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English Language Studies Department

This is an academic program of English-language instruction for any immigrant, foreign student or visitor who would like to improve English language LISTENING, SPEAKING, READING, and WRITING skills and learn more about American cultural patterns.

 The program prepares students for:

  • the Academic Programs at the College 
  • transfer to four-year universities and colleges
  • professional advancement.

Schedules can be arranged during the day, evening or on weekends. While students are enrolled in the ELS program, they may take selected courses which will prepare them for their professional goals.

Questions? Contact Us

Michael N. Hunt, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Developmental English and ELS
Passaic County Community College
One College Boulevard
Paterson, NJ 07505
Room A 204C

Phillip Williamson, PhD
ESL Student Support and Adjunct Services
Passaic County Community College
One College Boulevard
Paterson, NJ 07505
Suite A160-Office A161

ELS Sequence

The English Language Studies Program consists of four levels of language proficiency: Intermediate I / Intermediate 2 / Advanced 1 / Advanced 2.

Each level consists of skills-based courses in reading, speaking, and writing. The entering student must take a placement test to determine the level of competence in each skill area.

In addition to the required core courses, students are encouraged to enroll in an elective in Speaking and Pronunciation (ENP 030) at the intermediate levels to provide them with more practice in speaking the English language.

Awards & Scholarships

ELS Award

The ELS Award to recognize student achievement is presented at a formal ceremony each Fall semester. Students may apply for the award by filling out an application which is available at the ELS office, Main Campus, Founder’s Hall, Room E209A.

To qualify, you must have completed your ELS course work and six (6) additional credits. 

ELS Achievement Scholarship

General Information

Passaic County Community College offers one Academic Achievement Scholarship per year to a student enrolled in the English Language Studies (ELS) Program. This award recognizes scholastic excellence and also recognizes the English language as an indispensable tool for success in the United States today. Please the PCCC Foundation at [email protected] for details.