TAMUK Revamps ELTC Fast Track Program

TAMUK Revamps ELTC Fast Track Program

This summer the English Language Training Center (ELTC) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) will implement two new programs geared toward making learning English easier and more convenient for non-English speaking students.

A third new program aims to give those wishing to apply for United States citizenship a head start.

“Our new curriculum will allow us to better serve current and future students,” said Marilu Salazar, director of the ELTC. “It features a holistic approach to learning as well as the use of technology. We believe, and studies have shown, that a holistic approach to teaching facilitates a deeper understanding and, therefore, mastery of a second language.”

Salazar said to meet the need of today’s digital learners, the ELTC has expanded the use of technology through social media, digital devices and the latest English as a Second Language (ESL) software.

“Classes in reading, writing, listening and speaking are integrated and taught in a manner which demonstrates the interconnectedness of all aspects of English as opposed to teaching each of the core components in isolation, leaving second language learners unable to understand how one class or element relates to another,” she added.

Beginning in June, ELTC will offer a Fast Track program which allow students to be admitted into the Fall 2013 semester at TAMUK, but do not yet meet the language requirements for full admission. In Fast Track, students will complete the 16-week curriculum in eight to nine weeks. Two sessions could be completed in the summer, one beginning in June and the second in July.

Students who have been admitted in the intermediate or advanced level of English instruction are eligible for this program.

A distance learning program for those learning English will begin in July. This will allow international students who want to save on expenses involved with acquiring an F1 Visa. English learners do not have to be on campus, but may take this course from their home country.

The program will be taught using a high definition webcam and student assessment is available through secure, online access to the testing site.

The third program beginning in the fall is a ESL civics program designed for members of the Kingsville and South Texas communities who wish to begin the process of becoming a United States citizen. Classes in this program will be taught in the evening to accommodate those who work during the day.

Tuition costs vary for each program depending on the length of the full-time program, ranging from $1,195 for a four-week program to $3,995 for a 16-week course. These costs do not include book fees or student access fees. Part-time tuition costs depend on the number of hours taken.

Tuition costs for the ESL civics program have not yet been determined.

For information on these ELTC programs, contact Michelle L. Butler, facilitator of marketing and recruitment at 361-593-2993 or email at [email protected]

Joseph Frymire
JBN Director