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The Intensive English Language Program ESL classes at FM

Fulton-Montgomery Community College offers a full-time non-credit Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for students who need to improve their language ability before beginning full-time study in a college degree program. The ESL Language Program is also intended for those who want to study English for career or social purposes. Students are given instruction in listening, reading, writing and speaking skills as well as American culture studies. A free placement exam is required before enrollment. Courses are presented either in monthly modules or semester blocks (summer only) and enrollment is on a rolling admission basis. For more information, refer to the Application Information section.

All ESL courses beginning with the EF prefix are non-credit/credit-equivalent remedial courses and may be used to meet credit requirements of any athletic, enrollment, financial aid and immigration requirements. However, they cannot be used as electives towards graduation and may not be substituted for any English requirement of any curricula. Students seeking to meet these requirements are required to be matriculated into a degree program and have a pre-filed program of study form completed prior to enrollment. Tuition charged for credit-equivalent hour courses are consistent with credit hour charges.

The core courses of the Intensive English Language Program include the following four skill areas: Listening Skills, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and Speaking Skills. Courses are available in multiple language proficiency levels. Each course has 75 hours of intensive language classroom instruction; 5 credit-equivalent hours. By advice and recommendation of the ESL faculty, students may also be allowed to enroll in credit-bearing courses related to their academic goals.

Listening Skills

Practice in aural comprehension, sound discrimination, vocabulary building, and comprehension of main ideas and inferences. Related reading, writing and note-taking activities. This course may lead to further English language studies at higher levels or be repeated, depending on the progress of the student. 5 credit-equivalent hours.

Reading Skills

Practice in comprehension of basic written communication, simple descriptive and narrative texts to more advanced academic materials, study skills, and expository writing. Dictionary usage, vocabulary expansion. Related writing and speaking activities. This course may lead to further English language studies at higher levels or be repeated, depending on the progress of the student. 5 credit-equivalent hours.

Writing Skills

Written reinforcement of grammatical concepts and basic writing tasks and handwriting improvement to the development of written communication skills in preparation for college expository and argumentative composition. Composition from sentence level activities to the paragraph and short essay levels. Integration of related skills. This course may lead to further English language studies at higher levels or be repeated, depending on the progress of the student. 5 credit-equivalent hours.

Speaking Skills

Development from simple speaking skills to skills for conversational and academic contexts. Practice in exposition, guided discussion and debate. Related listening, reading and writing activities as well as note-taking and academic study skills. This course may lead to further English language studies at higher levels or be repeated, depending on the progress of the student. 5 credit-equivalent hours.

Culture Studies: Orientation to American Culture

Assistance through lecture/workshop/field trip and guest speaker series in adjusting to life and studies at FM and the surrounding community, and in understanding specific and broader aspects of American culture. Mandatory for all incoming full-time international students. 5 credit-equivalent hours.