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Certificate in ESL

Certificate Program in English as a Second Language (ESL) Overview

Admission requirements

An applicant to the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at SJPU must have completed at least a high school education or GED.

Admission Procedures

Students applying for admission to the ESL Program must observe the following admission procedures:

1. Complete and submit the application form to the SJPU Admissions Office. The application form is available in the Admissions Office.

2. Submit an official copy of high school diploma. In the absence of a high school diploma, submit an attestation statement and documentation evidencing completion of high school education such an official transcript or GED.

3. Pay the $100 application fee to the SJPU Admissions office. The application fee is non-refundable.

Admission evaluation

•  Prospective students’ applications will be reviewed and decided for admission on an individual basis and the student may be asked to provide additional evidence of academic proficiency.

Post-Admission Procedures

•  Once a student is admitted to the ESL program, he or she will be enrolled in the ESL level appropriate to his or her current English proficiency as evaluated by the ESL Coordinator.

US Residents do not need an F-1 Student Visa to study in the US. Neither do students who want to study part-time for a short period of time (less than 90 days). Other visa holders may be eligible to study full-time or part-time. We understand that the visa restrictions are complicated and we are here to help you decide which program is the right one for you while meeting all of the restrictions of your visa. The good news is that the application process for each of these visas is exactly the same and very simple. We are always here to help you through it.

Students are required to take a placement test before registering for an ESL course at SJPU. The placement test measures the student’s performance in four skill areas:

a. Listening comprehension

c. Grammatical knowledge

d. Vocabulary range

e. Reading comprehension

In addition to the placement test, students will also be asked for a short writing sample. Shortly thereafter, students will meet individually with the Academic Coordinator to register for their course. The Academic Coordinator will review the results of the placement test, as well as the writing sample. Although the placement test results generally dictate which level a student is placed into, the Academic Coordinator reserves the right to change that level if he or she feels that the student’s writing sample and spoken responses significantly differ from what would be expected from a student at that level.

Once a student’s level has been determined, the Academic Coordinator will point out to the student the different courses that they are eligible to take. Lower-level students are excluded from taking anything other than the appropriate beginner course, while higher-level students also have the advanced classes available to them.

Missions and Purpose

This ESL certificate program is designed for U.S. resident students whose native language was not English and want to enter into SJPU graduate degree program.

Students whose TOEFL score (Minimum 71 for Internet Based Test) or IELTS score (Minimum 6.0) do not meet the minimum scores for admission into SJPU are required to attend an ESL program at their determined level, depending their score of TOEFL or IELTS.  When they have successfully complete ESL-Advanced level, students may be admitted to the graduate school of their choice and are permitted to enroll the graduate level courses.

Program Objectives

San Jose Polytechnic University provides an English Language program that has been designed to meet curriculum needs of a culturally diverse population. Its primary function is to facilitate and implement multi-level English instructions in a culturally diverse environment and to enhance students’ learning by providing leveled academic instruction in a structured classroom setting. The secondary function is to assist students with resources, which emphasize cultural awareness, and aids in American cultural assimilation.

SJPU’s intensive language program promotes the successful acquisition of the following critical English language skills:

SJPU’s intensive language program promotes the successful acquisition of the following critical English language skills:

(a) Grammar: Through participating in a variety of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication exercises and activities, students acquire a high level of language proficiency in both speaking and writing, using standard American English Grammar.

(b) Composition: At the beginning levels students obtain the knowledge to understand the basic concepts, word order, and sentence structure, in order to effectively create complete sentences and ultimately form a coherent paragraph. Upon completion of the advanced levels, students should not only be able to differentiate between different styles of essays but should be able to produce structured coherent essays, beginning with a thesis, followed by sound support and smooth transitions, and ending with a clear concise conclusion.

(c) Reading: Students are to cultivate critical reading skills through practical exposure to a variety of fictional and non-fictional literary texts covered throughout each course. Students should acquire the skills necessary to identify the main and supporting ideas, summarize and paraphrase information, differentiate between fact and opinion, compare and evaluate different points of view, hypothesize and predict future actions/results, and form logical conclusions and inferences.

(d) Vocabulary: Students will not only acquire basic everyday vocabulary, but will also learn the academic words necessary for college level students, idiomatic expressions, and common slang and colloquial expressions. Their vocabulary will not only be increased through memorization and application, but they should acquire the skills necessary to obtain meaning through context and inference.

(e) Listening: Listening comprehension is essential for the development of effective communication and conversation skills. Students will increase their listening comprehension through a variety of activities in order to be able to understand, summarize, and evaluate aural works and material.

(f) Speaking: Students should not only acquire the skills necessary to effectively communicate in daily casual life from giving directions to seeking advice, but also will be able give formal oral presentations, make clear speeches and arguments, and effectively debate current issues.

(g) Pronunciation: Students should be able to recognize and reproduce the correct American English pronunciation, as well as the common spoken American English including sound, stress, and intonation.

