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English As A Second Language

If you are coming to the College from a non-English speaking educational system and you need to learn English as a Second Language in order to succeed in college, you will be placed in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in the Developmental Studies department. Placement assessments are made at the beginning of each semester. If your assessment indicates a need for English reinforcement. you will be placed in an appropriate level of English as a Second Language (ESL).


The College offers English as a Second Language classes at the Main Campus and at the College Extension Center in Spring Valley.


Successful completion of English as a Second Language courses and movement into mainstream english courses are determined by your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English. Students enrolled in English as a Second Language courses take the English Placement Examination at the end of each semester. How long it takes to move from English as a Second Language courses into mainstream English courses depends a great deal on your own motivation and production. Computer assisted instructional materials and tutoring are available to help you. Developmental counselors and English as a Second Language instructors assist you with College advisement and registration.


ESL is also offered in the second summer session. It usually starts
the first week in June and ends last week in July

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