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ESL Intensive Program

The ESL Intensive Program is a one-year accelerated ESL program divided into two (2) levels. This program provides content-based instruction in all language skills and is designed to bring a selected group of students through three (3) semesters of ESL in two (2) semesters. Students are selected after their first or second semester at Hostos through teacher recommendation and individual testing. Each level of the program involves fifteen (15) hours of ESL class work per week. This includes writing and reading components, as well as a language workshop. Additionally, students are blocked into two (2) content courses taught in English as part of the curriculum. The schedule for the student in the ESL Intensive Program includes the following:

Level 1
  • ESL 81 (formerly ESL 1381) Intensive ESL Writing and Language Workshop 1-3 credits (9 equated/billable), 9 hours
  • ESL 83 (formerly ESL 1383) Intensive ESL Reading and Conversation 1-2 credits (6 equated/billable), 6 hours
Level IIA
  • ESL 82 (formerly ESL 1382) Intensive ESL Writing and Language Workshop II - 3 credits (9 equated/billable) 9 hours
  • ESL 84 (formerly ESL 1384) Intensive ESL Reading and Conversation II - credits (6 equated/billable), 6 hours
Level IIB
  • ESL 86 (formerly ESL 1386) Intensive ESL Writing and Language - 3 credits (9 equated/billable), 9 hours
  • ESL 88 (formerly ESL 1388) Intensive ESL Reading and Conversation - 2 credits (6 equated/billable), 6 hours

In addition, content courses include selected courses in mathematics, word processing, humanities and visual and performing arts. ESL 81/3 and ESL 82/4 of the Intensive ESL Program are the equivalents of the regular ESL sequence, ESL 25 and ESL 35.

Note: Students in the Intensive Program who have completed four (4) courses, but have received only 11 credits, may apply for an exemption for the 12-credit requirement.

The Department of Language and Cognition offers basic skills support services with the Academic Support Center.

Under the auspices of the Academic Support Center, trained tutors offer students, at all levels of the ESL and English course sequences, the opportunity to develop their fluency, clarity, and grammar, and to refine reading and writing skills requisite to passing the ACT and College Proficiency Exams. Students referred to the center, upon a teacher's recommendation, may seek assistance in meeting course requirements or requirements for passing CUNY exams. They may also seek enrichment to accelerate progress through their ESL/English sequence of study. Individual students may also drop into the center for assistance, subject to tutor availability.