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Suffolk County Community College recognizes that students who are non-native speakers of English may require specialized English language instruction. As a result, extensive course offerings in English as a Second Language (ESL) are available at each of the campuses.

The three ESL programs offer instruction in listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar to students for whom English is a second language. The ESL programs include both part-time and full-time developmental classes on a noncredit basis* and a third program which offers developmental classes on a credit** basis. The aim of all three programs is to provide limited English-proficient students with a functional knowledge of the English language.

The programs furnish students with the necessary communication skills to secure gainful employment, perform more effectively in daily life situations, and enroll in further college-level courses, if they so desire. Inasmuch as Suffolk County offers employment opportunities in business and industry as well as academic options, the ESL programs are aimed at making these opportunities accessible to their students. Instruction consists of sequenced levels, each of which is a prerequisite for the next level. These levels are divided into sections that focus on the four linguistic skill areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

* Students should be aware that all ESL courses, credit or non-credit, are considered developmental. Therefore, they do not fulfill any degree or certificate requirements.

** Plus 3 or 6 college-level credits for financial aid eligibility.

We have two different ESL options to help you. Look at the questions below to decide which one is best for you.
  • Did you graduate high school in the United States?
  • Are you an advanced student of English?
  • Have you finished the Non-Credit ESL option (Advanced IEP or Level 4.5)?
  • Do you want to obtain an associates or bachelor's degree?

If you answered yes to three or more of the questions above, we recommend that you start with the Credit ESL Program.

If you didn't answer yes to three or more questions above, we recommend that you start with the Non-Credit ESL Program. This option is for beginning to intermediate students of English.

If you are an international student, visit International student.

If you are still not sure which option would be best for you or if you have questions, please contact an advisor for assistance. 

Non-Credit ESL Program
Academic Credit ESL Program
 Intensive English Program (IEP) English Language Learners (ELL) Matriculated (degree-seeking)  Non-Matriculated (not degree-seeking)
 Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Level 1.0, ... 3.4, 4.5   Level I and II Level I and II
Full-time (18 hours per week / 12 week semester) Part-time (6 hours per week / 12 week semester) Full-time or part-time / 15 week semester Part-time (3 hours per week / 15 week semester)

 

 

Academic Credit
ESL Contacts

ESL Ammerman Campus
Professor Rich Lauria
Ammerman Building, Room 105
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784
(631) 451-4692
lauriar@sunysuffolk.edu

ESL Eastern Campus
Professor Mary F. Schafer
Orient Building, Room 132
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 548-2684

ESL Grant Campus
Professor Bernadette Garcia
Asharoken Hall, Room 132
Brentwood, NY 11717
(631) 851-6536

Central Admissions
Phone: (631) 451-4414
Fax: (631) 451-4415
admissions@sunysuffolk.edu

Non-Credit
ESL Contacts

Professor Laura Cudia
Coordinator of ESL

Kenyis Rosario
esldept@sunysuffolk.edu

Ammerman Campus
Ammerman Building, Room 103L
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784
(631) 451-4859

Eastern Campus
Orient Building, Room 128
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 548-2645

Michael J. Grant Campus
Sagtikos Building, Room 101
Brentwood, NY 11717
(631) 851-6519

Central Admissions
Phone: (631) 451-4414
Fax: (631) 451-4415
admissions@sunysuffolk.edu