ESL Certificate Program
Certificate Program

English as a Second Language

Información en Español

Program Overview

Program Overview

Certificate Program

The mission of NVCC's 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. The  certificate program is designed for students whose native language is not English. The course sequence will help students attain a level of proficiency in English that enables them 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
       
Karlene N Ball
203-575-8156 (p)
Room: E500
Quick Facts

ESL Program Quick Facts

A level for every learner
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NVCC's English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate program includes six levels of ESL curriculum, from beginning to advanced.

Two Convenient Locations
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NVCC offers ESL classes at its Waterbury and Danbury campuses.

Need a little extra help?
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Students enrolled in NVCC's ESL program are available to receive free ESL tutoring at the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE).

Additional Details

Certificate 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
  • Grammar courses (3 hrs/wk) offered at levels 1-5 in Waterbury
  • Pronunciation course (3 hrs/wk) for intermediate and advanced students offered in Waterbury, Saturdays
  • Oral Communications courses (3 hrs/wk) offered at levels 1,3 & 5
  • Experienced and qualified faculty with advanced degrees in teaching ESL
  • Advanced English Proficiency Certificate (must apply)
  • NOTE: Students can use up to 6 credits of Intermediate and Advanced ESL courses to fulfill the Modern Language and/or Arts and Humanities electives required in some degree programs.
  • Free ESL tutoring available in the ACE - E500


Academic calendar

Current Semester


Cost

  • 3-credit courses: $584 (fees included)
  • 6-credit courses: $1100 (fees included)


Extra Curricular ESL Activities

  • Take advantage of free workshops on various ESL topics conducted by full-time faculty.
  • Join one of the many clubs on campus, including the Hispanic Student Union and participate in other celebrations and multicultural events throughout the year.


ESL 3 students 2012

Información en Español

Información en Español

El programa de Inglés como Segunda Lengua (ESL) en Naugatuck Valley Community College está diseñado para estudiantes cuyo primer idioma es diferente al inglés. La secuencia de las clases está diseñada para ayudar a los estudiantes a obtener un nivel de inglés fluido que les permitirá alcanzar éxito académico en las carreras profesionales que el college ofrece.

Currículo Nivel -Múltiple

  • Ofrecemos seis niveles de ESL, de principiante hasta avanzado.
  • Los cursos requeridos son Lectura y Escritura (6 créditos) del nivel II-VI.
  • También ofrecemos cursos de Gramática, Pronunciación, y Comunicación Oral (3 créditos cada uno).
  • Para poder avanzar al siguiente nivel de lectura y escritura, el estudiante debe demostrar ha adquirido suficiente conocimiento a ese nivel. Esto será determinado por la calificación al finalizar el curso, que deberá ser igual o mayor que “C”.
  • Cuando el/la estudiante alcanza el nivel de Escritura y Lectura IV o V, también podrá tomar algunas clases a nivel de college.
  • Una vez que el/la estudiante haya completado exitosamente el nivel de Lectura y Escritura V, podrá matricularse en un curso especial ESL 169 (escritura VI) e inglés a nivel de college (ENG 101), igualmente en algunas otras clases de nivel universitario siempre y cuando haya cumplido con los pre-requisitos necesarios.

Nuestros Recintos

  • 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury: Ofrecemos clases de lunes a viernes por la mañana de 9:35 a.m. - 12:30 pm, y por la tarde de 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • 183, Main Street, Danbury: Ofrecemos clases de lunes a jueves por la noche de 7:05 – 10 p.m.

Algunas clases serán ofrecidas los sábados en ambas sedes.

Cómo vincularse a NVCC

  • Complete la solicitud de Admisiones y reciba su identificación estudiantil (Costo $20).
  • Tome el examen de diagnóstico  en Waterbury o Danbury. El examen es gratis.
  • Matricúlese para tomar clases.

