English as a Foreign Language

EFL (English as a Foreign Language) is an ESL (English as a Second Language) 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. Visit international.waketech.edu to learn more about obtaining a student visa or handling other matters.

The EFL program offers the following courses in sequence:

  • Grammar: EFL 081, 082, 083, 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, 074
    Coursework presents increasingly higher-level vocabulary and reading passages.
  • Composition: EFL 091, 092, 093, 094, 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, 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 ten (10) long. Classes meet for one and a half hours daily, Monday through Thursday. Summer term runs from May to July. 
  • EFL courses provide five (5) credit hours each. Cost-per-credit-hour for EFL is the same as for any curriculum course at Wake Tech. [Tuition Fees and Costs..] 
  • You may be able to use Federal Student Aid to pay for EFL courses if you qualify – but make sure you are aware of limitations and restrictions that may apply to the use of that funding. Contact the financial aid office for advice about using financial aid.

To Enter the EFL Program:

  1. Complete an Application for Admission to Wake Tech.  
  2. Sign up for an appointment to take the EFL placement test. 
  3. Take the ESL placement test.    
    NOTE: Once you complete the EFL program, you will be able to enter the academic program of your choice without any additional testing.  
  4. 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.   
  5. Register for classes on Web Advisor. 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.