Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
ESL classes are classes which teach English language skills to people whose native language is not English.
Any student who wants to study at the College of Southern Idaho and whose skills in academic English are limited should complete recommended courses in the College-level ESL Program before continuing on to full-time study in mainstream college courses.
Courses in the CSI College-level ESL Program focus on academic language skills important for success in college courses, while courses in most non-credit programs focus on basic communication skills important for work and everyday life. The Adult Education ESL Program, CSI's non-credit ESL program, offers transitional classes to bridge the gap between basic communications skills and preparation for academic language skills.
No. Any prospective student who can come to CSI and take our ESL Assessment before being admitted to the college does not have to take the TOEFL. Only those students who cannot come to CSI before they know if they have been admitted (for example, international students who must receive an I-20 form in order to get a student visa, or US residents who live a great distance from Twin Falls and cannot travel here until they know if they have been admitted) need to submit TOEFL scores.
No. In order for CSI to issue you an I-20 form so you can get a student visa, we must have on file evidence of your English proficiency. The US Immigration and Naturalization Service accepts TOEFL scores as that evidence.
The TOEFL is offered at many locations throughout the world. Information about where and when the test is offered, and how much it costs, is available from Educational Testing Service.
Arrangements to take the TOEFL must be made by the prospective student through Educational Testing Service, and not through CSI, and in sufficient time for CSI to receive an official score report from ETS in order to make a decision regarding the student's admission to CSI and the CSI College-level ESL Program.
Not necessarily. It depends on your proficiency in academic English. If your scores on the college's placement test (COMPASS) indicate that you are not ready to take ENGL 090 (Developmental English) or ENGL 101 (English Composition 1), you will be asked to take the CSI ESL Assessment. Your scores on both tests will be evaluated to determine whether remedial English or ESL courses will best meet your needs, and you will be advised accordingly.
That depends on your proficiency in academic English. Like incoming students at CSI who graduated from US high schools, you will take the college's placement test (COMPASS.) If your writing scores indicate that you are not ready to take ENGL 090 (Developmental English) or ENGL 101 (English Composition 1), you will be asked to take the CSI ESL Assessment. Your scores on both tests will be evaluated to determine whether remedial English or ESL courses will best meet your needs, and you will be advised accordingly.
If you completed your GED in a language other than English, it is very likely that you will need further instruction in a non-credit ESL program before you are ready to begin the CSI College-level ESL Program.
Courses in the CSI College-level ESL Program earn college credit and apply as elective credit toward graduation. Please be aware, however, that the decision as to whether credits from any of these courses can be transferred to another college or university rests with that college or university.
ESL students who are residents of the United States:
CSI does not have courses to prepare teachers to teach ESL, but Boise State University does, and some of them are taught on the CSI campus in Twin Falls. If you want further information, contact BSU. Most other universities in the area also offer such courses and would probably be happy to provide you with information.