English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

The goal of the English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate program is to enhance the English-language proficiency for non-native speakers of English. Instruction is focused on reading, writing, speaking, and grammatical accuracy of English as applied in personal, vocational, or academic contexts.

To determine placement, all prospective students (a) take a faculty-designed grammar test, (b) complete the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) pre-test, and (c) participate in a personal interview. The ESL courses are sequenced and delivered in four levels, consisting of one course each. Students who enter the program at Level 2, 3, or 4 will receive Advanced Placement credit for the lower level courses. The 24 institutional credits received for the ESL program cannot be applied or transferred to any degree program at Goodwin College.

Benefits of our ESL program include:

  • Diverse student population
  • Experienced faculty
  • Financial aid opportunities
  • Flexible day, evening, or online ESL classes are available
  • Free tutoring opportunities
  • Small class sizes

Class Location and Schedule Options:

ESL classes start three times per year. We offer day, evening, or online ESL classes.

Day 7½-week (module) schedule (International Students must enroll in this full-time option)
Evening 15-week (semester) schedule
Module 1 levels 1 and 3
Module 2 levels 2 and 4
Public Transportation Information:
  • Goodwin University is conveniently located on bus lines 95 and 87
  • Local buses connect to CTfastrak service
  • Bus fare is $1.75 (only exact change accepted)

Make an appointment with an admissions officer to get started! Walk-ins welcome.
One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT
GPS should be set to: 211 Riverside Drive (directions)

Free tutoring for enrolled ESL students

ESL students interested in extra conversation, pronunciation, and speaking practice can sign up for free one-hour workshops on Mondays from 2-3 p.m.

Enrolled ESL students can contact Will Toftness with any questions: WToftness@goodwin.edu

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The 24 institutional credits received for the esl program cannot be applied or transferred to any degree program at Goodwin University.