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iESL Pathway Program

iESL Pathway Program


Overview

The iESL pathway program at LCC is designed to prepare admitted students for successful English acquisition and the foundation to be successful during their academic career through the purposeful combination of iESL, college level, and support classes. This program has a strong focus on study skills, time management, understanding the US classroom, and service-learning. During their course of iESL, students will volunteer at nonprofit organizations alongside Americans where they will practice spoken English and communication, gain confidence in a work-like setting, become familiar with US culture and customs, and help nonprofit organizations in the community. Class content, while designed to develop English language proficiency, will also focus on topics that build skills required to be successful in college while exploring contemporary world problems to enhance cross-curricular competency and cross-cultural understanding..

Students who do not meet LCC’s English proficiency requirements as stated in the LCC catalog to begin in Associate’s Degree level classes will take a CaMLA placement test before they begin their first quarter of study at LCC. Students will be placed in the appropriate level, as described below, according to their test score result. From that level, students will progress through iESL classes, with college-level classes slowly introduced to their course load.

Upon completion of the program, students will have the skills to understand and navigate what is expected of them and the English skills to be successful in a college-level academic classroom at LCC.

Students that successfully complete the pathway program are guaranteed admission into one of the Associate’s Degree programs at Lower Columbia College.

Admission standards: 1) Students must be at least be 18 years old by the start of the quarter or 2) Turn 16 years old no later than the first quarter they are enrolled. Those under 18 must also provide evidence of successful completion of the equivalent of 9th grade education in their home country.

Level Blue
Test 0 - 40 (low to high beginner) CaMLA
Classes Speaking & listening I or II (5)
Writing I or II (5)
Reading I or II (5)
Grammar I or II (3)
Metric for advancement Test score of 80% or higher at level
Time to complete Up to 4 quarters, depending on initial placement
Level Red
Test 41-55 (low to high intermediate)
Classes Speaking & Listening III or IV (5)
Math or College Course* (5)
Reading III or IV (5)
Grammar III or IV (3)
Metric for advancement Test score of 80% or higher at level
Time to complete 1-2 quarters
Level Gold
Test 56-71 (low advanced)
Classes English 98 or 99 (5)
College 108 or College Class(5)
College class (5)
Special Projects - if needed for additional English support (1-3)
Metric for advancement 80% or higher at level and C or better in college classes
Time to complete 1-2 quarters
Level Gold Plus
Test 72-80 (high advanced)
Classes English 101 (5)
College Course or College 108 (5)
College Course (5)
Special Projects - if needed (1)
Metric for advancement At any time during their degree program, students may be placed into special projects as a support class if their GPA falls below a 2.0 (for a quarter or cumulatively), or if they earn a grade below a C- in any class.
Time to complete 1 quarter then special projects as needed

*courses should be from an approved list of classes recommended by the faculty for English language learners

Break down of progression through each level

Blue Level Low beginner Second quarter
  Speaking & listening I (5)
Writing I (5)
Reading I (5)
Grammar I (3)
Speaking & listening II (5)
Writing II (5)
Reading II (5)
Grammar II (3)
  18 credits 18 credits
Red Level Third quarter Fourth quarter
  College course* (5)
Speaking & Listening III (5)
Reading III (5)
Grammar III (3)
College course* (5)
Speaking & Listening IV (5)
Reading IV (5)
Grammar IV (3)
  18 credits 18 credits

*courses should be from an approved list of classes recommended by the faculty for English language learners

Gold Level Fifth quarter Sixth quarter
  English 98 (5)
College 108 or college class (5) 
College class (5)
Special Projects - if needed (1-3)

English 99 (5)
College 108 or college class (5) 
College class (5)
Special Projects - if needed (1-3)

  15-18 credits 15-18 credits
Gold Plus Level Seventh quarter
  English 101 (5)
College Course or College 108 (5)
College Course (5)
Special Projects - if needed (1-3)
  15-18 credits

 

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