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English Language and Culture Institute

SCC offers non-native speakers the opportunity to participate in a full program to improve their reading, grammar, composition, and speaking skills through the English Language and Culture Institute.

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The English Language and Culture Institute offers Academic English as a Second Language (ESL) and Intensive English (INE) courses as well as academic, professional, and cultural preparation. The Academic ESL courses are aimed at higher proficiency levels, and INE courses serve students with lower levels of proficiency. Some course work also fulfills general education requirements or counts as electives. The English Language and Culture Institute can also customize English learning and cultural experiences when requested. When necessary, the ELCI chair can refer students to other resources, such as non-credit ESL, remedial math courses, and student services.”


The English Language and Culture Institute (ELCI), including the Academic ELCI and Intensive English programs, empowers students to learn English for a variety of purposes, from career and educational preparation to life-long learning and community stewardship. Notably, the institute values diversity, promotes cultural understanding, fosters global outreach, and emphasizes student success.


Prepared. Successful. Culturally aware. Community-minded.


The English Language and Culture Institute (ELCI) will inspire and educate non-native speakers from varied backgrounds, enabling them to communicate successfully in English, contribute to the global community, and progress toward their academic, personal, and career goals. Additionally, the ELCI, through varied learning programs, will enhance the understanding of the U.S. and other cultures for our students of all languages, areas of origin, and ethnicities, as well as the community at large.

The Following ELCI Credit Courses Are Offered:

Academic ESL credit courses 
  • ESL 100: College Success for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 103/SPE 100: Pronunciation and Communication for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 104 (Formerly RDG 104): College Reading for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 105: Advanced Conversation for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 106 (Formerly RDG 106): Advanced College Reading for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL Students ESL 107 (Formerly ESL 101): Grammar Review for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 108 (Formerly ESL 102): Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 109: Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 112: Academic Vocabulary Across the Disciplines
  • ESL 113: Advanced Vocabulary for Special Purposes
  • ESL 115: Community as Classroom Lab (0-credit)
  • ESL 116: ESL Conversation and Current Events
  • ESL 120: Success in Health Care Careers for Non-Native Speakers
  • ESL 199: Study of U.S. community and Culture
  • ESL 290: Academic English Immersive Experience
  • ESL 299English for Specific Purposes (business, engineering, culinary, etc.)
  • ECI 109: Research Writing for Advanced World English or ESOL Speakers (3)
Intensive English courses (offered in summer and select semesters)
  • INE 100: Intensive English Emerging Skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening (9 credits)
  • INE 101: Reading and Writing for Non-Native Speakers
  • INE 102: Listening and Speaking for Non-Native Speakers
  • INE 111: Emerging Vocabulary I for Non-Native Speakers
  • INE 112: Intensive English Vocabulary II for Non-Native Speakers
  • INE 190: Intensive English Immersion Experience
  • INE 199: Phonics and Fluency

Below is an example of an ELCI students typical sequence/levels, but students may be placed in varying levels, based on their personal goals and learning needs as well as their skills in different areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking and cultural knowledge.

As a general guideline, for planning purposes, international students scoring a 74 and up (at least 17 in all categories) on the TOEFL often would begin at ESL Level 3, 67 to 73 at ESL Level 2, 61-67 at ESL Level 1, 50 to 61 at INE Level 2, and below 50 at INE Level 1, with low scorers perhaps having to repeat the first level. Placement will vary if the ESL Department testing shows the proficiency test does not truly reflect the student’s English skills, if the test is found to be erroneous, if skills in the various sub-skill areas are uneven, or the ESL Chair determines further remediation or culture courses are needed. See proficiency considerations on this page, or contact ESL Chair Dr. Huffman (dhuffman@stchas.edu) for further details.

*Full-time college students are enrolled in 15-17 hours of ESL coursework per semester for optimal learning; fewer hours are required at the highest level or when ESL 100 & 199 have been taken. The different ESL 115 courses, which correspond to levels, are usually ONE credit and are taken each semester a student is enrolled in INE/ESL/ECI. ESL 115X Special Topics is another option that may be offered at multiple levels in select semesters. ESL 115 placement/credit each semester is determined by the ELCI chair.

