The Academic Bridge courses are for bilingual students who have already been admitted to SCSU. These may be students who have minimally met the TOEFL or equivalent requirements, or they may be heritage language speakers (HLS) who have graduated from American high schools with low verbal SAT scores, and who come from homes where a language other than English has been spoken much of their lives. Both groups of students need less ESL support than the students in the IEP, yet they need ongoing academic support in order to further develop their academic English skills so that they may ultimately enjoy a positive and successful educational experience at SCSU.
- Retention of students through credit-bearing developmental composition courses which address the unique needs of the heritage language speakers (HLS) and those of the accepted international students (AIS). These developmental courses will parallel composition courses in the English department.
- Development of academic reading/writing skills for heritage language speakers (HLS) and those of the accepted international students (AIS) by providing curricular support and ongoing language practice, both of which are required for second language learners to develop their academic language proficiency.
The Academic Bridge Program will consist of two credit-bearing courses, along with additional support services:
ENG 119 - Fundamentals of Academic Writing for Bilingual Students
This class already exists at Southern and is the alternative to ENG 110 for bilingual students and the preparatory class for the LEP-required ENG 112. Given the unique instructional needs of the two groups, this class will offer two sections – one for heritage language students (HLS) and the other for accepted international students (AIS).
ENG 120 - Writing Arguments for Bilingual Students
This class will be developed as the alternative to ENG 112 for bilingual students. It also will offer two sections – one for heritage language students (HLS) and the other for accepted international students (AIS).
For more information regarding our Academic Bridge program, please contact:
Dr. Erin Heidkamp
Director of Office of International Education
Dr. Elena Schmitt
Coordinator of the MS in TESOL, Bilingual, and Multicultural Education