Examen Diagnóstico de Inglés

El nivel de conocimiento de Inglés del estudiante será determinado por el examen diagnóstico de ESL el cual consiste de dos partes:

  • Un examen computarizado: Este examen contiene 40 preguntas para evaluar el uso del idioma (20 preguntas) y la capacidad de lectura (20 preguntas).
  • Un ensayo: El/la estudiante deberá escribir un ensayo sobre el tema que le sea indicado.

Clases que Ofrecemos

Nivel  I: H013 – Lectura y Escritura I, H015 - Gramática I, H017 – Comunicación Oral I
Nivel II: H022 – Lectura y Escritura II, H025 - Gramática II
Nivel III: H132 – Lectura y Escritura III, H135 - Gramática III, H137 – Comunicación Oral III, H139 - Pronunciación III
Nivel IV: H142 – Lectura y Escritura IV, H145 - Gramática IV
Nivel V: H152 – Lectura y Escritura V, H155 - Gramática V, H157 – Comunicación Oral V
Nivel VI: H169 –Escritura VI - ENG 101 (Composición)

Semestres

  • Verano 2015: Clases sin credito (Tienen prioridad estudiantes que se encuentran tomando clases de ESL en el college)
  • Otoño 2015:  31 de agosto - 21 de diciembre

Recursos Disponibles

Los siguientes recursos están disponibles sin costo adicional para todos los estudiantes de ESL en ambas sedes, en Waterbury y Danbury:

  • Tutorías de ESL y escritura
  • Cuentos/historietas (diferentes niveles de principiante-avanzado) y otros libros.

Actividades Extra curriculares

Los estudiantes de ESL pueden unirse a diferentes actividades organizadas por el departamento de ESL como la “Celebración de Culturas” y otros eventos especiales.

Si tiene preguntas o desea registrarse personalmente,puede llamar o visitar Al Director de Programa o coordinadores administrativos de ESL.

 

Para Información en español:

Waterbury:

William Carleton, Diversity Recruitment Advising and Retention Specialist (203) 575-8026 wcarleton@nv.edu

Francois Rivera Educational Assistant Admissions (203) 575-8032   frivera@nv.edu

Danbury:

Antonio Santiago, Associate Dean Danbury, (203) 797-9361 asantiago@nv.edu

Martha Charris, Continuing Education Aid    (203) 797-9361 mcharris@nv.edu

 

Más información.

 

 

Advanced English Proficiency

Course No. Title Credits
ESL*H152 ESL Reading & Writing V 6
ESL*H169
ESL*H162
ESL Writing VI or
ESL Reading & Writing VI
3
6
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

*Note: 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:

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

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

Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

Useful ESL Resources

Useful ESL Language Learning Sites

Audio/Video

  • Real English is free and has an amazing number of video clips with regular people, subtitles and interactive pronunciation practice. The videos are organized according to grammar structures, which makes them easy to choose from.
  • LearnEnglishFeelGood.com has movie clips and short comprehension quizzes afterwards. 
  • Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab (compatible with Real Audio) has several examples of basic English conversations. The dialogues are geared to easy, medium or difficult. Each language situation has a quiz for comprehension practice.

Grammar

  • The ESL Blues website is for intermediate learners and has lots of grammar explanations (with animation), quizzes, some readings and some vocabulary. The animations are the really neat part.
  • English Grammar Secrets offers simple but effective grammar exercises.

Listening

  • English Club offers dictations for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners. Type what you hear in the text box and then check your answer against the online written version.
  • 100 free short English stories for ESL learners is for beginner-intermediate students. Follow the reading while listening to the recording.

Writing

  • English Online has some terrific tutorials and self-tests on paragraph construction.
  • The UNC Writing Center offers a review of subjects, verbs, clauses and basic sentence patterns. It’s both clear and helpful. 

Reading

  • The American River College ESL page offers fun as well as serious reading materials.
  • Literacynet.org offers news stories you can follow along with that are written by CBS and CNN reporters. Choose from categories like Adventure, Business & Economy, Crime, Culture & Society, Education, and Science & Technology. There are also vocabulary, comprehension and writing activities based on these news reports.

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