English as a Second Language Preparatory Program

Certificate Program

Degree offered

Non-degree in General Studies Prep

Credits required n/a

Program contact

Regina Pirtle, Coordinator of ESL and ESL Skills Specialist

Program Goals Statement

Students who need intensive instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) are admitted to the General Studies Prep program’s ESL concentration. Reading, writing, grammar, and conversation are offered at the intermediate and advanced levels. The ESL skills specialist determines placement based on placement test results.

After the Program

Students who complete this program have a solid foundation in the academic uses of the English language. After successful completion of ESL program courses and proficiency tests, students may transfer to a degree or certificate program and may take any required developmental courses and/or general education courses needed.

Students who have completed required ESL courses have entered nearly every degree or certificate program at BCC, and transferred to UMass Dartmouth and other four-year institutions.

Program Information

ESL courses prepare students to do college work in English. They are open only to students whose first language is not English. Students registered in ESL courses must have the written approval of the Dean for developmental education or their designee before registering in other BCC courses. Students are placed into the intermediate or advanced level after placement testing. The ESL skills specialist determines placement based on placement test scores.

Students who meet eligibility requirements receive priority acceptance into the QUEST for Success support program (see page XXX, which provides services to help students achieve their goals.

Bristol Community College welcomes international students each semester. Students who have completed their secondary school education may attend Bristol Community College on an F-1 student visa. International students may be admitted to General Studies Prep–ESL or the program of their choice if they have demonstrated English proficiency. All BCC students are tested by the College’s director of testing and may be referred to the ESL program coordinator for additional testing.

Students attending BCC on an F-1 student visa must be enrolled in a degree program as a full-time student (12 credits or more per semester).

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:1

ESL Courses

ESL 012Intermediate English Grammar

3 credits

ESL 013Intermediate English Vocabulary and Reading Skills

3 credits

ESL 014Intermediate English Writing Skills

3 credits

ESL 015Intermediate English Conversation Skills

3 credits

ESL 122Advanced English Grammar Review

3 credits

ESL 123Advanced English Vocabulary and Reading Skills

3 credits

ESL 124Advanced English Written Expression

3 credits

ESL 125Advanced English Conversation

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ESL 012Intermediate English Grammar

3 credits

ESL 013Intermediate English Vocabulary and Reading Skills

3 credits

ESL 014Intermediate English Writing Skills

3 credits

ESL 015Intermediate English Conversation Skills

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ESL 122Advanced English Grammar Review

3 credits

ESL 123Advanced English Vocabulary and Reading Skills

3 credits

ESL 124Advanced English Written Expression

3 credits

ESL 125Advanced English Conversation

3 credits

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