Example of an ELCI student's typical sequence/levels (pathways)
(high beginner/low intermediate)
(high advanced/mastery)
ESL 100 (1) and 199 (1)
(if not previously at SCC)
ESL 100 (3) and 199 
(if not previously at SCC)
ESL 100 and 199 
(if not previously at SCC)
ESL 100 and 199 
(if not previously at SCC)
ESL 100 and 199 
(if not previously at SCC)
INE 100 (9 credits) INE 102 (3 credits) ESL 103 (4) ESL 105/COM 101 for NNS (3) ESL 105/COM 101 for NNS (3) (if not taken previously)
INE 111 (1) INE 101 (3) ESL 104 (4) ESL 106 (3) ESL 109/ECI 109 (3)
INE 112 (1)
(can be taken in next semester)
INE 111 (1) and/or INE 112(1)
(if not previously at SCC)
ESL 107 (4) ESL 108 (3) ESL electives if desired
ESL 115 A (0-1)* ESL 115 B (0-1)* ESL 115 C (0-1)* ESL 115 D (0-1)* ESL 115 E (0-1)*
INE 199 (2) ESL electives (possible) ESL electives (possible) General education courses
INE 190 (1-3) Math in some circumstances Math or general education classes/ESL 120 for healthcare majors ESL 120 for healthcare majors if not taken previously/math/general education courses
ESL 299 English For Specific Purposes (business, engineering, etc.) ESL 299 English For Specific Purposes (business, engineering, etc.)
The designation ELCI Friendly is occasionally given to non-ELCI courses that are taught by an instructor trained in ELCI teaching methods, with special support and instruction given.
English Language and Culture Institute Regular Programs length of weeks and number of start dates
See the Academic Course Schedule for more information *Other special programs may be arranged.
Intensive English
Academic ESL
# of start dates per year 5 5 N/A
# of terms per year 6 6 N/A
# of weeks per term 16 weeks fall/winter 8 weeks, fall, winter (really spring) (more limited offerings) 8 or 5 weeks summer depending on enrollment (requires intensive attendance for those in IEP. 16 weeks fall/winter 8 weeks, fall, winter (really spring) (more limited offerings) 8 or 5 weeks summer depending on whether classes run (usually 3 to 6 hour possible enrollment) N/A
# of hours per week 8-24 offered 6 to 18 hours (also courses can be independent study)

Language Proficiency:

Students must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. The college welcomes students of all English proficiency, but the following information should be considered.

Proficiency Considerations
  • F1-visa (international) students should have a 61 on the TOEFL IBT or equivalent test score for potential entrance into Academic ESL or their chosen program with Academic ESL support possible. Some programs may have additional requirements.
  • F1-visa (international) students should have a 50 or above on the TOEFL IBT or equivalent score for potential entrance into INE Level 2. Entrance for students into INE courses is during select semesters and also depends on current immigration approval (for F1s). Please write dhuffman@stchas.edu for more information as to the offerings semester by semester.”
  • Potential entrance into INE Level 1 requires English Language Institute Chair approval (after TOEFL test, TOEFL equivalent, or appropriate ESL Department testing). Lower-level students should expect to spend more than one semester in Intensive English.
  • These test scores are for planning purposes.* A placement test is given when students arrive. All students, regardless of their TOEFL test or equivalent test scores, usually have to take the college ESL/non-native speaker assessment test, which includes reading, listening, grammar, an essay, and an oral interview assessment. After this their program level can be adjusted if needed. (In a very few circumstances, the essay, oral interview and in-office testing may be adequate.)
  • Non-native speaker residents (or other visa types) already in the U.S. can simply take the ESL/non-native speaker assessments for proper placement. The college also offers non-credit classes for residents for workplace and home literacy, but these are not available to F1 students.
  •  Alternatives to the TOEFL score of 61 include the Cambridge (162), Duolingo (90), IELTS (5.5), and GTEC (1076). Other tests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Sub-scores on these tests may also be examined.

Placement Process

Non-native speakers need to make an appointment for an ELCI assessment as part of the placement/testing process, which includes the oral interview, writing samples, a read-aloud passage, and possible in-office testing. Students should select ESL Interview and then choose to meet with either Dr. Dawn Huffman, Chair of the English Language Institute (The Academic English as a Second Language (ESL) and Intensive English (INE) programs) or the ESL Specialist listed. During the first week of class, the program further assesses students with a reading, writing, and listening assessment. Students who wish to inquire about the ESL and INE programs or who are unable to schedule an interview time may contact Dr. Dawn Huffman, professor and ELCI chair, at dhuffman@stchas.edu or call 636-922-8574.

For more information about ESL credit courses, contact Dr. Dawn Huffman, English Language and Culture Institute Chair, and associate professor, at dhuffman@stchas.edu or 636-922-8574.

Appeal Process

The English Language and Culture Institute encourages students to appeal their placement when they believe it is incorrect. The appeal may consist of one or more of the multiple measures used as determined by the department. Once a student has entered an ESL/INE/ECI course – no appeal will be allowed. However, if the ESL faculty members believe a non-native speaker has been inaccurately placed, the Academic ESL Department may make adjustments to the student’s placement even after the student is taking Intensive English and ESL courses.

Support Services for Students

The ACE Learning Center has an ESL Specialist as well as English and other content area specialists to work with our non-native speakers. In addition, the ELCI program offers Conversation Circles, acculturation activities, workshops and digital platforms for e-learning. As part of the college, students also have access to Student Services, and International Student Support Services.

Global Outreach and Cultural Experiences

Our English Language Institute is happy to build English learning and international/cultural experiences for the community, students, organizations or international exchanges, and we can direct others to resources to help with English language learning and international/cultural awareness.

Contact Information

Dawn Huffman,
Program Chair
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Susan Wagener,
Office Coordinator
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Office Location
HUM 203
Office Hours

8:00 - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

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