
3 Hours

This course will help high-intermediate students improve their academic writing skills. This course will focus on objective essays, including research papers. Students will develop a greater understanding of academic writing conventions, including structure, formality, punctuation, and citations.

LANG 220 Intermediate Reading
3 Hours

This course will help intermediate and high-intermediate students develop their knowledge of text structures, reading strategies, and vocabulary to better learn, understand, and remember English language texts. Students will have numerous opportunities to practice their reading skills.

LANG 223 Intermediate Grammar
3 Hours

This course will help students improve their knowledge and use of English grammar and to increase their comprehension, comprehensibility, and writing skills. This intermediate course will focus on the forms, meanings, and uses of all of the verb tenses as well as the passive forms. Students will have many opportunities to practice each grammatical form.

LANG 233 High-Intermediate Grammar
3 Hours

This course will help intermediate and high-intermediate students improve their knowledge and use of English grammar and increase comprehension, comprehensibility, and writing skills. Students will learn the forms, meanings, and uses of comparatives; count and non-count nouns, quantity expressions, and articles; adjective, noun, and adverb clauses; gerunds and infinitives; and modals.

LANG 221 Intermediate Speaking/Listening
3 Hour

This course will help intermediate students improve their comprehensibility as speakers and their comprehension as listeners. The course focuses on many of the elements of clear speech, such as sentence stress and the pronunciation of difficult sounds. It also focuses on developing an understanding of how English is spoken in order to improve listening comprehension.

LANG 231 High-Inter. Speaking/Listening
3 Hours

This course will help high-intermediate students further improve their comprehensibility as speakers and their comprehension as listeners. The course focuses on many of the elements of clear speech. Students will develop an understanding of how English is spoken to further improve listening comprehension. Students will also have numerous opportunities to speak and listen to individuals, small groups, and the class.

Meet the Instructor

Jean Louise Ferguson is the instructor for the college-level ESL classes. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics with a specialization in teaching ESL from The Pennsylvania State University. During her career, she has tutored and taught all levels of ESL in Connecticut, Japan, Pennsylvania, and here at GCCC.

Contact Information:

Office: 1129 Saffell Library
Office phone: (620) 276-9639
E-mail: jean.ferguson@gcccks.edu