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WELCOME. I AM DIANA URRUTIA, INSTRUCTIONAL DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF WORLD LANGUAGES,CULTURES AND COMMUNICATIONS.

OUR ESOL FACULTY AND STAFF JOIN ME IN WELCOMING YOU TO A COMMUNITY THAT EMBRACES OUR INTERNATIONAL AND IMMIGRANT STUDENT POPULATIONS. OUR VISION AT RICHLAND COLLEGE IS TO BE THE BEST PLACE TO LEARN, TEACH, AND BUILD SUSTAINABLE LOCAL AND WORLD COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE MORE THAN 100 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED, SPEAKING MORE THAN 50 DIFFERENT FIRST LANGUAGES ON OUR CAMPUS. WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING AN ACCREDITED, QUALITY, AFFORDABLE AND EXCEPTIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM THAT WILL ASSIST YOU IN ACHIEVING YOUR ACADEMIC AND CAREER GOALS.

THE ESOL PROGRAM IS HOUSED IN AN ACADEMIC DIVISION WHERE IT SHARES EQUAL STATUS WITH ALL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS, OFFERING COURSES IN READING, WRITING, GRAMMAR AND LISTENING/SPEAKING.

WE PROVIDE BOTH FLEXIBILITY IN SCHEDULING AND RECOGNIZE THAT IN SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS, PROFICIENCY LEVELS MAY VARY FROM ONE SKILL OR CONTENT AREA TO ANOTHER.

THE MISSION OF THE RICHLAND COLLEGE ESOL PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE ENGLISH SKILLS, TO UTILIZE DYNAMIC AND INNOVATIVE INSTRUCTION, TO TEACH CROSS CULTURAL INTERACTION, AND TO FACILITATE ACHIEVEMENT IN ACADEMIC, SOCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL SETTINGS.

BECAUSE OUR STUDENTS NEED LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN ENGLISH RATHER THAN BASIC LITERACY INSTRUCTION, WE MEET OUR STUDENTS' NEEDS BY PROVIDING THEM WITH VARIOUS OPTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

WE PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES ARE OFFERED THROUGH THE MULTICULTURAL CENTER, ESOL TUTORING CORNER, LANGUAGE CENTER, LANGUAGE EXCHANGE, THE LEARNING CENTER AND THE CONVERSATION PARTNERS PROGRAM.

WE ALSO HOST SOCIAL EVENTS, AND INTERCULTURAL GATHERINGS TO HELP BUILD COMMUNITY AND MAKE YOU FEEL MORE AT HOME AT RICHLAND COLLEGE AND IN U.S. CULTURE.

WE OFFER FIVE SPECIFIC MODES OF INSTRUCTION TO HELP NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH ACHIEVE THEIR INDIVIDUAL LANGUAGE ACQUISITION GOALS: 16 WEEK INDIVIDUAL SKILL BASED ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES (EAP) COURSES, 16 WEEK INTENSIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY COURSES, AN 8 WEEK INTENSIVE FAST TRACK PROGRAM IN THE AMERICAN ENGLISH & CULTURE INSTITUTE DESIGNED FOR OUR F-1 VISA POPULATION.

OUR DISTANT LEARNING OPTIONS INCLUDE ON-LINE/PARTIAL AND 100% ON-LINE COURSES. EVERY ESOL COURSE INCLUDES A LAB COMPONENT TO COMPLEMENT CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION.

THE LABS ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OUT-OF-CLASS PRACTICE, TO FOSTER INDEPENDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCES, AND TO HAVE WELL-DEFINED OBJECTIVES, EXPECTATIONS, AND EVALUATIONS. COME JOIN US!

MAKE RICHLAND COLLEGE YOUR CHOICE TO BEGIN YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE STUDY AND COLLEGE LIFE IN THE US. OUR STUDENTS, STAFF AND FACULTY LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU!