The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at St John’s University is housed in the Department of Languages and Literatures and is a leader in English language learning.
The main purpose of the ESL program is to provide non-native English speakers with the academic abilities and language skills essential to succeed either at an American university or in a professional environment. The ESL curriculum provides the students with a comprehensive program of English language evaluation, advisement, and instruction while concurrently orientating them to the United States’ multi-cultural environment.
Academic ESL courses prepare non-native speakers for the rest of their college careers, setting a strong foundation in English reading /writing, speaking/listening, and Business English. Undergraduate ESL students receive credit toward their degree and fulfill their language requirements for these courses while graduate students receive only three credits toward full time visa status.
Outside of the classroom, students are encouraged to:
- participate in the activities and work with the tutors at the Global Language and Culture Center, GLCC
- take part in The English Language Table. The Language Table is a program that welcomes local American students and international students to socialize in small groups to help international students practice English and learn about American life and culture. Refreshments are served. ESL students are encouraged to participate to share language and culture with local American students.
- go on various field trips
The ESL Program is known for its high professional standards and quality English language instruction.