Arts, Humanities, and Communications

English as a Second Language 2016-17

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
Schoolcraft program code​: Aligned with the student's major program of study

The courses in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program prepare students for study in American college settings and also teach the international student about American culture and the English language for daily living and communication with native speakers. The instruction includes:

  • English and vocabulary development
  • Academic writing activities: forms, letters, compositions,summaries, essay exams and research papers
  • Speaking activities: discussions, oral reports and formal speeches
  • Listening skills: lectures, video and audio tapes
  • Reading and grammar for college level academic purposes
  • Test preparation and note taking skills
  • Computer-assisted instruction Instruction is highly individualized to meet individual learner goals.  

Classes incorporate learning in the language labs, using computer-assisted instruction and other interactive instructional materials. Instructors work with students individually and in small groups to maximize the rate of student progress. In advanced levels of the program, students will complement the ESL courses with appropriate academic college coursework.

The English as a Second Language program consists of five levels, each focused on the following three content areas:

  • Grammar and Writing
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Speaking and Listening

Students are initially placed into the appropriate level, based on their ESL Accuplacer Test scores. Therefore, not all classes may be required.

​Curriculum Guide (PDF)

Download the Curriculum GuideEnglish as a Second Language (ESL) (​​60-61 cr.)

First Year - Fall Semester
ESL 060
Reading and Vocabulary 1
ESL 064
Listening and Speaking 1
ESL 067
Grammar and Writing 1

Total Credits: 12

First Year - Winter Semester
ESL 070
Reading and Vocabulary 2
ESL 074
Listening and Speaking 2
ESL 077
Grammar and Writing 2

Total Credits: 12

Second Year - Fall Semester
ESL 080
Reading and Vocabulary 3
ESL 084
Listening and Speaking 3
ESL 087
Grammar and Writing 3

Total Credits: 12

Second Year - Winter Semester
ESL 110
Reading and Vocabulary 4
ESL 114
Listening and Speaking 4
ESL 117
Grammar and Writing 4

Total Credits: 12

Third Year - Fall Semester
ESL 130
ESL Capstone Course
Selected entry level courses

Total Credits: ​12-13

Total Credits: ​60-61

NOTE: Courses must be at a 100-level or higher to be used toward completion of any academic credential or program.

Students are required to have a final course grade of 70% (2.0) in order to successfully complete each course and advance to the next level.

F-1 students seeking additional information regarding the program may contact the International Student Coordinator at

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