RRCC ESL Program Overview

All students who are interested in taking ESL classes must take the ESL Accuplacer test to determine their starting level. Contact the International Student Services office to schedule an appointment to take the ESL Accuplacer test.

Intensive English Program

8 week sessions
4 hrs. a day x 5 days a week = 20 hrs
8:30 – 12:30 or 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Level 1 (Basic)

  • Simple present, past, and present progressive
  • Sentence structure
  • Prediction and sequencing
  • Vocabulary development and sequencing

Level 2 (High Basic)

  • Simple future, past progressive, and introduction to modals
  • Descriptive paragraphs and spatial and time order
  • Making inferences
  • Vocabulary and pronunciation development, clarification, and permission

Level 3 (Low Intermediate)

  • Review of past tenses, future, future time clauses, modals, gerunds, and infinitives
  • Topic focus and multiple writing drafts
  • Recognize supporting ideas, inferences, and summarization
  • Conducting interviews, syllable stress, and

Level 4 (Intermediate)

  • Present perfect and modals
  • Paragraph skills and the writing process
  • Comprehension skills and reported speech
  • Extending conversation and pronunciation

Level 5 (High Intermediate)

  • Writing and correctly using spoken English in all present, past, and future verb tenses
  • Refining paragraph organization and improving writing mechanics
  • Relationship of ideas and note-taking
  • Recognizing fact and opinion
  • Discussion, defending an opinion, rhythm, and sentence stress

Level 6 (Low Advanced)

  • Adverbial and noun clauses, generation of complex sentences, and embedded questions
  • Essay format and writing from sources
  • Paraphrasing and critical thinking
  • Note-taking, speaking persuasively, and special intonation patterns

Advanced Courses

Full semester or Accelerated 8 week courses

Advanced Listening & Speaking

  • Demonstrate an understanding of & correct use of advanced level grammatical structures.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of academic & work-related situations.
  • Demonstrate increased vocabulary recognition & use in areas appropriate to students academic & vocational goals.

Advanced Reading

  • Use pre-reading strategies to activate background knowledge, set purpose for reading, & predict content.
  • Comprehend texts at an academic level suitable for first year college classes.
  • Employ critical reading skills to evaluate, analyze, paraphrase, & summarize readings.
  • Increase vocabulary knowledge.
  • Locate information in libraries & on the internet.

Advanced Composition

  • Follow a recursive process in writing course assignments.
  • Write well-organized, clearly focused, well-developed expository essays.
  • Use common rhetorical modes in the development of essays.
  • Use the writing of other writers in an ethical, clearly documented way.
  • Write grammatically correct simple, compound, & complex sentences.

Upon completion of Advanced ESL courses, students are eligible to enroll in ENG 121: English Composition.