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About the ESL (English as a Second Language) Bridge Program

Photo of a student listening in classLevels of Instruction

The ESL Bridge program offers two levels of instruction: intermediate and advanced.  The language test results you give us with your application will help us make sure you start at the correct level for your skills. Students are placed into classes according to their ability in each of the following areas:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar

It is common for students to have stronger skills in one or more area. In this case, you will be placed in classes from both levels. For more information about ESL classes and how placement is determined, please visit our ESL placement page.

Earning Credits

Intermediate level ESL classes can not be used to fulfill your degree requirements. You can apply a total of 9 advanced level ESL credits toward graduation. It is possible for advanced level ESL students to enroll in one or more academic credit classes while completing the ESL Bridge program.

The ESL Bridge Program Student Experience

The number of students in any ESL class is limited to 5–15 students. This gives each student individual attention from teachers and plenty of practice speaking English in an academic setting. A regular semester lasts 15 weeks, and students will spend at least 16 hours each week in a classroom. A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom where students can join a conversation program with American students. We also offer free tutoring and academic support.

Advancing through the program

Each semester as your English skills improve you will slowly add more academic credit classes to your schedule. Students who begin in the intermediate level move up to complete the advanced level ESL classes before completing the requirements of the ESL Bridge Program. For more information about moving through the program and the requirements for completing it please visit our ESL placement page.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the ESL Bridge Program, please contact:

Mrs. Marcia Gottschall, Coordinator
Office: Learning Center, Feinberg 103
Phone: (518) 564-2298
Email: gottscmk@plattsburgh.edu