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ESL: Foundations of Literacy Skills Certificate English as a Second Language Total Hours: 240.63
Term Effective: Fall 2012


The Certificate of Completion in Foundations of Literacy Skills prepares students with little or no academic background in their first language with the preliminary English language and literacy skills needed to function at a basic level in everyday situations at work, school and in the community. Literacy foundation skills are emphasized through a variety of instructional methods and strategies that focus on the development of sound-symbol correspondence, vocabulary development and survival English. Lessons are delivered through direct instruction, exercises and interactive activities that provide opportunities for students to develop basic English reading, writing and speaking skills in meaningful contexts.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Read everyday signs and warnings;
  2. Communicate basic personal information and follow simple directions; and
  3. Write basic information and fill out simple forms.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the ESL: Foundations of Literacy Skills Certificate program are:

  • Complete requirements from
    • Foundations of Literacy Skills

Foundations of Literacy Skills - complete 240.63 hours
ESL 712Beginning Non-Credit ESL Literacy105.00
ESL 713Low Beginning Non-Credit English as a Second Language105.00
And complete and pass one of the following:
ESL 701Development of Literacy Skills96.25
ESL 713CPBeginning-Low Non-Credit ESL Conversation/Pronunciation52.50
ESL 713RWBeginning-Low Non-Credit ESL Reading/Writing52.50

Term Effective: Fall 2012

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Certificate of Completion in Foundations of Literacy Skills - effective Fall 2011

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


3 courses needed for this certificate

Required Courses: ESL 712 and ESL 713

Complete one course: ESL 701, ESL 713CP or ESL 713RW

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