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Donnelly College Success First program

Listing Last Update: February 21, 2019


608 N. 18th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102

Primary Contact

Gretchen Meinhardt

(913) 621-8721

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

Program Overview

Donnelly's Success First program helps students who test below the level for college readiness gain the strong English language and reading and writing skills they need to be successful in college classes. Two levels of Success First classes are offered: Intensive English and Reading and Writing. Students are placed
into the appropriate class based on their scores on the Accuplacer ESL, Reading, and Sentence Skills tests.

Success First Intensive English is a 14-credit hour program for English Language Learners that focuses on phonemic awareness, high-frequency word recognition, reading comprehension, oral fluency, and writing complex sentences and short essays. Classes are taught by an ESL instructor and students participate in two hours of weekly ESL tutoring. The program's goal is for students to advance to Success First Reading and Writing or regular Donnelly College classes after one semester.

Success First Reading and Writing is a 12-credit hour program that prepares students for the demands of college-level reading and writing assignments. Students learn to communicate effectively in oral and written form, to read for purpose and comprehension, to use standard English grammar and sentence
structure, and to use pre-writing, peer review and editing techniques in essays. A supplemental three-credit College and Career Success class helps students develop the characteristics, habits and attitudes of an effective learner. One
hour of weekly tutoring is required.

Hours of operation: Intensive English meets 9 to 10:50 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 9 to 11:50 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Two hours of 2:1 tutoring with an ESL instructor is required each week. Reading and Writing meets from 9 to 11:50 a.m. Mondays, Wednes

Cost info: Success First coursework costs $295 per credit hour.

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