MCCC Offers English as a Second Language (ESL)
Classes Year-Round


8-19-08

Se Ofrecen Cursos de ESL (el Estudio de Inglés Como Segundo Idioma) Durante el Año Entero en Mercer County Community College

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College (MCCC) invites speakers of Spanish to take credit and noncredit classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) at its two campuses. MCCC offers a variety of programs and courses, for the beginner to more advanced learners of English.

At the college's James Kerney Campus in downtown Trenton, the English Language Institute (ELI) provides English instruction combined with computer-assisted learning. Instruction is available mornings, afternoons and evenings. Hybrid or blended classes that combine classroom time with distance learning are also under development. ELI students may continue their studies in credit programs at MCCC and then transfer to four-year colleges. To learn more, call the English Language Institute at 609-570-3185, e-mail harrism@mccc.edu, or visit room KC118 on the James Kerney Campus.

As needs are identified, some credit course sections at the James Kerney Campus are offered in a bilingual mode for students whose native language is Spanish. With English as the primary language, instructors use Spanish as needed to help students master course objectives.

At the college's suburban West Windsor Campus, the English as a Second Language (ESL) program offers non-native speakers an opportunity to develop their English skills as part of their college program. ESL classes are available to full- or part-time for students to prepare them for entering a degree program, and for those who wish to improve their skills for personal or employment reasons. Students who wish to enroll in the program need to complete an ESL placement test at the International Student Services office.

International students who wish to enter a program of study must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered worldwide by Educational Testing Service. The college's Enrollment Services office provides a packet detailing other current requirements for international students.

The credit ESL program consists of courses that stress English grammar, speech, reading, and writing skills. Students who complete the highest-level courses in writing (ESL 135) and reading/critical thinking (ESL 141) are ready to enter into a full-time college program. Students at lower levels of competence in English may enroll in a limited number of college courses according to their ability in specific disciplines. For information about credit ESL programs, e-mail bambhrol@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3438.

Mercer County Community College has an open-admissions policy and affordable classes. Information about all of Mercer's programs is available online here, or by calling the Enrollment Services office at 609-570-3795.

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