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    Irvine Valley College
    Nov 30, 2023  
2019-2020 Catalog: September 2019 Edition 
2019-2020 Catalog: September 2019 Edition [ARCHIVED]

Adult English as a Second Language

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Dean: Brooke Bui, PhD
Academic Co-Chairs: Rebecca Beck; Jeff Wilson
Faculty: Susan Akhavan; Rebecca Beck; Melanie Haeri; Brent Warner; Jeff Wilson
Program Coordinator: Julie Scholl 

Adult English as a Second Language (AESL) Non-Credit Program

The Adult English as a Second Language (AESL) program is an intensive, non-credit English language program that provides non-native English speakers with English language instruction to meet their vocational, community, personal, and academic goals. The curriculum consists of integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing language skills as well as a focus on US culture, civics, and media literacy. The program is comprised of an organized sequence of five courses, starting with the low-beginning level and progressing to the low-advanced level.  

The program provides students with increased opportunities for successful employment, community engagement, and academic success.  Students are also able to seamlessly transition to the academic, credit ESL courses at IVC.  

The AESL Center in room B 382 supports all future and current ESL students in becoming successful IVC students and learning English for work, with family, in the community or at school. The AESL Center is a one-stop center that offers student services that specifically address non-native speakers of English needs, including assistance with completing the admissions and registration process, ESL assessment, orientation, counseling, and campus and community resource referral. The center has computers and staff available to provide language and digital support for students. The AESL Center also is used as a classroom / lab for ESL classes. (All F-1 visa students should go to the International Student Center for assistance.)   

For more information, visit the AESL Center in room B 382, email, or call 949-451-5510.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Adult English as a Second Language program, students will be able to

  • Effectively communicate orally in English during conversations, presentations, and other types of oral performance.

  • Interpret and understand a wide span of authentic written texts, including web-based.

  • Compose paragraphs, memos, summaries of readings, and emails using appropriate vocabulary, structure, and grammar.


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