Sinclair College Essays

Integrated reading/writing course focusing on essay writing and critical reading/thinking skills. Includes stated and implied main ideas, college-level vocabulary development, and the stages of the essay writing process.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Developmental Language Arts
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: DEV 0015 


  • Utilize sound judgments about written materials by applying critical thinking strategies.
  • Comprehend and use vocabulary effectively in reading and writing.
  • Read and write a variety of texts, demonstrating reading comprehension, clear focus, logical development of ideas, use of appropriate language, and grammatical principles.
  • Identify stated and implied main ideas, supporting details and modes of writing in college level readings.
  • Develop and use effective reading, writing, and revision strategies.
  • Utilize the stages of the essay writing process, identify the structure of essays, and apply principles of organization to written assignments.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 4

English as a Second Language (ESL)

About Sinclair’s ESL Program

Sinclair Community College’s ESL Program is designed to assist students whose first language is not English. The program serves the local immigrant population as well as international students with F-1 visas.  F-1 visa students must enroll through the English Now! Intensive ESL Program.

The first point of contact is Paul Carbonaro, ESL services coordinator, who is located in Building 10, Room 312. Phone number: 937-512-3099. Email address:

How to Begin

To enroll, first go to Registration and Student Records, taking along official documentation of immigration status if documentation exists. After completing an enrollment application form, take the listening placement test in the Testing Center. This test reveals a student’s ability to comprehend spoken English and helps us understand the student’s general knowledge of the English language.  This is followed by placement into one of the following levels:

  • High Beginning ESL
  • Intermediate ESL
  • Advanced ESL
  • Developmental courses (DEV)
  • College-Level Academic Courses

English as a Second Language Courses

The following is a brief description of the ESL courses offered at Sinclair Community College:

High Beginning Level

Course NumberCourse TitleDescription
ESL 0120Reading and Writing BasicsCourse helps students develop basic reading comprehension, grammar, and writing skills.
ESL 0125Reading and Writing BasicsCourse helps students develop basic speaking and listening skills with grammar at the center.
ESL 0150ESL BasicCourse helps students develop integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar.

Intermediate Level

Course NumberCourse TitleDescription
ESL 0130ESL Reading and Writing ICourse helps students focus on developing reading and writing skills at the sentence and paragraph level. Includes vocabulary development and grammar review.
ESL 0140ESL Listening and Speaking ICourse helps students with basic to intermediate conversational skills.
ESL 0170ESL IntermediateCourse helps students develop Intermediate integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar.

Advanced Level

Course NumberCourse TitleDescription
ESL 0135ESL Reading and Writing IICourse helps students develop reading skills in both fluency and comprehension, and writing skills at the paragraph and short essay level. 
ESL 0145ESL Listening and Speaking IICourse helps student develop high-intermediate to advanced conversational skills needed for effective communication in the English language.

ESL 0190

ESL AdvancedCourse helps students develop integrated skills to further develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing ability, and in general use of grammar.  The goal of this course is to build student confidence in using English skills for academic programs at Sinclair.


The following general services are available to ESL students:

  • Assistance with academic and personal matters
  • One-on-one English tutoring
  • Assistance with Financial Aid, and scholarships

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