English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs
There are ESL programs at both SCC and at SFCC. These Intensive English Language Programs (IELPs) offer 20 hours of ESL instruction per week and are specifically designed to prepare students for entry into college courses and programs. By completing either program, students with proof of high school completion will receive unconditional acceptance to SCC or SFCC (with no additional testing, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc. required).
These programs are designed to raise students’ English proficiency quickly, so the student can enroll in regular college courses. In addition, both programs are designed to improve the full range of English language skills: writing, reading, listening, speaking, grammar, research, and study skills.
Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at SCC and SFCC
The IELP supports international students in the accelerated development of English language proficiency as well as academic and cultural competencies needed to succeed at both colleges of CCS as well as other institutions of higher education and/or in the private sector in the United States.
This program provides a curriculum that is student-centered and focuses on communicative competence as developed through authentic, practical interaction among students.
The IELP is a four-level, 20-credit college-preparatory program established within the English Departments of SCC and SFCC. It offers excellent individualized instruction in Writing, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Grammar, Research and Study Skills. Upon completion of the IELP, students are ready to begin regular college-level classes to earn a degree, complete a technical/professional program, earn a certificate, or just take a few classes before returning to their universities and careers in their home countries.
- High Beginner (50-level)
- Low Intermediate (60-level)
- Intermediate (70-level)
- Upper Intermediate/Advanced (80-level)
All IELP instructors are SCC or SFCC English Department faculty who hold Masters and/or Ph.D. degrees and have extensive ESL teaching experience both at colleges and universities in the US and abroad.
IELP classes meet 20 hours per week and are on the same quarter system as all other classes on campus.
The IELP provides personalized academic advising through IELP International Student Academic Advisers.
Cutting-edge software for language acquisition and computer resources is available within state-of-the-art classrooms and in the International Computer Labs (ICL).
IELP students have full access to all SCC and SFCC facilities, e.g. fitness centers, libraries, Spartan Theatre, recreation centers, and all college activities.
Student involvement in the college, district, and community is promoted by means of the quarterly International Peer Mentor program, campus clubs and organizations, including the International Club and Phi Theta Kappa, as well as involvement in community participation projects. In addition, many students take advantage of the Homestay program, which allows them to live with an American family.
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