English As A Second Language (ESL)

There are three pathways to English language competence:

1. Continuing Education ESL
Gain a general knowledge of English language and possibly bridge to Pre-Academic ESL. Acquire integrated skills in vocabulary and word building, listening, reading, writing, grammar, conversation, critical thinking, pronunciation, and/or to prepare for U.S. citizenship. Designed specifically for adults, regardless of nation of origin or previous education. Continuing Education ESL is intended as a complete learning experience or to help you prepare for Pre-Academic ESL and college entry.

2. Pre-Academic ESL
If you are a degree-seeking student, prepare for the Academic ESL program. Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 cover reading, speaking, writing, structure.

3. Academic ESL
Prepare for college-level degree and certificate programs. Develop the academic English skills you need to be successful in all MCC college programs. Levels I-V cover reading, speaking, writing, and structure.

Language Assessment and Placement Exam
A Language assessment or placement exam is required for all students.

For Continuing Education ESL Placement, call 732.906.2556.
For Pre-Academic and Academic ESL Placement Information, call 732.906.2529.

To Register for Classes:

  • Mail: Continuing Education, Crabiel Hall 110, Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, P.O. Box 3050, Edison, NJ 08818-3050.
  • Telephone: Call 732.906.2556. Use Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus.
  • In-Person: Continuing Education, Crabiel Hall 110, Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837.
  • Fax-24 Hours: Fax 732.906.2521. Use Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus or Purchase Order.

Continuing Education Pathway

Open Enrollment Non-Credit Courses for Adults Vocabulary, Conversation, Listening, Reading, Writing, Grammar & Critical Thinking

ESL I Level: Low-Beginner

CEU 4.2

Designed for adults with little or no exposure to English, classes include workplace and life skills, language for social interaction, grammar, civics, and American culture. Register today and be on your way to living and working successfully in an English- speaking country.

Textbook required for FIRST class, available at College Bookstore.
Tuition: $80 + general fee $99. Total $179

BASK 001-10 Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 26-May 4 (no class February 16, March 9, April 20) (12 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick
BASK 001-05 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., March 19-May 2 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
BASK 001-05 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., May 14-June 27 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus,
BASK 001-05 Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., July 8-August 21 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus

ESL II Level: High-Beginner

CEU 4.2

Learn to communicate in your own words in English, through written and spoken language. Emphasis is on English grammar, culture, behavioral expectations at work and in the community, and practical math skills.

Textbook required for FIRST class, available at College Bookstore.
Tuition: $80 + general fee $99. Total $179

BASK 002-10 Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 26-May 4 (no class February 16, March 9, April 20) (12 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick.
BASK 002-12 Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., March 18-May 1 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
BASK 002-11 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., May 14-June 27 (14 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick
BASK 002-13 Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., July 8-August 21 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
BASK 002-14 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., July 9-August 22 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus


ESL III Level: Low-Intermediate


CEU 4.2

Topics include listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as life and math skills, civic concepts and practice with authentic documents encountered in daily life.

Textbook required for FIRST class, available at College Bookstore.
Tuition: $80 + general fee $99. Total $179

BASK 003-10 Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 26-May 4 (no class February 16, March 9, April 20) (12 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick
BASK 003-05 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., March 19-May 2 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
BASK 003-06 Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., May 13-July 1 (no class May 27) (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
BASK 003-07 Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., July 8-August 21 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
BASK 003-11 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., July 9-August 22 (14 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick

ESL Vocabulary/Word Building

CEU 3.0

Build your vocabulary and spelling skills by reading, writing and participating in an assortment of word exercises. Learn about word connections and definitions within a particular context, and become familiar with idiomatic expressions.

Tuition: $124 + general fee $25. Total $149

BASK 005-10 Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., February 12- April 23 (no class March 12) (10 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick
BASK 005-11 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., July 9-August 8 (10 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick


Conversational English

CEU 3.0

If you are an advanced-level ESL student, develop and practice your speaking and listening skills. Vocabulary and grammar associated with each topic is reviewed before the discussion begins. Prerequisite: Near proficiency and ease with conversational English.

Tuition: $124 + general fee $25. Total $149

BASK 011-10 Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., March 21-May 23 (10 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick
BASK 011-13 Tuesday & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., May 23-June 25 (10 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
BASK 011-11 Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., July 8-August 7 (10 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick

American English Pronunciation

CEU 3.0

Tired of repeating or spelling what you say? Learn to correctly pronounce all the sounds of standard American English and address your particular pronunciation issues. Prerequisite: Moderate to advanced proficiency and ease with conversational English.

Textbook required for FIRST class, available at College Bookstore.
Tuition: $124 + general fee $25. Total $149

BASK 013-10 Saturdays, 9 a.m.-Noon, February 9- May 4 (no class February 16, March 9, April 20) (10 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick
BASK 013-10 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m.-Noon, July 9-August 8 (10 sessions) Location: New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street, New Brunswick


American Culture Reading and Discussion    NEW

CEU 3.9

This course is designed for high-intermediate to advanced ESL students. Read about and discuss areas of American culture such as ideas about the American Dream; American ideas about business, government, religion, family, racial and ethnic diversity; and current social issues. This is an excellent way to prepare for future academic studies or just to be better informed about life in America.

