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NC ESL 2B - NC ESL Beginner High B - Cynthia Martinsson

Course:NC ESL Beginner High B
Professor:Cynthia Martinsson
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Greetings and a warm welcome to NC ESL 2B – High Beginner! Our Zoom classroom is a friendly and welcoming place where you will improve your English skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Our classroom community is one that supports and encourages each other. You can feel comfortable and relaxed here as you study and practice English.

My name is Cynthia Martinsson, and I am happy to be your teacher for this course. I have been teaching ESL since 2011. Teaching English language learners like YOU is my dream job! I love helping students from all over the world to become confident and proficient English speakers and to experience American life to its fullest. When I’m not teaching, I love traveling and exploring new places, especially by bicycle.  I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you.

Course Description

This course develops English skills at the beginning high level through listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and everyday life situations. You will often work with a partner or small group on conversation practice, grammar exercises, activities, or projects. In addition to using the student book, you will receive extra learning material for free on our Canvas page. We’ll work with videos, music, and other audio resources, too, so that you have a variety of learning opportunities. 

What to Expect in this Course

Our class meetings take place via Zoom. It's important that you attend these meetings regularly and do your best to arrive on time. Please see the class schedule for meeting dates and times.

You will need a computer with a microphone and a stable internet connection. A webcam is also useful. It's possible to use a tablet or cell phone, but a desktop computer or laptop is easier. Additionally, we use Canvas for class handouts, homework assignments, quizzes, and more. You can access Canvas from the COC homepage, and you can access Zoom from Canvas. However, I will also send you the Zoom link after you are registered for the course. 

Homework is assigned at every class meeting, and you can expect to spend about 15 minutes on each assignment. 

It's vital that you check your COC email account regularly for messages from me. I will also post important information in Canvas Announcements. Occasionally, I may send messages through the Remind app. The course will be open on Canvas on the day before classes begin so that you can take a look around.

I will send an email to all registered students a week before classes begin. At that time, I'll provide the links to Zoom and Canvas, and other important information.

Types of Assessments

We will have regular quizzes in Canvas so you can see your progress. Additionally, you will take an End of Level Test at the end of the course. This will cover all four skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You must score 70% or better to receive a PASS score for this course. 

Textbook Information

For both levels 2A and 2B, we will use Top Notch 1, 3rd Ed., Value pack - student book and workbook, ISBN-13: 9780134195049.  Additional no-cost supplemental material will be provided on Canvas.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 06/01/2022 Sub#: 1383