English as a Second Language (ESL) (Preparatory Program)

Arts and Sciences
Foreign Languages, ESL and Humanities

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to meet the needs of students at York College whose native language is not English. To participate in our sequence of courses, the student must be tested by us after he or she has completed the College-wide testing procedures. Students accepted by the Department of English into a course in that department are exempt from taking ESL. All other students are required to attend ESL classes. Individual academic advisement and assistance with registration is provided by the ESL faculty.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to meet the needs of students at York College whose native language is not English. To participate in our sequence of courses, the student must be tested by us after he or she has completed the College-wide testing procedures. Students accepted by the Department of English into a course in that department are exempt from taking ESL. All other students are required to attend ESL classes. Individual academic advisement and assistance with registration is provided by the ESL faculty.

We offer a two-course sequence. Placement into each of the two levels is based upon the evaluation of a standardized test, a written composition, and an oral interview whenever necessary. Students whose English proficiency falls below our entrance level for ESL 145 (intermediate) are directed to the CUNY Language Immersion Program of the Department of Foreign Languages or to York College's Division of Adult and Continuing Education. The two ESL levels are: 145 -- high intermediate, and 150 -- low advanced.

ESL145 Academic Reading & Writing for Non-native Speakers I 
ESL150 Academic Reading & Writing for Non-native Speakers II 

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