by Kelly Rogge
Enrollment for the spring semester is underway for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s English for Speakers of Other Languages Program.
The goal of the program is to help those who need to improve their English skills. Students can choose academic ESOL or adult basic education ESL classes, depending on their current fluency and personal goals.
After being admitted to KCKCC, students are tested using the COMPASS ESL placement test. Test scores are then used to help students with selecting classes.
Any student whose first language is not English or has not developed adequate academic English skills should meet with the ESOL department for assistance.
The program has four levels, allowing students to complete ESOL in two years. The program is broken into several parts – reading, listening and speaking, writing and grammar and vocabulary.
During the first two semesters, students are solely in ESOL classes. Then, beginning in the third semester, schedules can become more individualized, depending on the student’s fluency. Grammar is separated from writing during the last two semesters, and students have the option of taking classes outside the ESOL program.
A class in Improving Pronunciation will also be offered on the Main Campus during the spring semester, and Listening and Speaking will be offered at the Leavenworth Center as well.
All classes are offered in both the fall and spring semesters. The program’s structure also gives students the opportunity to be better prepared as they transition into mainstream classes.
For more information on the ESOL program, to enroll or to make an appointment, call 913-288-7625 or 913-288-7380. Students can also stop by the ESOL Office, Room 3415, during normal office hours. Information is also available by emailing Liz Holloway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at KCKCC.