English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is an English as a Second Language (ESL) program designed to develop the academic English skills of college-level students who wish to study in the U.S. Most students in the program are immigrants new to the U.S. The program also helps working adults improve language skills for professional development and career advancement.
Wake Tech has students from all over the world and has an office devoted to assisting them. The college's International Students Office has information about obtaining a student visa or handling other matters.
The EFL program offers the following courses in sequence:
Grammar: EFL-081, -082, -083 and -084
Levels 1, 2 and 3 (-081, -082 and -083) cover basic word forms and verb tenses and usage.
Level 4 (-084) covers noun, adjective and adverb clauses and sentence structure.
Reading: EFL-071, -072, -073 and -074
Coursework presents increasingly higher-level vocabulary and reading passages.
Composition: EFL-091, -092, -093, -094 and -095
Coursework moves from basic sentences to paragraphs to a five-paragraph essay (-094) and a research paper (-095).
Listening/speaking: EFL-061, -062, -063 and -064
Structure and costs
Semesters are 16 weeks long. Classes meet for one hour daily, Monday through Friday. Fall semester runs from August to December; the Spring semester runs from January to May.
Summer term is 10 weeks long. Classes meet for one and a half hours daily, Monday through Thursday. Summer term runs from May to July.
EFL courses provide five credit hours each. The cost per credit hour for EFL is the same as for any curriculum course at Wake Tech.
You may be able to use federal financial aid to pay for EFL courses if you qualify, but make sure you are aware of limitations and restrictions that may apply. Contact the Financial Aid Office for advice about using aid.
Meet with an advisor by calling the EFL Office at 919-866-6700.
The advisor will review your test score and may interview you or request a writing sample to determine your level of skill and recommend appropriate courses.
Register for classes on Self-Service.
You will be given a Wake Tech ID and a computer username and password; you may then log in to the system and register for classes.