Student Information

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language Department at California Preparatory College offers a variety of methods of learning for those who desire to become proficient in reading, writing and speaking in the English Language.


English is a West Germanic Language originated in Anglo-Saxon England. It is the official language in 53 countries and is the preferred language of many international organizations. The English Language is spoken by between 500 million and 1.8 billion people around the world and is widely recognized as the language of the business world.


At CPC, students will begin our ESL program at the appropriate tested level of English proficiency – beginning, intermediate, or advanced. Our teaching methods include mandatory class lectures (with a minimum of 12 credit hours per week, which is necessary to satisfy F-1 visa requirement). Students also have the option to take as many as 5-8 additional credit hours for a total of 17-20 classroom hours per week. Other optional activities such as the ‘buddy system‘ (up to 3 additional hours per week of working with a native English speaker) is a great way to enhance your skills. Students are also required to arrange several hours per week of English lab experience in our ESL Language lab. The more students immerse themselves in the various optional learning techniques and activities, the more quickly their English skills will improve.

Learning techniques consist of the following:

  • Class Lectures
  • CPC Buddy System
  • Up to 20 hours per week in English computer lab
  • Off Campus – Practical Experience Days
  • Weekend Activities

Requirements for Acceptance

  • CPC Application
  • Financial Guarantee Form and Official supporting documents
  • Copy of Passport
  • Official English Translated Transcripts
  • Proof of medical insurance

Program learning outcomes detail the knowledge, skills and abilities that you as a student will demonstrate upon successful completion of a program of study.

Program Learning Outcomes for English as a Second Language

The primary objective of the ESL program at CPC is to prepare non-native speakers of English to successfully function in an English speaking postsecondary environment. As such, the program aims to:

  • Develop English language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing by having learners engage in a range of communicative tasks and activities.
  • Encourage the use of strategies, such as contextualization of new vocabulary, use of previewing, skimming and scanning techniques, and knowledge of text organization and discourse markers, to aid the comprehension of written and spoken language.
  • Expand the learner’s use of grammatically correct and situationally and culturally appropriate language in speaking and writing for effective communication in a variety of interpersonal and academic situations.
  • Create awareness about learning styles and college resources, encourage the adoption of study skills, and increase compentency in the use of technology so that learners may more effectively achieve academic goals.
  • Build cross-cultural understanding and confidence in using language through collaboration with classmates, increased participation in college activities, and increased interaction within the college and the larger community in order to complete class assignments such as surveys, reports, and presentations.