Program Description

The ESL Academic Bridge Program is a full-time schedule of advanced-level ESL courses which are designed for college-bound students. The goal of the Bridge Program is to prepare international students for academic success at the college level. Many students take the Bridge Program in order to satisfy OCCC's admission requirements for non-native English speaking students.

To be eligible for full admission to Oklahoma City Community College, non-native English speaking students must score at least 500 on the Institutional TOEFL test (61 on the International TOEFL test, the TOEFL iBT). Students whose TOEFL scores are too low for full admission need opportunities to improve. To serve these students, Oklahoma City Community College created the Bridge Program.

Students who have received a score of 460 or higher on the Institutional TOEFL test (48 on the International TOEFL test, the TOEFL iBT) are eligible to enroll in the Bridge Program. Students in the program take fifteen credit hours of advanced-level ESL. All Bridge Program students take the following five courses:

 

ESL 0413-Advanced Listening
ESL 0463-Advanced Speaking
ESL 0423-Advanced Reading
ESL 0443-Advanced Writing
ESL 0643-Advanced Grammar

 

In order to successfully complete the program, a student must earn a minimum grade of 2.0, which is the equivalent of a "C" or 70%, in each course. Students who successfully complete the Bridge Program are eligible for full admission to OCCC. They are not required to retake the TOEFL test.

The ESL Academic Bridge Program is a full-time, day-time course of study. Because the program requires sixteen weeks to complete, it is offered only in the fall and spring semesters. The program is not available in the summer.