2019-2020 Catalog

ESL (English as a Second Language) Certificate

The ESL Certificate curriculum functions as a bridge program for intermediate level second language learners who plan to enter two- and four-year colleges in the United States, and as a skill building program for second language learners who have already earned high school diplomas or higher, and who also desire professional employment where advanced knowledge of English is essential. Academic focus will be on the broad subject areas of writing and grammar, reading and vocabulary, communication, and U.S. culture. Students who have earned the ESL Certificate from Western have successfully matriculated to two- and four-year colleges and universities, and have gained employment as college and K-12 faculty, as engineers in international companies, as law firm paralegals, as translators for local and federal courts, and as paraprofessionals in academia and the private sector. The ESL Certificate program provides a strong academic foundation upon which the motivated student can build a successful college and professional career.   

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

BAS 0960NON-NATIVE LISTENING

3

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

HMDV 1100SPEED READING

1

HMDV 1502ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, WRITING AND GRAMMAR

3

HMDV 1504READING AND VOCABULARY SKILLS

3

Total Credit Hours:11

 

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

HMDV 0550U.S. CULTURE/COMMUNICATION

2

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

HMDV 1101CRITICAL READING/CRITICAL THINKING

3

HMDV 1110COLLEGE VOCABULARY

1

HMDV 1503NON-NATIVE CONVERSATION

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes:

  • In addition to ENGL 1010, students may be required to also take ENGL 1011 (2 credits) due to placement, adding 2 additional credits to their graduation total.

Total Credit Hours: 23