English as a Second Language (ESL)

Midland College English as a Second Language (ESL) classes provide students the opportunity to improve their speaking, reading, writing, and listening English language skills. These skills are taught in conjunction with life skills to help the student function fully in the community. ESL classes in reading and writing are also provided for Spanish-speakers desiring to pass the GED® test in Spanish.  ESL offers an American History and U.S. Government class for Resident Legal Aliens who want to prepare for American citizenship.  

If interested in the FREE classes offered through the Adult and Developmental Education Division at MC, call 684-5323.

If interested in the Academic classes in Conversation, TOEFL Preparation, Academic Preparedness, call 685-6884

ESL COLLEGE READINESS BY TEST SCORE OR COURSE PROGRESSION STANDARD

 Coordinator—Blanca Licon, Cogdell Learning Center (684-4100). Students whose native language is not English should complete the ESL COMPASS placement exam. Students with extremely limited speaking skills need to enroll in the free Adult Education ESL program.  Call 685-6819.

 All other students must take the ESL COMPASS Placement Exam and the differential reading/writing assessment. Following this assessment of their English skills, these students will be placed in the appropriate level of class. During the first two weeks of class, ESL instructors will continue to assess the abilities of new ESL students.  After this period, instructors may meet with the ESL Coordinator to recommend any placement level change deemed appropriate.    

 ESL hours may be used for developmental education purposes when a student is placed in such courses as a result of failing the reading or writing portion of the required assessment test.  However, when used for such purposes, ESL hours shall be counted toward the 27 hour cap.

  Upon completion of ESL coursework, the student will be required to follow the same testing and placement (TSI) requirements of all college students. ESL courses in reading and writing can substitute for TSI completion if the student passes the departmental final or the TSI equivalent. 

 The placement score reflects total of reading, writing and listening scores.

Placement Scores for Academic ESL

 ESL 0370:Speaking and Listening (ESL COMPASS PLACEMENT) 110-209

ESL 0371: Academic ESL:  Reading and Vocabulary (ESL COMPASS PLACEMENT) 260+

ESL 0372: Academic ESL: Grammar and Writing (ESL COMPASS PLACEMENT) 210-259

 ESL 0373: Academic ESL: Composition (ESL COMPASS PLACEMENT) 260+

ESL 0171: Oral Communication (ESL COMPASS PLACEMENT) 110-209

ESL 0171: Developmental Composition for Non-Native Speakers(ESLCOMPASSPLACEMENT) 110-209

 DEPARTMENTAL EXAM; Students must score a 60% or greater on the departmental exam in ESL 0370 or ESL 0372 to enroll into an appropriate developmental class.  A score of 75% or greater on the departmental exit exam will satisfy TSI in reading and writing in classes ESL 0371 and ESL 0373.