English as a Second Language (ESL)
If you are a new student, you will take a test to determine which classes will be best for you.
Please email Judith Mason (who speaks English and Spanish) to schedule a placement test or call (609) 686-5026 with any questions. Students who speak Chinese may email Ellen Luo or call her at (609) 865-7244
*For the safety of our students and staff ESL classes will continue to meet online.*
Our Princeton ESL program offers a comprehensive educational program, with over 30 English courses in basic literacy, core classes (which include all four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking), and skill-specific, enrichment classes like conversation, pronunciation, grammar, American culture, and citizenship.
The classes are designed for language learners at every level of fluency. We help our students set goals and work together to achieve them. Every student has a different reason for wanting to learn English. Some of our students are learning English to feel more comfortable speaking in social settings, while others are working towards citizenship preparation or workplace advancement.
Students learn in an “immersion-type” setting. In addition to structured classes, students requiring extra help are matched with tutors for free classes conducted by community volunteers.
- Year-round with sessions starting in September, January and July
- Additional short-term classes are offered at various times during the year.
- Curriculum is designed for adult English language learners, from beginners to advanced students seeking skills for work readiness, post-secondary education, or simply gain confidence speaking English in daily life.
- Opportunities for daily drop-in conversation groups, one-on-one and small group conversation practice with community volunteers, etc. enhances classroom instruction and encourage language development.
- *Workshops on topics of interest such as presentation skills, job search tips, and everyday survival skills are also included. *Currently unavailable due to COVID-19
- We collaborate with the Princeton Public Library and Princeton University to offer our ESL students opportunities to interact with the wider Princeton community in educational settings.
- We offer free, onsite parking.
- Our main campus is a ten minute walk from Princeton University.
- Child care also available for children ages 8 weeks to 6 years old, and all classrooms are bilingual!
- Options to participate in trips to museums and area attractions.
Citizenship Preparation: For those on their way to becoming a US citizen, we offer citizenship classes to prepare them for their naturalization interview. These classes are open to current students and community members. Classes provide all the information required for the process and give them the self-confidence for their naturalization interview.
Off-site Classes: For businesses and organizations that have a diverse, international workforce who may need to improves their language skills, our ESL program can be brought to your campus. From basic to advanced English classes to focused classes like conversation and pronunciation, the curriculum can be customized to meet the needs of your employees.
Placement Test: Students new to the program must make an appointment to take a short placement test before enrolling. Please call 609-686-5026 to make an appointment.
Material fees: Material fees generally average $25-$40 per class in addition to the tuition. Students must bring their own pens, pencils and notebooks for journal writing.