English as Second Language Certificate | The New School

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  • ESL Certificate

    The New School offers English language instruction from the low-intermediate to the advanced level for speakers of other languages. This immersion program is taught by ESOL professionals and covers grammar, conversation and listening, and reading and writing.

    The School of Language Learning and Teaching offers courses in English as a second/foreign language (ESL) for speakers of other languages who wish to improve their English communication skills. The courses are designed for students attending a college or university in the United States, professionals working in English-speaking environments, and anyone who needs to speak and write better English for personal or career purposes.

    The New School awards a Certificate in English as a Second Language to students who successfully complete a minimum of 100 hours of ESL classes. Students work with an English Language Studies advisor to build a full-time curriculum (18 hours per week) based on a selection of courses at the appropriate level. The classes provide intensive instruction in grammar, conversation and listening, and reading and writing. All students who complete the certificate program can expect to emerge with improved fluency and independent learning skills.

    Grades of AP (Approved) or NA (Not Approved) are assigned for each course, and certificate students are entitled to a transcript of record. Students who choose not to enroll in the certificate program can register for individual ESL courses, but please note that The New School will maintain permanent academic records only for students enrolled in the certificate program.


    All members of our English language faculty are trained and certified professional teachers of English to speakers of other languages. Many are published in the field of language education. Some are credited with developing innovative teaching methods and materials.


    All ESL students must contact the Department of English Language Studies for placement advising before they can register for courses. There are no courses for beginners. New students must test at least at the low-intermediate level (level 3). The program can be taken full-time (18 hours per week for 12 weeks) or part-time. International students who are studying English at The New School under a student visa must study full time.

    Apply to the Certificate Program in English as a Second Language (PDF).

    Tuition and Fees

    Tuition is charged per course, and the tuition for each course is stated in the course description. The program can be taken on a part-time basis. Certificate students pay $80 university services fee per semester.

  • The New School has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1960. For more information, visit Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations. Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 216.284.5000

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