English as a Second Language (ESL)


FCC offers a comprehensive program of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for immigrants, international students and professionals who wish to improve their English language skills. Whether you need to learn English to enhance basic communication skills for common situations or to improve your reading, writing and speaking skills to continue your education or advance your professional communication qualifications, FCC can address your goals.

Mission Statement

FCC's ESL Program empowers students with the English language communication skills to help them achieve their goals.


ESL Courses

Placement in appropriate ESL courses is determined by students' individual goals and levels of English language proficiency at the time of enrollment. Academic (credit) courses are designed for students who:

• have had some instruction in English,
• wish to focus on academic English skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing,
• want to prepare for the rigors of college-level credit courses,
• need to improve public speaking and business communication skills, or
• need to improve writing in professional situations.
 

ESL Course Descriptions


Academic Classes (credit)

* Courses designed for students whose native language is not English but who have some prior training in English.

ESL 92 • Oral Communication for ESL
Prerequisite: ESL 94 and ESL 97 or placement on ESL Assessment
Helps students practice and improve listening and speaking skills as needed for functioning successfully in academic, professional, and personal settings. Assesses students' oral skills and includes, as needed, practice with pronunciation, rhythm, stress, and intonation. Provides exercises, practices, small and large group activities, and oral presentations to help students overcome problems in oral communication. Placement is based upon students' performance on the college's ESL assessment or successful completion of ESL97: Low-Intermediate Reading and Writing for ESL.

ESL 93 • American English Pronunciation
Prerequisite: ESL97 or placement on ESL Assessment
Designed for students whose native language is not English and who wish to improve their pronunciation of standard American English. Includes a wide variety of instructional methods: lecture, independent work, small group work, and whole class instruction. Course content focuses on both segmental and super-segmental elements of pronunciation: English phonemes and patterns of stress and intonation.

ESL 94 • English Grammar I for ESL*
Prerequisite: Placement on ESL Assessment

Examines the basic elements of English grammar and usage with an emphasis on the fundamentals of the English sentence, including an in-depth study of the parts of speech and instruction in mechanics, punctuation, and usage. Students may take this course simultaneously with ESL 96, ESL 97, or any credit course for which they meet the prerequisites.

ESL 95 • English Grammar II for ESL*
Prerequisite: ESL 97 or placement on ESL Assessment

Builds upon sentence skills with a focus on English sentence structure and verb forms, including instruction in mechanics, punctuation, and usage. Students may take this course simultaneously with ESL 98 or any credit course for which they meet the prerequisites.

ESL 96 • Beginning Reading and Writing for ESL*
Prerequisite: Placement on ESL Assessment

Integrated instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasizes reading and writing everyday English, understanding spoken English, and increasing conversation ability. Likely to take more than one semester to complete. Students who successfully complete this course may enroll in ESL 97.

ESL 97 • Low-Intermediate Reading and Writing for ESL*
Prerequisite: ESL 96 or placement on ESL Assessment

Integrated instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on effective spoken and written language for subsequent ESL courses. Likely to take more than one semester to complete. Students who successfully complete this course may enroll in ESL 98.

ESL 98 • High-Intermediate Reading and Writing for ESL
Prerequisite: ESL 94 and ESL 97 or placement on ESL Assessment

Integrated instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on academic writing for subsequent ESL courses. Likely to take more than one semester to complete. Students who successfully complete this course may enroll in ESL 99.

ESL 99 • Advanced Reading and Writing for ESL*
Prerequisite: ESL 98 or placement on ESL Assessment

Integrated instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Likely to take more than one semester to complete. Students who successfully complete this course may enroll in EN101: English Composition.


How to Register for ESL Courses


Admission and Registration for Credit ESL Classes

1. Complete an admissions application in the Welcome Center on the first floor of the Enrollment Services Building, J Building, or online at: www.frederick.edu

*Please bring a photo ID for admission and registration. See the current catalog online at www.frederick.edu for residency and tuition information.

2. Take the ESL Placement Test in the FCC Testing Center, Library Building, Room L-104. Phone: 301-846-2558

*Be sure to take a photo ID with you, and allow three hours for the test.
*No appointment needed.

Placement in appropriate ESL courses is determined by students' individual goals and levels of English language proficiency at the time of enrollment.

3. Meet with Teresa S. Clark, Assistant Professor/Program Manager for ESL, or a Counseling & Advising staff member.

Teresa S. Clark
Classroom/Student Center, Room H-227
Phone: 301.846.2558

Counseling & Advising
Enrollment Services Building, Room J-201
Phone: 301.846.2471  

*Be sure to bring a copy of your test results with you.

4. Take your completed schedule to the Welcome Center in the Enrollment Services Building, J Building, to register for classes.

5. Pay for your classes at the Student Accounts office in the Enrollment Services Building, J-101.

6. Purchase books at the FCC Bookstore located in the Classroom/Student Center,H Building.

ESL Brochure
Click here to see the ESL brochure, course descriptons, and further details.

International Students (F-1 visa)
Click here for information.

For additional information contact:
Teresa S. Clark
Classroom/Student Center,
Room H-227
Phone: 301.846.2558



Financial Aid

FCC provides a tuition payment plan. Scholarships and loans are available for eligible students. In addition to general scholarships, the Multicultural Student Services ESL Scholarship is available to students majoring in a career program at FCC whose first language is not English. Applicants must have completed a FAFSA form. Students who meet the above criteria complete a brief application available in the Multicultural Student Services office or the Counseling & Advising office. Awards are based on financial need and available scholarship funds.

ESL Faculty

Faculty members of FCC's Academic Credit ESL Program are professional educators dedicated to providing an outstanding language learning experience in a supportive environment. Faculty members teaching academic (credit) ESL classes hold graduate degrees in TESOL, English, linguistics and related fields and have extensive experience teaching English as a second language. Faculty members have taught in other countries and have traveled abroad. They are aware of the challenges and complexities of learning a second language and understand the variety of emotions students feel while living and studying in a foreign country.

ESL Student Resources

Counseling and Advising
Calendar of Events
World Education Services 
ESL Student Resources 


 

Contact


Teresa S. Clark
Assistant Professor/Program Manager for ESL
Classroom/Student Center, Room H-227
301.846.2558