The objective of the ESL program is to enhance the English-language proficiency of individuals who have pre-existing vocational knowledge, training, or skill, but cannot use that knowledge, training, or skill because of their English-speaking deficiency.
All ESL students will take a faculty-designed grammar test and the CASAS appraisal test during orientation to determine the entry level of ESL instruction. ESL courses are sequenced and delivered in four levels consisting of one courses each. Every course contains segments taught by different instructors. Students are placed in levels according to their scores on the CASAS Survey Achievement Pre-test.
If a student enters the program at Level 2, 3, or 4, he/she will receive Advanced Placement credit for the lower level courses.
Students completing Level 2, 3, or 4 are administered a grammar post-test and the CASAS Survey Achievement Post-test as an exit examination to measure competency.
The 24 institutional credits received for the ESL program cannot be applied or transferred to any degree program at Goodwin College.
All ESL courses contain two segments and are co-taught by two instructors. Students must earn a grade of C- (70%) or better in both segments to pass each level.
Applicants may self-certify that they have obtained a high school diploma and are not required to submit an official high school transcript.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students will be able to:
- Use basic survival vocabulary needed for real-life situations in order to function independently;
- Display a command of Basic English grammatical structures both orally and in writing;
- Write comprehensively, demonstrating an organized presentation of ideas;
- Read familiar and unfamiliar English displaying good comprehension;
- Participate effectively in conversations concerning everyday situations; and
- Appreciate the cultural diversity in American society.