NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

ESOL 0830    Reading Skills Development     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

In this course you will work on strengthening your reading and study strategies, developing your reading vocabulary, and improving your test-taking strategies. You will have the opportunity in this class to develop your reading speed and comprehension of a variety of written materials. This course will help prepare you for the academic skills you will need to succeed in college. Prerequisites: Placement test scores Students who place into ESOL 0830 are required to enroll in this course during their first term at NHCC.



ESOL 0860    English Language Skills Development     Credits  5         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is for students who want to improve their formal English language skills in writing and grammar. Emphasis is on learning and using grammatical structures to strengthen and develop English literacy skills for college success. You will practice writing to build fluency and grammatically correct sentences. You will also engage in writing as a regular academic activity and learn strategies to continue your language development. Prerequisite: Placement test scores



ESOL 0880    Listening and Speaking Skill Development     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will focus on developing your academic listening and speaking skills in English. During this semester you will work on building the note-taking, presentation, and discussion skills you will need to study successfully at the college level. Prerequisite: Placement test scores



ESOL 0900    College Vocabulary Development     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

In this course you will become familiar with the most frequently used words in academic texts. You will strengthen the vocabulary you need for college-level writing, reading, listening, and speaking by studying word families from the Academic Word List. Prerequisite: Placement test scores or grade of "C" or better in ESOL 0800.



ESOL 0930    Academic Reading and Study Skills     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides advanced level readers with intensive practice and extensive reading tasks in various writing genres. You will develop and improve reading proficiency, speed, and comprehension, and the ability to make inferences from text. You will also develop advanced vocabulary building strategies using college content reading materials. Active study strategies are among the skills practiced as you progress toward skillful, independent reading. Prerequisite: Placement test scores or grade of "C" or better in ESOL 0830 Students who place into ESOL 0930 are required to enroll in this course during their first term at NHCC.



ESOL 0960    Academic Writing Skills Development     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course focuses on developing writing process skills and study of various rhetorical patterns. You will engage in concentrated practice to develop paragraphs through multiple drafts, working towards academic essays. You will also continue to strengthen your English language skills. Prerequisite: Placement test scores or grade of "C" or better in ESOL 0860



ESOL 0980    Academic Listening and Speaking     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course concentrates on preparing students for the listening and speaking needed in the American college classroom. You will develop efficient note-taking skills for classroom lectures and skills for giving presentations. An examination of American English as spoken in college classrooms further develops proficiency necessary for successful college work. This course also reviews American English in terms of intonation, rhythm, stress, and emphasis. Prerequisite: Placement test scores or grade of "C" or better in ESOL 0880



ESOL 1060    Advanced Grammar     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This is an advanced ESOL grammar course designed to increase students grammar and editing proficiency. The course will build students ability to recognize and employ more sophisticated language necessary for success in academic and professional writing. Prerequisites: Placement test scores in ESOL 930, 960 and 980 or grade of C or better in ESOL 830, 860 and 880.



ESOL 1080    English Pronunciation     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is for people who desire to speak English more clearly and with greater effectiveness. We will concentrate on addressing your pronunciation concerns and accent needs. This class will give you strategies that will help you to communicate in various situations, including your workplace.



ESOL 1230    College Reading and Studying Skills     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course focuses on the college textbook reading, language and study skills you will need in your content-area courses. You will study content-course readings and complete tests and assignments typical of those you will complete in college courses. Prerequisite: Placement test scores or grade of "C" or better in ESOL 800-level classes and ESOL 0930



ESOL 1260    College Writing Skills Development     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

In this course, you will develop academic essay writing and advanced English language skills. This course emphasizes writing as a process, as well as development of analytical reading and critical thinking skills. Prerequisite: Placement test scores or grade of "C" or better in ESOL 800-level classes, ESOL 0930 and ESOL 0960.



ESOL 1280    Listening and Speaking for College Success     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This class focuses on the development of note-taking skills through the presentation of college-success content material in the form of lectures and student presentations. You will research student success topics and make formal presentations to the class. The course also reviews tone, register, rhythm, stress, reduction and emphasis as critical elements in delivering a speech. Prerequisite: Placement test scores or grade of "C" or better in ESOL 800-level classes and ESOL 0980.



ESOL 1990    English for Speakers of Other Languages Special Topics     Credits  0         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.