English for College- Classes
What is the English for College program?
English for College is an intensive program for adult, beginner and high-beginner English language learners that helps them reach the level of English needed to be accepted as a student at State College of Florida (SCF). Even though the English for College program is specially designed for students who plan to eventually attend college at SCF, other students who are interested in professional or academic English skills are welcome to register. Please note that the English for College course includes homework and tests, as well as steady attendance. This program is not a conversation class.
Who can attend the English for College program?
If you are ready to improve your language skills to get into college, then the English for College program is for you. Even if you don't plan on attending college in the near future, this class will help you improve your professional communication skills. To enroll in this program, you need a high school diploma (from any country). If you have not had your diploma translated and evaluated, you will be required to do this if you intend on applying to State College of Florida when you finish the English for College program. Don't worry; we will give you information about how to do this.
When are the classes?
Classes begin several times a year. Please contact the office. (See the contact information at the bottom of this page.) Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and run for 12 weeks at both the Bradenton and Venice campuses of State College of Florida.
How do I register?
Registration for the next session is open now. To register for Bradenton classes, please come to the office of Corporate and Community Development , in Building 18, room 139, on the SCF Bradenton Campus. Building 18 is located next to the parking lot, in the back of the College near the tennis courts. To register for Venice classes, come to Building 800, room 809. Offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30. Please bring your high school diploma and a translation if you have it. Also, bring identification and be prepared to pay for the program at the time of registration. At this time you will also take a 1 hour test in English so we can place you in English for College level 1 or level 2.
What's the difference between the English for College program and the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program?
The English for College program is not a college class. It is offered by a division of State College of Florida (the Division of Corporate and Community Development) as a service to the members of the community who either want to improve their professional language skills or who want to go to college, but don't have the necessary English skills. This is a program for beginning and high-beginning English learners. When you finish this course, you may be at a high enough level to attend SCF's EAP program if you choose to.
The EAP (English for Academic Purposes) program has courses for intermediate and advanced English language learners. This is a college program and students must be accepted by the College to take these courses. Students who take these courses may also qualify to receive financial aid. Both the English for College program and the EAP program prepare students to complete college and/or university in the United States.
What is the content of the English for College program?
In this program, you will receive 12 hours a week of English instruction in speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. All instruction is in a classroom with a teacher who is focused on your success. This is not a computer lab program. You will build your general English skills and your academic English skills so you can succeed in SCF college credit courses.
English for College is a challenging, academic program. You will be expected to complete about one hour of homework every night, Monday-Wednesday, and about four hours of homework from Thursday night until the following Monday class. Homework, attendance and participation are required in this program.
You will be provided with learning materials, including books and handouts. You should have access to a computer and Internet connection at home so you can do homework online. If you don't have a computer at home, your teacher will explain to you where to use a computer on campus.
In addition, you'll be given help to make a smooth transition from the English for College program to the English for Academic Purposes program at the College. You will meet with admissions staff and advisors who will help you register for SCF when you are ready, and explain what you need to do to continue your academic career. The goal of the English for College program is to move you into college courses at SCF.
How much does this program cost?
The cost of the 12 week, 144 hour class is $750. The cost includes tuition, books, and online learning support. Payment is due at the time of registration. No refunds are provided unless the course is cancelled.