English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL Program at Pacific College of technology is a non-degree, non-credit program.

Program Overview

The purpose of the English as a Second Language program is to provide high quality English language instruction and cultural orientation to nonnative speakers of English seeking to enhance their career opportunities or preparing for academic study in the United States.

Program Objectives

The ESL program intends to accomplish its mission by pursuing the following objectives

  1. Offer a curriculum that is based on continuous research, evaluation, and improvement.
  2. Develop English language skills by having students engage in a range of communicative tasks and activities.
  3. Develop awareness of the cultural aspects of the United States in order to bridge cultural differences and ease the transition into American society.
  4. Carefully evaluate students during the recruitment process and provide the necessary guidance and support to enable t hem to achieve t heir English language learning goals.
  5. Assess and monitor students’ academic progress utilizing an ongoing evaluation process
  6. Recruit and maintain highly qualified and experienced instructors who understand students needs.
  7. Provide staff development in appropriate instructional, counseling, and assessment strategies for instructors.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively by speaking clearly and coherently in academic, professional, and social settings.
  2. Implement writing skills and grammatical structures an accurately and efficiently to produce well- written, well-organized paragraphs and essays.
  3. Apply essential reading and vocabulary strategies to comprehend, analyze, and explain ideas in texts.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skill s by applying new language skills.
  5. Develop understanding of the various cultures in the United States.

Placement Testing

All new and transfer students are required to take an English placement test before they register. The purpose of the placement test is to determine students’ English skills in order to place them in the correct class. The placement test includes Listening Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension.

Admission Requirements

  1. All applicants must meet the general admission requirements.
  2. All applicants should display an understanding of the alphabet and of some commonly used words by obtaining a minimum score of 25 on the placement test.
  3. However, 2 Pre-Beginner Levels are available for students who cannot meet this basic admission requirement.

Program Requirements

The ESL program:

  1. is based on clock hours (contact hours) and does not award any credits.
  2. is composed of 8 Core Levels, Elementary to Upper Advanced, in addition to 2 Pre-Beginner Levels available for students who cannot meet the basic admission requirement.
  3. consists of 8-week terms offered year-round.


Pre – Beginner Levels 1 and 2:

  1. Designed for students who have limited or no knowledge of the English language.
  2. The goal of instruction is to prepare students to enter elementary level courses within two sessions by helping them acquire skills in all basic areas.

Core Levels 1 to 8 (Elementary to Upper Advanced):

  1. Progressively develop English skills for personal, social, professional, and academic purposes.
  2. Courses include Grammar and Writing, Reading and Critical Thinking, and Speaking and Listening.
  3. Designed to develop students’ fluency by taking them from a lower level to a higher level of proficiency.

Elective Courses:

  1. Provide students with the opportunity to focus on specific skills or content areas.
  2. Current electives include Oral Fluency, Vocabulary Development, and Academic Skills. More electives to come.
  3. Students must register for an elective course every term.

For more information, please download the College Catalog

PCT Catalog 2022-2023 – PDF