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
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
- go on various field trips
The ESL Program is known for its high professional standards and
quality English language instruction.