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English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes

If you need to improve your English skills before beginning your academic classes, this program is ideal. English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes (ESL/EAP) improves your English skills, including grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking. These credit courses are designed to prepare a non-native English speaker for success in a chosen degree program. ESL/EAP courses are offered every semester and cost the same as all credit courses.

CF does not require English Proficiency test scores 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 English as a Second Language for academic purposes 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 Area EAP Level 1 Courses EAP Level 2 Courses College Prep Level 1 Courses College Prep Level 2 Courses Degree seeking Courses
Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills 49 or below the student is placed in EAP Level 1 Courses Score of 50-60 the student is placed EAP Level 2 Courses Score of 61-71 the student is placed in College Prep Level 1 Courses Score of 72-82 the student is placed in College Prep Level 2 courses Score of 83 or above in both skill areas allows student to take degree courses

PERT Placement For Non-Native English Speakers

Reading EAP Level 1 EAP Level 2 REA 0007 REA 0017 Degree Seeking Courses
50-60 61-75 76-89 90-103 104-Above
Writing EAP Level 1 EAP Level 2 ENC 0015 ENC 0025 Degree Seeking Courses
50-65 66-72 73-89 90-98 99-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 (TOEFL), 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.

TOEFL IELTS STEP/EIKEN
Degree Credit Courses 61 and above 173 and above 500 and above 5.5 and above Grade 2A and above

Course Descriptions

EAP 0300C English as a Second Language – Speech/Listening (4 credits)
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 credits)
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 credits)
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 credits)
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 and 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.