English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

The English as a Second Language Program at Binghamton University is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who have been admitted into a degree-granting program but who need more experience and instruction in English in order to do their best academic work.  During the academic year, the ESL Program offers the following courses:

Intermediate ESL: This course provides instruction and practice in all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. Emphasis is placed on developing greater fluency in spoken English.

Advanced Speaking and Listening Comprehension: This course is designed to improve ESL students' listening and speaking abilities. Instruction and practice in understanding classroom lectures and discussions are provided. In addition, students work on improving their pronunciation and their ability to express complex ideas in both classroom discussions and formal oral presentations

Advanced ESL is for students who have a basic command of English but whose skills still need improvement. There is a strong emphasizes writing, but this course also provides opportunities for practice in reading, speaking and listening.

Speaking Skills for Bilinguals is for undergraduate students who have been in the U.S. at least two years. They should be quite fluent in English and have excellent listening comprehension, but still need work in advanced speaking skills. Instruction emphasizes pronunciation, presentation skills and participation in interviews.

Oral Communication for Professional Purposes is designed for graduate students who are teaching assistants, potential teaching assistants, doctoral candidates, and other graduate students who need to improve their oral communication skills for use in a variety of educational and professional settings.  Emphasis on development of accurate pronunciation and cross-cultural communication strategies as well as such skills as presenting information effectively, facilitating discussions, and giving formal presentations.

For more information about the ESL Program, click here.

Last Updated: 8/28/14