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As we wait for the governor's decision on classes for the fall, Suffolk County Community College will continually offer updates for our students. We understand your concerns at this time. We will be happy to assist you in your registration for the summer and fall as you can call one of our offices on the right side of this page.

All ESL Graduates

Summer classes begin July 6, 2020 and will be taught remotely.

Students who need assistance online or who are interested in non-credit ESL classes can call:

(631) 451-4859 Selden
(631) 548-2645 Riverhead
(631) 851-6519 Brentwood

If you are an adult for whom English is a second language, Suffolk County Community College English as a Second Language program can change your life. If you would like to learn English to:

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Earn higher wages
  • Be considered for a promotion
  • Continue your education towards a degree

Then Suffolk has the best English program for you.

What do I need to do to take a placement test to take ESL classes? 

  • Speak to someone in the ESL office who will determine if a placement test is appropriate based on the student’s language proficiency. 
    • Selden: (631) 451-4859
    • Riverhead: (631) 548-2645
    • Brentwood: (631) 851-6519
  • Fill out demographic info and get assigned a student ID#.  You will need the student ID# to access the test. 
  • Make an appointment to take the reading comprehension (section 1) and grammar (section 2of the test in Blackboard.  Students will be given a range of days within which they can complete the two sections of the test.  At this time, they will also make an appointment to take the Oral and Written sections of the test.  SECTION 1 and SECTION 2 MUST BE COMPLETED before the Oral and Written sections. 
  • *Once all four sections of the test are taken, students will be given a date to call/visit ESL office for results. 

ESL Graduates

The ESL non-credit English Program and Intensive English Program at Suffolk County Community College provide high- quality English as a Second Language instruction to equip second-language learners with the linguistic ability necessary to thrive academically, professionally and socially. Our programs foster strong English language acquisition through creative, yet structured, instruction in a positive and welcoming learning environment.

Our program has helped many people to develop their English-language skills, so why not give it a try?

Students are placed in classes that are tailored to their English ability, and each semester they advance through the levels and modules to prepare them to continue their education at Suffolk County Community College or at another college or university.

Part-Time and Full-Time Programs

The part-time non-credit ESL program consists of four levels and the full-time Intensive English Program (IEP) consists of three levels. In both programs, each level is a prerequisite for the next. The only requirements to enter either program are that students be at least 18 years of age and take a placement test in order to determine their level of proficiency and appropriate placement in a level.

The part-time non-credit ESL program is for those students who:

  • have not enrolled at the College in a degree program
  • are seeking a less expensive option
  • are able to devote only a limited number of hours per week to study
  • have language skills at the most basic level
  • are seeking to improve language skills for vocational or social reasons
  • are unsure of future academic goals

The full-time non-credit Intensive English Program is for those students who:

  • want or need to dedicate a significant number of hours per week toward language acquisition
  • are preparing for college or university study
  • wish to increase their career options

ESL Program Semester (non-credit):

The semester lasts 12 weeks for both programs. Each week, students in the part-time program must attend class for 6 hours and also complete one hour of language lab for a total of 7 hours per week. Depending of the campus, classes are offered during the day, in the evening and on the weekend. Students in the full-time Intensive English Program must attend class for 18 hours per week and complete two hours of language lab for a total of 20 hours a week. The Intensive English Program has both day and evening offerings.

Part-Time ESL Program

Level 1:

Module 1.0                                               per week

Comprehensive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 hours

Language Lab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 hour

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 hours

Module 1.1A

Listening/Speaking/Reading. . . . . . 3 hours

Module 1.1B

Writing/Grammar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hours

Language Lab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 hour

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 hours

Module 1.2A

Grammar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hours

Module 1.2B

Reading/Writing

Listening/Speaking. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hours

Language Lab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 hour

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 hours 

Level 2:

Module 2.3A

Grammar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hours

Module 2.3B

Reading/Writing

Listening/Speaking. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hours

Language Lab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 hour

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 hours 

Level 3:

Module 3.4A

Writing/Grammar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hours

Module 3.4B

Reading/Listening/Speaking. . . . . . 3 hours

Language Lab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 hour

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 hours

Level 4:

Module 4.5

Comprehensive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 hours

Language Lab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 hour

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 hours

Total Program Time: 6 semesters/504 hours

 

Full-Time Intensive English Program (IEP)

Beginner:                                               per week

Comprehension and Speaking. . . . 6 hours

Grammar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 hours

Reading/Writing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6 hours

Language Lab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 hours

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 hours

Intermediate:

Comprehension and Speaking . . .  4 hours

Grammar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 hours

Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 hours

Writing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 hours

Language Lab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 hours

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 hours

Advanced:

Comprehension and Speaking. . . .  3 hours

Grammar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 hours

Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4 hours

Writing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 hours

Language Lab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 hours

American Culture or TOEFL Prep. . 3 hours

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 hours

Total Program Time: 3 semesters/720 hours

 

Upon successful completion of either Level 4 or the Advanced IEP of the non-credit program, an exit test is given and students are encouraged to pursue college-level work. Students who successfully complete the program also participate in the ESL graduation ceremony. At that time they receive a Certificate of Program Completion which recognizes their achievement.

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

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