English as a Second Language Certificate

The objective of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program is to enhance the English-language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and grammatical accuracy of English for individuals who have pre-existing vocational knowledge, training, or skill, but cannot use that knowledge, training, or skill because of their English-speaking deficiency.  This program focuses on the English Language, including its structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

In order to determine placement, all ESL students will take a faculty-designed grammar test and the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) pre-test, as well as participate in a personal interview.  The ESL courses are sequenced and delivered in four levels, consisting of one course each.  Every course contains segments taught by different instructors.

If a student enters the program at Level 2, 3, or 4, he/she will receive Advanced Placement credit for the lower level courses.

The 24 institutional credits received for the ESL program cannot be applied or transferred to any degree program at Goodwin College.

Students must earn a grade of C- (70%) or better in both segments to pass each level.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may self-certify that they have obtained a high school diploma and are not required to submit an official high school transcript.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students will be able to:

  1. Use basic survival vocabulary needed for real-life situations in order to function independently;
  2. Display a command of Basic English grammatical structures both orally and in writing;
  3. Write comprehensively, demonstrating an organized presentation of ideas;
  4. Read familiar and unfamiliar English displaying good comprehension;
  5. Participate effectively in conversations concerning everyday situations; and
  6. Appreciate the cultural diversity in American society.

Day Program Sequence of Courses

First Semester

ESL 015Beginning English I

6

ESL 025Beginning English II

6

Second Semester

ESL 035Intermediate English I

6

ESL 045Intermediate English II

6

Evening Program Sequence of Courses

First Semester

ESL 015Beginning English I

6

Second Semester

ESL 025Beginning English II

6

Third Semester

ESL 035Intermediate English I

6

Fourth Semester

ESL 045Intermediate English II

6