The English Language and Culture Institute (ELCI), including the Academic ESL 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.
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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.
English as a Second Language (ESL) and Intensive English (INE) credit courses are offered as well as activities that serve as academic, professional, and cultural preparation. Some course work also fulfills general education requirements. The program offers Academic ESL courses for higher levels and Intensive English classes (INE) for lower levels. The English Language and Culture Institute can also customize English learning and cultural experiences when requested. When necessary, the ELI chair can refer students to other resources, such as non-credit ESL, remedial math courses, and student services.
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:
ESL credit courses
Intensive English courses (offered in summer and select semesters)
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.
Example of an ELCI students typical sequence/levels
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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- F1 students and 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 (30), 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.
Non-native speakers need to make an appointment for an ESL interview as part of the placement/testing process, which also includes assessment center testing, possible in-office testing, and a written essay. Students should select ESL Interview and then choose to meet with either Dr. Dawn Huffman, Chair of the English Language Institute (Academic English as a Second Language (ESL) and Intensive English (INE) programs), or Meredith Struebing, ESL Specialist. This is best done after the student has applied to the college, tested at the assessment center, and received the ESL essay and testing results. 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, associate professor and Academic ESL/INE chair, at email@example.com or call 636-922-8574.
For more information about ESL credit courses, contact Dr. Dawn Huffman, English Language Institute Chair, and associate professor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-922-8574.
Support Services for Students
The ACE Learning Center offers an ESL Specialist as well as English and other content area specialists to work with our non-native speakers. In addition, the ESL 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.
Support Services for Teachers
The ACE Center and the Chair of the ELCI Department keep a selection of ESL Textbooks and TESOL materials.
For more information about non-credit classes, see English as a Second Language.