(h) Through participating in a variety of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication exercises and activities, students acquire a high level of language proficiency in both speaking and writing, using standard American English Grammar.

(i) Composition: At the beginning levels students obtain the knowledge to understand the basic concepts, word order, and sentence structure, in order to effectively create complete sentences and ultimately form a coherent paragraph. Upon completion of the advanced levels, students should not only be able to differentiate between different styles of essays but should be able to produce structured coherent essays, beginning with a thesis, followed by sound support and smooth transitions, and ending with a clear concise conclusion.

(j) Reading: Students are to cultivate critical reading skills through practical exposure to a variety of fictional and non-fictional literary texts covered throughout each course. Students should acquire the skills necessary to identify the main and supporting ideas, summarize and paraphrase information, differentiate between fact and opinion, compare and evaluate different points of view, hypothesize and predict future actions/results, and form logical conclusions and inferences.

(k) Vocabulary: Students will not only acquire basic everyday vocabulary, but will also learn the academic words necessary for college level students, idiomatic expressions, and common slang and colloquial expressions. Their vocabulary will not only be increased through memorization and application, but they should acquire the skills necessary to obtain meaning through context and inference.

(l) Listening: Listening comprehension is essential for the development of effective communication and conversation skills. Students will increase their listening comprehension through a variety of activities in order to be able to understand, summarize, and evaluate aural works and material.

(m) Speaking: Students should not only acquire the skills necessary to effectively communicate in daily casual life from giving directions to seeking advice, but also will be able give formal oral presentations, make clear speeches and arguments, and effectively debate current issues.

(n) Pronunciation: Students should be able to recognize and reproduce the correct American English pronunciation, as well as the common spoken American English including sound, stress, and intonation.

Assessment: Language evaluation (placement test) will be given to new students on the first day of school.  Students will be promoted to the next level with a grade C or better and/or approval of instructor.

Grading & Attendance: ESL classes are non-credit courses but must be taken for a letter grade.  ESL classes may not be taken for C/NC.  Students must attend class on a regular basis, unless otherwise previously arranged with the instructor.  Assessment, progress, and letter grades will be given based on midterm and/or final examination given by the class instructor.

Certificate of Completion Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or above in each course if the student chose the option of letter grade or receive a Pass (P) grade if the student chose the option of Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grade in order to earn a Certificate of Completion issued by SJPU.

Certificate Program Courses in ESL

The purpose of the San Jose Polytechnic University English as A Second Language program is to provide the highest quality English instruction in a dynamic, caring, student-centered environment.

The San Jose Polytechnic University (SJPU) ESL program exists to assist those individuals whose first language is not English in acquiring proficiency in the English language, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as achieving individually determined educational, professional, vocational, and/or personal goals.

Furthermore, SJPU offers specific programs designed to:

·  Help professionals acquire sufficient English proficiency for employment and/or global business negotiations

·  Help new residents in the United States become competent in the English language in order to live, work, and if so desired, gain citizenship.

There are four levels of ESL programs provided by SJPU as follows:

A. ESL- Beginner Level (240 Contact Hours)

Students will be placed in this level if their TOEFL /IELTS score are in the following range:

TOEFL (Paper Based Test) TOEFL (Computer Based Test) TOEFL (Internet Based Test) IELTS
 310 to 343 33 to 60 9 to 18 1.0 to 1.5

This level of ESL prepares students with capabilities of communication using conventional statements, integrating student’s life in a new environment, writing simple sentences and context following written or oral instructions and making requests related to personal needs.

B.  ESL- Intermediate Level  (240 Contact Hours)

Students will be placed in this level if their TOEFL /IELTS score are in the following range:

TOEFL (Paper Based Test) TOEFL (Computer Based Test) TOEFL (Internet Based Test) IELTS
 347 to 433 63 to 120 19 to 40 2.0 to 3.5

This level of ESL prepares students with capabilities of communication skills and engagement with native English speaker by reinforcing students English grammatical structures. This course will be concentrated in listening and speaking capabilities to build confidence of students.

C. ESL- High Intermediate Level  (240 Contact Hours)

Students will be placed in this level if their TOEFL /IELTS score are in the following range:

TOEFL (Paper Based Test) TOEFL (Computer Based Test) TOEFL (Internet Based Test) IELTS
437 to 473 123 to 150 41 to 52 4.0 to 4.5

This level of ESL will prepare students with capabilities of reading and writing skills about reading strategies and writing solid paragraphs, identifying major topic of a conversation, engaging in conversation by responding with appropriate answer.

D. ESL-Advanced Level  (240 Contact Hours)

Students will be placed in this level if their TOEFL /IELTS score are in the following range:

TOEFL (Paper Based Test) TOEFL (Computer Based Test) TOEFL (Internet Based Test) IELTS
477 to 515 153 to 180 53 to 64 5.0  to 5.5

This level of ESL will prepare students with capabilities of English presentations, English compositions both academic and literary, using internet web sites for research projects, collecting and organizing data for multimedia presentations.