ESL Skills for College, the Workplace and Your Daily Life

Fall 2021

Whether you need to improve your English for professional, educational or personal reasons, Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Queensborough Community College has a class for you.  From Basic English to ESL for work or college, we have the faculty and the experience to help you acquire the knowledge you need to achieve your goals.  Come join us this fall and celebrate the return to campus.

 

ESL: English as a Second Language program offers three levels of instruction: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

As a beginner student, you will learn the skills you need to communicate with your friends, neighbors and coworkers by studying basic grammar and vocabulary and later choose to continue in the intermediate and advanced levels for more complex structures of the language focusing on reading, writing and oral presentations.

In addition to regular ESL classes, we offer a series of special interest classes on how to improve your academic writing, increase your vocabulary in health occupations and other professions. 

 

Placement Test for ESL

A placement test is only required for the ESL Level classes (ESL Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced). For any questions regarding the placement test, please contact the program coordinator, Abel Hassan, at ahassan@qcc.cuny.edu.

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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HSE-Pathway to the TASC Test

 

The HSE course prepares adults to take the High School Equivalency TASC Exam. Our highly qualified instructors will review and focus on the major subject areas of the test encompassing Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing.  Students will also acquire test-taking strategies to pass the practice test before taking the state exam.

HSE preparation Course.  Full Course. Humanities and Math

 

Placement Test for HSE

All registrants must take the placement test to determine the appropriate HSE skill proficiency.

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Times: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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ESL Course Descriptions

ESL Basics 

The course is designed to give students the ability to narrate and inquire about the world around them. Students will work on their basic command of the English language by covering everyday-life events.  They will learn to master basic sentence structures using simple tenses in the affirmative and interrogative forms while working toward adding some compound sentences. Reading skills will include identifying the topic and the main ideas, scanning for specific information and summarizing.  Speaking skills will incorporate asking and answering questions and participating in role-plays and short discussions on topics related to daily situations such as asking for information and directions, comparing holidays, looking for work and preparing for job interviews. Vocabulary will include words and idiomatic expressions relevant to each topic.

Placement test is required.

Instructor: Joaritza Noriega

Textbooks:

We Speak New York (online) https://wespeaknyc.cityofnewyork.us/

All New Easy Short Stories by Sandra Heyer-Pearson-ISBN013118265X (Optional)

English in Action by B. Foley & E. Neblett-National Geographic ISBN-13:9781337905947 

 

ESL Intermediate 

Students in the intermediate level will continue to improve their fluency in the English language with the emphasis on speaking, listening and writing.  Students will participate in group discussions, role-plays and in-class presentations on a wide range of topics from different media such as newspaper articles, short stories, videos and songs.  The emphasis will be on exchanging ideas and expressing opinions.  Writing and reading skills will include making inferences, developing critical thinking, organizing information and writing short paragraphs. Grammar will focus on more complex sentence structures with compound words, simple and perfect tenses and proper spelling while increasing vocabulary through reading materials from the assigned textbook.

Placement test is required.

Instructor: Anthony Prato

Textbook:

Start Up 5, Jenni Currie Santamaria and Genevieve Kocienda, Pearson Publishing, ISBN 978-013-4684192

 

ESL Advanced 

The advanced course is designed to give the opportunity to students who completed the first two levels to continue improving their fluency in the English language with an emphasis on speaking and writing.  Students will participate in group discussions and oral presentations on a variety of current events and topics.  These activities will give the students the chance to improve confidence in expressing themselves utilizing proper documentation, targeted vocabulary and advanced grammar to convince an audience. Writing skills will expand beyond the simple paragraph with the production of a short descriptive essay using multiple transition signals and more complex sentences.  Students will also learn to organize their thoughts using an outline and do research on the internet to collect information for supporting their topic development.

Placement test is required.

Instructor: Janet Kaiser

Textbook:

Star Up 7, Ken Beatty, Pearson Publishing ISBN-978-0-13-468421-5

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ESL Listening Comprehension and Speaking Practice

This course is designed to improve listening comprehension skills of spoken English through audio and video materials, dialogues and role-plays. Intermediate level recommended.

