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Union County College

Institute for Intensive English – ESL

Welcome to the Institute for Intensive English
The Institute for Intensive English provides an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program for ESL students to enhance their English language abilities in order to further their academic, career, and/or personal goals.

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Current Offerings

ESL Program Overview

Union County College offers six levels of English as a Second Language (ESL). Beginning-level students in Levels 1 and 2 take grammar, reading, listening, and speaking in the Continuing Education Workforce Development program. Intermediate and Advanced-level students take courses at the Institute for Intensive English in Levels 3, 4, 5, and 6. Students are expected to attend regularly and do everything expected in an academic course such as homework, quizzes and exams, and participation.

After placement testing, students enter an appropriate ESL level of instruction commensurate with their abilities. In Levels 3, 4, 5, and 6, students can register for two core EAP courses: Grammar/Writing and Reading/Listening/Speaking.

Upon completing each course, there is an exit test to assess a student’s proficiency. Upon successful completion of both Level 6 courses, ESL 067 and ESL 068, students receive a Certificate of Completion. After completing the ESL program, students take ENG 112, College Composition for ESL students (equivalent to ENG 101), along with other credit courses. While enrolled in EAP courses, students can take some additional content area courses, depending on their level.

The Institute for Intensive English – FAQ’s

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out a College Application in the Admissions Office or on-line.
    a. Elizabeth Campus – First Floor, Lessner Bldg.
    b. Cranford Campus – Student Development Bldg.
    c. Plainfield Campus – Logos Bldg., Rm. 104A
    (All students over 18 years of age, High School graduate, or GED recipient are eligible to take courses at UCC.)
  2. Fill out a Financial Aid application on-line if you want to apply for grants, loans or scholarships. (Students applying for Financial Aid need a High School diploma from their native country or the US or a GED)
  3. Come in for an ESL Interview and take a Placement test at the Testing Center.
  4. Attend College or IIE Information Session
  5. See an advisor and register for ESL classes.

*F1 Visa Students – Please contact Mr. Paul Belmonte (pbelmonte@ucc.edu) for the application process.

What time do classes meet?
The Institute for Intensive English (IIE) offers morning, afternoon, and evening classes. Levels 3-6 meet four – five days a week. Most grammar/writing classes meet on Mon., Wed., and Fri. from 8:00am – 10:00am, 11:15am – 1:15pm; 5:40pm- 8:30pm, or 7:10pm – 10:00pm. Most reading/listening/speaking courses meet on Tues. and Thur. from 8:00am-10:25am, 11:00am – 1:25pm, 5:40pm-8:05pm, or 7:10pm-9:35pm.

How long is a semester?
A semester is 14 weeks plus exams. Spring 2021 begins on January 25, 2021 and ends on May 23rd. Summer I begins June 1st and ends July 8th. Summer II begins July 13th and ends August 18th.

What kind of questions are on the placement test?
There are two different tests. The Basic Test is for students who can speak and know how to read and write some English. The Advanced Test is for students who are more comfortable speaking, reading books, and writing essays in English. The tests consist of a multiple-choice grammar test, a multiple-choice reading test, and an essay. You do not need an appointment for the test. Click here for more testing information.

When will I get my ESL Test score/placement?
After finishing the ESL Test, you will receive an email with your placement from the Testing Center. If you want to know your results sooner, see an advisor at the One Stop on any campus or come to the IIE office on the 4th Floor in the Lessner Building in Elizabeth.

I took ESL in high school. Do I have to take ESL at Union County College?
In general, you must take the ESL placement test to determine if you still need ESL. If you attended middle school in the U.S. and all four years of high school, you may not need to take the ESL placement test if you took all of your classes in English. The IIE Director will decide who needs to take the test. Call 908-965-6031, visit, or email: iie@ucc.edu

Do I have to buy textbooks?
Yes, you do. There is a $130 book subscription fee that is good for one year. Students have to pay extra for the required novels.

What other courses can I take?
Level 3: Conversation/Pronunciation I – ESL 073 and math courses with permission

Level 4: Conversation/Pronunciation I – ESL 073; Math courses according to placement; FIA 109-Drawing I; FIA 110-Painting 1

Level 5: Conversation/Pronunciation II – ESL 074; Math courses according to placement; AUT-100-Automotive Fundamentals, BSM 101-Intro. to Sport Management, MET 109-Computer-Aided Drafting, EGG 111-Engr. & Computer Graphics, HSM 100- Intro. to Hospitality Mgmt., FIA 109 and FIA 110.

Level 6: Conversation/Pronunciation II – ESL 074; all of the above courses, and FIA 104 -Intro. to 2D Design, FIA 105-Music Appreciation, AUT 101 – Steering/Suspension Systems, CST 100 – Intro. to Computer Applications, PSY 101 – General Psychology, SOC 101- Principles of Sociology; BSM 110 – Evolution of American Sports, BUS 101- Intro. to Business; BUS 105 – Organization and Mgmt. , SCM 101 – Intro. to Supply Chain Mgmt., ENG 128 – Dynamics of Communication, HSM 110 – Food and Beverage Mgmt., CRJ 101- Criminal Justice, COM 100 – Communication Technologies, ALH 161 -Medical Terminology; CST 161- Computer Programming Fundamentals; EMT 100 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation; FST 105 – Fire Prevention; LIS 105 – Methods in Library Research

Will I have homework and tests?
Yes. All students will have homework, quizzes, a midterm exam and a final exam.

Can I study part-time?
Students who take 11 credits or fewer = part-time; 12 credits or more = full-time

If my job shift changes, can I change my class?
It is very difficult to change classes after the semester begins. If you need to change your class time, you must do it before the registration period ends.

How do I pay for my course?
Visit the College’s “Pay For College” page

Contact the Institute for Intensive English

Union County College
Lessner Building-Room E-414
40 West Jersey St.
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Call the Institute’s Main Phone: 908-965-6031
Email iie@ucc.edu