ESL: English as a Second Language Program

Program Details


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Your score on the TOEFL exam will determine whether you start your studies in the ESL Bridge Program or in a regular academic program.  Please review our international admissions requirements page to compare your TOEFL score to our requirements for each level.

Shortly after you arrive you will take our placement exams to make sure that you register for the correct course level based on your current English skills in each of five areas:

  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Listening
  • Conversational English
  • Reading

Levels of Instruction

The EBP offers two levels — intermediate and advanced. Many students begin in the intermediate level and then move up to the advanced level after one semester of study. Students who enter at the advanced level usually complete the EBP in one semester.

ESL Course Offerings

In American colleges, full time students normally take 4 or more “courses” each semester. Courses can earn varying number of credits depending on the amount of scheduled class hours each course requires. Courses that earn 3 credit hours are the most common.

Intermediate Level Courses

Intermediate ESL courses prepare you for university-level academic study and do not earn credit that you can apply toward your degree requirements. These non-credit courses are identified by a course number that is below 100 (for example, “ESL 090”). Depending on your test results, you may be placed in Advanced level ESL courses in some areas and Intermediate level ESL courses in others.

Course Number Course Name
ESL090 Writing
ESL092 Grammar Editing
ESL094 Listening
ESL096 Conversational English
ESL098 Reading

Advanced Level Courses

A maximum of 9 credits can be applied toward degree requirements for completing Advanced level ESL courses (numbered 100 and above). Most Advanced level EBP students take one or more regular academic courses at the same time as their ESL courses. Advanced level EBP students can earn between 12–16 academic course credits in one semester.

Course Number Course Name
ENG100 Writer's Workshop (ESL Section; 4 credits)
ESL102 Advanced Grammar Editing
ESL104 Advanced Listening
ESL106 Advanced Conversational English
ESL107 Advanced Pronunciation
ESL108 Advanced Reading
ESL109 Advanced Vocabulary

More Information

A brief description of each ESL course is available online in our course catalog.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the ESL Bridge Program, please contact:

Kym Taylor, ESL Program Coordinator/Lecturer
Office: Ward Hall 242
Phone: (518) 564-2262
Email: [email protected]