English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

ESL classes at Herkimer College were established in 1997 to provide English Language study to students from around the world. Students from South East Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Asian Sub-continent have developed their English skills as they prepare for majors ranging from Business to Science, and from Radio-TV Broadcasting to Fine Arts. Our students have transferred successfully to colleges and universities in the SUNY system as well as to colleges and universities around the United States and around the world.

Non-credit courses do not count toward receiving a degree but they may help a student prepare for the credit bearing courses that require facility in American English.  The language courses are designed for students who have studied English but need further practice in order to assist them in these degree programs at Herkimer College.  These courses can also help students prepare to transfer to other colleges.

The courses include the following:

For questions or further information, please contact the Office of International Programs: international@herkimer.edu

Program Goals

  • To prepare second language students for success in all college majors
  • To assist with timely transition to graduation credit courses
  • To support academic excellence for all international students

ESL Students at Herkimer

On the basis of their admissions documents and Herkimer College-administered placement tests, international students may be advised to take ESL courses. Staff will advise students at the time they enroll for their classes.

  • Students may enroll in ESL courses at the same time they are enrolled in courses in their majors
  • Students may receive tutoring help in English while they are enrolled in non-ESL courses

ESL Services

  • Classroom instruction
  • Tutoring (no extra cost)
    • ESL course work tutoring
    • Transition tutoring (including course work for graduation program classes)
  • Testing accommodations (some students request extra time for tests in academic subjects when English is not their first language)
  • Academic advising
  • Personal advising
  • New student adjustment assistance

ESL Contact

Ember Traino
Coordinator of International Academic Programming
(315) 866-0300, ext. 8668

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