Intensive English as Second Language (ESL)

The mission of TIC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is to enable non-native English speaking students to develop and synthesize the core English language proficiency skills necessary for success in diploma and certificate programs at college or university level.

The integrated four-level ESL curriculum includes courses in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Initial placement is based on written test results.

The Intensive ESL Program offers a variety of support services designed to facilitate language acquisition. ESL tutors are available for individual or small-group English language skill improvement practice and/or homework assistance. The ESL Counselor advises students about academic matters to support their transition into content-area courses or improved professional opportunities.

The intensive ESL program is designed to meet the needs of the college-bound, non-native English speaker, the foreign-born professional and the recent immigrant.    All students are pre-tested and placed in the level appropriate to their English proficiency.  Certificates of completion are awarded at the end of each quarter.

ESL Level 1

Basic English skills for the beginner with little proficiency. Development in conversational and written English; vocabulary expansion; skills for survival in an English-speaking setting.

ESL Level 2

Further development of oral and written skills; reading skills; idiomatic expressions.

ESL Level 3

Practice and review of all the basic grammar of English; fluency development in speaking and writing; use of Computers; introduction to American culture; increased academic vocabulary.

ESL Level 4

Fluency and accuracy in verbal and written English; thorough review and refinement of grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expression; oral skills and public speaking. Business English and TOEFL preparation.  Composition and reading classes designed to prepare students for university course work; study techniques for research in American university libraries; building academic vocabulary; academic lectures.

Length of Program

Each level is for 12 weeks.  Students receive instruction 4 hours per day, 5 days a week for twelve weeks (total of 240 instructional hours) for each level.

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