Students who enter HTIC with limited English proficiency are enrolled in the College Preparatory Program. This five-level, integrated learning program emphasizes English as a Second Language (ESL) studies within the framework of liberal arts subject matter in a challenging, hands-on setting. Students who successfully complete the skills-based College Preparatory Program may apply to enter the Liberal Arts Program.


The College Preparatory Program

The College Preparatory Program is an academic English language curriculum designed for non-native English speaking students who lack the necessary skills to immediately pursue an Associate in Arts degree at HTIC. Courses within this curriculum introduce students to academic English and assist them to develop the skills necessary to succeed in an American institution of higher education.

The College Preparatory Program is divided into five levels, each with its own focus. The first level is pre-academic and focuses on the basic core skills of English listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Subsequent levels feature a unified approach to learning by cultivating the progressive development of students’ English language skills in core courses that are linked to content-based courses intended to give students experience in studying academic subject material in English. With additional instruction in fundamental classroom and study skills, including critical thinking, discussion and presentation, information literacy, note-taking, and exam-taking, these courses prepare students for academic success in college-level study. College Preparatory content courses focus on the study of world history, sociology, earth science, and American studies.

Entering College Preparatory Program students are placed in one of five levels based on performance in tests administered prior to the start of classes. Consideration is also given to past language training and previous TOEFL or other standardized test scores such as EIKEN, IELTS, and TOEIC.

The following Institutional Learning Outcomes are integral to the College Preparatory program:

  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Intellectual and Practical Skills
  • Global Citizenship

Learning outcomes are defined at each level of instruction based on progressively challenging criteria of writing, speaking, reading, and oral comprehension.


Students engage in a minimum of 22 hours of instruction per week in the following courses:

Level I: Introductory

Courses

  1. Core Writing
  2. Core Listening and Speaking
  3. Situational English and Study Skills or TOEFL Preparation
  4. Introductory Grammar
  5. Reading Skills and Discussion

Assessments

In addition to passing all course-based assessments with a minimum score of 70%, Level 1 students must also complete:

  • TOEFL: Level-1 students take the TOEFL in Week 10. A score of 410* or higher is required to move up to Level 2.


Level 2: Elementary

Courses

  1. Core Writing
  2. Core Listening and Speaking
  3. The Foundations of World History
  4. Elementary Grammar
  5. Reading Skills and Discussion

Assessments

In addition to weekly course-based assessments on which students must earn an average of 70% or higher, Level 2 students also must complete:

  • Level 2 Speaking Evaluation: An interview-style speaking evaluation based on the content of the Foundations of World History course is held in the last week of the term. It comprises 25% of the class grade.
  • Final In-Class Essay: Students complete a 60-minute timed writing using one of the organizational styles learned in the Core 2 Writing class. This assessment comprises 25% of the class grade.
  • TOEFL: Level 2 students take the TOEFL in Week 10. A score of 420* or higher is required to move up to Level 3.


Level 3: Lower Intermediate

Courses

  1. Core Writing
  2. Core Listening and Speaking
  3. The Foundations of Earth Science
  4. Lower Intermediate Grammar
  5. Reading Skills and Discussion

Assessments

In addition to weekly course-based assessments on which students must earn an average of 70% or higher, Level 3 students also complete:

  • Level 3 Speaking Evaluation: An interview-style speaking evaluation based on the content of the Foundations of Earth Science course is held in the last week of the term. It comprises 25% of the class grade.
  • Final In-Class Essay: Students complete a 60-minute timed writing using one of the organizational styles learned in the Core 3 Writing class. This assessment comprises 25% of the class grade.
  • TOEFL: Level 3 students take the TOEFL in Week 10. A score of 430* or higher is required to move up to Level 4.

Level 4: Upper Intermediate

Courses

  1. Core Writing
  2. Core Listening and Speaking
  3. The Foundations of Sociology
  4. Upper Intermediate Grammar
  5. Reading Skills and Discussion

Assessments

In addition to weekly course-based assessments on which students must earn an average of 70% or higher, Level 4 students also complete:

  • Level 4 Speaking Evaluation: An interview-style speaking evaluation based on the content of the Foundations of Sociology course is held in the last week of the term. It comprises 25% of the class grade.
  • Final In-Class Essay: Students complete a 60-minute timed writing using one of the organizational styles learned in the Core 4 Writing class. This assessment comprises 25% of the class grade.
  • TOEFL: Level 4 students take the TOEFL in Week 10. A score of 440* or higher is required to move up to Level 5.


Level 5: Advanced

Courses

  1. Core Writing
  2. Core Listening and Speaking
  3. The Foundations of American Studies
  4. Advanced Grammar
  5. Reading Skills and Discussion

Assessments

In addition to weekly course-based assessments on which students must earn an average of 70% or higher, Level 5 students also complete:

  • Level 5 Speaking Evaluation: An interview-style speaking evaluation based on the content of the American Studies course is held in the last week of the term. It comprises 25% of the class grade.
  • Final In-Class Essay: Students complete a 120-minute timed writing using one of the organizational styles learned in the Core 5 Writing class. This writing is evaluated by two College Preparatory faculty using a timed writing rubric. It comprises 25% of the class grade.
  • TOEFL: Level 5 students take the TOEFL in Week 10. A score of 450 or higher is required to successfully pass Level 5 and complete the College Preparatory program.

