2018-2019 Catalog

English Language Acquisition (ELA) Certificate

The English Language Acquisition (ELA) Certificate program is designed to academically prepare international and local immigrant students for course work at the college level and/or entrance into the workforce. Focus concepts are in the three major areas of writing, reading, and communication. Specific skill areas include, but are not limited to, writing sentences and paragraphs, grammar for writing, building better vocabulary; identifying the main idea and supporting ideas, scanning and skimming, summarizing, understanding inferences, pros and cons, similarities and differences, causes and effects; interpreting graphs, charts and infographics; pronunciation skills of linking, intonation, stress, contractions; communication skills of asking for and giving advice, giving reasons, giving and supporting opinions, giving a short presentation, and note-taking skills. In all courses, students will learn and apply Critical Thinking skills through synthesizing of information, self-reflection, applying ideas to other contexts, predicting reasons and solutions, and evaluating and justifying opinions. Students who have successfully completed the twenty-three credit ELA Certificate program have matriculated to two and four-year colleges or universities, entered the work force as translators for local and district courts, as paralegals in law firms, as teachers and paraprofessionals in the K-12 public school system, as faculty at higher education institutions, and as engineers for international companies. Recipients of the ELA Certificate have received an academic foundation upon which they have continued to build and earn careers.  

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

BAS 0960NON-NATIVE LISTENING

3

HMDV 1502ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, WRITING AND GRAMMAR

3

HMDV 1504READING AND VOCABULARY SKILLS

3

APPROVED DIRECTLY RELATED ELECTIVES

1-2

Total Credit Hours:10-11

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • Approved Directly Related Course can be fulfilled by Transition to College Seminar (DVST 0885) or U.S. Culture/Communication (HMDV 0550).
  • Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    ENGL 1008INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC WRITING

    3

    HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

    1

    HMDV 1100SPEED READING

    1

    HMDV 1101CRITICAL READING/CRITICAL THINKING

    3

    HMDV 1503NON-NATIVE CONVERSATION

    3

    Total Credit Hours:11

    Total Credit Hours: 21-22