English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses
If English placement exam scores so indicate, a student may be required to take either a listening/speaking ESL class and/or a reading/writing ESL class. The ESL Placement Test and permission of the ESL Coordinator is required for enrollment. These classes are regular university classes at the 100 and 200 level and are worth four semester credits each. These courses have the same numbers as foreign language courses (e.g., French, German, Japanese, Spanish, etc.) at SCSU. ESL courses at SCSU also count for graduation (for undergraduate students) in a student's degree program as university electives.
ESL courses in reading and writing (ESL 102, ESL 202) focus on improving academic reading skills (e.g., previewing, skimming, scanning) as well as promoting writing skills in topic development, organization, grammar, vocabulary and mechanics. Tutoring help for writing is available at the Write Place. ESL courses in listening and speaking (ESL 101, ESL 201) focus on improving academic listening (e.g., note-taking, discrete, global) and speaking (e.g., fluency, organization, pronunciation) skills through in-class presentations and discussion.
In addition to the above classes, there are also two other courses in our program that have no direct relationship with the English placement exam: ESL 150 (Cultural Orientation) and ESL 151 (Administrative Orientation for International Students). ESL 150 is a two-credit course that focuses on issues related to culture shock and adjusting to a new culture. ESL 150 is required for all international undergraduate students transferring from schools outside the US. International undergrads who have studied in the U.S. for at least one academic year (full-time), and international graduate students, are exempt from the requirement for ESL 150. U.S. residents for whom English is a second language are welcome to take ESL 150. ESL 150 and 151 are not language classes. They are orientation classes.
All new international students (graduate students and undergraduates) are required to take ESL 151, which is a one-credit course that focuses on immigration regulations, employment concerns, racism, racial and sexual harassment, orientation to campus computers and the library, and other issues that are important to international students at SCSU. ESL 151 is not recommended for U.S. residents.