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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Feb 02, 2023
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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 assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in: improving their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in English, mathematics skills and provide an understanding of the American system of Government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship. In addition, the Adult ESOL program is designed to lead to attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent; and transition to postsecondary education and training; or employment. For more information please see the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II, Section 202, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), 2014 at 

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act supports English language learners in the attainment of the following goals:

  • Improve their literacy skills in English
  • Obtain knowledge and skills for employment and economic self-sufficiency
  • Participate in the educational development of their children.
  • Improve economic opportunities for their families
  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship

The Program

The Adult ESOL Curriculum Framework has six levels which correlate to the Educational Functioning Levels (EFLs) of the National Reporting System (NRS). 

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

Completion of EFLs must be measured by assessing students with approved assessments in accordance with Rule 6A‐6.014, F.A.C at Please view the Adult Education technical assistance papers at for additional information on assessment procedures.

It is not permitted to enroll students in the Adult ESOL and English Literacy and Career Education (ELCATE) courses simultaneously. Students must be withdrawn from the Adult ESOL course before enrolling in ELCATE. English language learners holding a secondary or postsecondary degree and/or credential may enroll in the Adult ESOL course if their reading and/or listening pretest scores are below the exit score for NRS level 6.

Application Procedure

In order to enroll in the Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages program, students must:

  1. Be 16 years of age or older.
  2. Have officially withdrawn from the K-12 educational system.
  3. Demonstrate skills below the exit score of level 6 as measured by FLDOE-approved assessments.

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


Professional Coursework

Program Hours: 1,050 (Maximum Recommended Hours: 2,700)

Professional Electives

Students may select one or more of the following tracks to enhance their educational pathways towards program completion.  Please consult with your advisor to determine the path that best suits your academic goals.

Medical Terminology

Medical Assisting

Medical Biller/Coder

Total Contact Hours: 1,050  (Maximum Recommended Hours: 2,700)

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.
  • 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.
  • Students who enter under the (2020/2021) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2020/2021 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.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

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