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NC.ESL-4A - Intermediate High A - Katie Simpson

Course:Intermediate High A
Professor:Katie Simpson
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Hello everyone, and welcome to Noncredit ESL Level 4B! My name is Katie Simpson, and I will be your instructor for this course. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and having a fun semester practicing our English online together! 

Course Description

This course is designed to develop English skills at the Intermediate High level through listening, speaking, reading, and writing including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and everyday life situations. We will target relevant, everyday topics and life skills competencies while engaging in collaborative and active learning strategies. You will have the opportunity to work together with your classmates and of course, improve your English! 

What to Expect in this Course

This is an Online Live course, so we will not meet on campus for any reason. However, we will meet synchronously on Zoom during our class hours. We will be using Canvas as our Learning Management System in this course. All of your materials, assignments, homework, quizzes, and tests will be on our class website on Canvas. Don't worry if this is your first time using Canvas! I will help you access and navigate your class website, and I will tell you everything you need to know. We are all in this together! 

You will be expected to log in to Canvas regularly to view announcements, participate in activities, and submit assignments, quizzes, and tests. The majority of your assignments and homework will be video/audio/written discussion posts and replies, video/audio recording submissions, written assignment submissions, quizzes or tests. We will also listen to lectures or articles or watch videos or movies and complete follow-up activities such a summarizing, discussing, or answering listening comprehension questions after listening. We also will read texts or articles, answer reading comprehension questions, and complete follow-up activities. Additionally, we will practice writing paragraphs, emails, and blog posts. Throughout the course, there will be extensive grammatical practice of verb tenses and other level appropriate grammar. During our synchronous meetings, you will engage in pair or small group activities, discussions and conversations, and games.

Types of Assessments

There will be End of Level Tests at the end of this course in the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar on which you will receive a Pass or No Pass grade.

Textbook Information

No textbook is required for this course. You do not need to purchase a textbook. All of the materials that you need will be provided for you on Canvas. 

Other Relevant Course Information

I will send an email to the class prior to the start date with additional information about our course and the Zoom link for our synchronous, weekly meetings. 

You will need an electronic device such as a computer, laptop, iPad, or smartphone to access Zoom and Canvas. Please email me if you are having any trouble logging into Canvas or accessing Zoom.

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: 08/16/2023 Sub#: 1639