English as a Second Language Services

If English is not your first language, we can help make college more accessible so that you can succeed. We provide placement testing, tutoring, academic and cultural advising from an ESL advising specialist, help with the transfer process and other support services.

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) specific English and reading levels include:

  • Four semi-intensive beginner-level courses (ESL 003, ESL 004, ESL 005 and ESL 006), which introduce you to basic English vocabulary and pronunciation and include practice in listening, speaking and writing
  • Intermediate courses ESL Basic Writing I and II (ESL 010 and ESL 011), which prepare you for college-level English Composition I
  • Vocabulary Development I and II (REA 014 and REA 017), which further increase your English vocabulary and reading comprehension
  • Oral/Aural Skills (ESL 009), which help you develop your listening and conversation skills

Whether you plan to enroll as a full-time or part-time student, you should take the following steps.

  • Complete our College application
  • Schedule your ESL and mathematics placement tests to determine your appropriate starting English and reading levels
  • Talk with our ESL advising specialist, who can help you understand your test results, choose your ESL and other courses and make a successful transition to college

For more information, contact our ESL advising specialist at the Central Campus Student Success Center in College Hall at 215-641-6577.

If you’re coming from abroad to study here, learn more about our international student admissions.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Non-Credit Program

Outstanding non-credit learning opportunities for non-native speakers who wish to improve their English communication skills at all levels. These classes are ideal for students who are not seeking a college degree or college credit. Mature teens are welcome.

All new non-credit ESL students must make an appointment for the required interview before registering for a class. Please contact the ESL Advisor for this appointment at 215-619-7396 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download a PDF of current ESL non-credit courses.