English as a Second Language (ESL)

Certificate Program

NVCC's ESL program is designed for students whose native language is not English. The course sequence will help you attain a level of proficiency in English that enables you to succeed in the academic and career programs offered at the college.

Program highlights

  • Six levels of ESL curriculum, from beginning to advanced
  • Reading and writing courses (6 hrs/wk), the core of the program
  • Courses offered in Waterbury in the morning, 9:35 am - 12:30 pm and evening, 5:30-8:30 pm, and in Danbury, 7:05 - 10:00 pm
       

The English as a Second Language Certificate of Advanced English Proficiency provides non-native speakers of English with personal and professional development opportunities, encourages lifelong learning, and provides employers with measurable proof of proficiency in English. Each of the courses in the program addresses English language skills and abilities necessary for success in academic studies or in careers. Both full and part-time students whose native language is not English are eligible for this program. (Students need to take a minimum of 9 credits of ESL courses to be eligible for this certificate.)

Course No. Title Credits
ESL*H152 ESL Reading & Writing V 6
ESL*H169
ESL*H162
ESL Writing VI* or
ESL Reading & Writing** VI
3
Elective Directed Elective (Communication) 3
ENG*H101 Composition 3
Elective †† Directed Elective (Reading/Writing) 3
COM*H100 Introduction to Communication 3
Total Credit Hours 21

† Directed Electives (Communication)

ESL*H139 Pronunciation III
ESL*H157 Oral Communications V
COM*H172 Interpersonal Communication
COM*H173 Public Speaking
BBG*H210 Business Communication

†† Directed Electives (Reading/Writing)

ENG*H102 Literature & Composition
ENG*H200 Advanced Composition
ENG*H202 Technical Writing
COM*H157 American Film
COM*H226 Journalism I or COM*H227 Journalism II
HIS*H201 U.S. History I or HIS*H202 U.S. History II

*Students who take ESL*H169 instead of ESL*H162 course will need to take three credits in the Directed Electives for Reading/Writing. 

**Students who take the ESL 162 course will NOT need to take three credits in the Directed Electives for Reading / Writing.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in handling a variety of writing assignments.
  • Comprehend diverse texts which are conceptually abstract and linguistically complex.
  • Understand extended discourse on contextualized and abstract topics such as in lectures, speeches, and reports.
  • Show fluency and comfort in the use of English to express their own ideas.
  • Write with precision and detail.
  • Use spoken English with sufficient accuracy to participate effectively in formal and informal conversations on practical, social and professional topics.

Note: ESL students registered prior to Fall 2015 may use up to 6 credits of intermediate and advanced levels of ESL courses to fulfill the modern language and/or arts and humanities elective requirements. For new students registered in Fall 2015 or onwards, ESL 169 and ESL 157 only can be used to fullfill the General Education Requirements for Written and Oral Communication respectively.  However, transfer of ESL credits from NVCC to other institutions or from other institutions to NVCC are governed by the policies of the receiving institution.

The ESL courses are designed for students whose native language is not English. The sequence endeavors to help students attain a level of proficiency in English that will permit them to succeed in the academic or career programs of the college. The ESL sequence has six levels. The core of the sequence is the 6-credit reading/writing courses which integrate discussion and grammar into the content. There are grammar courses from levels one through five; oral communication courses at levels one, three and five; and one pronunciation course at level three. Placement in ESL courses is determined by the ESL office and is based on the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) exam and a writing sample. To be promoted to the next level, students must demonstrate mastery of the respective language learning competencies, which is determined by a grade of “C” or better and completion of all coursework. Students in upper levels of ESL may concurrently take some academic courses, in accordance with course prerequisites. The last level of ESL, Writing VI,  is taken concurrently with an ENG 101 course which is known as an ESL ALP.  The ESL ALP is designed specifically for ESL students who have either taken the previous levels of ESL or have tested into the highest level of ESL.  After successful completion of the ESL ALP sequence, students progress to ENG*H102 or a higher ENG course.

ESL*H013
Writing and Reading I
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESL*H5030 (Real Life English) or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this low beginning level course, students begin to develop basic skills in reading and writing. Coursework focuses on basic grammar structures and sentence construction. Vocabulary is increased through reading and writing. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H015
Grammar I
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESL*H5030 Real Life English or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this low beginning level course, students will be introduced to patterns and rules of basic grammar structures. Students will practice and apply these structures through exercises, reading, writing, and discussion. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H017
Oral Communications I
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESL*H5030 Real Life English or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this low beginning level course, students will work toward improving their speaking and listening skills. Students will develop their oral communication skills, including pronunciation, through a variety of activities such as role playing, conversation, large and small group discussions, and oral reports. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H022
Reading and Writing II
6 Credits