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

An intermediate speaker is able to communicate in full sentences and carry on a conversation on a range of topics related to the daily routine, life events, and personal experiences.  The speaker may, however, not be able to convey abstract thoughts due to lack of vocabulary and the inability to express concepts.  An intermediate student can write simple and some complex sentences.  Complex sentences will frequently need to be rewritten.  Grammatical errors are frequent beyond simple structures, and vocabulary lacks idiomatic expressions and more complex word on academic and professional topics.  If you are not sure of your ability to join this class, you may contact Abel Hassan, ESL Coordinator, at ahassan@qcc.cuny.edu

Instructor: Deana Wilson

Textbook:

Listening Power, level2, David Bohlke, Pearson Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-13-611425-3

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ESL Advanced Vocabulary and Idioms

This course is designed to increase the vocabulary of beginner and intermediate students through the use of written and visual media.  Students learn to guess and memorize vocabulary and idioms contextually while practicing it in their personal context.

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

Instructor:Deana Wilson

Textbook:

Focus on Vocabulary 1, Second Edition, Pearson Publishing, Diane Schmitt ISBN: 978-0-13-137619-9

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ESL Advanced Grammar

This course is designed to explore the world of grammar from simple to compound sentences, tense use, modal verbs and much more.  Student will learn to build proper sentences using clauses and coordinations.  

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

Instructor: TBD

Textbook:

Understanding and Using English Grammar, Fifth Edition, Pearson Publishing, Betty Azar

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Resume and Job Interview Workshop

Improve your chances of getting the job you dream of!

Preparing for the job interview is the first step towards getting the job you want.  The secret to a successful interview is a well written resume and a well prepared candidate who knows what to expect from the interviewer.  Once you master the answers to the questions you will be asked, you can go to the interview in confidence and better promote yourself.   The workshop is designed to bring you the confidence you need for your job search.

Who can join? An intermediate or advanced level of English is recommended.  Applicants will forward a short written essay about themselves to provide information on their level of English.

Schedule: Three sessions of two hours (total 6 hours), once a week for three weeks.

Why this workshop? We will share with you our years of experience helping people with their resume and job interviews.  Participants will learn to write a simple resume even if their education and work experience are limited.  Everyone is unique and has something to offer.  It is your chance to promote yourself.  Participants will also learn how to handle themselves during an interview by focusing on their attitude and strong points while showing the best of themselves.

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

Instructor: Abel Hassan

No textbook needed

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English for Health Occupations

This course is for intermediate to advanced ESL students who are interested in exploring the world of health occupations while going for their college education or applying for a job in the health sector.  It practices readiness skills through communication and on-the-job instruction activities.  This is the perfect course that will make you feel more confident looking for a job or dealing with your co-workers.

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

Instructor: Jennifer Ault

Textbook:

CareerView, Career Pathway Editions Health Occupations, Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss

Pearson Publishing ISBN 13-978-0-13-671311-1

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English for the Workplace

This course is designed for intermediate and intermediate/advanced ESL students who are interested in exploring the world of work opportunities across many employment sectors.  It focuses on targeted vocabulary from different sectors such as retail, manufacturing, finance and medical/health services among others, and introduces readiness skills through communication and on-the-job instructions activities.  This is the course that will make you feel more confident looking for a job or interacting with your co-workers.

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

Instructor: Janet Kaiser

Textbook

CareerView, Exploring the World of Work, Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss

Pearson Publishing ISBN 13-978-0-13-516523-2

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English for Academic Writing (College Preparation)

College success requires mastering your writing skills and submitting well developed essays.  This course will help you develop your writing skills from sentences and paragraphs to academic essays.  You will also have the opportunity to practice different kinds of essays from cause and effect to process and comparison and contract essays while using your critical thinking.

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

Instructor: Janet Kaiser

Textbook:

Longman Academic Writing Series with Enhanced Digital Resources

Level 4: Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue, Pearson Publishing

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Essay Writing Skills for College Workshop

A well written essay is worth a thousand words!

