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English Department


The mission of the English as a Second Language Discipline at Salt Lake Community College is to provide learning experiences that will promote greater student success and satisfaction in their personal, professional and academic pursuits, with a focus on the development of language and study skills that are necessary for success in college studies.

ESL Level 4 courses are intended to prepare students for college-level courses and carry college credit. These courses assist non-native English speaking students in achieving the following goals:

Improvement in the following English language skills

  • Speaking (ESL 1010)
  • Listening (ESL 1010)
  • Reading (ESL 1020)
  • Writing (ESL 1020)

Refinement in the following language areas

  • Conversational skills (ESL 1010, 1030)
  • Pronunciation (ESL 1010, 1060)
  • Grammar (ESL 1020, 1040)
  • Vocabulary (ESL 1010, 1020, 1050)

Improvement in the students’ abilities to engage in the following college classroom activities:

  • Giving oral presentations (ESL 1010, 1030)
  • Taking notes from lectures (ESL 1010)
  • Writing essays (ESL 1020)
  • Reading textbooks (ESL 1020)
  • Discussing course topics (ESL 1010, 1020)

Required Classes

  • ESL 1010 College Listening and Speaking (7 credits)
    Prereq: LOEP>72/ TOEFL 133-172/>450.
    Prepares students to participate in college classes.
    Note taking from college lectures, student presentations, are covered.
  • ESL 1020 College Reading/Writing (8 credits)
    Prereq: LOEP>72/TOEFL 133-172/>450.
    Course includes comfort and fluency in writing, academic essays, college textbook reading, and vocabulary building.

Highly Recommended ESL Classes

  • ESL 1030 Conversation (3 credits)
    Prereq: LOEP>72/TOEFL 133-172/>450.
    Helps students improve general English conversation skills through intensive practice.
  • ESL 1040 Grammar (3 credits)
    Prereq: LOEP>72/TOEFL 133-172/>450.
    Provides instruction and practice in the accurate use of English grammar, including verb tenses, articles, word order, sentence connections, adverbials, and prepositions.
  • ESL 1050 Vocabulary (3 credits)
    Prereq: LOEP>72/TOEFL 133-172/>450.
    Encourages students to increase their vocabulary and to accurately use academic and conversational words and idiomatic phrases in speaking and writing.
  • ESL 1060 Pronunciation (3 credits)
    Prereq: LOEP>72/TOEFL 133-172/>450.
    Assist students in improving all levels of pronunciation, including individual sounds, word stress and sentence intonation.
  • ESL 1070 TOEFL Prep (3 credits)
    Prepares student to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
  • ESL 1080 Business English for ESL (3 credits)
    Prereq: LOEP>72/TOEFL 133-172/>450.
    Introduces students to the proper use of English in business situations, including job interviews and resume writing.
  • ESL 1090 American Culture & Citizenship (3 credits)
    Prereq: LOEP>72/TOEFL 133-172/>450.
    Provides students with instruction in the culture and history of the United States for general preparation and in preparation for the US citizenship test.
  • ESL 1900 Special Studies - ESL (4 credits)
    Seminars and workshops for students learning English as a Second Language.

Please check with the current class schedule for exact times and locations.


SLCC offers an Intensive English Program. Upon arrival students will take the Accuplacer test ( to determine their level of English proficiency and college readiness. Students needing English as a second language typically enroll for 15 hours per week of English language instruction in the ESL program.

COLLEGE PLACEMENT EXAMINATION - ACCUPLACER: A placement examination, the Accuplacer and /or the LOEP is required of all students. A minimum score of 84 on the LOEP is required to enter a major. Students scoring between 72 and 83 will be admitted to the level four English as a Second Language class. Students scoring below 72 will be admitted to the SLCC Intensive English Language Program at the School of Applied Technology. The test must have been taken within the last year. The Accuplacer test can be taken at the Taylorsville Redwood, South City or Jordan Campus Testing and Placement Center.

SLCC does not require the TOEFL for International Admissions. If a TOEFL score is available the minimum score of 173 computer-based or 64 internet-based is required to enter a college major.

Information on the TOEFL may be obtained by writing to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541-6151, U.S.A. Test results should be sent directly to the International Student Services Office. The SLCC Institutional Code is 4864.

A student scoring below 173 on the computer-based TOEFL or below the minimum to enter a major on the Accuplacer will be issued an I-20 for the Intensive English Program and be required to take the English-as-a-Second Placement Test at the School of Applied Technology. Based on these scores, students will be placed at the level of instruction appropriate for their needs.

Students applying from outside of the United States who are unable to take any of the tests listed above will be issued an I-20 for the Intensive English Program. Students will be tested upon arrival at SLCC and then placed in the classes appropriate to their level of English ability.

International Students are welcome in our ESL Program.

Please contact International Student Services for specific requirements.

Salt Lake Community College

4600 South Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
801-957-SLCC (7522)

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