Language Transition at Esperanza College: Two Tracks, One Goal
To succeed in business, in education, in the criminal justice system, in social work, healthcare, or any other field, a mastery of English communication is essential. At Esperanza College, students are expected to graduate having demonstrated proficiency in spoken and academic English. This is not because we believe English to be a “better” language, but because English is essential to career placement and advancement. Esperanza College seeks to improve the English communication skills of all its students.
At Esperanza College, we consider the difficulties facing recent immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries and other English as a Second Language learners and strive to make our educational programs accessible.
All our students are required to take entrance exams in English and Spanish and students and faculty engage one another in English. We cover the cost and use the scores to establish placement, as needed, into one of two different educational “tracks.” For students who are not yet ready to develop the English language (the Language Development Track, or LDT), we provide a unique transition system called the Language Transition Track (LTT).
For the first semester, LTT students can take courses that are taught mostly in Spanish, accompanied by English terminology and/or readings. At the same time, LTT students take a rigorous but language-conscious English course. As their English matures, students begin to transition into English. In their second semester, students in the LTT take bilingual English/Spanish courses, taught so as to ready them for full-blown English classes. By their second year (third and fourth semesters), all program courses are taught in English. This transition gives opportunity to students who would like to further their careers and education but require additional language supports. We are proud to offer these tracks.
All Esperanza College students are expected to develop their language skills, regardless of whether they are in the LDT or LTT track. We aim to graduate students who are fully capable of immersion in the English language in any professional or educational setting.