Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many levels does the college have?
A: There are eight formal levels in our ESOL program. There is also an ongoing beginning course for students with very limited English language skills and additional skill-specific courses such as conversation, pronunciation, TOEFL and academic English.

Q: How do I know my level?
A: We highly recommend a placement test. For testing dates and hours, please contact the Multicultural Center at 972-860-4192. You may also come and visit with our staff to discuss ability level of specific courses.

Q: How long will it take to complete the program?
A: This depends on the schedule that you choose. The hours per week vary from six to ten hours for one class.

Q: Where can I buy books?
A: Your instructor will tell you the name of your textbook, or it will be listed in the schedule. Students are responsible for purchasing their text. A bookstore is located on the college main campus Room S238 on the second floor of the Student Services Center.

Q: What language are the courses taught in?
A: Courses are culturally and linguistically diverse, and they are taught in English.

Q: I am traveling in the U.S for a short time. Can I take more than one level at a time?
A: Yes. Although we do not recommend it, students may take more than one level at the same time.

Q: What level of education must I have completed or what documentation do I need about my education?
A: Continuing education is non-credit and no testing or documentation is needed.

Q: Do I get college credits or grades?
A: A Continuing Education Unit, CEU, is defined as 10 contact-hours of participation in an organized continuing education, adult or extension experience under reasonable sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEUs are recognized nationally as a measure of substantive in-service education and training. However, the CEU should not be interpreted as a substitute for college credit. It is merely a means of recording and reporting the various continuing education activities, which a student accumulates over a period of years.

Q: Can I repeat a level?
A: Yes, you can repeat a level, but a higher tuition rate may occur with a third attempt.

Q: Will I receive a certificate?
A: Continuing Education Unit, CEU, merit awards are issued by the instructor at the last class session, to students who successfully complete a continuing education vocational course.

Q: Is there financial aid available?
A: Yes. ESOL courses qualify for the Texas Public Education Grants, TPEGs, for tuition only. Eligibility is based on financial need and is determined by the Financial Aid Office after a review of your grant application. Processing your application will take approximately three weeks. The maximum award per semester is $1,500. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 972-860-4110.