English Language Program

Cascadia’s English Language Program (ELP) is an intensive program designed to prepare students who are not native English speakers for academic college classes. Upon arrival at Cascadia students will take a placement test to determine their level of English proficiency.

  • No TOEFL or IELTS score is required for admission.

  • Students may begin in one of six levels.

  • Each level may be completed in one academic quarter.

  • Students move up to the next level after successful completion of the course with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

  • Students enroll in courses that cover Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening and Speaking. 

  • Students in Level 6 may also be eligible to enroll in one College 101 course. This allows students a comfortable “bridge” to help them transition into a full-time college program.

  • Upon successful completion of Level 6, students may begin taking full-time college courses, including English 101, the basic college English composition course.

English Language Eligibility for College Level Classes:

TOEFL (iBT): Students must meet minimum English placement scores to register for college level classes. Students must complete ELP Level 6 or meet or have the following minimum scores:

    • TOEFL IBT (70)
    • TOEFL (cBT): 195
    • TOEFL (paper): 525
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • iTep: 5.5
    • STEP Eiken: Pre-1

(Cascadia’s institutional code for sending TOEFL scores is 8733.)

International students whose native language is English or who have completed a college-level writing course at another accredited college or university in the United States may also be eligible to take the COMPASS placement test. Make an appointment with an International Programs advisor to determine eligibility.  

 

The tuition for the intensive English Language Program is the same as for other academic courses.

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English Language Program course descriptions:

ELP 010 - Reading 1

 

Reading 1 is a five-credit course designed to introduce basic (high-beginning) reading skills in English. Students learn to apply reading skills through discussions and exercises. The course emphasizes reading excerpts from basic texts, analyzing information from tables and graphs, and making inferences. Additional practice in note-taking, summarizing, inferring the meaning of vocabulary from context, and using the dictionary is provided. Students read passages with a variety of topics and purposes, including reading for pleasure.

 
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ELP 011 - Grammar 1

 

Grammar 1 is a five-credit course designed to build knowledge of basic (high-beginning) structural rules of English. Students will develop skills through grammar building exercises and authentic materials.

 
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ELP 012 - Writing 1

 

This course is designed to develop basic (high-beginning) academic writing skills. Students will use their writing skills to author sentence-length work for a variety of purposes. Class activities will increase students’ abilities and knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary.

 
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ELP 014 - Listening and Speaking 1

 

Speaking and Listening 1 is a five-credit course designed to develop basic (high-beginning) speaking and listening skills in English, as well as skills in US cultural competence. Students will improve their ability to make simple descriptions and ask and answer questions about simple daily life topics. Students will develop their comprehension, language use, pronunciation, critical thinking, and study skills.

 
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ELP 020 - Reading 2

 

Reading 2 is a five-credit course designed to introduce basic reading skills in English. Students learn to apply reading skills through discussions and exercises. The course emphasizes reading excerpts from basic texts, analyzing information from tables and graphs, and making inferences. Additional practice in note-taking, summarizing, inferring the meaning of vocabulary from context, and using the dictionary is provided. Students read passages with a variety of topics and purposes, including reading for pleasure. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. English placement test score.

 
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ELP 021 - Grammar 2

 

Grammar 2 is a five-credit course designed to build knowledge of basic structural rules of English. Students will develop skills through grammar building exercises and authentic materials. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. English placement test 

 

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ELP 022 - Writing 2

 

This course is designed to develop basic academic writing skills. Students will use their writing skills to author sentence-length work for a variety of purposes. Class activities will increase students' abilities in and knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. English placement test score.

 

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ELP 024 - Listening and Speaking 2

 

Speaking and Listening 2 is a five-credit course designed to develop basic speaking and listening skills in English, as well as skills in US cultural competence. Students will improve their ability to make simple descriptions and ask and answer questions about simple daily life topics. Students will develop their comprehension, language use, pronunciation, critical thinking, and study skills. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. English placement test score.

 

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ELP 030 - Reading 3

 

Reading 3 is a five-credit course designed to develop basic and intermediate academic reading skills in English. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 020. Students learn to apply reading skills through discussions and exercises. The course emphasizes reading excerpts from basic and intermediate texts, analyzing information from tables and graphs, and making inferences. Additional practice in note-taking, summarizing, inferring the meaning of vocabulary from context, and using the dictionary is provided. Students read passages with a variety of topics and purposes, including reading for pleasure. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 020 with minimum grade 2.5 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 031 - Grammar 3

 

Grammar 3 is a five-credit course designed to build knowledge of basic and intermediate structural rules of English. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 021. Students will develop skills through grammar-building exercises and authentic materials. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 021 with minimum grade 2.5 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 032 - Writing 3

 

