Learning Support

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The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students demonstrate the appropriate skill levels before enrolling in college-level courses. Learning Support courses allow students to practice writing and reading skills needed for college-level math courses and other transfer courses. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determines whether a student needs to enroll in Learning Support courses in reading, writing, and/or math. After completing the required Learning Support course(s), a student may enroll in college-level courses.

Nashville State offers four levels of ESL (English as a Second Language) courses from the advanced beginner level to the low advanced level. These courses are designed to teach immigrants and international students academic English to prepare them for college-level coursework.

Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL)

 
Program of Study for English as a Second Language Speakers

Nashville State offers four levels of ESL (English as a Second Language) courses from the advanced beginner level to the low advanced level. These courses are designed to teach immigrants and international students academic English to prepare them for college-level coursework.

English Placement
Students who do not have English as their first/home language take the Michigan Plus Test for English placement unless they score 19 or higher on the Reading and English portions of the ACT, or have transfer credit for ENGL 1010 from a U.S. college. Michigan Plus Test scores are used for placement purposes only at Nashville State and cannot be reported to other institutions.

ESL Accommodations
ESL accommodations may be available for those who complete all recommended ESOL courses. Those who do not wish to take ESOL courses must sign a waiver of ESL assistance and are not eligible for ESL accommodations.

Location
Student Services Building, S-110
on the Main Campus
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact Us
ESL Testing Specialist: Elizabeth Stein
Email: Elizabeth.Stein@nscc.edu
Phone: 615-353-3380
 

Learning Support Math


 Learning Support Math Website

Learning Support Math courses allow students to practice algebra skills needed for college-level math courses and other transfer courses. Enrollment is determined by ACT or COMPASS test scores. Successful completion of Learning Support Math prepares students to enroll in college-level math courses.

Nashville State's Learning Support Math (LSM) is an enhanced developmental math program that prepares students for their own educational goals whether they involve beginning a program of study in a field that requires advanced mathematics, completing a general education mathematics course, or applying for admission to NSCC nursing or other programs.

  • Students' varying levels of preparation, math anxieties and diverse learning styles are accommodated.
  • Student learning is active and learner-centered.
  • On-demand individualized assistance increases student persistence as well as help instructors continuously improve the learning activities in the course.
  • Receiving immediate feedback on homework and tests motivates students to persist until they understand the concepts and allows them to obtain needed diagnostic feedback and revised study plans.
  • Instructors monitor each student's progress as well as time-on-task.
     

Learning Support Writing and Reading

College-prep courses are offered in writing and reading. Entrance requirements and/or testing determine placement, and placement in college-prep courses is determined upon admission to the college. Learning Support courses are computer-based.

Learning Support courses are taught by highly-qualified faculty dedicated to helping students learn the skills they need to be successful in college-level courses. Placement in these courses is determined upon admission to the college.

  • Writing
    ENGL 0810 Learning Support English I (3 Credit Hours)
    ENGL 0820 Learning Support English II (1 Credit Hour)
    ENGL 0820 is designed to allow students to complete ENGL 0810 requirements.
     
  • Reading
    READ 0810 Learning Support Reading I (3 Credit Hours)
    READ 0820 Learning Support Reading II (1 Credit Hour)
    READ 0820 is designed to allow students to complete READ 0810 requirements.
     
  • Faculty
    Heidi Blaisdell, Instructor, ENGL 0810, 615-353-3755
    Lynn Lozier, Associate Professor, ENGL 0810, 615-353-3368
    Jennifer Neal, Instructor, ENGL 0810, 615-353-3344
    Kathy Sorenson, Instructor, READ 0810, 615-353-3575
     

Contact Information

All students should talk to an advisor regarding course selection, class registration, and career pathways.

Learning Support Division
Kisber Building, Suite K-205

Helen Kunkel, Secretary II, K-205A
Phone: 615-353-3599

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Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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