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Durham Technical Community College
1637 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703

Academic EFL English as a Foreign Language

The community college system in North Carolina uses the prefix EFL for academic English as a Foreign Language courses. These are credit courses for which tuition is set by the North Carolina legislature. International students on a visa pay out-of-state tuition for these courses. Citizens and permanent residents who are classified as North Carolina residents pay in-state tuition. EFL courses are skill-specific; they include courses in grammar, reading, writing, and listening/speaking, and almost all the courses are 5 credit hours.

For Spring Semester 2014, Durham Tech will offer the following EFL courses:

  • EFL 055 English for Academic Purposes
    MW 1:15 – 2:25 p.m. plus online hours; 3 credit hours; No prerequisites
     This course focuses on improving listening comprehension and speaking skills.

  • EFL 071 Reading I  
    MW 10 – 11:45 a.m. plus online hours; 5 credit hours; No prerequisites
    This reading course is designed for students who have completed or tested out of ESL courses and/or have taken Beyond Basic ESL Continuing Education courses OR curriculum students who have placement test scores too low for DRE 096. Students who have unsuccessfully attempted RED 070 or DRE 096 may also choose this course.

  • EFL 091 Composition I
    TuTh 10 – 11:45 a.m. plus online hours; 5 credit hours; No prerequisites
    This writing course is designed for students who have completed or tested out of ESL courses and/or have taken Beyond Basic ESL Continuing Education courses OR curriculum students who have placement test scores too low for DRE 096. Students who have unsuccessfully attempted ENG 070 or DRE 096 may also choose this course.

The director of Academic EFL meets with non-native English speakers to help them decide which courses are most appropriate to improve English language skills. She also advises Health Tech program applicants preparing to take the tests that satisfy the English Language Requirement. Students in curriculum courses may be referred to the director by their instructors for advice on strategies and resources to improve English language skills and increase chances for academic success.

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1637 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703
919-536-7200

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