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NC ESL 4A - Intermediate High A - Jessica Edmond

Course:Intermediate High A
Professor:Jessica Edmond
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Jessica smiling, brown hair, blue eyes

Welcome to NC ESL 4A! Our on-campus classroom is a friendly and supportive place where you will advance your English skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

My name is Jessica Edmond, and I am looking forward to getting to know you and helping you along your language-learning journey. I have been teaching ESL at College of the Canyons since 2018.  I love everything about the study of language and sharing this passion with others.  One of my favorite things about my job is learning about your culture and sharing mine with you. 

Course Description

Develops English skills at the Intermediate High level through listening, speaking, reading and writing, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday life situations.  Offered Pass/No Pass only.

What to Expect in this Course


Our lessons will be based on content from an engaging textbook, called Stand Out 4. The topics covered focus on real-world themes to help you develop and hone life skills for career and college success.  In this eight-week course, we will complete the first half of the textbook and finish the second half in NC ESL 4B.  You will complete homework in your Stand Out 4 Workbook, as well as make presentations and complete other supplemental assignments.  You will frequently work collaboratively with your classmates and should be willing to communicate with them outside of class as needed for assignments. 

We will use technology in this course, but do not worry if you do not have strong computer skills.  All you need is a willingness to try new things and patience.  I will provide you with the support you need.  Please be sure you have access to a computer/tablet and the internet.  We will use Canvas (our course website) to store and access additional course materials, submit assignments, view grades, take quizzes, and more.  We may occasionally meet on Zoom, which will require using a computer or smartphone that has a microphone and camera.  

Good communication is very important for college success.  Please make sure you know how to access your COC email and check it regularly throughout the course.  I will send announcements through Canvas that will be delivered to your email.  For brief messages, we will use Remind, a free text-messaging app.  You can send and receive Remind messages on your smartphone or through email.   

Types of Assessments

Your progress will be assessed through quizzes, writing, presentations and role-play, and your own self-assessment.  Quizzes may be given in Canvas or in class.  An end-of-level test will be given in Week 8 to determine that you have met the objectives of this course in 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 levels 4A and 4B, we will use Stand Out 4, 3rd edition with the accompanying workbook.  These books can be purchased from the College of the Canyons Bookstore.  If you find a better price somewhere else, let the COC bookstore know.  They may be able to “price match,” give you the same price as the other vendor.  Please be sure the ISBN numbers match when purchasing the textbook.  There is often a 10-digit and 13-digit number provided.  The 13-digit numbers are below:

Stand Out 4: Evidence-Based Learning for College and Career Readiness, 3rd edition, by Staci Johnson and Rob Jenkins, ISBN: 9781305655591

Stand Out 4 Workbook, 3rd edition, by Staci Johnson and Rob Jenkins, ISBN: 9781305655614


Other Relevant Course Information

If you are adding the class after the start date, please email me at

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: 01/26/2022 Sub#: 1255