Welcome to the Institute for Intensive English, the ESL Program at Union County College
The Institute for Intensive English provides a full-time program of intensive instruction in English for speakers of other languages. The students’ objective is to enhance their English language abilities in order to further their academic, career, and/or personal goals.
After placement testing, students enter one of six levels of instruction commensurate with their abilities. In Levels 1 through 4, students register for four integrated courses to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing, and study skills. In levels 5 and 6, students are required to register for four courses, two core courses covering advanced structures, listening, conversation and study skills, an academic reading course, and an academic writing course.
Students may enroll in an additional pronunciation or conversation elective. Upon completing each course, there is an exit test to assess a student’s proficiency. Levels 1 to 4 receive a grade of Pass/Fail, while levels 5 and 6 receive a letter grade. Upon completion of Level 6, students take ENG 111-112, a two-semester sequence of college composition for ESL students (equivalent to ENG 101), with other courses.
While enrolled in ESL courses, students can take some additional content area courses, depending on a student’s level:
Levels 3 to 6: Mathematics courses
Levels 3 and 4: Keyboarding – ADM101
Level 5 Courses: Criminal Justice – CRJ 101, Hospitality Management – HSM 100, and Engineering courses – MET 109 or EGG 111.
Level 6: ESL Allied Health Learning Community with Anatomy and Physiology courses, BIO 005 and BIO 006; Computer Information Systems – CIS 100, Linked Courses: Psychology 101 with ESL 084 – Advanced Reading in Psychology
ESL Testing for Spring 2014 and Late Start Classes
Testing Dates on the Cranford Campus – Nomahegan Building, Room N-22, are:
Monday: 5:40pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:20am – 4:30pm
Testing Dates on the Elizabeth Campus – Kellogg Building, Room 111, are:
Monday and Wednesdays: 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Testing Dates on the Plainfield Campus – Room 117, are:
Fridays: 1:30 – 5:30pm.
Registration for Spring 2014 begins: November 4, 2013
Classes begin January 22, 2014
Late Start Classes: February 5, 2014
For more information, call the Institute Office:
908-965-6031 (Polish speaking call between 8:30am - 4:30pm). (Spanish speaking call between 12:00pm - 8:00pm) or send an e-mail to the IIE secretaries:
Joanna Kubas English & Polish speaking only or Lydia Montalvo English & Spanish
Institute for Intensive English - ESL Program
Elizabeth Campus Room 414
Prof. Howard Pomann; Phone: (908) 965-6031
Assistant to the Director
Prof. Patricia Ishill; Phone: (908) 659-5140
Steps to Apply to the ESL Program at the Institute for Intensive English