10708 171 White Plains Road
Concordia College–New York was founded in 1881. It enrolls 750 students from 27 states and more than 34 countries worldwide. Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1.
The International Center for English as a Second Language (ICESL) offers courses in English for non-native speakers of English. ICESL has three terms annually; two are a semester in length and follow the regular college academic calendar. The other is a three week cultural immersion program which integrates field trips in the New York area with classroom learning. At the beginning of each term, students are placed into the appropriate level of the program through testing. Proficiency is determined by a standardized oral and written test and an essay. Progress through the levels is based on testing and teacher evaluations. Final grades are letter grades. ICESL students who are admitted into a degree program receive 6 credits for each semester of successfully completed full-time ICESL study, up to a maximum of 12 credits.
Description of ESL Courses:
- Grammar: The focus is on understanding English grammar and on using grammar correctly in written and spoken English.
- Writing: Students practice writing activities to help them develop competency and versatility in expressing themselves on paper; they learn how to write well-organized paragraphs, letters and essays for a variety of purposes.
- Reading: Students read and discuss short stories, texts, news articles and other material to learn new information, improve reading skills and increase vocabulary.
- Listening: Lower-level listening classes work on understanding everyday conversation. Upper-level classes emphasize listening comprehension and note-taking for academic purposes. Video and audio tapes are used extensively.
- Speaking: Students improve speaking and pronunciation through guided and free conversation, role playing, discussion, interviews and short oral presentations.
ICESL offers a 3-week summer program of language and culture for students 15 and older. The summer session is recommended for international students preparing to study full-time during the academic year, as well as international students wanting an academic and cultural experience in the U.S. Students may enroll full-time (15 hours of instruction per week, two full-day academically-related field trips per week) or part-time (one or more courses). Summer courses consist of reading/writing, communication skills and current events. Field trips are an integral part of the program. All students are tested for placement into the appropriate level of study. Residence halls are available for students 18 and older. Students attending the summer ESL program can use all Concordia facilities, including the Library, Fitness Center and the Schoenfeld Campus Center.
Full-time, semester - $10,400