English as A Second Language Institute

Information Sessions for Fall 2022 Courses

The English as a Second Language Institute will host brief information sessions for students to learn more about taking noncredit ESL classes and the testing and registration processes. All students, new and returning, are encouraged to attend an information session prior to the start of the semester. Please use the link below to sign up for a virtual session. Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure that you will receive the Zoom link prior to the start of the session. 

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ESL Institute Placement Testing for Fall 2022 Admission

If you are a new student and interested in the ESL Institute, you must take the ESL Institute placement test before enrolling in a course. Taking the placement test does not guarantee you a seat in the program. Sign up using the link below and make sure to sign up at least 24 hours in advance to receive the test information. Please double check that your email address is spelled correctly, or you will not receive the link. All placement tests for the ESL Institute are administered online.

Sign up here

If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen Spencer at gspencer@ccp.edu.

Classes in the ESL Institute offer adult, non-native speakers of English the opportunity to improve their basic English language skills in order to actively increase their participation in the larger society, continue their education into academic programs or to prepare for citizenship.


Adults at least 18 years of age are eligible for the program. 

Before enrolling for classes, prospective students must take the ESL Institute Placement Test.

Program Details

The ESL Institute provides four levels of ESL instruction:

ESL Intro (Low Beginner)

  • ESL 1 (Beginner)
  • ESL 2 (Intermediate)
  • ESL 3 (High Intermediate)
  • American Idioms (Advanced, only open to students who complete ESL 3)

These levels follow the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) competencies model, which integrates the four language acquisition skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.


Fall 2022 Courses

  • COURSE FEE: $80 for each course (American Idioms: $100)
  • REGISTRATION: Returning students: Monday, August 8, 2022
  • REGISTRATION: New students:  Before you can register for classes you must be tested for placement in ESL. Sign up for a placement test todayYou will be assigned a registration date and time after placement testing. To inquire about placement testing, call 215-751-8531 or email adultliteracy@ccp.edu. 
  • PAYMENT: Payment can be made online using a credit or debit card, or in person on Main Campus. Payment is due AFTER registration is complete. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment. Refunds will be granted only if the class is canceled or the student withdraws before the first class meeting. To withdraw, you must email Adultliteracy@ccp.edu.