ESL Program Mission Statement
The mission of the ESL Program is to provide a diverse population of non-native speakers of English a variety of ESL courses, activities and events, which can help them eliminate the linguistic barriers in achieving their academic, economic, and personal goals. Students who complete the ESL Program gain linguistic and cultural knowledge necessary to advance to the mainstream courses in their major and/or to secure employment in the community.
The Goals of the ESL Program
The Goals of the ESL Program resonate with the College’s strategic goals in academic excellence, student success and enrollment management, college culture, and stewardship:
- The Academic Excellence goal of the ESL Program is to create curricula and instructional materials that help students:
- Acquire linguistic and cultural knowledge related to academic settings
- Expand academic vocabulary
- Develop confidence in speaking/listening and reading/writing, including formal and informal registers
- Learn to monitor and self-correct their linguistic output
- Develop fluency in the use of higher-level grammatical structures
- Learn to “think” in the target language, i.e. to learn to use the language without heavily relying on their first language.
- Acquire phonological and phonetic knowledge of the sound system of English
- The Student Success and Enrollment Management goal is to:
- Provide a variety of ESL courses at multiple levels to include non-native speakers from diverse cultural and age groups with or without prior educational and professional experience.
- Provide day and evening classes in traditional and accelerated formats to meet the varying needs of students.
- Help students succeed by facilitating Conversation and Grammar Labs in the Academic Support Center as well as by providing professional ESL tutors who work one-on-one with ESL students.
- Assess all ESL students’ abilities in the core linguistic skills of speaking/listening and reading/writing.
- The Partnership goal is to:
- Collaborate with all ESL Programs in the CSCU system through the CSCU ESL Council to share best practices in pedagogy and expertise in program administration.
- Establish partnerships with the local high schools and agencies that serve ESL students in the community in order to utilize a mutual referral system to serve the growing needs of the ESL population.
- The College Culture goal is to:
- Engage ESL students in volunteerism and in participation in a wide variety of the College’s student activities and clubs.
- The Stewardship goal is to:
- Maximize the use of the College’s language lab across ESL curricula to meet the academic excellence goals.
- Attract recent graduates of local programs for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to help them gain professional experience while tutoring the MCC ESL students.