Adult Education

AOR Courses

AOR 0900. Adult Basic Education Orientation. 0.5 hrs.

This course provides goal-setting, career search and adult education program information. During this orientation course, the student is given the Test of Adult Basic Education, aided by the in- structor in interpretation of those results, and aided by the instructor in setting goals. The student is also given COPS career inventory and aided interpretation of those results in light of current job market information. In addition, information about the methods of instruction, policies and procedures used in the Adult Education program are presented. The grading is pass/fail. Prerequisite: Survey of Adult Basic Education Level E or M scores 1.0-8.9/Enrollment IVCC Adult Education Program.

EOR Courses

EOR 0900. English As a Second Language Orientation. 0.5 hrs.

This course provides skills assessment, needs assessment goal-setting and adult education program information for the beginning-level English As A Second Language (ESL) student. During this orientation course, the student is given a CASAS Test, the Basic English Skills Test (BEST), or an approved alternative. The instructor then discusses these test results with the student as well as assesses the student's unique interests and needs. The instructor also identifies the student's goals and the situations in which he/she needs to communicate in English. This pass/fail course also includes an overview of Adult Education policies and procedures as well as a description of the structure of a multi-level classroom. Prerequisite: CASAS score of 180 or higher; BEST score 0-46.

ESL Courses

ESL 0900. English As a Second Language (begin 1). 0.5 hrs.

Offered in a classroom setting on campus and at extension sites, the ESL component of the Adult Education program focuses on improvement of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for non-native English speakers. Progressive levels of instruction are provided through eight curriculum components. Grade is not included in the GPA for graduation.

ESL 0910. English As a Second Language (begin 2). 0.5 hrs.

Offered in a classroom setting on campus and at extension sites, the ESL component of the Adult Education program focuses on improvement of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for non-native English speakers. Progressive levels of instruction are provided through eight curriculum components. Grade is not included in the g.p.a. for graduation.

ESL 0920. English As a Second Language (begin 3). 0.5 hrs.

Offered in a classroom setting on campus and at extension sites, the ESL component of the Adult Education program focuses on improvement of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for non-native English speakers. Progressive levels of instruction are provided through eight curriculum components. Grade is not included in the g.p.a. for graduation.

ESL 0930. English As a Second Language (inter 1). 0.5 hrs.

Offered in a classroom setting on campus and at extension sites, the ESL component of the Adult Education program focuses on improvement of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for non-native English speakers. Progressive levels of instruction are provided through eight curriculum components. Grade is not included in the g.p.a. for graduation.

ESL 0950. English As a Second Language (inter 3). 0.5 hrs.

Offered in a classroom setting on campus and at extension sites, the ESL component of the Adult Education program focuses on improvement of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for non-native English speakers. Progressive levels of instruction are provided through eight curriculum components. Grade is not included in the g.p.a. for graduation.

ESL 0960. English As a Second Language (adv 1). 0.5 hrs.

Offered in a classroom setting on campus and at extension sites, the ESL component of the Adult Education program focuses on improvement of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for non-native English speakers. Progressive levels of instruction are provided through eight curriculum components. Grade is not included in the g.p.a. graduation.

ESL 0980. Functional English. 1 hr.

Functional English as a second language is designed to enable the participants to communicate effectively in their workplace and community. Priority will be given to the structures and vocabulary needed not only for communication within the work environment but also for basic survival and personal/social adjustment to the community.

ESL 0990. ESL Transition I. 1 hr.

Students will enter this transition class either having already completed an advanced-level English as a Second Language (ESL) class or having scored 66 or higher on a Basic Skills Test (BEST) or 42 or higher on an English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA). Individuals placing into ESL Transition I will also score below the ninth-grade reading level on the TABE Survey Form 9. Students in ESL Transition will work on the skills necessary to function in academic situations in non-ESL classes at the college level. Emphasis will be placed on producing clear, well-organized paragraphs. English grammar and usage will be reviewed as needed. Students will engage in activities from a variety of sources, including CD/tapes, videos, and guest speakers, and then respond to what they have heard through class discussions. Instructors will monitor student progress through pre- and post-testing in order to determine students' readiness to transition to either ESL Transition II or college-level classes. Prerequisite: Students will enter this transition class either having already completed an advanced-level English as a Second Language (ESL) class or having scored 66 or higher on a Basic Skills Test (BEST) or 42 or higher on an English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA). Individuals placing into ESL Transition I will also score below the ninth-grade reading level on the TABE Survey Form 9.

ESL 0992. Bridge To Healthcare. 3 hrs.

Students will explore different healthcare professions while learning and practicing basic skills in the healthcare field. Students will observe different healthcare workers and students in their learning and potential work environments as they visit healthcare facilities and college classes. The course will review the entrance requirements for healthcare programs of study. This class will assist students in vocabulary development and critical thinking skills by developing an academic and career path toward their short-and long-term goals in the healthcare field. The Transition Team will provide career counseling to transition students into a career or post-secondary education.

ESL 0993. Bridge To Manufacturing. 3 hrs.

Students will explore a variety of manufacturing professions for career development while learning and practicing basic skills in the manufacturing field. Students will observe workers and students in both their learning and potential work environments as they visit manufacturing college classes. The course will review the entrance requirements for the manufacturing programs of study. This course will also assist students in learning mathematical reasoning, reading and writing techniques, technology integration, workplace vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and soft skills for the workplace. Students will also develop an academic and career path toward their short- and long-term goals in a manufacturing field. The Adult Education Team will provide intensive supportive services in academic and career counseling to transition students into a career, post-secondary education, and/or employment.

GED Courses

GED 0900. General Education Development. 0.5 hrs.

A survey course with a lecture format designed for educationally mature persons who wish to prepare for the GED and earn the High School Equivalency Certificate. The five disciplines of writing skills, social studies, science, literature, and math plus preparation for the Constitution test will be covered. The official GED tests are administered at Illinois Valley Community College to individuals who are at least eighteen years of age and whose high school class has graduated. The course is graded pass/fail. The grade is not computed in the g.p.a. for graduation.

GFT Courses

GFT 0900. GED Fast Track I. 0.5 hrs.

This course is divided into two parts designed to prepare the fluent reader without a high school diploma to take two subtests of the GED test. The two parts are US and Illinois Constitution and Social Studies. A brief overview of the content of each subject is delivered. In addition, critical reading techniques and test-taking techniques are presented and discussed. The grading is pass/fail.

GOR Courses

GOR 0900. GED Orientation. 0.5 hrs.

This course provides information about the content of and skills measured by the GED test, the methods used in administering and scoring the test, the preparation offered by Adult Education Program of IVCC, and the current skill level of the student in relation to the skills needed in the GED. Additionally, information about basic career search and goal-setting is delivered. The grading is pass/fail. Prerequisite: Survey Test of Adult Basic Education Level A or D Scores 9.0-12.9/Enrollment in IVCC Adult Education Program.