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About the Program

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. Adult students at least 17 years of age who have completed high school may enroll in day or evening classes to accommodate their family and work schedules. Class groups are small (average is 10-15 students per class) and are divided by levels of English proficiency.

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. Please be advised that the U.S. government does not issue F-1 student visas for part-time study (less than 18-class hours per week).

Foundations is the first step in the progression of non-credit 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, and reading/vocabulary. Each student is assessed individually and placed at the appropriate level. Both day and evening sessions are available. All classes meet twice (2) per week except for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and summer classes which meet four (4) times per week.

Beyond Foundations is a series of additional ESL course offerings for high-intermediate to advanced level students who want to concentrate on a specific area of language development.

How to apply:

  • attend open registration on one of the two available dates for the session of your choice
  • fill out a registration form and be tested for level