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NC.ESL-2B - Beginning High B - Sharlene Flestado

Course:Beginning High B
Professor:Sharlene Flestado
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


I am excited to be your instructor for this course! I have an M.A. in TESOL and have been teaching ESL for 6 years. My aim is to truly help students learn and practice English for their educational, career, and personal goals. This means that I will do my best to explain and give students opportunities to practice the language during class while giving helpful feedback and a supportive learning environment. Most students appreciate the collaborative and interactive activities with classmates and the professional nature of the class. You will end up putting in effort, but it will be worth it because of all the things you can learn in one term!

Course Description

During this course, students will learn listening, speaking, reading and writing, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and everyday life situations. This 2B course would especially focus on the simple past and future that would be applied through various topics and activities.

The class is Online-Live, which means you will meet with me and your classmates via Zoom on specific days and times during the week. Canvas will also be used to turn in recommended assignments and required tests. The professor will make sure to prepare you for each test or assignment, and the main goal is for you to know your progress. Pass/Fail will be based on the results of the final exams only, but attendance is required for the course, and each lesson will raise a student's chance for success at the end of the term.

What to Expect in this Course

Class will meet three days a week for 3 hours per day (total 9 hours) via Zoom. Students are expected to have a laptop or smartphone to participate. A laptop is more recommended to navigate the Zoom and Canvas features. The professor will send you information one week before the semester.

The professor assigns minimal optional homework on Canvas after every class meeting. The professor will explain and demonstrate to students how to use Canvas online. The homework allows students to practice lessons at home and receive personal feedback from the professor, especially in writing. Many students improve when they do the homework. They also tend to do better in final exams as a result.

Students are required to purchase the assigned affordable textbooks. These will help students follow along, review, and practice concepts learned in class. To purchase with free shipping and price matching:
• Go to College of the Canyons Bookstore.
• Click on "Textbooks" and "Find Textbooks."
• Select the appropriate Term.
• Select NC.ESL for "Department"
• Select our course number for "Course."
• Select our course section for "Section."

Students are expected to attend class as much as possible and to inform the professor if they will miss class. Students who are absent for more than 10% of the class meetings (7 days) will be dropped from the course. These include excused and unexcused absences. Please communicate with the professor if you have any questions. Students are required to be present during the final exam days (no late exams accepted).

Types of Assessments

Assessments are there to help you and the professor know how you are doing in class. There are activities and enjoyable practice exercises during class. Every week or other week, there will be a Canvas quiz to help you review what you learned. This will also help the professor and your self to understand what you do not know. 

Assignments are also opportunities for students to receive individual feedback and instruction from the professor. The assignments will be turned in through Canvas or during class as presentations. The professor will make sure to help students prepare for these.

Finally, the final exams at the end of the course will be the basis for the student's pass/fail grade. Students who pass can move to the next level. Students who fail can retake the class again (up to 10 times). The goal is to help students learn English. Final exams will include listening, reading, grammar, writing, and speaking. Students who regularly attend class and practice typically do well in the exams.

Textbook Information

Students are required to purchase the assigned affordable textbooks. These will help students follow along, review, and practice concepts learned in class. To purchase with free shipping and price matching:
• Go to College of the Canyons Bookstore.
• Click on "Textbooks" and "Find Textbooks."
• Select the appropriate Term.
• Select NC.ESL for "Department"
• Select our course number for "Course."
• Select our course section for "Section."

Other Relevant Course Information

Communication is key! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the professor. You will receive an email one week before class with various ways to connect with the professor and additional instructions for the course through the syllabus.

For students seeking help with technology, please contact COC's IT Department: Tel: 661-362-3600 Email:

The following are also resources to get you started with Canvas:

Canyons ID Login for Students
Instrucciones en español

I look forward to seeing all of you soon :)

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: 07/14/2021 Sub#: 381