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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)English for Speakers of Other Languages Courses
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
courses are designed to help non-native speakers of English to enter and
succeed in the community and technical college system as well as in the
ESOL skills courses focus on speaking and listening, reading and vocabulary, writing and grammar, and pronunciation. In addition, students take an integrated skills course which gives them an opportunity to explore various topics and practice all their language skills together.
Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art language lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN
What You'll Learn
- An ability to understand written and spoken English
- Communicate effectively in written and spoken English
- An understanding of academic and cultural expectations for American colleges
- How to apply critical thinking skills
Program Requirements Guides
View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:
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Students interested in enrolling in the ESOL program must take the ESL ACCUPLACER test. This test assesses a student’s reading, listening and grammar ability. Students accepted for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses must have a high school diploma, a GED, or pass "Ability to Benefit" tests.
Moving from ESOL to Your Major Program
Before starting a major program, ESOL students must finish all required ESOL courses. ESOL 0850 is the last course students take in the ESOL program.
Upon successful completion of ESOL 0850, students may begin one of the career and technical programs, enroll in general education course, or take further developmental coursework in English (ENGL 0922) and/or Reading (READ 0722). Students will work with ESOL advisors in order to choose the course that are required for their chosen major and language ability.
Depending on their intended major, students completing the ESOL program may begin one of the trade programs, enroll in general education courses, or require further developmental coursework in English and/or Reading.
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