The Kilgore College ESOL program can enable non-native English speakers to improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills so that they can transition into college-level coursework such as English Composition, US History, Psychology, etc.
Want to begin college courses as soon as possible?
Here's why you should take ESOL rather than ENGL 0307 (Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing):
Both the ENGL0307 and ESOL sequences prepare students for college-level coursework. However, ENGL 0307 is designed for native English speakers who grew up and attended high school in the United States. As a result, the faculty in these courses do not address the second language needs of a non-native speaker. Likewise, ENGL 0307 faculty presume prior experience/knowledge with U.S. systems/processes. Also, the sequence consists of two integrated courses, reading and writing, so the fast pace of the curriculum is not appropriate for non-native speakers of English.
ESOL is designed for non-native English speakers who did not grow up and attend high school in the U.S. The ESOL sequences includes distinct content areas which teach and reinforce grammar to support writing, introduce and develop reading skills, academic vocabulary and build listening and speaking skills including pronunciation. ESOL faculty are trained in second language acquisition and are cognizant of factors that commonly lead to confusion for people new to a culture.
How do I enroll in the credit ESOL program at KC?
Application: If you are new to our college or district, complete the online application. First time students, click here to fill out an application.
Placement Test: Students are also required to take the ESOL placement test – which tests in reading, writing, and grammar, listening and speaking. After the test, students will see an advisor and be placed in four classes:
- ESOL 0311 - Oral Communication
- ESOL 0322/0324 - Reading
- ESOL 0332/0334 - Grammar
- ESOL 0343/0344 - Writing
How will I transition into college-level classes?
All students at Texas public colleges and universities are required to demonstrate college-level proficiency in reading and writing to enroll in college-level courses. For ESOL students, there are two ways to demonstrate this proficiency:
- Passing the Reading and Writing portions of the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) ESOL students are encouraged to take the TSI upon successfully completing the first level of reading and writing (ESOL 0322, ESOL 0343) or if the student is in Advanced and hasn’t taken the TSI, they must.
- Passing ESOL Advanced Writing and Reading (ESOL 0324/0344) This qualifies the student as being Writing & Reading met or ready for courses that require college-level writing and reading.
When are the next classes offered?
Courses are offered every Spring, Summer I and Fall.