*For levels 1-4, scores of one to ten points under the target scores indicated above are accepted as fulfillment of the TOEFL requirement if the student has a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.


Any student who scores a 460 or better on the TOEFL and has a 3.7 or better cumulative GPA and the unanimous recommendations of instructors may skip one level (Level 2 to 4 or Level 3 to 5). Level 4 students who score 500 or higher on the TOEFL, have a 3.7 cumulative GPA, and successfully pass the Core 5 Speaking Evaluation, may be considered for direct admission into the Liberal Arts Program.

Students who fail to meet the learning outcomes for the level in which they are enrolled receive the grade entry “R” and must repeat the level of study. The grade “R” does not affect a student’s GPA. Students receiving an “R” grade may repeat the level as follows:

  • Levels 1 and 2 may each be repeated twice
  • Levels 3-5 may be repeated only once.

Students who are unable to pass a level within the required number of attempts will be disenrolled and must apply for readmission into the College Preparatory Program. If admitted, they will go through placement procedures as new students.

College Preparatory students are required to meet the following criteria to complete the program:

  • 70% or better score in learning outcome assessments for all courses in each level
  • Minimum TOEFL test score of 450 (PBT or ITP) or 45 (IBT)
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better

Students who complete the program receive a Certificate of Completion and may apply for admission to the Liberal Arts Program.


College Preparatory Program Courses

Level 1 Courses

CORE 1LS / Integrated English Studies: Introductory Listening & Speaking / 5 hours

An introduction to academic listening and speaking skills.

CORE 1 W / Integrated English Studies: Introductory Writing / 5 hours

An introduction to academic writing.

College Prep E 61 / Situational English &Study Skills / 4 hours –or– TOE 1 / TOEFL Preparation I / 4 hours

An integrated-skills approach to practical language functions, structure, and vocabulary used in everyday situations. Includes weekly lectures on study skills and college life in the U.S. –or– Beginning instruction in TOEFL study with lessons in structure, reading, vocabulary, and listening comprehension.

College Prep E 58 / Reading Skills & Discussion I / 4 hours

An introduction to academic reading skills, vocabulary, and discussion.

GR 50 / Introductory Grammar / 4 hours

Introduction in introductory grammar.


Level 2 Courses

CORE 2 LS / Integrated English Studies: Elementary Listening & Speaking / 5 hours

Instruction in elementary academic listening and speaking skills.

CORE 2 W / Integrated English Studies: Elementary Writing / 5 hours

Instruction in elementary academic writing.

HIST 22 / Foundations of World History / 4 hours

An introduction to geography, world history, economics, and government.

College Prep E 68 / Reading Skills & Discussion II / 4 hours

A course focusing on elementary academic reading skills, vocabulary, and discussion.

College Prep E 60 / Grammar I / 4 hours

Instruction in elementary grammar.

Level 3 Courses

CORE 3 LS / Integrated English Studies: Lower Intermediate Listening & Speaking / 5 hours

Instruction in lower-intermediate academic listening and speaking skills.

CORE 3 W / Integrated English Studies: Lower Intermediate Writing / 5 hours

Instruction in lower-intermediate academic writing.

ES 22 / The Foundations of Earth Science / 4 hours

An introductory course covering the study of Earth Sciences.

College Prep E 78 / Reading Skills & Discussion III / 4 hours

A course focusing on lower-intermediate academic reading skills, vocabulary, and discussion.

GR 70 / Grammar: Lower Intermediate / 4 hours

Instruction in lower-intermediate grammar.


Level 4 Courses

CORE 4 LS / Integrated English Studies: Upper Intermediate Listening & Speaking / 5 hours

Instruction in upper-intermediate instruction in academic listening and speaking skills.

CORE 4 W / Integrated English Studies: Upper Intermediate Writing /5 hours

Instruction in upper-intermediate academic writing.

SOC 22 / The Foundations of Sociology / 4 hours

An introduction to sociology studies with an emphasis on intercultural communication.

College Prep E 88 / Reading Skills & Discussion IV / 4 hours

A course focusing on upper-intermediate academic reading skills, vocabulary, and discussion.

GR 80 / Grammar: Upper Intermediate/ 4 hours

Instruction in upper-intermediate grammar.


Level 5 Courses

CORE 5 LS / Integrated English Studies: Advanced Listening & Speaking / 5 hours

Instruction in advanced academic listening and speaking skills.

CORE 5 W / Integrated English Studies: Advanced Writing / 5 hours

Instruction in advanced academic writing.

AMST 22 / The Foundations of American Studies / 4 hours

An introduction to culture, history, and issues related to the United States.

College Prep E 98 / Reading Skills and Discussion IV / 4 hours

A course focusing on advanced academic reading skills, vocabulary, and discussion.

GR 90 / Grammar: Advanced / 4 hours

Instruction in advanced grammar.

Program taught in:
  • English

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