The different PIC ESL courses are categorized as follows: Beginner (ESL-S, ESL-1, and ESL-2), Intermediate (ESL-3 and ESL-4), and Advanced (ESL 5 and ESL 6). To enroll in a higher level ESL course, the student must either successfully complete all of the relevant lower level ESL course(s) or placed into the higher level ESL course by demonstrating sufficient knowledge. PIC also offers a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Program.
The Proficiency Scale outlines the performance objectives of PIC’s ESL and TOEFL courses. The purpose of the Proficiency Scale is two-fold. First, the Proficiency Scale provides a foundation for each course’s curriculum and syllabus and a clear and structured outline to guide instructors in their lessons. The Proficiency Scale also provides the students detailed information and a clear roadmap of what is expected from them and what to expect from each course.
The Proficiency Scale is adapted from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR), which focuses on how language users communicate through speaking and writing. In addition, the Proficiency Scale borrows from the British Council and EAQUALS Core Inventory for General English (CIGE) to provide a structured framework of substantive material for each of PIC’s course. Finally, the Proficiency Scale incorporates grammar adapted from the American English File Series (Oxford University Press) into PIC’s course objectives.
Each of PIC’s ESL courses objectives focus on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills while emphasizing practical usage of the language within various social and cultural contexts. Communicative, task-based, and audio-lingual learning methods are utilized to help students gain a more practical mastery of English as quickly as possible.