English as a Second Language, Certificate

The goal of the English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate program is to enhance the English-language proficiency for non-native speakers of English. Instruction is focused on reading, writing, speaking, and grammatical accuracy of English as applied in personal, vocational, or academic contexts.

To determine placement, all prospective students (a) take a faculty-designed grammar test, (b) complete the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) pre-test, and (c) participate in a personal interview.  The ESL courses are sequenced and delivered in four levels, consisting of one course each.  Students who enter the program at Level 2, 3, or 4 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 University. 

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use the target language orally or in writing.

  2. Produce simple connected text.

  3. Explain plans or opinions, experiences, events, or ambitions.

  4. Exchange information, news, or ideas.

  5. Analyze experiences, events, or ambitions.

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