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English as a Second Language (ESL)


Develop your academic English language skills

To succeed at the university level in the United States, you need to have a strong command of the English language. At TC3, we have spent years developing our expertise in ESL instruction for students who wish to take college courses. Many of our ESL graduates transfer to well-known universities throughout the United States, including Cornell University and the State University of New York.

TC3 offers nine levels of English, from advanced beginner to advanced ESL. The ESL program prepares students for the academic writing course (ENGL 101) required by virtually all universities throughout the United States. Please note that English (ENGL) courses at TC3 are different from ESL courses.

TC3 offers two levels of English language learning at the campus in Dryden, New York: an intermediate level, "English as a Second Language I" (ESL 101), and an advanced level, "English as a Second Language II" (ESL 103).  At the intermediate level, students are introduced to academic materials; while at the advanced level, learning activities are focused on developing academic English language skills by using actual academic materials. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, use of grammar and vocabulary, and pronunciation are integrated into each of the courses. Having completed both levels, students will have earned eight college credits and have been provided 60 hours of instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Beginning ESL courses are not routinely offered on the TC3 campus, but are offered at the campuses of our international partners.

ESL classes are limited to 12 students and are taught by experienced and caring faculty. Although the classes are intensive, teachers provide students with a great deal of individualized attention and support. Professional ESL tutors are available free of charge at the Baker Center for Learning on TC3’s campus.

International students enrolled in ESL courses may attend a limited number of other college courses, depending on their proficiency in English and the content of the course. Most college courses at TC3 require you to have completed or currently be enrolled in ENGL 100, Academic Writing. This course is not the same as ESL101 or 103. Some courses do not require completion of ENGL 100, and some ESL students are able to attend full-time. Depending on your visa status you may enroll as a part-time student and take only ESL classes, or you may enroll as a full-time student, taking 12 or more credits in a semester of ESL and other disciplines. Students who need to take ESL at TC3 may need more than two years to complete their academic program.

Develop your conversational English skills

TC3 supplements the academic program with additional credit classes and non-credit workshops each semester. The course "Conversation Connection" (ESL 105) supplements the academic ESL courses. In this class, non-native English students learn about pronunciation issues and practice real-world language functions. Students analyze conventions of daily, informal speech in American culture, compare American conventions to the conventions of their home culture, and obtain significant practice in using those American conventions.

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