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ESL 1A - ESL Beginning Low - Yara Wright

Course:ESL Beginning Low
Professor:Yara Wright
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Picture of ESL Instructor Yara Wright

This is the first class in your ESL course. It is designed for students who need to acquire basic language vocabulary and grammar skills in English. This class will meet online through ConferZoom and Canvas. It is important that your have a laptop or tablet and a reliable Wi-Fi connection. (You may not be able to read the course documents if you have a Mac.)

Course Description

During our semester you will see me teaching grammar, vocabulary and discussing daily situations.

There will be video presentations in different formats for you to watch and demonstrate understanding.

I will frequently send out personal encouragement and motivational videos, to keep in touch with you and make you feel part of the group.

You will meet wonderful people who are learning English just like yourself and you will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with them.

Make yourself at home and don't be shy. We're all learners. There are no mistakes, they are all new learning opportunities.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is designed to help you Develop basic English skills at the beginning low level through listening, speaking, reading and writing, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and everyday life situations. There are no prerequisites to this course.

Types of Assessments

Grading: Pass / No Pass
Quizzes, Bi-Weekly Tests and Discussion Forums
You will be required to complete 4 different assignments throughout the semester to demonstrate your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. You will be allowed to repeat one of the assignments as many times as you need to reach the maximum amount of point you want. Your assignments will be graded bi-weekly, and have different weights in your overall performance.

Quizzes 50% of overall performance
Worksheets 5% of overall performance
Workbook Exercises 5% of overall performance
Oral Presentations 20% of overall performance
Group Work 10% of overall performance
Compositions 10% of overall performance
Final Grading
At the end of the semester, I will look at all the work you completed. You can receive up to 5 extra points toward your Final Test, proportionally to your total assignments average grade.

Scale: 90% - 100% Average Grade on Assignments = 5 points

80% - 89% Average Grade on Assignments = 4 points

70% - 79% Average Grade on Assignments = 3 points

60% - 69% Average Grade on Assignments = 2 points

50% - 59% Average Grade on Assignments = 1 point

Textbook Information

Value Pack: Side by Side Plus 1 Student Book and eText with Activity Workbook and Digital Audio / Edition 1

Authors: Steven Molinsky, Bill Bliss

Publication Date: 12/28/2015

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN-10: 013434698X

ISBN-13: 9780134346984

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.


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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 987