Credit ESL courses primarily prepare students for their long term goal of entering a college degree program. Those not intending to pursue a degree can benefit from credit ESL courses as well, for personal improvement or professional advancement -- an opportunity for non-native speakers of English to develop their reading/critical thinking, writing/grammar, and speaking/ listening skills in English.
In order to enter our program, you will be required to take the ESL Accuplacer Placement Test prior to registration for classes, regardless of TOEFL or other internationally recognized English language proficiency tests.
The credit ESL program at Mercer County Community College consists of 12 sequenced courses, each 4 credits. For full-time status, which is a total of 12 credits per semester, ESL students will enroll in progressive levels of three course categories each semester: Reading and Critical Thinking; Writing Concepts; and Speech Concepts (refer to suggested course sequence).
Students may enroll in a limited number of selected mathematics courses (assigned by Math placement score), health and physical fitness, and/or other non-intensive language courses. Our student advisors and/or ESL Program Coordinator will guide you through the registration process throughout your studies in our ESL program.
At the completion of your ESL studies, you will be awarded a Certificate of Commendation or High Commendation based on mastery of your reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English.
To find out more about the admissions process, e-mail the credit ESL admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (609) 570-3438.
Non-Credit ESL courses offered thought the Center for Continuing Studies prepare students for entering a college degree program or for personal improvement and professional advancement. Three levels of non-credit ESL are offered though the Center for Continuing Studies. Students will improve English reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a relaxed atmosphere and become more comfortable with the rules of English. In this program, you will practice everyday conversation, gain confidence, and learn useful expressions in a friendly, helpful atmosphere.
The English Language Institute (ELI) at the James Kerney Campus of Mercer County Community College offers grant funded, noncredit ESL classes. Classes provide an opportunity for you to learn English so that you can get a job, function better at your job, or get a better job. ELI classes will increase and improve your knowledge of American culture and English in daily life.
For more information about the classes and registration, please visit the Community Education and Training Department (cc142) at the Kerney Campus or call (609) 570-3185.