Non-credit English as a Second Language

Center for Language Acquisition, Instruction & Research

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
Contact: Tina Bollettieri - bollettiert@mail.montclair.edu
(973) 655-7695

Montclair State University's non-credit English as a second language (ESL) program offers English instruction and practice for non-native speakers at all levels of language proficiency. Students may enroll in day or evening classes to accommodate their family and work schedules. Proper class placement is essential for effective learning. Therefore, each new student is assessed individually for English language proficiency and then interviewed by a faculty member who recommends the most appropriate course of study. Because placement is so important, all registration takes place in person.  All classes are held on the Montclair State University campus.  Locations will be announced at registration.

Credit-bearing ESL courses are also available at Montclair State through the Linguistics Department. To enroll in these courses, students must be matriculated (seeking a degree) at the University.

FOUNDATIONS is the first step in the progression of ESL programs offered by Montclair State University. Students who want a course that offers instruction in all four language skills will find this program to be an excellent choice. Learn the essential skills of listening and speaking, grammar, writing, reading, and mastering vocabulary. At registration time, each student is assessed individually and placed at the appropriate level. Both day and evening sessions are offered.  All classes meet twice (2) per week except the TOEFL and summer classes, which meet three (3) times per week.

 

FOUNDATIONS: General English Classes (beginner to advanced levels)

2 days Mon & Wed 9:15-11:15 AM
2 evenings Mon & Wed 8-10:00 PM


BEYOND FOUNDATIONS:

A series of additional ESL course offerings for high-intermediate to advanced level students. 

TOEFL Review Course 3 days (no summers)

Mon, Wed & Thur

8-10:00 PM

ONLY

Conversation

Tues & Thur

9:15-11:15 AM

or 8-10:00 PM

Practical Reading & Vocabulary

Tues & Thur

9:15-11:15 AM

or 8-10:00 PM

Pronunciation

Tues & Thur

9:15-11:15 AM

or 8-10:00 PM

Writing

Tues & Thur

9:15-11:15 AM

or 8-10:00 PM

 

ESL CLASS SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION DATES

SESSIONREGISTRATION DATES TUES OR THUR (2 DAYS)PROGRAM DATESTUITION

Summer 2014

4 weeks

  June 24 or June 26

July 7 - July 31, 2014

Mon, Wed, Thur (class meetings)

$195

no summer TOEFL

Fall 2014

12 weeks

  August 26 or August 28

September 15 - December 11, 2014

$385

$650 for TOEFL

Winter 2015

10 weeks

  January 6 or January 8 January 21 - April 1, 2015

$320

$540 for TOEFL

Spring 2015

10 weeks

  March 31 or April 2 April 13 - June 22, 2015

$320

$540 for TOEFL

Summer 2015

4 weeks

   June 23 or June 25

July 6 - July 30, 2015

Classes: Mon, Wed, Thur

$195

no summer TOEFL


ESL COURSE REGISTRATION

All registration is in person only on the dates listed. Students will be tested for proficiency at that time.  Register for either day or evening classes in the Freeman Hall Annex, classroom 4A, from 10:00AM-12:00PM or 6:30-8:30PM. Freeman Hall Annex is attached to the Freeman Hall dormitory. Classes can be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.  For further information, please call (973) 655-7695 or e-mail: bollettiert@mail.montclair.edu.

The US government does not issue F-1 student visas for part-time study (less than 18-class hours per week).

Please go to the Red Hawk Parking Deck for visitor parking.  Take the parking ticket with you so you can pay at the parking payment machines located on floors 2, 4, and 5 prior to returning to your car.  Detailed parking information is on the web at:  http://www.montclair.edu/facilities/facilities-services/parking-services/visitor-information/   Parking in unauthorized parking spaces anywhere on campus will result in a parking ticket.  A campus map is available at:  http://www.montclair.edu/map/

 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Foundations-General English Classes

General English classes are divided into appropriate levels of beginning, intermediate, and advanced groups and provide instruction in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Conversation

Join with other intermediate and advanced-level students in a stress-free session of American English conversation. Learn conversational styles and idiom usage. Increase your knowledge of daily-use vocabulary in various social settings.

Practical Reading & Vocabulary

For intermediate and advanced-level students, develop and practice reading strategies, such as skimming, scanning, and decoding in a variety of texts.  Improve dictionary-using skills.  Increase your vocabulary through word analysis, i.e., studying stems and affixes.  Learn to guess at the meaning of new words from contextual clues.

Pronunciation of American English

This pronunciation course is designed for non-native English speakers. The workshop helps intermediate and advanced-level students improve their ability to be understood by mastering key American standard sounds in a conversational approach.

TOEFL Review Course

High-intermediate and advanced-level students preparing for undergraduate, graduate, and professional study review for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The course builds self-confidence and develops test-taking strategies, listening comprehension, and vocabulary. Sample tests are part of the curriculum. STUDENTS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE CONRAD J. SCHMITT HALL LANGUAGE LAB TO PRACTICE THE INTERNET-BASED TEST.

Writing

For intermediate and advanced-level students, learn about the writing process and how to develop paragraphs. Linguistic accuracy will be refined through a review of grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and writing styles.