English as a Second Language (ESL) Credit Program (College Preparation)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who should take these courses?
    Any student who wants to improve their ability to read, write, speak and understand American English and/or any student who wants to study at Atlantic Cape to earn a certificate or degree.
  2. What are the courses?
    Elementary ESL I & II
    Intermediate ESL I & II
    Advanced ESL I & II
    Advanced Listening/Speaking
    Advanced Grammar
    Advanced Listening/Speaking Workplace
    Strategies for the American Classroom
    Advanced Reading/Writing
  3. Which courses do I take?
    You will be placed in the appropriate level after you take an ESL Placement Test.
  4. Where are the classes offered?
    Most ESL classes are offered at Atlantic Cape's Worthington Atlantic City Center, with some advanced classes being offered at the Mays Landing campus.
  5. When do these classes meet?
    Classes are offered every semester: fall, spring and summer. The majority meet in the mornings between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. There are evening classes starting at 6 p.m. and a few afternoon classes beginning at 12:30 p.m.
  6. How are these classes taught?
    • Focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking and knowledge of American culture
    • Class size is limited to 18.
    • Emphasis is on group interaction, active learning.
    • Extensive reading and writing at all levels.
    • Computer laboratory work, including ESOL software and using the Internet.
    • Language laboratory workin state-of-the-art digital language lab.
  7. Do I have to take ESL courses if I graduated from an American high school?
    All students entering Atlantic Cape degree programs take either a Placement Test or ESL test. If you have attended four years of high school in the United States and will graduate from an American high school, you are exempt from the ESL Test and should make an appointment to take the Placement Test (ACCUPLACER) at (609)343-5099, or (609)463-4774. A final high school transcript is required. If you have not attended four years of high school within the United States and will not graduate from an American high school, you may be exempt from the Test based on an interview with the English & English as a Second Language Area Coordinator.  Please call (609)343-4881, or (609)463-4774, ext 4881 for additional information. 
  8. How much does it cost?
    The cost of classes is based on a per-credit rate, most classes are 3-6 credits.

Other contacts:

Admissions Office:

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Atlantic City: Carmen Cabrera, 609-343-4830
Mays Landing: 609-343-5000, e-mail: accadmit@atlantic.edu
Cape May: 609- 463-3958, e-mail: accadmit@atlantic.edu

Financial Aid Office:

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
Atlantic City: 609-343-4850
Mays Landing: 609-343-5082
Cape May: 609-463-6788

For students who are in need of a less-intensive ESOL program:

Free English as a Second Language Instruction (ABE):

  • For beginners or those with “zero” knowledge of English
  • Must have a social security number and apply in person
  • There is a waiting list, you will not start classes immediately
  • Registration fee: $15 (subject to change), non-refundable
  • Call: 609-343-4878


Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, N.J. 08330
In Atlantic City: 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401
In Cape May County: 341 Court House-South Dennis Rd., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210

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