English as a Second Language (ESL)

Learn English to start an academic career!

Academic ESL Program at HCCC 

Your college career begins here! Learn English that will help you to be successful in college and in the workplace. The academic ESL Program gives you the English language skills you need to study at a U.S. college or university. After completing the ESL Program, you will be ready to start studying your career in English and have the high-level language skills you need to succeed and advance at work

Program Requirements

The primary goal of this program is to prepare students for success in college-level courses by achieving written and oral proficiency in English. The program offers beginner through advanced levels of academic writing, grammar, reading, and discussion. ESL Writing and ESL Grammar for Writing are taken together as are ESL Reading and Academic Discussion. Students can enroll part-time with 6 credits or full-time with 12 credits. Students at the advanced level also have the opportunity to take college-level courses while enrolled in the last level of ESL through Learning Communities and the ALE Program.
  • ESL 016 Pathway 1 (8 cr.)
  • ESL 017 Pathway 2 (8 cr.)
  • ESL 026 Skills for Success 1 (4 cr.)
  • ESL 027 Skills for Success 2 (4 cr.)
  • ESL 022 ESL Writing II (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 032 ESL Grammar for Writing II (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 042 ESL Reading II (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 062 ESL Academic Discussion II (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 023 ESL Writing III (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 033 ESL Grammar for Writing III (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 043 ESL Reading III (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 063 ESL Academic Discussion III (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 024 ESL Writing IV (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 034 ESL Grammar for Writing IV (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 044 ESL Reading IV (3 cr.) 
  • ESL 044 ALE ESL Reading IV and ENG 112 ALE Speech (6 cr.) 
  • ESL 054 ALE ESL Grammar/ESL 097 ALE Composition Workshop for English Language Learners/ENG 101 English Composition I (7 cr.) 

Continuing Education ESL Classes

Language Diversity at HCCC

We know the challenge of learning a second language and are here to support you every step of the way.  
70% of full-time academic ESL faculty are fluent in one or more languages in addition to English.
25 identified native languages across our ESL student body.
45 different countries that our students hail from.

Johanna Van Gendt (JVG) Scholarship for ESL Students
Students enrolled in the Academic ESL Program are eligible to apply for the JVG Scholarship, which awards $400 for students to apply towards their education 

Are you interested in an ESL Proficiency Certificate?

Learn more here!

Learn English and Succeed!

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If you are thinking of pursuing a career but English is not your native language, I encourage you to enroll in HCCC's ESL program. By taking that first step you will already be fifty percent of the way there with the help and guidance of the ESL program team….I started that journey when I was 55 years old.  If I could do it, you can do it too.
Ernestina Vargas
Special Education, AA Graduate, 2014 | Library Associate at HCCC

Course Catalog PDF English as a Second Language Faculty/Staff 

Next Steps

We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Use the links below to start your journey at HCCC!

Contact Information

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
ESL and Academic Foundations English
71 Sip Avenue, L320
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 360-4380