New Courses and Course Sequence

We're making major changes to the ESL program – combining some courses, adding new ones and providing new UC and CSU transfer options. These changes will take effect in fall 2021.

ESL Students: Please review these changes to see how they may affect you!


Summary of Changes

Here is a summary of the changes. (Please review the important details below.)

  • ESL 251 and ESL 261 will become 2-unit classes (instead of 3-unit classes)
  • ESL 252 and ESL 253 will be combined into one 6-unit class: ESL 255
  • ESL 262 and ESL 263 will be combined into one 6-unit class: ESL 265
  • ESL 272 and ESL 273 will become 4-unit classes (instead of 5-unit classes)

Free, Noncredit Options

Also starting in the fall, we will be offering noncredit versions of all courses up to ESL 272 and 273. These courses are FREE, with no tuition charges, because they do not provide academic credit. 

The new noncredit courses will have numbers beginning with a 4. For example, the noncredit version of ESL 244 will be numbered as ESL 444, and so on.

Because these courses do not provide any units of academic credit, there are no limits on how many times you can repeat them. You can also earn a noncredit certificate of completion by taking a series of these courses.


New Options for Transfer to UC or CSU

We now offer two ESL courses that are transferable: ESL 5 and ESL 6.

  • ESL 5 is transferable to the California State University (Area A2-Written Communication) and meets the General Education requirement for AA and AS degrees (Area A1-English Composition). It will be transferable to the University of California (IGETC Area A1-English Composition) beginning in Fall Quarter 2021.
  • ESL 6 is transferable to the University of California (IGETC Area C2-Humanities) and meets the General Education requirement for AA and AS degrees (Area C2-Humanities).


Important: What This Means for You

These changes especially affect students at the 250 and 260 levels. 

  • Students at the 250 level must complete both 252 and 253 before fall 2021.
    • If both classes are not completed, students must enroll in ESL 255 in the fall.
  • Students at the 260 level must complete both 262 and 263 before fall 2021.
    • If both classes are not completed, students must enroll in ESL 265 in the fall.

ESL sequence chart comparisonWe've prepared some charts to illustrate the current course sequence and the new one that will take effect this fall. You can view or download these printable charts to learn more about the changes.

You can also click the image above to download a side-by-side version of the two charts.

Any Questions?

If you have questions or concerns about your ESL progress related to these changes, please contact ESL Adviser Iva Tracey, Ed.D., at traceyiva@deanza.edu.  

We hope this new curriculum will better serve your language-learning needs and help you succeed in our program.

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