Northeast State will offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at its Johnson City campus for fall 2016.
“The ESL sections will be different from other sections in that they will be taught by an instructor familiar with the needs of ESL students,” said Caitlin Chapman-Rambo, a Northeast State English instructor. “As a result, these courses will implement the language teaching methods that work best for students learning a second language.”
The courses are ENGL 0870 (Basic and Developmental Writing) and ENGL 1010 (Composition I). Students are required to sign up for both sections and have approval from the instructor.
ENGL 0870 is scheduled for the first seven weeks of the semester and ENGL 1010 is slated the second seven weeks. The classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Chapman-Rambo said the ESL classes will focus on English grammar for non-native speakers, vocabulary building, group work and communication, and mastering the skills needed for academic writing in a second language.
The classes will also be smaller, so instructors will spend more one-on-one time with each student. She said she expects the student population will be diverse, so classes will employ a culturally sensitive approach as well.
“We think there are probably other non-native speakers in the community who would like to enroll in a degree or certificate program at Northeast State, but are worried about taking and passing the required English classes,” Chapman-Rambo said. “Right now, those are the students we’re trying to reach.”
Northeast State at Johnson City is located at 101 E. Market Street. For information on the classes, e-mail NEJCity@NortheastState.edu or call 423.354.5302.