World Languages Division

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World Languages Division
972-860-4770 |

English for Speakers of Other Languages

The credit ESOL program is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English (United States citizens, U.S. permanent residents and international students) to take college-level courses in the U.S.

Credit ESOL Courses

The credit ESOL program consists of 16 main courses four levels x four skills) plus four supplemental skill development courses.

Level Listening/Speaking Reading Writing Grammar Supplemental Skill Development
1 (Listening/Speaking 1) (Reading 1) (Writing 1) (Grammar 1) (Listing/Speaking)
2 (Listening/Speaking 2) (Reading 2) (Writing 2) (Grammar 2) (Grammar)
3 (Listening/Speaking 3) (Reading 3) (Writing 3) (Grammar 3) (Writing)
4 (Listening/Speaking 4) (Reading 4) (Writing 4) (Grammar 4) (Reading)

ESOL for International Students

The credit ESOL program is open not only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but also to international students on F1 visas.

International students who are enrolled in our credit ESOL program during a fall or spring semester take five courses– in listening/speaking, reading, writing, grammar and supplemental skill development. Students spend 15 hours per week in the classroom and four hours per week in the lab.

International students, like U.S. citizen and permanent resident students, may also take listening/speaking, reading, writing and grammar courses during the summer session.

Our credit ESOL program differs in three important respects from most other English-for-internationals programs.

  • Most English-for-internationals programs open their courses just to international students. We open ours to international as well as U.S. citizen/permanent resident students. As a result, our student population is unusually varied in age, nationality and time spent in the U.S.
  • While many English-for-Internationals programs impose fixed schedules on their students, we allow ours a great deal of freedom to choose their own.
  • English-for-Internationals programs are often very expensive at other institutions. However, Brookhaven College's is quite affordable!

Credit ESOL Versus Developmental Reading/Writing

The credit ESOL program has some similarities to the developmental reading and writing programs.

  • The purpose of both credit ESOL and developmental reading/writing is to prepare students for college-level work.
  • Both credit ESOL courses and developmental reading/writing courses bear developmental (i.e. non-transferable) credit.

However, the credit ESOL program differs from developmental reading/writing in important ways.

  • The credit ESOL program is designed to meet the needs of non-native speakers of English. Developmental reading/writing courses are designed for native English speakers.
  • The credit ESOL program focuses on all four communication-skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In contrast, developmental reading/writing focuses only on reading and writing.
  • The credit ESOL program gives sustained attention to grammar and vocabulary. Developmental reading/writing devotes less attention to these areas.

Noncredit ESOL

In addition to the credit ESOL program, Brookhaven College also offers a non-credit ESOL program, the purpose of which is to provide students with the basic English-language skills they will need at the workplace and in daily life.

How to Enter the Credit ESOL Program

If you are interested in entering the credit ESOL program, contact the Brookhaven College Multicultural Center, which is located in Bldg. S, Room S136.

Noncredit ESOL CoursesCredit ESOL Courses