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Dear ESOL student,

The program in  English to Speakers of Other Languages at PCC offers eight levels of classes for immigrants, refugees, and newcomers, international students, and permanent residents who wish to improve their English-language skills.

As part of the  goal of improving skills, the ESOL program  contains an academic program designed to prepare students to do college-level work using the English language. Generally  these are the courses from Level 5 through 8. Students may earn college credit for such ESOL classes; in addition, some  classes are transferable, which means that colleges may  accept these ESOL credits towards a certificate or degree. (International students also earn credit for Level 4 classes.)

The academic ESOL program is intensive. Students normally have homework every night and are tested regularly. In addition, during the program, students are expected to write in- and out-of-class essays, do research and give formal speech presentations.

From start to finish, the academic ESOL program may be completed in 4 full-time terms. Students take one class of writing, reading and communication at each of our four levels – Intermediate, Upper Intermediate; Advanced, Upper Advanced. For each term full-time students will have 3 classes and 15 credits (one credit equals one hour in class per week). However, some students are placed above the intermediate level, and so complete the program more quickly. Other students prefer to attend part-time, so their completion will take longer than 4 terms.

To begin the process and get further information, go to http://www.pcc.edu/admissions/


A list of the courses in our core curriculum follows. Make sure you understand the vocabulary below.

To be placed in a class –  to be assigned to a class after you have taken the ESOL placement test. New students can register for a class after they have been placed.

To enroll in a class –  to have registered for a class, by computer, phone, fax  or in  person, and to be on the class list for that class.

To complete a class – to have finished a class with a grade of A, B, C, or P.


 

Level 5 Intermediate Academic courses

Intermediate Reading: To enroll in this class, students must be placed into it.

Intermediate Writing: To enroll in this class, students must be placed into it.

Intermediate Communication : To enroll in this class, students must be placed into it.

 

Level 6 Upper-Intermediate courses

Upper- Intermediate Reading: To enroll in this class

1. you must be placed into it

2. OR you need to have completed Intermediate Reading.

Upper-Intermediate Writing: To enroll in this class

1. you must be placed into it

2. OR you need to have completed Intermediate Writing

Upper-Intermediate Communication: To enroll in this class

1. you must be placed into it

2.  OR you need to have completed Intermediate Communication

 

Level 7 Advanced Academic courses

Advanced Reading: To enroll in this class

1.  You must be placed into it

2.  OR you need to have already completed Upper Intermediate Reading, Intermediate Writing and Intermediate Communication.

Advanced Writing: To enroll in this class

1.  You must be placed into it

2.  OR you need to have already completed Upper Intermediate Writing, Intermediate Reading and Intermediate Communication.

Advanced Communication: To enroll in this class

1.  You must be placed into it

2.  OR you need to have already completed Upper Intermediate Communication, Intermediate Writing and Intermediate Reading.

 

Level 8 Upper-Advanced Academic Courses

Upper-Advanced Reading: To enroll in this class

1.  You must be placed into it

2.  OR you need to have already completed Advanced Reading, and to be enrolled in Advanced Communication and Advanced Writing.

Upper-Advanced Writing: To enroll in this class

1.  You must be placed into it

2.  OR you need to have already completed Advanced Writing,  and to be enrolled in Advanced Speaking and Advanced Reading.

Upper-Advanced Communication: To enroll in this class

1.  You must be placed into it

2.  OR you need to have completed Advanced Communication, and to be enrolled in Advanced Writing and Advanced Reading.

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revised September 7, 2008

 



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