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Center for the Global Learner
Durham Technical Community College
1637 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703

Academic English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

The community college system in North Carolina uses the prefix EFL for academic English as a Foreign Language courses. These are credit courses for which tuition is set by the North Carolina legislature. International students on a visa pay out-of-state tuition for these courses. Citizens and permanent residents who are classified as North Carolina residents pay in-state tuition. EFL courses are skill-specific; they include courses in grammar, reading, writing, and listening/speaking, and almost all the courses are 5 credit hours.

Fall 2014:

  • EFL 055 English for Special Purposes
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
    3 credit hours; No prerequisites
    This course will provide instruction in academic and professional language for non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is placed on development of integrated language use for carrying out a specific academic task.

  • EFL 071 Reading I  
    Mondays, 8:30– 10 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30– 9:50 a.m.
    5 credit hours; No prerequisites
    This reading course is designed for students who have completed or tested out of ESL courses and/or have taken Beyond Basic ESL Continuing Education courses OR curriculum students who have placement test scores too low for DRE 096. Students who have unsuccessfully attempted RED 070 or DRE 096 may also choose this course.

  • EFL 091 Composition I
    Mondays, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
    5 credit hours; No prerequisites
    This writing course is designed for students who have completed or tested out of ESL courses and/or have taken Beyond Basic ESL Continuing Education courses OR curriculum students who have placement test scores too low for DRE 096. Students who have unsuccessfully attempted ENG 070 or DRE 096 may also choose this course.

New for Spring 2015:

  • EFL 074 Reading IV
    5 credit hours; EFL-093 or permission of EFL Coordinator
    This course is designed to enhance the academic reading skills for successful reading ability as required in college-level courses. Emphasis is placed on strategies for effective reading and the utilization of these strategies to improve comprehension, analytical skills, recall, and overall reading speed. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend, synthesize, and critique multi-disciplinary college-level reading/textbook materials.

  • EFL 094 Composition IV
    5 credit hours; EFL-093 or permission of EFL Coordinator
    This course prepares low-advanced non-native speakers of English to determine the purpose of their writing and to write paragraphs and essays to fulfill that purpose. Emphasis is placed on unity, coherence, completeness, audience, the writing process, and the grammatical forms and punctuation appropriate for each kind of writing. Upon completion, students should be able to write unified, coherent, and complete paragraphs and essays which are grammatical and appropriate for the intended audience.

The coordinator of Academic EFL meets with non-native English speakers to help them decide which courses are most appropriate to improve English language skills. She also advises Health Tech program applicants preparing to take the tests that satisfy the English Language Requirement. Students in curriculum courses may be referred to the director by their instructors for advice on strategies and resources to improve English language skills and increase chances for academic success.

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1637 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703
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