English as a Second Language

The noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Lake Tahoe Community College is designed as a series of sequential courses, ranging from Low Beginning through Advanced levels of English proficiency. The sequential curriculum, based upon an integrated set of student learning outcomes, provides instruction through each strand of learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Program Learning Outcomes
• Communicate effectively in English in the four modalities of listening, reading, writing, and speaking at the Low Beginning through Advanced levels.
• Demonstrate appreciation, understanding and awareness of different English speaking cultures, values, and traditions.


Students can start the certificate at one of the following levels:
ESL 561A ESL Low Beginning or
ESL 562A ESL High Beginning or
ESL 563A ESL Low Intermediate or
ESL 564A ESL Intermediate or
ESL 564B ESL High Intermediate or
ESL 571A ESL Literacy A

After assessing proficient at all levels above, students must then complete the following courses:
ESL 565 ESL Advanced
ESL 582A ESL Introduction to Computers
ESL 592A ESL Pronunciation