What are Academic EFL courses?
Many English language learners enter the community college and are required to take pre-curriculum courses because of their test scores. Academic EFL courses offer students a way to improve their skills in reading and writing in Standard Academic US English. These classes differ from ESL classes because in ESL classes the focus is on everyday social English with only a minimal focus on the academic expectations in reading and writing.
Academic EFL classes are taught at the college level, so all assignments are authentic college writing and reading assignments even at the lowest levels. Students are also given the chance to acclimate to the cultural expectations of the college environment.
In the past, EFL students were directed to take DRE classes because that was the only place for them. Research has shown that DRE classes are not the best option for EFL students and a pre-curriculum program designed especially for language learners is the better way to serve our students in order to provide a pathway to successful completion of their course of study. Therefore, from this point forward, EFL students should not be advised to take DRE classes when they test below curriculum level in reading and/or writing.
How are new students placed into EFL courses?
When students go to the testing center they are asked whether they speak US English as their first language and if they have graduated from a US high school. If students answer “No” to one or both of these questions, they are given the Compass ESL test.
What do existing students need to do?
What other courses should EFL students take?
Students who are currently Levels 1 or 2, should concentrate on their language learning and wait to take any other courses besides EFL until their academic skills are higher, including math courses.
How will EFL students move into their program of study courses?
Upon successful completion (80 percent or higher) of EFL 074 Reading IV and EFL 094 Composition IV, students will be awarded RED/ENG 090 credit and be eligible to register for any of their program of study courses requiring the reading and writing prerequisites.
What courses will be offered at Durham Tech beginning Fall 2015?
These courses provide students with opportunities to improve their listening and speaking ability in US English with a focus on formal presentations, class discussions, and academic pronunciation and vocabulary.
Reading and Writing
These five-credit hour courses are taught at the low-intermediate and advanced levels. They equip students with the academic skills needed for success in their program of study courses. Level IV courses meet the required prerequisites in reading and writing for any curriculum course.
EFL 071 – Level I Reading
Additional Research/Composition Study
This focus of this course is academic research, organization, citation, and advanced writing skills with a concentration in academic transitions, vocabulary, and syntax. Students can take this course alongside ENG 111 or any other writing-intensive course. This course would also be helpful for students who have failed a curriculum course due to language/writing issues.
EFL 095 – Composition V – 5 credit hours
Durham Technical Community College