FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
How can I learn English more efficiently?
Keep in mind that it takes time, effort and motivation to be able to achieve a higher level of English proficiency. Taking ESL classes and attending ESL tutoring sessions certainly help you learn English under guidance of our experienced ESL instructors and tutors, but learning doesn't only take place in class or in tutoring lab.
Outside of the formal learning environments, you may try different language learning strategies and find out which ones are most suitable and practical for you. In general, try to expose yourself to English and use it as much as possible. At the same time, make sure to keep the level of exposure and use of English consistent. You may create your own language learning schedule (i.e., designating times for listening, reading, speaking, and writing in English).
To keep yourself motivated while learning English, you may also try any of the following 'fun' ways to learn English. We hope that one or more of these strategies will suit your learning style.
A few 'fun' ways to learn English outside the classroom:
1. Use entertainment such as movies, TV shows, and songs as tools to learn English.
2. Seek opportunities to use English both in and outside the classroom (e.g., at a cafeteria, at a bus stop, etc.)
3. Join different activities and/or clubs where you can meet and interact with other people in English.
4. Keep a language learning journal or diary in which you can write and take notes in English. You may write something new you have learned (e.g., new vocabulary, new expressions, and new ideas) in the journal. Many ESL and international students find it fun and helpful to journal about their excitement or frustration in adjusting to the new culture and their new language learning experience.
Expectations of Students >>
- How do I apply to Delaware County Community College?
- Will the College accept TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT for waiver of ESL placement testing?
- Do I have to take an ESL placement test?
- Do I have to take ESL courses?
- Do I have to take ESL courses even though I have taken them at another school?
- Can I skip levels?
- Do I have to go to classes?
- Do I have to go to tutoring?
- What will happen if I miss classes and tutoring sessions?
- What happens if I get very sick and I miss a lot of classes?
- Do ESL courses transfer?
- Which grades are given for ESL courses?
- Are there other developmental courses that I must take after ESL?
- How long will it take to complete ESL courses?
- Can I take credit courses while I take ESL courses?
- How can I adjust to the College’s learning environment more efficiently?
- Does Delaware County Community College have a dormitory?
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Yes. TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required for admission. During Orientation, students will be tested and placed in the appropriate level of English language classes. To review for the ESL placement test, visit accuplacer.collegeboard.org.
A TOEFL iBT score of 80+, TOEFL PBT score of 550+, or IELTS score of 6.5+ will qualify you to take the English placement test (and not the ESL placement test.).
Scores must be current within 5 years.
Students whose first language is not English take the ESL placement. Students who have taken English Composition I at a U.S. college or university, and earned a "C" or better in the course, and students with high enough TOEFL or IELTS scores may be exempt from the ESL placement test.
This depends on your placement test scores. Your advisor will explain the scores, offer advice, and help you to register you for appropriate courses.
ESL credits do not transfer, so this depends upon your placement test scores. It is rare but possible to test out of ESL and go directly into development English or English Composition I.
Students are given a subject test on the first day of each class to ensure the accuracy of the initial placement test scores. If students score high enough on this subject test, they may be recommended to skip a level.
Yes. In the United States, students are expected to attend all classes and participate in class. Students who cannot attend a class should inform the instructor beforehand.
Yes. Students in ESL Writing, Reading, and Speaking/Listening are required to attend tutoring sessions. Tutoring is a natural and practical way to practice what you've learned in class.
You may receive lower grades in your classes or even fail your classes, depending on how much information, participation, tests, and work you miss. Consult with your instructor and advisors.
It is very important for you to discuss your situation and possible resolutions with your instructors and advisors.
The College does not accept transfer-in ESL courses. Most institutions will not accept ESL credits for transfer.
For ESL and developmental courses, students receive one of the following grades:
High Pass -- HP
Pass -- P
No Pass -- NP
Yes. Two developmental courses, ENG 050 (Writing) and REA 050 (Reading), or one course called REA 075 (a combination of ENG 050 and REA 050), are required. These courses bridge students from ESL to academic English Composition I (ENG 100).
This depends on a number of factors: your placement test scores; your academic progress; how many classes you take each semester; whether you study in summer; and whether you test out of any levels. For a full-time student, the ESL Program ranges from 0-1.5 years to complete.
Students in the Intermediate I levels of the ESL program may take regular academic courses, but only in addition to the required ESL courses. Advisors and students should select courses carefully to ensure that students will succeed in the courses for which they are eligible. The additional credit courses should not require a great deal of essay writing.
Please refer to the ESL Online Resource Center sections “Academic Life” - Academic system; “College life” - Expectations of students in U.S. colleges and classrooms; and “Fighting culture shock” - Life in the U.S.