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English as a Second Language

The ESL Program serves students:

  • Pursuing a degree at HACC.
  • Planning to enroll at other colleges or universities after completion of ESL.
  • Enhancing their English skills.
  • Interested in a short term program.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at HACC is recognized for its excellence. ESL has served students needing training since 1975. The program provides comprehensive ESL training for students who wish to continue in a college degree program after improving their English language skills.

ESL offers four levels of semi-intensive English instruction designed to meet the special needs of second language students. Each level meets for fifteen hours of classes per week, Monday through Friday, for eight weeks allowing students to complete two levels each semester. Each level concentrates on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

HACC offers concentrated instruction in English for those students who primarily speak another language. The objective is to help students gain the language skills they need to achieve their vocational, personal and academic goals. After placement testing, a student enters one of four sequential sections based upon his or her ability in English.

English as a Second Language presents the sound system, structure and vocabulary of American English in culturally relevant contexts focusing on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

The courses are designed to include group and individual practice in learning situations that progress from very controlled activities to those that are much less structured. Emphasis is on the student's achieving accuracy as well as fluency.

ESL students will be screened prior to class assignment and registration to determine second language needs and appropriate placement where necessary. Where appropriate, HACC regulations mandate ESL coursework prior to any college work in writing or speech.

Students with acceptable TOEFL scores may need courses to improve English ability but may take them along with the regular curriculum.

Students whose native language is not English, and who do not submit a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the paper/pencil version, 217 or higher on the computer version or 79 or higher on the Internet based test with the application for admission, will be required to engage in fulltime ESL study prior to regular studies

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Placement into courses is determined by placement examination, given after arrival. You can enroll in the ESL program during the Fall or Spring semesters.  

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