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Academic ESL or Academic English as a Second Language/ English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Courses

ACA, English & Humanities Division

What is Academic ESL?

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Adult ESL (ECC course prefix)
College & Career Readiness
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Free Adult ESL Education Center



The Academic English as a Second Language/ English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Courses program prepares non-native speakers of English to function successfully in institutions of higher education and in professional settings in the United States. Coursework provides knowledge of and practice in academic reading, grammar, listening/speaking, composition and special topics. Among other skills, students learn to make presentations to groups, write a research paper, and take notes from classroom lectures. Attention is also paid to the student’s cultural awareness, particularly to that of the academic environment. Students receive non transferable academic credit for majority of classes.

The Adult ESL program provides English language program for local immigrants. The Adult ESL classes are organized into 6 levels and focus on general English language skills needed for daily life, civic engagement, work and academic skills needed to transition into GED or college programs. The program consists of various levels ranging from literacy (for those who do not read and write in their native language) to Level 6, where students can prepare to enter Adult High School, the GED program, or curriculum classes.

COST Classes require tuition. Some classes are credit classes and (depending on residency status) students pay either in-state or out-of-state tuition.
Adult ESL classes have no direct cost to the students
REGISTRATION Register at any CPCC Campus or on-line during regular registration days. F-1 Visa students must see the International Student Admissions Coordinator/Advisor before registering for classes in CH 101in the International Programs and Services Office. Steps to start.
Classes are available on different campuses throughout the Charlotte area. Students ca choose the most convenient location, and attend an information/assessment session. For more information visit
PLACEMENT TEST Students need to take Document #47 (Academic English as a Second Language/ English as a Foreign Language (EFL) placement Test). Students can obtain permission to take this test at Central Campus, Admissions Office (Maine Floor of Central High).  The test is administered at the Central Campus, Testing Center (Room CH248). The test takes two and a half hours and evaluates reading comprehension, grammar, writing ability, and listening. Scores are typically available within 2 business days. All prospective students are required to take a placement test to insure they receive the instruction relevant to their command of English. These are administrated on-site at the campus of their choice. Students are placed in the program based on their placement test score.