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English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The Darton State College ESOL Program has much to offer students whose native language is other than English. The classes are designed to help non-native English speakers keep pace with the academic instruction of college classes in order to be successful graduates. It offers multiple levels of instruction in Listening and Speaking, Grammar and Writing, and Reading and Vocabulary. All of these classes can help to prepare students and build their English skills in order for them to be successful in their college classes. They may be able to begin some of the college level classes while they are in the ESOL Program. However, some restrictions may apply.

The Classes

Darton offers the following classes:

  • Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Listening and Speaking
  • Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Reading and Vocabulary
  • Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Grammar and Writing.
  • Writing Seminar

What is the purpose of each class?

The listening and speaking classes will focus on improving listening comprehension of spoken English using contextual meaning, as well as develop or improve spoken English on specific topics.
The grammar and writing classes will focus on English grammar and the writing process of paragraphs and essays.
The reading and vocabulary classes will focus on contextual clues, inferences, main ideas, and comprehension. It will also focus on building the student’s vocabulary and spelling skills in English.
The writing seminar is designed to aid students who are still struggling with the essay process and have been unable to exit the grammar and writing program. The seminar will focus on grammatical problems, construction of the essay, and refining the essay.

How do I qualify for the ESOL program?

  1. Your native language is anything other than English
  2. Apply to Darton State College as a regular admissions student or an international student
  3. Take the ESOL placement exam and diagnostic essay

How do I exit the ESOL program?

  1. Make a passing grade of 70 or higher in each class
  2. Make a 85 or higher on the ESOL exit exams (More information on scores for advancement.)
  3. Pass the departmental essay exam (for grammar and writing only)

Whom should I contact?

For ESOL information:
ESOL Coordinator
(229) 317-6875 or at darton_international@darton.edu

For Regular Admissions: http://www.darton.edu/admissions/
Office of Admissions
(229) 317-6740 or contact one of our recruiters: http://www.darton.edu/admissions/staff.php

For International Student Admissions: http://www.darton.edu/international/
International Student Coordinator
(229) 317-6924 or darton_international@darton.edu

Student Support

Small classes, with enrollment limited to ten to thirteen students, guarantee you more individual attention from the instructor and opportunity for more classroom participation.

The class is supported by lab work performed in many different settings. These include the Foreign Language Lab, Reading Lab, Writing Lab, and the Rosetta Stone. Weekly assignments are created to aid classroom instruction and provide extra practice. All ESOL classes are supported by WEBCT.

Peer Tutors are students who have excelled in their courses and want to share what they have learned with their fellow students. The cost is included in your Student Activities fee

Extracurricular Activities:

Darton also offers a wide variety of clubs and organizations that you may participate in. These include honor societies, culture clubs, interest clubs, athletics, volunteers, intramural sports, study abroad, etc.

What have previous students learned in the ESOL program?

Before I took an ESOL class, I was afraid to take other classes. I did not know a lot about English and American culture. However, after I finished this class, I could take other classes without anxiety about using and learning English. The ESOL class taught me not only English, but also American culture which I need to know to make friends. Thanks to the ESOL class, I adapted myself well to new circumstances.
--- Min Hwan Oh, South Korea

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