BERGEN COUNTY CAREER ADVANCEMENT TRAINING, INC.

 

Academic Program

  • Program Overview

    The Academic program is designed to work with students at their level of proficiency and develop their confidence and ability to communicate and thrive at school, home, and/or work. Each level has its own specific goals and outcomes, and each level of instruction builds upon the previous level(s) using listening, writing, grammar, comprehension, speaking, and vocabulary exercises. Outcomes are listed by level in the Curriculum Guidelines.

    BCCAT offers English Language Studies designed for non-native English speakers wishing to study in an English speaking environment. These courses include reading, writing, and presentation skills for use in a variety of situations: general, social, professional, and academic situations. Each level takes one semester to complete and is designed for both foreign students and US residents for whom English is not their first language.
  • Program Objective

    This program is designed to provide literate non-native English speaking adult learners with dramatically improved language skills by providing a standardized, integrated, intensive and structure-based curriculum. Students learn the language skills necessary to become fluent in English, and/or to take more advanced training in an English-only environment.This intensive English language program promotes language training in an integrated manner, grammar, reading, writing and aural comprehension, are all taught in a systematized manner so that students learn all aspects of the language in a step-by-step method, with standardized exams to ensure that students are learning continually.
  • Methodology

    Language is the most important tool in human communication. Today, English has become the number one language for global interaction. In the field of TESL or Teaching English as a Second Language, the main goal among classroom teachers is to provide students with learning experiences which will develop students’ communicative abilities in speaking, listening, writing, grammar, and reading.Thus, this program is designed to offer ESL communicative tasks that will allow learners to gain language confidence and competence in various social interactions. Such tasks are believed to be effective in developing students’ ability to convey and process information either in written or spoken mediums. More than that, these tasks also encourage the students to become independent learners and hopefully make them more productive and informed citizens in their respective communities.

    In order to achieve these goals, this program is focused on designing classroom activities that are essentially based on the communicative principle. Under this principle, the main teaching goal is to encourage the student to communicate using English. The lessons cover meaningful content that reflects realistic situations and demands rather than a heavy emphasis on grammatical structures.

    Students usually perform a specific task in a group or in pairs. The student is the central figure in the learning process while the teacher serves as a facilitator who provides feedback when necessary. Factors such as the students’ cultural backgrounds, learning styles, and learning goals are also considered to fully understand student needs. The goal of this program is to fully integrate all the skills with well-balanced communicative tasks for the students.

    Using a communicative approach in teaching English teaching provides three major benefits to ESL students. First, it gives second language learner more opportunities and experiences in order to turn the language into a more functional and comprehensible tool. Second, an ESL communicative task allows learners to produce language output in a context that also helps other students understand their messages better. Third, it also transforms the classroom setting into a real-life situation where people communicate with each other. This program is designed to be able to address all these benefits of Communicative Language Teaching.
  • Course Goals

    ESL Integrated Skills Beginner Level
    This level develops basic language skills needed in classroom and in day-to-day adult situations. It develops greater skills in listening and speaking for basic communication in the classroom, outside the classroom and at work by concentrating on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to function satisfactorily in most real-life situations related to immediate needs. There are expanded reading and writing skills taught, and an introduction to basic grammar. This level Students who succeed in ESL Beginner Level will be able to register for ESL Intermediate Level.

    ESL Integrated Skills Intermediate Level
    This level covers skills needed in conversations beyond survival needs. This allows students to function independently in most familiar situations and use appropriate language in routine social situations. This level also covers skills needed to function effectively in familiar and unfamiliar social situations and familiar work situations. Communication skills will be needed to discuss/interpret cultural differences and to solve problems outside the class. Students who succeed in ESL Intermediate Level will be able to register for ESL Advanced Level.

    ESL Integrated Skills Advanced Level with TOEFL Preparation
    This level covers fluency and advanced communication skills. Students will be able to self-monitor effectively when using basic grammatical structure and introduction to more complex structures. U.S. cultural values and thinking patterns are introduced through discussions, debates, readings and writing. Completion of this level will demonstrate knowledge of written and spoken English well enough to participate in a college or university program.
    The TOEFL iBT Preparation Course is added to Advanced Level to help ESL learners develop skills and strategies necessary for successful performance on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). This course provides training of all four language skills: reading, listening, speaking, and writing in integration as it is required for the TOEFL iBT.

    High Advanced General Business English
    The Business English course is designed to facilitate students in acquiring business communication skills across listening, speaking, reading, and writing competencies necessary for formal and informal business transactions. The course is aimed at providing an opportunity for students to develop the English skills and cultural awareness of the world of business.
    This course helps students develop the skills needed to communicate successfully on a job that requires American English with emphasis on reading strategies, analytical thinking, discussion and oral presentation. Topics integrated throughout the course include international communications, current business news, and culturally related issues.
  • Entrance Requirement

    To be admitted, prospective students must be at least 18 years of age, and be literate in their native language (a high school education is recommended). Applicants are also required to take a written placement test and have an in-person oral interview to ensure proper placement into the program. Each student is placed at a level consistent with his/her determined oral and written language skills.
  • Course Length

    ESL Integrated Skills Beginner Level
    320 Hours, 20 Hours/Week, 16 Weeks/Semester

    ESL Integrated Skills Intermediate Level
    320 Hours, 20 Hours/Week, 16 Weeks/Semester

    ESL Integrated Skills Advanced Level with TOEFL Preparation
    640 Hours, 20 Hours/Week, 32 Weeks/ 2 Semesters

    High Advanced General Business English
    320 Hours, 20 Hours/Week, 16 Weeks/Semester

  • Class Schedule

    The schedule in academic settings is 9 am to 1 pm or 6 pm to 10 pm Monday through Friday.