ESL Programs

Columbus State Community College
Columbus, OH

Language Institute

Columbus, Ohio is home to the second-largest Somali population in the U.S. (approximately 45,000) and a growing number of refugees and immigrants from all over the world. Learn how Columbus State Community College is developing resources and assisting this population through its Language Institute, which is part of the college’s Transitional Workforce Department. Read more.

Miami Dade College
Miami, FL

Honors Bridge Program

The Honors Bridge program is designed to prepare highly motivated and academically strong ESL students with an opportunity to apply to Miami Dade’s prestigious Honors College. Spending time with Honors College mentors and participating in service learning with their instructors make students feel connected to the college—a major factor in retention. All Honors Bridge students accepted into the Honors College have completed the rigorous program and continued on to four-year institutions. Read more.

Title V Project ACE (Accelerated Content-Based English) Program

This program offers a fast-track EAP (English for Academic Purposes) curriculum to immigrants with strong academic backgrounds, including those with degrees from their countries of origin. This accelerated option features content-based instruction in which students learn English at the same time they are studying academic subjects such as psychology or biology. Project ACE faculty and staff are building the program with sustainability and replication in mind. Read more.

Passaic County Community College
Paterson, NJ

English Language Studies Program

As an “Achieving the Dream” college, Passaic County Community College applied the ATD framework in redesigning its ESL structure and curriculum and identifying program changes that could improve student success. Read more.

Pima Community College
Tucson, AZ

Refugee Education Project (REP)

Since 1978, REP has been providing English Language Training to eligible refugees in Tucson, which receives one of the biggest numbers of resettled refugees in the state. The primary goal is employment as soon as possible. Classes held at various levels, from pre-literacy through advanced, focus on English as it relates to getting and holding jobs. Students learn oral and written communication skills to be able to function on the job, fill out employment forms, and do other employment-related tasks as needed. Read more.

Westchester Community College
Valhalla, NY

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate Program

The need for a TESOL certificate program arose mainly from three factors: demand for ESL services, providing the right combination of classroom experience and training, and an increasing number of people interested in second careers. The Institute, which provides ESL classes for over 4,000 students per year, is one of the largest ESL programs in the region and requires the hiring or rehiring of 65 to 80 adjunct instructors three times per year. Read more.