English as A Second Language Institute

ESL Institute Placement Testing for Fall 2024 Admission

New students 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. The summer 2024 test is full. The next classes will begin in September 2024. The placement test will be in July. Sign up for the Fall 2024 interest list here to receive updates.

Todos los estudiantes nuevos deben tomar el examen de nivel del ESL Institute antes de inscribirse en un curso. Realizar el examen de nivel no le garantiza un lugar en el programa. Los exámenes de nivel para el semestre de verano 2024 están llenos. El próximo semestre para los estudiantes nuevos es otoño 2024. Esas clases comenzarán en septiembre de 2024. Los exámenes se realizarán en julio. Regístrese AQUÍ para recibir la lista de intereses de otoño de 2024 para recibir actualizaciones.

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)

Each level includes the four language acquisition skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing.


Summer 2024 Courses

  • COURSE FEE: $80 for each course (American Idioms: $100), plus the cost of textbooks
  • REGISTRATION: Returning students: April 2024 registration for classes beginning May 13
  • REGISTRATION: New students: Before you can register for classes you must be tested for placement in ESL. The next placement test will be in July for the fall 2024 semester, which begins September 2024. Sign up for the interest list HERE.
  • PAYMENT: Payment can be made online using a credit or debit card, or in person on Main Campus. 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 [at] ccp.edu (Adultliteracy[at]ccp[dot]edu).
  • Questions: Call 215-751-8531 or email Adultliteracy [at] ccp.edu (adultliteracy[at]ccp[dot]edu).