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English as a Second Language (ESL) Studies

Instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) has been one of the longest standing and most important elements of ASA’s pedagogical, educational history. It serves as the backbone of Basic English literacy. The ESL program at ASA College offers the multi-cultural, immigrant student body an opportunity for intensive language immersion, emphasizing the importance of the practical use of English.

ASA’s ESL students are engaged in a course of study, which aims to enhance many aspects of the student’s life. The areas in which a student’s life may be impacted include other academic environments, social environments, and professional/work environments.

In order for students to meet the highest possible levels of English proficiency, the remediation program in ESL consists of five intensive levels. Student progress is consistently and accurately assessed through testing at the appropriate level of proficiency.

The ESL course offerings feature curricula created specifically to meet the academic needs of ASA’s diverse student body. These courses particularly focus on articulation and literacy. Students with a greater need for immersion may initially be enrolled into level “A” and level “B” subjects. More advanced students will be placed in higher levels (C, D, or E).

Students are placed at particular levels based on proficiency. This proficiency is determined by testing. Students are evaluated by instructors who appropriately distribute grades indicating learning and growth.

Grading components include: grammar, oral communication, and reading, writing, and integrated language skills. In cases where any of the required components have not been met; students are required to repeat the course. However, in a particular case of a student’s non-progress and demonstration of the inability to perform at a satisfactory level in three or more curriculum components, dismissal from the course will be issued.

The overall scores of the exams measure the appropriate levels of ESL placement with the following restriction: students must complete all subsequent levels of ESL before they are permitted to take English Composition I.




Level A
(Each course is 3 non-credit hours)ESL Reading Skills – Level A
ESL Writing Skills – Level A
ESL Grammar Skills – Level A
ESL Oral Communication Skills – Level A
Integrated Language Skills – Level A
The curriculum for Level A in ESL study has been expressly designed for students whose ability to communicate in English is very limited. These students will be immersed in an intensified, component-based curriculum that emphasizes the skills of reading, writing, grammar applications, integrated language skills, and oral communication.
Level B
(Each course is 3 non-credit hours)ESL Reading Skills – Level B
ESL Writing Skills – Level B
ESL Grammar Skills – Level B
ESL Oral Communication Skills – Level B
Integrated Language Skills – Level B
Students registered for courses in this level of ESL are not permitted to take any credit bearing courses. Student enrolled in Level B curriculum of the ESL program have been previously introduced to the very basics of grammatical written forms, simple sentence formations and may, with difficulty, communicate in English.
Level C
(Each course is 3 non-credit hours)ESL Reading Skills – Level C
ESL Writing Skills – Level C
ESL Oral Communication Skills – Level C
Integrated Language Skills- Level C
Students enrolled in Level “C” courses have successfully reached a certain level of proficiency in English language, especially in articulating their needs with clarity and writing short comprehensive compositions. Students registered for courses at this level of ESL are not permitted to take any credit-bearing course.
Level D
(Each course is 3 non-credit hours)ESL Writing Skills – Level D
ESL Oral Communication Skills – Level D
Students enrolled in Level “D” courses have reached nearly fluent proficiency in the English language study. These students speak and write comfortably and make transitions from their native language to English with ease:

Students may take up to six credits of the program of study and no advanced English courses (such as English Composition) or reading-intensive courses (e.g. Microeconomics). Appropriate schedule for Level D ESL students will be determined at the time of registration.

Level E
(Each course is 3 non-credit hours)
Students enrolled in Level “E”; of the ESL program take only one course which specifically prepares them for the demands of the mainstream academic subjects. Particularly, students will be engaged in learning about the ways in which basic essays are built and about the writing process.

Advanced ESL writing workshop

Students who are placed in this level must complete this course before taking English Composition I.

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¹Effective Monday, April 13th, the following guidelines apply to student laptop distribution at all ASA Campuses for the Summer 2020 semester only:

    • Full-time and part-time active students are eligible to receive a free laptop if they register for the Summer 2020 semester.*  
    • This extends to students in all programs including those enrolled in ESL, as well as international students.**
Please note that students with a balance must contact the Student Accounts Department prior to becoming eligible for a free laptop for the summer semester.  Also, if you have already received and/or purchased a laptop from ASA, then you are not eligible for another one.
* If a student registering for the summer semester drops prior to completion of the fourth week of said term, the student will be assessed a product charge on his/her student account for the laptop.
**Students in an extended enrollment or non-matriculated status, as well as ability-to-benefit students solely enrolled for six credit hours as a part of career pathways, do not qualify for a free laptop.  These students do have the option of purchasing the product for $275.