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Questions about ALP 

Q:  What does ALP mean?
A:  ALP stands for the Accelerated Learning Program.  It is designed for students who score 73-89 on the  writing component of the Accuplacer test and a 79 or above on the reading component.   In short, this course allows those who qualify to skip the developmental writing component of the course and take the College composition.
 
Q:  How can ALP benefit me?
A:  ALP saves students both time and money by allowing them to complete their academic credits faster.
 
Q:  How is ALP different from developmental writing?
A:  Like in developmental writing, students meet for four hours a week, with two hours devoted to classroom instruction and two hours devoted to lab.   The major difference is that students in ALP cover topics taught in regular composition, including formal argument, documentation, and research. 
 
Q:  How is ALP different than a regular ENGL-121 course?
A:  The ALP course has an additional hour lab.  The classes are smaller so that students receive more individualized attention. 
 
Q:  Does it cost more to take ALP?
A:  If you have placed into ALP, it would cost the same as the developmental writing course. 
 
Q:  I think I might qualify for ALP.  How do I sign up?
A:  Students can only enroll in ALP through their advisor.   If you think you qualify, talk to him or her about your eligibility.

Questions about ESL

Q. What is the difference between the ESL credit program and ESL noncredit program?
A: Both the ESL credit program and the ESL noncredit program offer students an opportunity to improve their English skills. 
The ESL credit program is designed for ESL students who want to pursue a degree at HCC or plan to transfer to another college.  ESL students who do not place directly into college level classes will place into ESL credit classes.  Students must successfully complete these classes in order to advance into college level courses.  Credits for ESL courses (083, 084, 085, 086, and 087) do not transfer to other institutions.

The ESL noncredit program provides many levels of classes for all students who want to improve English.  These courses are not for credit.     

 Q: What is the difference between ESL courses and developmental courses?
 A: There are two paths of preparation for students who do not place directly into college level courses.  One path is designed for ESL students and one path is designed for native or native-like speakers of English.  Both paths (ESL and Developmental) satisfy the same requirements and prepare students for college level classes.  ESL courses devote time and attention to the needs of students learning to speak English as a second language.  

 Both developmental and ESL paths prepare students for the reading and writing skills that they will need in College Composition (ENGL 121) as well as in other college level courses.

 Q: Are ESL courses transferrable?
A: No. The credits for both ESL and developmental courses  count toward a student’s GPA (Grade Point Average) and can be covered by financial aid, but these credits are not transferable and do not count toward degree requirements.