2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ESL 090 ESL Foundations for Success (1 to 2 credits)

Course Description
This course is designed to enhance pre-college student success. It emphasizes self-management, barrier removal, effective study skills and goal setting. Student outcomes were developed using the Four Components of the Community College Student Role, identified in the Guide to Transitions in Curriculum and approved by the Council for Basic Skills in October, 2013.

Student Outcomes
Component 1 – Academic Habits
A. Students will assess their preferred learning style, identify effective
study strategies and choose strategies to implement immediate academic
B. Students will employ the Cornell Note-Taking method during lectures and
determine usefulness of method in other classes.
C. Students will create flash cards and discuss effectiveness of using flash
cards in studying.
D. Students will understand the importance of review in studying and preparing
for exams.
E. Students will distinguish successful test preparation strategies that occur
before, during and after a test.
F. Students will demonstrate process of elimination strategy during a multiple
choice test, and number/answer estimation during a math test.
G. Students will examine test anxiety and strategize ways to prepare
cognitively, physically and logistically in order to minimize anxiety.

Component 2 – Exhibiting Cultural Know-How

A. Students will examine their internal physiological response to stress and
practice communication skills for engaging in meaningful conversation.

Component 3 – Balancing Multiple Roles and Time Demands

A. Students will examine Pierce College’s mission, vision and values and
identify strong personal values.
B. Students will articulate a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable,
relevant and time-bound.
C. Students will evaluate their use of time, what their needs are and how their
needs are being met.
D. Students will identify ways to prioritize time and energy to pursue goals.
E. Students will examine and describe personal strengths to increase confidence
and motivation.
F. Students will understand the effect of behaviors and thoughts on the brain
and the development of unconscious habits.
G. Students will identify negative self-talk and implement positive self-talk
to improve attitude, self-image and performance.

Component 4 – Help-Seeking Behavior

A. Students will identify unmet needs and seek assistance using college and
community resources.
B. Students will demonstrate problem solving skills to address barriers to

Sub-outcomes for all writing activities:

A. Students will determine purpose and use prior knowledge when generating
ideas for writing activities.
B. Students will convey ideas in writing using proper syntax, grammar, and
sentence structure.

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