English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes

English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes courses at the College of Central Florida are listed in the catalog under the headings beginning with the codes EAP, REA and ENC. These credit courses are designed to prepare a non-native English speaker for success in a chosen degree program. ESL courses are offered every semester and cost the same as all credit courses. 

If you need to improve your English skills before beginning your academic classes, this program is ideal. The ESL program improves your English skills, including grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

Step One: Application

Complete an application for admission by clicking here.

Step Two: Placement Testing

CF does not require a Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL, for international student admission. CF students take a placement test to assess their English and mathematics proficiency. Students whose test results show adequate skills will be eligible for college-level, degree course work. Others will be required to take ESL classes until language requirements have been met.

Placement Test Scores for non-Native English Speakers and
Enrollment in ESL and Degree Program Courses

CPT PLACEMENT FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS*

Skill AreaEAP Level 1 CoursesEAP Level 2 CoursesCollege Prep Level 1 CoursesCollege Prep Level 2 CoursesDegree seeking Courses
Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills49 or below the student is placed in EAP Level 1 CoursesScore of 50-60 the student is placed EAP Level 2 CoursesScore of 61-71 the student is placed in College Prep Level 1 CoursesScore of 72-82 the student is placed in College Prep Level 2 coursesScore of 83 or above in both skill areas allows student to take degree courses

PERT Placement For Non-Native English Speakers

ReadingEAP Level 1EAP Level 2REA 0007REA 0017Degree Seeking Courses
 50-6061-7576-8990-103104-Above
WritingEAP Level 1EAP Level 2ENC 0015ENC 0025Degree Seeking Courses
50-6566-7273-8990-9899-Above

* Placement may also include consideration of transfer credits that individual students may have, spoken and written English proficiency, and any TOEFL, IELTS or STEP/EIKEN test scores that are presented at time of course placement and initial registration.

If you have a Test of English as a Foreign Language, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP) score, no older than 12 months, the chart below shows your placement. Test scores will only be accepted before students begin coursework. All new international students must take the PERT before registration to ensure appropriate placement in mathematics.

TOEFLIELTSSTEP/EIKEN

Degree
Credit Courses

61
and
above

173 and
above

500 and
above

5.5
and
above

Grade 2A and above

Step Three: Registration

After placement testing and assessment each student will meet with the ESL director and academic advisor for registration in the appropriate courses.

Step Four: Classes Begin

EAP 0300C English as a Second Language – Speech/Listening (4)
This is a skill-based course for students with limited proficiency in English. Students focus on speech and listening skills as they pertain to second language education. Particular emphasis will be placed on the improvement of students' communication skills and fluency. This course teaches pronunciation, intonation, word and sentence stress, as well as structures in everyday communication. Students will develop the ability to communicate in most social situations, clarify or rephrase statements to facilitate communication, and use language that is socially and culturally appropriate. This course incorporates the use of the interactive language laboratory for instruction and reinforcement.

EAP 0383C English as a Second Language – Combined Skills (4)
This integrated course, designed for non-native students with varying levels of English proficiency, covers the four skills of reading, writing, grammar and speaking/listening, as well as improving pronunciation and building vocabulary. Students will develop established skills through classroom activities, multicultural interaction and interactive language software with voice-mapping technology to better prepare themselves for academic study. The course is also intended for community members with high school diplomas who wish to increase proficiency through more rigorous study.

EAP 0384C English as a Second Language – Grammar and Writing I (4)
This course is designed for students whose primary language is not English and whose placement scores indicate the need for instruction in writing coherent, unified paragraphs. The primary focus of the course will be English grammar and the ability to write effective paragraphs. Students will be required to pass an objective final exam and timed writing assessment to be successful in this course. 

EAP 0480C English as a Second Language – Intermediate Combined Skills II (4)
This is a skill-based course specifically designed for ESL and international students. However, it is also recommended for all students who score 41 and below on the reading section of the CPT test. Students will develop the ability to read academic texts on contemporary and literary topics with an emphasis on extensive reading and the enhancement of critical reading skills. 

EAP 0484C English as a Second Language – Grammar and Writing II (4)
This course is designed for students whose primary language is not English and whose placement scores indicate the need for instruction in writing coherent, unified essays. The primary focus of the course will be essay writing, and grammar skills will be incorporated into written assignments. Students will be required to pass an objective final exam and timed writing assessment to be successful in this course. Students are required to have successfully completed EAP 0384C to enroll in this course and/or were not required to take EAP 0384C based on placement test scores. 

DEFINITIONS & DESCRIPTIONS for Florida College System Institutions

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) refers to English language programs that focus on helping international and immigrant students acquire the advanced competencies in academic English that will be necessary for them to complete their degree program. Students completing EAP courses must have earned at least a high school diploma. EAP courses teach students the conventions of research, composition, and documentation necessary to produce rigorous academic and professional work.

English as a Second Language (ESL)is an instructional program for adult learners whose dominant language is not English. The purpose of the ESL program is to increase the English language proficiency of eligible students.

EAP RELATED RULES

Rule 6a-10.033 Postsecondary Instructional Unit Definitions

1 (c) Developmental credit. Developmental credit is the type of credit assigned by Florida College System institutions to courses that provide degree seeking students who wish to enroll in college credit courses with additional academic preparation determined to be needed pursuant to Rule 6A-10.0315, F.A.C. One (1) developmental credit is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of fifteen (15) fifty-minute periods of classroom instruction. Developmental courses provide competency-based instruction to develop college entry competencies in the communication and computation skills described in Rule 6A-10.0319, F.A.C.

(d) Institutional credit. Institutional credit is postsecondary credit that is competency-based. Institutional credit is not guaranteed to automatically transfer.

Rule 6a-14.030 Instruction and Awards in Florida College System Institutions

(13) English for Academic Purposes. Each Florida College System institution is authorized to provide, according to the needs of its students, instruction that provides English Language Learners with essential language and academic preparation necessary to enroll in college credit instruction in Communications. Satisfactory completion of such instruction shall be recognized by the award of units of measure called institutional credit (0100-0400 series pursuant to the Statewide Course Numbering System EAP taxonomy) or college credit (500-600 series pursuant to the Statewide Course Numbering System EAP taxonomy) as defined in paragraphs 6A-10.033(1)(a), (d), F.A.C.

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