This course is designed to develop basic and intermediate academic writing skills. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 022. Students will use their writing skills to author sentence-length and paragraph-length work for a variety of purposes. Class activities will increase students' abilities in and knowledge of English grammar, paragraph structure, and vocabulary. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 022 with minimum grade 2.5 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 034 - Listening and Speaking 3

 

Speaking and Listening 3 is a five-credit course designed to develop basic and intermediate speaking and listening skills in English, as well as skills in U.S. cultural competence. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 024. Students will improve their ability to make simple descriptions and ask and answer questions about daily life topics. Students will further develop their comprehension, language use, pronunciation, critical thinking, and study skills. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 024 with minimum grade 2.0 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 040 - Reading 4

 

Reading 4 is a five-credit course designed to develop intermediate academic reading skills in English. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 030. Students learn to apply reading skills through discussions and exercises. The course emphasizes reading excerpts from intermediate texts, analyzing information from tables and graphs, and making inferences. Additional practice in note-taking, summarizing, inferring the meaning of vocabulary from context, and using the dictionary is provided. Students read passages with a variety of topics and purposes, including reading for pleasure. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 030 with minimum grade 2.0 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 041 - Grammar 4

 

Grammar 4 is a five-credit course designed to build knowledge of intermediate structural rules of English. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 031. Students will develop skills through grammar-building exercises and authentic materials. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 031 with minimum grade 2.0 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 042 - Writing 4

 

This course is designed to develop intermediate academic writing skills for success in college classes. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 032. Students will use their writing skills to author paragraph-length work for a variety of purposes. Class activities will increase students' abilities in and knowledge of English grammar, paragraph structure, and vocabulary. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 032 with minimum grade 2.5 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 044 - Listening and Speaking 4

 

Speaking and Listening 4 is a five-credit course designed to develop intermediate academic speaking and listening skills in English for success in college classes, as well as skills in U.S. cultural competence. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 034. Students will improve their ability to make descriptions and narrations and ask and answer questions about a wide range of topics. Students will further develop their comprehension, language use, pronunciation, critical thinking, and study skills. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 034 with minimum grade 2.0 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 050 - Reading 5

 

Reading 5 is a five-credit course designed to develop high intermediate academic reading skills in English. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 040. Students learn to apply reading skills through discussions and exercises. The course emphasizes reading excerpts from high intermediate and pre-college texts, analyzing information from tables and graphs, and making inferences. Additional practice in note-taking, summarizing, inferring the meaning of vocabulary from context, and using the dictionary is provided. Students read passages with a variety of topics and purposes, including reading for pleasure. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 040 with minimum grade 2.5 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 051 - Grammar 5

 

Grammar 5 is a five-credit course designed to build knowledge of high intermediate structural rules of English. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 041. Students will develop skills through grammar-building exercises and authentic materials. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 041 with minimum grade 2.5 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 052 - Writing 5

 

This course is designed to develop high intermediate academic writing skills for success in college classes. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 042. Students will use their writing skills to author paragraph-length and essay-length work for a variety of purposes. Class activities will increase students' abilities in and knowledge of English grammar, paragraph and essay structure, and vocabulary. Students may be required to complete assignments on the computer. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 042 with minimum grade 2.5 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 054 - Listening and Speaking 5

 

Speaking and Listening 5 is a five-credit course designed to develop high intermediate academic speaking and listening skills in English for success in college classes, as well as skills in U.S. cultural competence. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 044. Students will improve their ability to make narrations and sue extended discourse involving a wide range of topics. Students will further develop their comprehension, language use, pronunciation, critical thinking, and study skills. Prerequisite(s): Admission to international Program. Successful completion of ELP 044 with minimum grade of 2.0 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 060 - Reading 6

 

Reading 6 is a five-credit course designed to develop advanced academic reading skills in English. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 050. Students learn to apply reading skills through discussions and exercises. The course emphasizes reading excerpts from college level texts, analyzing information from tables and graphs, and making inferences. Additional practice in note-taking, summarizing, inferring the meaning of vocabulary from context, and using the dictionary is provided. Students read passages with a variety of topics and purposes, including reading for pleasure. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 050 with minimum grade 2.5 or English placement test score.

 

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ELP 062 - Writing 6

 

This course is designed to develop advanced academic writing skills for success in college classes. It builds upon the competencies taught in ELP 052. Writing at this level may be comparable to writing required for college admission. Students will use their writing skill to author essay-length work for a variety of purposes. Class activities will increase students' abilities in and knowledge of English grammar, essay structure, rhetorical styles, and vocabulary. Students may be required to complete assignments on the computer. Prerequisite(s): Admission to International Program. Successful completion of ELP 052 with minimum grade 2.5 or English placement test score.

 

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