The English as a Second
Language (ESL) Program at New Jersey City University has been teaching students
whose native language is not English the language skills they need to graduate
from the university for over 40 years. The population we serve reflects the
diversity of the surrounding community, which is one of the most diverse in the
country. Languages spoken by our students include Spanish, Arabic, Gujarati,
Chinese, French Creole, Tagalog, and African dialects. An average of 300
students enroll in our courses every semester.
Completion of ESL 101 (EC
1 – ESL) and ESL 102 (EC 2- ESL) or ESL 115 (EC 1 for Bilingual Students) and
ESL 116 (EC 2 for Bilingual Students) satisfies the University’s English
requirements for graduation.
Most ESL courses are six credits and meet six
hours per week during a 15-week semester.
The Program offers day, evening, and Saturday courses at the following
Day: 12:45—3:20 p.m.,
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Evening: 4:25—6:45 p.m.;
7:00—9:45 p.m. (two nights a week)
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.—2:00
The ESL Computer Lab in
Karnoutsos 224 consists of 25 PC’s, a projector, laser printer, and internet
access. The ESL Tutoring Program is
available for all ESL students who need individualized assistance, and is free
Students admitted to New
Jersey City University whose first language is not English must contact the ESL
Testing Administrator, Dr. Marian Leonor, for testing and placement into the
program. This applies to freshmen as
well as to students who transfer to New Jersey City University without ESL
101/102 or 115/116 credits from another accredited institution.
Students are administered
a three-part placement test, consisting of a standardized grammar test, a
written composition, and an oral interview.
Based on these results, students are placed into an appropriate ESL
For questions related to
testing times and location, or information regarding the ESL Program, please
contact Dr. Marian Leonor at 201-200-2174 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our courses are also available on a non-credit basis.
Any student interested in taking ESL
courses for non-credit should contact Dr. Leonor for registration and placement
procedures. The cost of a non-credit
course is less than that of a credit-bearing course.
international students who are studying on special visas. However, the ESL Program is not an intensive
language program (consisting of 18-20 hours of instruction per week). All matters related to the admission of
international students and the granting of visas are the responsibility of the
International Student Advisor and the Office of Admissions.
and staff members hold advanced degrees in TESOL, linguistics, or
Dr. Clyde Coreil email@example.com
Dr. Steve Haber firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor James Holley III
Dr. Marian Leonor
Dr. Anne Mabry (current Program Chair)
Professor Adela Martinez
Professor Claire Monroe
Please contact the Department of Multicultural Education for information
regarding ESL teacher certification at (201) 200-3380.