English Language Program

 

The English Language Program (ELP) at Cascadia Community College is a great way for international students to learn English.

  • 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 (11 week sessions).
  • Students enroll in courses that cover Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening and Speaking.  
  • Students in Levels 5 and 6 may also be eligible to enroll in 1 - 2 college-level courses. 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.

Students generally have classes 4 days per week (Monday - Thursday).  Classes last 2 hours and 5 minutes each, and meet twice per week.  To view our current course schedule, please click here.

Cascadia’s English Language Program recognizes that every student is unique, and the flexibility of Cascadia’s ELP allows students the opportunity to follow a path that is just right for them.  The English Language Program also prepares students with the cultural and academic skills needed to succeed in academic credit classes.

 

Click here for information about tuition for our English Language Program.

Click here for information about application deadlines and program start dates.

 

Other benefits of Cascadia's English Language Program include:

Dedicated program staff. We are deeply committed to the success of each of our students, and we are always available to answer questions and help you with challenges.

Outstanding instructors. We have highly qualified and experienced instructors who are dedicated to your success.

Academic preparation. We provide an innovative program with a strong emphasis on academic preparation for college success

Interaction with native speakers. We create many opportunities for you to interact with other students on campus, including conversation partners, student learning communities, social events, and an active International Club.

 

Please explore each of our course descriptions:

 

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 score.

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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 & 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 & 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 & 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

his 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 & 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. Succes sful 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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