This program provides intensive language study for those whose native language is not English and are not yet proficient in English.
How is the English as a Second Language Program different from other ESL programs? Students can study English full-time at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level. They study in class for 14 to 17 hours per week including ESL labs. They may also study in this program part time.
What is the application process for this program? Students submit a completed application form with a $25 application fee to the Office of Admissions. They should make an appointment for the ESL Placement Exam by calling 732-906-2508 or visiting the Testing Center in JLC 229. After the exam, students make an appointment in the ESL/Languages and Cultures Department to attend an oral interview, which is part of the placement test. Students will be told what their placement is when they complete the oral interview.
What is the ESL Placement Exam? It is a written test that takes approximately two hours to complete. The oral interview tests speaking and listening abilities. The written test measures grammar and writing abilities.
Who is required to take the test and can TOEFL scores be used for placement? Anyone whose first language is not English. Students with a four-year degree and a TOEFL score of 550 or over may be exempt from the grammar and reading parts of the placement test, but they are still required to take the essay and oral interview tests.
When is the test administered and is there a charge? Students may take the test Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at other times through a special appointment and approval by the Director of the Testing Center. The test is free.
Can ESL students receive financial aid? United States citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for financial aid but must declare a major.