Au Pairs (J1 Visa) Information and Procedures
Application and Placement Test
All ESL students including Au Pairs need to complete the NCC Application ($20) and take the ESL Placement Test.
“Credits” or Hours
Au Pairs usually need to complete 6 “credits.” However, NCC gives Au Pairs hours for the actual hours they attend a class. One credit equals 12 hours and 6 credits equals 72 hours. Ask your counselor how many hours you need. See chart below for approximate hours for each class.
ESL Non-credit or ESL Credit/Blended Course
ESL Non-credit classes are Basic classes (Levels 10 – 50) and ESL Credit/Blended classes are Intermediate/Advanced (based heavily on the writing on the ESL Test). For times and prices, please see the ESL Non-Credit Schedule.
Expectations/Attendance Confirmation Form
An Au Pair only receives the hours for the time he/she is in the classroom. At the beginning of the course, the Au Pair should tell the teacher that he/she will need the hours of attendance. The Au Pair should ask the class instructor for her total hours on the Attendance Confirmation Form just before the last class. All NCC students including Au Pairs are expected to fulfill class expectations (classwork, homework, projects, and tests).
Hours for ESL Classes for Au Pairs (approximate)
ESL Non-credit classes (Reading/Writing, Grammar, Speaking/Listening, Writing/Grammar) are usually 55 -58 hours per semester depending on the semester. The number of hours may change, so the hours on the chart below are approximate.
|Course||English Level – based on ESL Placement Test||Hours|
|Conversation Circles 76||Levels 40, 50, 60 and up||Thursday nights – 30 hours
Friday mornings – 58 hours
|Levels 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60||Morning, afternoon,
night, or Saturday – 55 – 58 hours
|Conversation Circles 26/36||Levels 20 and 30||Thursday nights – 30 hours
Friday mornings – 58 hours
|Basic Pronunciation 68||Levels 40, 50, 60 and up||58 hours|
|Business for ESL Students I 67||Levels 40, 50, 60 and up||39 hours|
|Business for ESL Students II 69||Levels 132 and up||39 hours|
|TOEFL Test Preparation||Levels 132 and up||55 – 58 hours|
|Reading Circles 78||Levels 132 and up||Nights – 44 hours
Mornings – 58 hours
|Writing/Grammar on Computer 61||Levels 40, 50, 60 and up||58 hours|
|Writing/Grammar 63||Levels 60 and up||58 hours|
|CREDIT/Blended Reading/Writing||Levels 022, 132, 142, 152||100 hours approximately (check prices for blended)|
|CREDIT/Blended Electives (Grammar, Oral Communication, Pronunciation)||Levels 025, 022,132, 142, 152||42 hours (check prices for blended)|
Please see short descriptions of the ESL classes.
For questions about Au Pairs, contact Denise Daych, East 206, Ddaych@Norwalk.edu