English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

UDC Gives New Energy to the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

In response to the demands of the English Language Learner residents of the District of Columbia, UDC is pleased to announce the revitalization of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, currently located in the Community College. The University of the District ESL Studentsof Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) serves a diverse student population including residents from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as citizens from countries around the world. Many of these students, both DC residents and International students, may not be native speakers of English, but they are eager to learn the language and customs of the American culture. There are those who want to improve their language skills to improve their opportunities for advancement within the highly competitive workforce and the dynamic marketplace throughout the area. Others have a simpler objective— to improve their Standard English language skills for better communication among acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. UDC-CC offers ESL courses to meet those language competency objectives.

If you are interested in increasing your English language skills, then this is the program for you! The ESL courses are offered according to language proficiency levels, from low intermediate to high advance, with student placement in specific courses determined by a language skills assessment test and a personal interview. Based upon the results of the test, students may be eligible to enroll in ESL courses if their language skills scores on the ACCUPLACER test fall between 50 and 85. International students are eligible to enroll in ESL courses if their TOEFL scores fall within the range of 450 to 547 on the written test or from 32 to 78 on the Internet-based test.

For those English Language Learners who are District residents, tuition for ESL courses at UDC-CC is only $100 per credit hour (not including miscellaneous fees). Classes will be held at the 801 North Capitol, NE and at the Van Ness campuses. For the Fall 2014 schedule of ESL courses, including class times and locations, please click here. (Click here to download the current schedule).

For more information about the ESL program, including course descriptions and prerequisites, please contact Assistant Professor Juanita M. Eagleson at 202.274.6761 or jeagleson@udc.edu.


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Admission Deadlines

Fall - May 15
Spring - October 15
Summer - April 15

International Applicant Deadlines

Fall - April 15
Spring - September 15
Summer - March 15

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