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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Aug 22, 2019
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] 
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] [Archived Catalog]

Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (8500) (N.C.)

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Non-Degree Seeking


The purpose of the Adult ESOL program is to help adult English language learners (ELLs) achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language that leads to attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and/or to transition to postsecondary education and/or training or to gainful employment, as well as the ability to participate fully in the civic life in the United States. The program is designed for ELLs who are able to read and write in their native language or another language. ELLs who hold a postsecondary degree or other credential may enroll in the Adult ESOL Program if their placement test score is below the top score for exiting the program.

The Program

The Adult ESOL Curriculum Framework has six levels which correlate to the Educational Functioning Levels (EFLs) of the National Reporting System (NRS). The curriculum framework consists of three parts: College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards for adult education, English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards for adult education, and Life and Work competencies. The nice subject areas are: communication, employment, community, consumer education, health, civics, environment, mathematics, learning, and thinking. 

1 Foundations 1 Beginning Literacy
2 Low Beginning 2 Low Beginning
3 High Beginning 3 High Beginning
4 Low Intermediate 4 Low Intermediate
5 High Intermediate 5 High Intermediate
6 Advanced 6 Advanced

Completion of EFLs must be measured by approved assessments in accordance with Rule 6A‐6.014, FAC.  The following tests have been approved by the state for use with students enrolled in Adult ESOL: CASAS Life and Work Series 80 Reading and 980 Listening. Please view the Adult Education technical assistance papers for additional information on assessment procedures.

Students at EFL 5 or 6 cannot be enrolled in Adult ESOL and ELCATE at the same time. Students who have a goal to enter a CTE program may be enrolled in ELCATE. Students who do not have a goal of enrolling in CTE may remain in Adult ESOL. Students who are new to the program and test into EFL 5 or 6 may be enrolled in Adult ESOL or ELCATE, depending on their goals.

Need More Information? Contact:

Downtown Campus ESOL Office
101 West State Street, Building A, Room 2101
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 633-8360

More Information Online

Florida Department of Education: Adult Education
Florida Department of Education: Adult Education Technical Assistance Papers


Professional Coursework

Program Hours: 1,050 (Maximum Recommended Hours: 1,300)

The program's recommended length is 1,300 contact hours. A maximum of 1,300 hours may be funded (state) per each reportable year for an adult education student. However, this should not prevent students from receiving instruction beyond the 1,300 hours if needed. For example, a college may report 1,500 instructional hours but only 1,300 hours will be used in the funding calculation.

Total Contact Hours: 1,050  (Students can earn a maximum of 450 contact hours per one year period.)  

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a certificate of completion, students must have met the following requirements.

Adult High School
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Complete requirements for adult high school students (per State Board Rule 6A-6.020) as specified in the Florida Course Code Directory and the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Adult High School Technical Assistance paper.
  3. Students enrolled in the Adult High School must complete and earn a minimum of two (2) high school credits at FSCJ to meet graduation requirements (including increasing the student's grade point average and passing the state approved assessment) and receive a State of Florida standard diploma.
Applied Academics for Adult Education
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Complete requirements for currently enrolled CTE program and meet one of the basic skill exemptions (per State Board Rule 6A.10.040). 
High School Equivalency
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Students enrolled in the High School Equivalency program must pass the full battery (Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies) of the 2014 GED® test with the required minimum passing score:
    • (145-164) - Pass / High School Equivalency
    • (165-174) - GED® College Ready
    • (175-200) - GED® College Ready + Credit (Articulation conversations are in-progress)
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Earn a CASAS score that meets or exceeds the program's exit requirement.
    • For ESOL series ELL 0115 - ELL 0615, a student must earn a CASAS score in his/her designated student category of Listening or Reading that places him/her out of Advanced level. This student will receive a certificate for ESOL completion.
    • For College and Career Readiness, a student must pass the CCR departmental exam.  If successful, they will receive an instructor recommendation to take the Accuplacer CPTL which places the student in English for Academic Purposes. This student will receive a certificate of completion for College and Career Readiness.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  1. A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements.
  2. Students who enter under the (2018/2019) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2018/2019 academic year. The student's assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees and FLDOE may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have pre-requisite requirements listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

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