ESL Bridge Program

Overview

The ESL Bridge Program at Alvin Community College (ACC) offers ESOL classes designed to provide all non-native speakers of English with the opportunities, support, and encouragement they need to meet their career, vocational, academic, and personal goals. Our ESOL courses integrate extensive oral communication practice alongside comprehensive literacy instruction across five language domains, including writing, reading, listening, speaking, and culture, and subdomains such as grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and pragmatics. ESOL courses are competency-based, addressing different levels of language learning.

Credit ESOL Courses

Adult ESOL College and Career Readiness

Classes are designed to support students as they transition from language study to full-time academic study. Students in these classes are awarded credit hours according to the number of contact hours of classroom instruction per week throughout a term. Classes must be taken in the prescribed sequence to complete the core curriculum, depending on the results of the placement test:

ESOL 0301 Oral Communication. This course develops listening and speaking skills and prepares students to function in educational, vocational, and/or personal English-speaking contexts. The course focuses on increasing English fluency from low-intermediate to high-intermediate level, blending classroom instruction and computer-based instruction.

ESOL 0302 Reading and Vocabulary. This course develops English reading proficiency and vocabulary for academic, career, or personal purposes and prepares students to function in a multicultural, multilingual society. The course focuses on increasing English fluency from high-intermediate to advanced level, with an emphasis on preparation for academic classes.

NCCI 0101 Writing for Non-Native Speakers. This course focuses on strategies and techniques of writing and composition. The course is a companion non-course-based option to ENGL 1301 for non-native speakers of English. Topics include American academic rhetorical structure, cultural expectations, student-specific English grammar and language patterns, in support of ENGL 1301 instruction.

ESOL Placement and Assessment

Students accepted into the credit ESOL courses must fulfill the English-language admission requirement with the Accuplacer ESL. The Accuplacer ESL helps determine whether a student is ready for college-level classes and assists in placing students in level-appropriate ESOL classes. Students seeking admission into the program are not required to take the WritePlacer section of the Accuplacer ESL. Instead, they submit a hand-written essay sample whose scores are used for placement decisions.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for admission to the credit ESOL courses, an online application must be completed and submitted via ApplyTexas.org. After completing the college admissions application, candidates must meet with an advisor or counselor in Advising Services. Then, students may arrange to take the ESOL placement test by contacting the ACC Testing Center. There is no charge for initial testing.

Eligibility Requirements for Financial Incentive

Students admitted into the credit ESOL courses may apply to receive a financial incentive, provided they meet the eligibility requirements below:

  • The student is a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States.
  • The student has completed the application form and submitted documentation to verify information on this form.
  • The student has met placement testing requirements.

Noncredit ESOL Courses

Adult ESOL Personal Enrichment and Job Placement/Advancement

Classes are designed to give students the English language and cultural skills required for successful job placement, retention, and advancement. Students in these classes receive a certificate of completion at the end of each course. Classes must be taken in the prescribed sequence to complete the core curriculum, depending on the results of the placement test:

COMG 1000 Communications Improvement I. Presentation of industry-related basic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

COMG 1001 Communications Improvement II. Introduces students to the uses of language in a variety of relevant job-related contexts.

COMG 1004 Communications Improvement III. Improvement in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills for job success.

COMG 1005 Communications Improvement IV. Emphasis on industry-related vocabulary development and skills acquisition.

COMG 1007 Communications Improvement V. Focus on comprehending challenging industrial and job-related materials.

COMG 1008 Communications Improvement VI. Focuses on communication situations found in business and the workplace for students whose primary language is other than English.

ESOL Placement and Assessment

Individuals interested in the noncredit ESOL courses will be required to complete a placement test for ESL support. The placement test will assist in placing each candidate in classes at the right level. Candidates can take the placement test by coming in person to our office in Building G, Room 131. They do not need to make an appointment to take the placement test.

Registration Process

Candidates should complete a registration form to sign up for the ESOL classes. Students can register in person at the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, located in Building H, Room 103.

Eligibility Requirements for Financial Incentive

Students admitted into the program may apply to receive a financial incentive, provided they meet the eligibility requirements below:

  • The student is a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States.
  • The student has completed the application form and submitted documentation to verify information on this form.

Para obtener información en español sobre nuestros cursos, llama al 281-756-5261 o envía un correo a MCastillo@alvincollege.edu

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
General Education & Academic Support
Building G, Room 131