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Center for Economic and Workforce Development

Union County College

English as Second Language

English as a Second Language WIOA Title II Grant Opportunity

English as a Second Language (ESL) focuses on providing instruction to non-English speaking students in need of English acquisition for employment and to continue their education in the United States. The program introduces the students to the fundamentals of the English Language with emphasis on speaking and comprehension.

Did you know Union College offers 2 ESL Programs? CEWD ESL is for beginner students, while IIE is for intermediate to advanced students. If you want more info about the other program, Visit Union’s ESL homepage.

Students are exposed to a variety of learning experiences essentials to daily life in the United States. The course also provides students with exposure to the social and cultural life in the US, such as greetings, introductions, and forms of address. After each classroom lesson there is an opportunity for the students to review and reinforce the concepts presented through the use of ESL software set up in the computer lab. Post testing occurs at the end of each cycle of instruction, and students can advance to other levels of English instruction, to Adult Basic Educational classes, Occupational Training or enter Postsecondary Education depending on their individual test results.

Union College uses standardized assessments that have been sanctioned by the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

ESL Civics Program

  • Are you working towards obtaining your U.S. Citizenship?
  • Do you have an appointment to take the U.S. Citizenship Test?
  • Do you need help preparing to pass the Naturalization Test?

Through the WIOA Title II Grant – We can help you at no-cost.

CEWD Recruitment at (908) 659-5114 or by email at CEWD-Recruiting@ucc.edu

English as a Second Language Level 1 and Level 2 for entrance to the Institute for Intensive English (Tuition Based Program)

Learn English through a combination of listening, speaking, reading and writing classes. Classes are available for students at all levels. Students in the ESL program improve their English to meet their job, academic, and life goals. After placement testing, students enter an appropriate ESL level of instruction depending on their abilities. The placement test is available on all three campuses throughout the year.

To get started:

1. Complete a College application online or in person at one of the College One Stop Centers.

2. After you apply, you will receive a College ID number and then take an ESL Placement test in person or online. For testing information, go to www.ucc.edu/testing and click on Make ESL Testing Appointment.

3. After you have tested, register for courses.

ESL Beginner Program – Level 1

Prerequisite: College ESL Placement test.

Required Courses:

  • PCA 009 Reading & Vocabulary
  • PCA 012 Grammar & Writing
  • PCA 014 Listening & Conversation

ESL Intermediate Program – Level 2

Prerequisite: College ESL Placement test or successful completion of all 3 of Level 1 courses.

Required Courses:

  • PCA 034 Reading & Vocabulary
  • PCA 036 Grammar & Writing
  • PCA 041 Listening & Conversation

Elizabeth Campus Classes

Call 908-659-5114 for questions/registration

Plainfield Campus Classes

Call 908-412-3557 for questions/registration

Cost is $270 per course/three required courses per level/$810 total cost per level