A well written essay is the pathway to your academic success.  It is designed to show how well you express yourself by properly organizing your ideas, and by using your communication skills as well as your power of persuasion. It is all about the ability to express yourself in writing and convince your teacher and your audience that you master your topic.

Who can join? Audience: Intermediate and Advanced students only.  You will be asked to write a short essay about yourself prior to being admitted.

Schedule:  Three two-hour sessions (6 hours total)

Why this workshop? A well structured and developed essay is essential to the student success.   Participants are introduced to the organization of an essay.  They learn how to write an outline, a thesis statement, an introduction and a conclusion in addition to topic sentences and body paragraphs.  For the purpose of the exercise, the class will select either a cause and effect or a process essay.

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

Instructor: Abel Hassan

No textbook needed

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An Introduction to American Culture

This course is designed for intermediate ESL students who are looking to improve their vocabulary while learning about American people, places, and events, and promotes discussion and cross-cultural e communication. Topics include U.S. geography, history, arts and science.   This course is must for those who would like to improve their knowledge of the USA while practicing their English skills. You will have a chance to share your cultural experience and learn from others in the pursuit of happiness and success in their new country.

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

Instructor: Jennifer Ault

Textbook

All About the USA

Cultural Readers, SECOND EDITION, Pearson Publishing

Book 3: Milada Broukal and Peter Murphy

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FREE ESL Conversation Workshop

Every Life is a Story

If you are taking an ESL class, we would like to offer you this conversation class free of charge. Many ESL students have expressed the need for more speaking practice and this is your chance to join to discuss various topics and share your life stories.  We will also offer to post your stories on our website if you are interested in sharing online.

Price: It is FREE

Schedule: The workshop will meet once a week starting November 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  All you need to doo is to let your instructor know and we will send you a Zoom invitation.  You can join us on your computer, your Ipad or your cell phone.

Why this workshop?: The purpose of this workshop is to have participants practice their conversational English through various topics while encouraging opinion sharing and debates in small groups if level and class size permit.  The main goal of the class is to have students tell a story about something they experienced such as  an achievement, a challenge or an adventure.  Student willing to participate in the story sharing can submit their stories in writing, and CEWD will post them on its testimonial page.  The best stories will receive a small prize.

An intermediate level or higher is strongly recommended for this class.

Instructor: Abel Hassan

No textbook needed

 

Testimonials

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"My name is Tania Montesdeoca. I’m from the city of Cuenca in Ecuador. I came to the US to find better study opportunities and a better quality of life. Well, what Mr. Prato teaches us is helpful and in particular for me when he asks me a question, and I answer wrong. He makes me repeat correctly regardless of how many times I have to do it. He is a really good teacher. Mr. Prato is a terrific teacher. He always has the energy that transmits to the class. In addition, his learning topics are very helpful to improve English as a second language."

-Tania Montesdeoca

 

"For the past few months I have been enrolled in a life changing program that has impacted and altered the course of my pandemic and has given me an opportunity to advance academically. I would like to give a special thank you to both of my professors, Sean Rivera and Nataliya Matsay dedicated, enlightened and professional mentors who are patient and understanding with students’ needs and learning curves. I greatly appreciate each time and efforts of both individuals. Throughout this program I have advanced in knowledge and I am ready to take on my TASC test, and a special THANK YOU to Abel Hassan, ESL/HSE Coordinator for providing me with all of the information and insight in regards to obtaining my HSE diploma. I highly recommend enrolling in this course as it has guided and prepared me towards a huge milestone in my education and life. Thank you!"

-Ashley Chiswick

 

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"My name is Yonglin Cheng.  I came to the USA because my husband  works here. The activities that I like are speaking, writing and listening. They are very helpful for me to improve my English skills. The ESL class is wonderful, and the class time is perfect for me. The teacher is very nice and he’s very smart.  I can learn lots of new vocabulary, practice writing, listening and speaking skills in every lesson. It helps me a lot. I will recommend this class to my friends who want to improve their English skills."

-Yonglin Cheng

Contact Us:

Abel Hassan, Program Coordinator

ahassan@qcc.cuny.edu

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