| Delgado Community College is on a semester system. The Fall semester is from August to December. The Spring semester runs from January to May. The intensive 8-week Summer term takes place in June and July. We offer a full schedule of day and evening sections during the Fall and Spring semesters, and a reduced schedule during the Summer term.
The core program consists of 6 proficiency levels (Basic 1, Basic 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Advanced 1, and Advanced 2) in each of 4 language skills (Reading, Writing, Conversation, and Grammar). Students may place into different levels in different skills as determined by the ESL placement test. All classes use a theme-based curriculum. Also, while each course focuses on 1 language skill, complementary skills are routinely integrated into class activities and student assignments to enhance students' overall language development. Besides the core curriculum, we also offer a course in TOEFL test preparation.
The ESL program has a multimedia classroom/lab dedicated to the development of listening and speaking skills. Interactive software helps students to improve their listening comprehension, conversational fluency, accuracy of pronunciation, and intonation. Composition, reading, and grammar labs within the Division of Liberal Arts are also available for use by ESL students.