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The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

Center for American Language & Culture (CALC) [Ewing, New Jersey]


  • Integrated skills course work pairs English with USA Studies content and prepares students for academic success:
    - TCNJ has a 12:1 student to faculty ratio.
    - 70% of ESL Alums have 3.0 or higher GPAs in academic study one year after completing language training.
    - Earn 12 credits in the fall or spring semesters, or 8 credits in the summer semester.
  • TCNJ helps students who wish to apply for admission or are conditionally admitted to TCNJ prepare for transition into their first year:
    - All students will gain skill in speaking, reading, writing, and listening that will be invaluable to their success in their American academic careers and receive individualized feedback on their language abilities as they exit the program to continue their studies.
    - Average TOEFL score increased 27 points after two terms of English study.
  • Beautiful and safe campus location:
    - Study on the safe 289-acre campus with just 6,000 undergraduates.
    - On-campus housing with off-campus housing available steps from campus.
    - The College of New Jersey maintains its own police department, providing law enforcement and security services 24 hours, 7 days a week. Our Police Department currently employs twenty-four men and women to provide for the College community’s safety as well as the security of all property on campus. Officers are fully trained members of the New Jersey State Police.

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Courses offered through the Institute follow a communicative approach to language learning. They integrate skills-based English Language education with language-scaffolded content courses, allowing for practice and performance in a rigorous university setting. Classes are small and student-focused, so that teachers may best help students reach their language learning goals efficiently. The Institute offers students intensive English study during the summer program. Students may also choose to attend during the academic year for a full 15-week semester offered in both the fall and spring. Institute courses are fully credit-bearing and can be counted toward a TCNJ degree or transferred elsewhere. http://esl.tcnj.edu/
    • DATA
    • Type : Public University
      Establishment : 2012
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / University
      Enrollment : 50
      Average Class Size : 12
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Free
      Internet Access : Available On-Campus
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Frequently Available
      Location : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • I’ve spent nearly two decades working with students from around the world, but before TCNJ, my universities were major research universities. I had never heard of TCNJ until I moved to this region of the United States, but what I found here is a welcoming and open community of people who care about each other. I am proud to help international students—English Language students in particular, find their way to TCNJ. Why? Because I know that our academic English language programs help them become successful students in any major, and I know that our community will welcome them, take them in, and make them part of the TCNJ family. https://esl.tcnj.edu/application-languages/
      Monica F. Jacobe, Ph.D
      Center for American Language & Culture (CALC)
      The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
    • The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
      Center for American Language & Culture (CALC)

      2000 Pennington Road
      Ewing, New Jersey  08628-0718  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (609) 771-2866 (x2576)
      FAX: +1 (609) 771-2866
      E-mail: esl@tcnj.edu
      Website: http://esl.tcnj.edu/
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • The Institute for English as a Second Language & American Studies (ESLAS) at the College of New Jersey has hosted students from countries all around the world.
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • Course instructors are trained, fully-certified professionals. Most instructors have lived and traveled abroad and have extensive experience teaching students from around the world. The personal and academic qualities of the instructors make each uniquely qualified to offer meaningful language-learning opportunities and to care deeply about their students.
    • Housing
    • While attending ESLAS, students have the option to live in on-campus dormitories. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities, and other students – both American and international. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as soon as possible due to the limited amount of space available. ESLAS students are encouraged to live on campus to enrich their language learning in true English immersion. The school may provide information about private off-campus apartments; however, it is the students’ responsibility to make their own arrangements while working with staff at the school for permissions, transportation information, and other requirements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly. http://housing.tcnj.edu/
    • Surrounding Area
    • The College of New Jersey is located in the safe and quiet residential town of Ewing, with shopping malls and movie theaters located within minutes of campus. The full-service residential campus is a home away from home, offering many on-campus dining locations, sports fields, open areas for outdoor activities, a swimming pool, and two lakes. A newly constructed project called Campus Town has brought restaurants, cafes, banks, a fitness center, and Barnes and Noble bookstore onto our campus. There are many activities on campus through student clubs and sports; TCNJ offers over 200 different student organizations and many events across the academic year. ESL students have full access to all campus amenities. New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Boston are all cities in the Northeast that are accessible through a bus or train. Some TCNJ student clubs also provide transportation to these cities for special trips.
    • About the College/University
    • The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. Founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, TCNJ has become an exemplar of the best in public higher education and is consistently acknowledged as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. TCNJ currently is ranked as one of the 75 “Most Competitive” schools in the nation by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and is rated the No. 1 public institution in the northern region of the country by U.S. News & World Report. TCNJ was named the #10 value in public higher education by the Princeton Review in 2009 and, in 2006, was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for a wealth of degree programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools—Arts & Communication; Business (#35 in the country); Humanities & Social Sciences; Education; Science; Nursing, Health, & Exercise Science; and Engineering. The College of New Jersey encourages students to expand their talents and skills through more than 200 organizations that are open to students. These groups range from performing ensembles and professional and honor societies to student publications. https://esl.tcnj.edu/application-languages/
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students.
  • Courses
    • Institute of ESL & American Studies

    • About This Course
    • ESL at The College of New Jersey provides students whose first language is not English with challenging courses designed to prepare them for academic success. Specifically, the Institute for English as a Second Language, housed in the Center for American Language & Culture, integrates integrated-skills language learning with an academic course in American Studies designed specifically for language learners. These courses allow students to gain academic skills along with language skills. Students experience a team-teaching environment where faculty teams at each level work together to help students develop skills. Full-time English students will have classes every day, and in the summer, students will be intensively studying, with class each morning and afternoon. Friday afternoons are free time with fun activities offered each week during the summer.

      During a semester of study, students will have classes each day but fewer hours of class each day than in summer sessions. Instead, teachers ask students to engage in out-of-class study, homework, team projects, and community building activities. All ESL courses also include a required Oral Proficiency Class for conversational English. During their first semester at TCNJ, all ESL students will take a university success and college orientation course. Other courses will target specific skills for different students and are individually assigned.

      The Institute also integrates cultural excursions and exposure through various trips, programs, and activities. The staff believes that the combination of in-class learning, paired with extracurricular activities, helps students learn English comprehensively. TCNJ has seen how much this course supports students toward success in their language goals, academic goals, and future careers.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 3 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 6,15 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Admission
      HOUSING: On-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2018
      15 WEEKS:
      8/20 - 12/18

      15 WEEKS:
      1/21 - 5/17

    • Fees
      US$ 0
      TUITION FEE (2018-2019)
      6 WEEKS US$ 4,195
      15 WEEKS US$ 5,125
      6 WEEKS N/A US$ 2,055 N/A
      15 WEEKS N/A US$ 5,200-6,700 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 0 (Included with Tuition Fees)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Dormitory Fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Ewing Township, New Jersey
    • Location
      The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
      Center for American Language & Culture (CALC)

      2000 Pennington Road Ewing, New Jersey  08628-0718  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Newark International Airport:
      It is the student’s responsibility to arrange their transportation from the airport to campus. The school will provide pickup from the airport if requested. It takes 60 minutes from Newark-Liberty International Airport by car.
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