ESL Academic Writing Courses at IVC

Academic writing courses offered for credit by the ESL Department have been designed specifically for the bilingual student who needs support with academic English to succeed in college-level work and beyond. All non-native English speaking students should take the ESL assessment to be placed in the appropriate ESL or English class.

Do you know that students who finish the ESL course sequence by passing ESL 90 do very well in WR 1? In fact, 93% of these students pass WR 1 with a 3.3 average GPA!


ESL Course Sequence to Transfer Level Writing 1

Students who take the ESL assessment will be recommended to begin at one of these course levels, including WR 1. Each course is a semester-long course.

ESL Writing Steps 

  • ESL 360, 370, 80, and 90 are 5-unit courses that focus on academic reading, writing, and critical thinking.
    • ESL 80 and ESL 90 require a 0.5 unit language lab co-requisite, ESL 380L or ESL 390L.
    • ESL 302 (2 units) and ESL 382 (0.5 lab unit) are WR 1 co-requisite courses.
    • ESL 80 and ESL 90 are CSU and UC transferable courses.
  • Classes usually meet two times a week for 2.5 hours each course session, and most classes are taught in a computer lab so students can practice writing and editing with their instructor during class.
  • Students should not delay enrolling in the ESL academic writing courses. They will eventually need to write essays and read lots of academic texts in other college classes, so taking an ESL course their first semester of college to learn how to use Academic English properly before writing a 10-page paper in another college class is a smart idea.
  • Lastly, some students accelerate through the ESL courses because they acquire Academic English quickly. These students are allowed to skip ESL levels. Students should enroll in their first ESL course and talk to their instructor about possible acceleration.
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