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English as a Second Language Program

Our ESL specialist is here to help you improve your English speaking, reading and writing skills.

Please contact Chelsea Walter, ESL Specialist, at 719-227-8288 or email her at  View profile >>

Chelsea Walter


English as a Second Language (ESL) is an integral part of the services offered to the culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student population at Colorado College. Courses provide auxiliary practice with written and spoken skills. ESL support is available to any non-native English speaker on campus.

Advanced Language Practice for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (GS 208)

This course will provide holistic language support for any culturally and linguistically diverse student. The material will focus on strengthening oral fluency, listening, and note-taking skills through pronunciation practice, vocabulary development, idiomatic expressions, classroom discussion, and presentations. Material will also focus on necessary writing and reading skills, such as understanding prompts, writing expectations, and the writing process, avoiding plagiarism, formatting, synthesizing, editing, and revising. These skills are intended to be directly utilized in concurrent block courses. Personal understanding of American social and cultural topics will also be facilitated. The course will meet twice per week over 4 blocks. 1 unit

Advanced Practice in Written and Oral Fluency in English (GS 207)

During this half block course, students will enhance their linguistic and cultural competencies by investigating contemporary social, economic, and political issues in the United States, such as immigration, cultural identity, and globalization. Language instruction will be focused on the basics of oral and written rhetoric and composition. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate the ability to use reading and writing strategies, research skills, participate in discussion-based learning, and will produce a thesis-driven essay and corresponding oral presentation. Summer session.  .5 unit

Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (ED 200)

This course introduces students to theories, applications, and issues related to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learners (ELL). Students read second language acquisition theory and learn strategies for working with diverse populations and for making content area lessons accessible to ESL/ELL students. The course includes a field observation practicum component.

1 unit