English as a Second Language (ESL) 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 advanced classes being offered at the Mays Landing campus.
- When do these classes
Classes are offered every semester: fall, spring and summer. The majority meet in the mornings between 9 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 working state-of-the-art digital language lab.
ESL Placement Test - Students whose native language is not English will be required to take the Compass ESL Test. If a student receives a score of 90 or above in all three sections, the placement test will be reviewed by a full-time ESL faculty member for recommended ESL placement or exemption. If exempted, students must take the Accuplacer English Placement Test. Exemptions for the Compass ESL Test include a TOEFL result of IBT54, PBT480, CBT157 or an SAT score of 540 in Critical reading.
Test scores are valid for one year. Students who are absent from the college for a period of more than 12 months must retake the Compass ESL Test to re-evaluate students’ skills.
For exceptional circumstances, students may inquire about retesting through the testing center.
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