ESL—OUR PROGRAM AND HOW TO USE IT I. INTRODUCTION Your English class is offered through Waukesha County Technical TO THE ESL College (WCTC). WCTC is part of the Wisconsin Technical PROGRAM College System. You are now a WCTC student! A. TWO TYPES OF CLASSES WCTC offers two kinds of classes: Credit Classes and Non-Credit classes. B. CREDIT CLASSES 1. WCTC Credit Classes are usually for students working toward: a college degree a certificate 2. Students receive credits for each class they take. 3. Although the credit classes cost money, financial aid is often available if needed. 4. The credit program is located at the Pewaukee Campus. C. NON-CREDIT CLASSES 1. Adult Education (Adult Ed.) is for any adult who wants to continue learning. 2. There are many different kinds of Adult Ed. classes in addition to English. 3. Some of these classes are free; others are at an affordable cost. 4. Many classes other than ESL can help you learn English. 5. Adult Education classes are offered at all WCTC campuses, plus at a number of area secondary schools and community based organizations. II. THE ESL PROGRAM A. LEVELS 1. There are six levels of ESL classes. 2. You will begin in the level appropriate for you. B. ESL CLASSES 1. Reading 2. Grammar and Writing 3. Listening and Speaking 4. Workshop/lab 5. Writing Literacy 6. Civic Literacy 7. Basic Literacy/Intermediate Literacy 8. Citizenship 9. TOEFL preparation 10. GED preparation in Spanish C. SCHEDULE OF CLASSES 1. We offer classes in three regular terms a year as follows: Fall (late August through December) Spring (January through May) Summer (June through mid July) 2. Classes are available in the morning or in the evening. D. REGISTRATION AND ATTENDANCE 1. We have several registration days each semester for new students. 2. Students are accepted into class as soon as there is space. 3. Students are expected to attend regularly according to their schedule. 4. Students may attend either the morning or the evening program, but not both programs at one time. 5. Students on a wait list to get into class can begin to study in our ESL lab immediately while they wait for a space in class. 6. Of course the more you study, the faster you will learn English! E. MISSING CLASS 1. If you know that you are going to be absent, we ask you to call and leave a message. The number is 262-695-6521 for the Waukesha campus When calling, listen to the instructions. Press 1 if you are a morning student. Press 2 if you are a night student. What you need to say: Hello, my name is _________________________ first name and last name I am in Level _________________ I can’t come to school today………………….. F. STUDENT ID CARD 1. You can get a WCTC student ID for $5.00. An ID is not necessary, but it sometimes is very convenient to have. Some students use the ID to get discounts at local businesses and WCTC events and campus services. 2. ID pictures are normally taken at the Student Life Office on the Pewaukee Campus. Sometimes pictures are taken at the Waukesha or other campuses. Ask for a schedule. III. TESTS IN ESL PROGRAM All new students need placement testing to determine which level they are when they begin. Then we continue to test during the program to determine progress. PLACEMENT TESTING 1. You must fill out information forms when you register. These forms are necessary because the U.S. Dept. of Education. pays for this program. 2. There are two evaluations to see how much English you can under- stand and speak. The ESLOA and the BEST Plus Tests are used. 3. There is one evaluation to see how you write in English. 4. For students with more English, there is also a reading and vocabulary evaluation. We use the TABE test. 5. Teachers will determine what level is good for you based on the test scores. 6. We also ask students to complete a Personal Education Plan to tell us their goals when they come to take classes. PROGRESS TESTING 1. Your English classes are free—paid for by the U.S. Dept. of Education 2. For this, the U.S. Dept. of Education and WCTC want to know how much you are learning. 3. To show this, we give all students tests as part of the program. 4. These tests can be class exams, BEST tests, and TABE tests. TAKING ESL TESTS 1. Listen to all instructions before starting. 2. Try to answer all the questions. The questions in the beginning of the test are easier than the ones at the end. 3. Don’t use dictionaries or translators. 4. Just do your best! You know more than you think! FINAL TESTING 1. If you are leaving the ESL program (moving, returning to your country, changing jobs or job schedule etc.) it is important to tell one of your teachers. 2. When you leave we will give you a final BEST test to show progress. This is important for our program. 3. Certificates of attendance are available. For a certificate, you must: fill out a form two weeks before you leave complete final testing complete a short program evaluation IV OTHER CLASSES OF INTEREST WCTC offers many classes to help ESL students learn. CITIZENSHIP CLASS 1. This class prepares students to take the citizenship test. It also helps students understand process. 2. The class is offered in the spring and fall semesters. TOEFL PREPARATION 1. This class prepares students to take the TOEFL test. The TOEFL test is for students who want to study at a university in the United States. 2. There is a small cost for this class. 3. This class is offered in the spring and fall semesters. CIVIC LITERACY 1. This class teaches English used in everyday life in the community around us. Students learn English to use at the bank, the post office, the library and in the justice system. The class takes field trips to places in the community. 2. Two levels are offered: advanced and intermediate. 3. This class is offered in the spring and fall semesters. GED PREPARATION 1. GED preparation is for adults 18 years or older who are not high school graduates and who want to get a high school diploma. 2. This diploma is often helpful when applying for many jobs or college programs. 3. GED preparation is offered in Spanish and in English. BASIC LITERACY/ INTERMEDIATE LITERACY 1. Basic literacy is for students who do not know how to read. Students will learn to read and write basic words in English. 2. Intermediate literacy is for students who speak English but have difficulty writing. Students will practice writing and spelling in English. LEARNING CENTER 1. The Learning Center is in Room 123. 2. The Learning Center has a computer lab: ESL software, keyboarding and computer basics are available. 3. GED programs in English and academic support are also available. 4. If you are an ESL student and want to use the Learning Center, ask your ESL teacher for more information and a referral form. 5. The Learning Center has a different schedule and is often open when the ESL lab and classes are not. COLLEGE ENGLISH 1. College ESL classes are for advanced students who are already in or plan to enroll soon in technical college or university programs. 2. A language assessment is required before you can enter the class. 3. Talk to your ESL instructor about College English. SELF-IMPROVEMENT 1. Students can take many different classes for fun and self -improvement. CLASSES 2. Students have the chance to practice English and to learn new things. 3. Examples of these classes are: cooking, sewing, flower arranging, photography, upholstery, etc. 4. A complete list of classes is in the WCTC Schedule of Classes. 5. These classes have a small cost.