Prerequisites: "C" or better in ESL*H013 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this high beginning level course, students continue to develop reading and writing skills by reading extensively and writ-ing effective sentences and structured paragraphs. Reading and writing also provide the basis for vocabulary and grammar development. This course requires a minimum of twelve hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H025
Grammar II
3 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H013, or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this high beginning level course, students build on basic grammar structures and practice them with reading, writing, and speaking exercises. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H132
Reading and Writing III
6 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H022 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this low intermediate course, students continue to develop reading and writing skills by reading extensively and writing effective sentences and structured paragraphs. Assigned readings (including whole works) inspire individual writing assignments as well as discussions in small and large groups. In addition to learning grammatical principles, students work on effective sentence structures, paragraph development and organizational skills in writing compositions. This course requires a minimum of twelve hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H135
Grammar III
3 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H022 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this low intermediate course, patterns and rules of grammar structures will be introduced, practiced, and applied in a meaningful context. Formal exercises, short writings, and communicative activities will be used to promote mastery of essential language structures. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H137
Oral Communications III
3 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H022 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this low intermediate course, communication skills and fluency will be developed using authentic language. Students will develop increased self-confidence and competency through a variety of activities that address oral communication, pronunciation, listening and reading comprehension, and vocabulary development. Activities will include role-playing, interviewing, class and small group discussions, oral reports, and written exercises. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week. (Fall,Spring)

ESL*H139
Pronunciation III
3 Credits

Prerequisites: "C" or better in ESL*H022 or specified score on ESL placement exam. This course will provide extensive, in-depth practice in English pronunciation with special focus on rhythm, stress, and intonation. Basic features of English phonology will be reviewed. Students will learn to evaluate their own speech in order to become more competent, self-assured speakers. Short readings and poetry will be used to facilitate the unique expressive and communicative features of spoken English. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H142
Reading and Writing IV
6 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H132 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this high intermediate course, students continue to strengthen reading and writing skills. Assigned readings (including whole works) as well as student writing form the basis for small group and class discussions. Students focus on writing and rewriting essays to develop ideas, organization, clarity and accuracy in their writing. This course requires a minimum of twelve hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H145
Grammar IV
3 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H132 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this high intermediate course, students will further develop proficiency in the use of grammar structures through group discussions, oral practice, written exercises, and short writings. Use of grammar structures in authentic contexts will be emphasized. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H152
Reading and Writing V
6 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H142 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this low advanced course, students continue to refine reading comprehension and writing proficiency. Assigned readings (including whole works) as well as student writing provide the text for small group and class discussions. Through writing and rewriting essays, students work on organizational skills, development of ideas, clarity and the mechanics of effective writing. This course requires a minimum of twelve hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H155
Grammar V
3 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H142 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this low advanced course, key grammar structures will be learned and practiced through group discussions, oral and written exercises, and short writings. Use of grammar structures in authentic contexts will be emphasized. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H157
Oral Communications V
3 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H142 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this low advanced course, fluency in oral communication and listening skills will be further developed. Communicative competency will be addressed in an authentic and meaningful setting. Taped lectures and conversations, oral presentations, interviewing, class and small group discussions, role playing and vocabulary development activities will enhance proficiency in English. This course requires a minimum of six hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H169
Writing VI
3 Credits

Prerequisite: “B-“or better in ESL*H152 or specified score on ESL placement exam. Co-requisite: ENG 101 Composition ESL ALP. This course is designed for the advanced ESL student who would like to complete their ESL course sequence faster with the benefit of concurrently taking ENG 101 ALP course. This course is designed to refine students’ writing through intensive editing and revision practices focusing on using Academic Word List vocabulary and accurate grammar structure usage. Paraphrasing and summarizing academic texts are integral. In addition, students will read, critically assess and write responses to readings. This course requires a minimum of 6 hours of outside work per week.

ESL*H162
Reading and Writing VI
3 Credits

Prerequisite: "C" or better in ESL*H152/5152 or specified score on ESL placement exam. In this high advanced course, students continue to develop fluency, clarity, organizational skills and the mechanics of effective writing with a focus on the linguistic and rhetorical requirements of second language learners. Course content and writing assignments are based on reading selections, complete works, and student texts. Students write, revise, and edit drafts participate in group work, and confer with teachers and peers. Successful completion of this course with a “C” or better will promote students to ENG 101. This course requires a minimum of twelve hours of outside work per week.

Follow these easy steps and you'll be an ESL student at NVCC in no time!

  1. Apply to Naugatuck Valley Community College.
  2. Send in required documents.
  3. Take the Accuplacer Level of English Proficiency Test.
  4. Look for ESL classes this semester.
  5. Register and make payment (online, by fax, or in person).
  6. Financial aid, scholarships and payment plans are available.
Program Assistant
Karlene N Ball
203-575-8156 (p)
Room: E500
Mission Statement

The mission of the ESL program is to provide effective language instruction and support to students whose native language is not English, helping and encouraging them to attain a level of proficiency in English that will permit them to succeed in the academic or career program of their choice.