English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Credit Program (College Preparation)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who should take these courses?
Any student who wants to improve their ability to read, write, speak and understand American English and/or any student who wants to study at Atlantic Cape to earn a certificate or degree.
- What are the courses?
Elementary ESL I & II
Intermediate ESL I & II
Advanced ESL I & II
Advanced Listening/Speaking Workplace
Strategies for the American Classroom
- Which courses
do I take?
You will be placed in the appropriate level after you take an ESL Placement Test.
- Where are the classes offered?
Most ESL classes are offered at Atlantic Cape's Worthington Atlantic City Center, with some classes at the Mays Landing campus and the Cape May County campus.
- When do these classes
Classes are offered every semester: fall, spring and summer. The majority meet in the mornings between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. There are evening classes starting at 6 p.m. and a few afternoon classes beginning at 12:30 p.m.
- How are these classes taught?
- Focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking and knowledge of American culture
- Class size is limited to 18.
- Emphasis is on group interaction, active learning.
- Extensive reading and writing at all levels.
- Computer laboratory work, including ESOL software and using the Internet.
- Language laboratory workin state-of-the-art digital language lab.
All students entering Atlantic Cape degree programs take either a Placement Test or ESOL test. If you have been educated in the USA since the 8th grade and have graduated or expect to graduate from an American high school, you are exempt from the ESL Test and should make an appointment to take the Placement Test at (609)343-5099, or (609)463-4774. A final high school transcript is required. If you entered the American school system after 8th grade, you may be exempt from the Test based on an interview with the Chairperson of the ESL Department, (609)343-4881, or (609)463-4774, ext 4881.
The cost of classes is based on a per-credit rate, most classes are 3-6 credits.
Financial Aid Office:
Atlantic City: 609-343-4850
Mays Landing: 609-343-5082
Cape May: 609-463-6788
We have other less-intensive ESOL Programs:
Noncredit English as a Second Language Workshops:
- For beginners
- Classes meet two times a week for 6 weeks
- Cost: $142 (subject to change), including text
- Fill out Noncredit application for admission, provide valid photo ID
- Call: 609-343-4848
Free English as a Second Language Instruction (ABE):
- For beginners or those with “zero” knowledge of English
- Must have a social security number and apply in person
- There is a waiting list, you will not start classes immediately
- Registration fee: $15 (subject to change), non-refundable
- Call: 609-343-4878
Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, N.J. 08330
In Atlantic City: 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401
In Cape May County: 341 Court House-South Dennis Rd., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210