English as a Second Language
Adults with limited and non-English proficiency are served at Nash Community College through the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The main purpose of the ESL program is to assist with the developmental education and communicative goals of students by responding to their diverse needs of multicultural and multilingual educational learning experiences.
Instructional activities for limited and non-English speaking adults include the development of basic skills in listening, speaking, writing, reading, and comprehending the English language, as well as cultural transition skills to American society. The ESL program is open-entry/open-exit, providing instruction at the pre-literate through advanced levels. Students receive academic placement according to their literacy skills with regard to the English language.
Preregistration is required for enrollment in the English as a Second Language program.
Students in the EL/Civics course studied a two-pronged course outline. Every class was split between two different subjects: module work and Civics instruction. During the first semester, students learned Basic Computer Skills in addition to US Civics information. They learned how to use a computer, the internet, and Microsoft Word. For the second semester, the module focus has been on developing work skills, using the Integrating Career Awareness (ICA) curriculum. Students have learned to identify their own work skills and define short- and long-term goals for themselves. One completed project by students integrating both their new computer skills and their career awareness skills was the completion of their own resumes.