Textbook required for FIRST class, available at College Bookstore.
Instructor: R. Roy
Tuition: $150 + general fee $49. Total $199

BASK 016-02 Saturdays, 9 a.m.-Noon, January 19- April 27 (no class March 9, April 20) (13 sessions) Location: Edison Campus


Pre-Academic ESL

The Pre-Academic ESL Program will assist degree- seeking students to transition into the MCC Academic ESL program. These courses will help you prepare for the MCC Academic ESL program where you will begin to develop the academic English skills needed to be successful in all MCC college programs. After you successfully complete all four parts of the Pre-Academic ESL program, you may be eligible to move on to the MCC Academic ESL program.  NOTE: These non-credit Continuing Education Pre-Academic ESL courses are not eligible for financial aid.

Who Should Attend?
ESL students who wish to pursue an MCC college degree but who need to strengthen their ESL skill level.

Requirements to Attend Pre-Academic ESL Courses:

  • Submit a college application with a $25 application fee. Go to middlesexcc.edu/ admissions/ and click on “Get a Degree.”
  • Take the ESL Placement Test to determine your skill Call 732.906.2529 for further information.
  • Meet with the ESL Department Chairperson or Associate Chairperson for an interview and placement.
  • Register with payment at Crabiel Hall, Room 110 or the Perth Amboy Center at 60 Washington

Is It Necessary to Enroll in all Pre-Academic ESL Courses?
Yes, you must successfully complete each Pre- Academic ESL course, complying with the prerequisites listed.

Program Cost
You may pay separately for each Pre-Academic ESL course.  Please register and pay for each course at least five business days before the start of the course.  See the course schedule below.

  • Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1: $150
  • Pre-Academic ESL, Part 2: $150
  • Pre-Academic ESL, Part 3: $150
  • Pre-Academic ESL, Part 4: $150

Required Textbook:
A required textbook that will be used for all Pre- Academic ESL courses will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore.

Spring 2019 Classes

Pre-Academic ESL combines reading, speaking, writing and grammar skills. Work on your English skills in order to participate in classroom discussions.  Practice writing grammatically correct sentences that are descriptive and tell a story. Successfully complete Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 in order to be considered for enrollment in academic ESL classes.

Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1

Prerequisite: Placement exam.
Required textbooks to be used in all Pre-Academic ESL courses available for purchase at the College Bookstore.
Tuition: $100 + general fee $50. Total $150
PREA 003-16 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, January 22-February 13 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
PREA 003-17 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., January 22-February 13 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
PREA 003-41 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, January 22-February 13 (14 sessions) Location: Perth Amboy Center
PREA 003-42 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., January 22-February 13 (14 sessions) Location: Perth Amboy Center

Pre-Academic ESL, Part 2

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1
Use required textbooks purchased for Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1.
Tuition: $100 + general fee $50. Total $150
PREA 004-16 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, February 19-March 20 (no class March 11-14) (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
PREA 004-17 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., February 19-March 20 (no class March 11-14) (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
PREA 004-41 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, February 19-March 20 (no class March 11-14) (14 sessions) Location: Perth Amboy Center
PREA 004-42 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., February 19-March 20 (no class March 11-14) (14 sessions) Location: Perth Amboy Center


Pre-Academic ESL, Part 3

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1 and Part 2
Use required textbooks purchased for Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1
Tuition: $100 + general fee $50. Total $150
PREA 005-16 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, March 25-April 16 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
PREA 005-17 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., March 25-April 16 (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
PREA 005-41 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, March 25-April 16 (14 sessions) Location: Perth Amboy Center
PREA 005-42 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., March 25-April 16 (14 sessions) Location: Perth Amboy Center

Pre-Academic ESL, Part 4

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Academic ESL, Part 3
Use required textbooks purchased for Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1
Tuition: $100 + general fee $50. Total $150
PREA 006-16 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, April 17-May 9 (class starts Wednesday) (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
PREA 006-17 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., April 17-May 9 (class starts Wednesday) (14 sessions) Location: Edison Campus
PREA 006-41 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, April 17-May 9 (class starts Wednesday) (14 sessions) Location: Perth Amboy Center
PREA 006-42 Monday-Thursday, 6- 8:30 p.m., April 17-May 9 (class starts Wednesday) (14 sessions) Location: Perth Amboy Center


Summer Semester

Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1

CEU 3.5

Prerequisite: Placement exam. Required textbooks to be used in all Pre-Academic ESL courses available for purchase at the College Bookstore.
PREA 003-12 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., May 13-June 5 (no class May 27) (14 sessions)
Tuition: $100 + general fee $50. Total $150        Location: Edison Campus

Pre-Academic ESL, Part 2

CEU 3.5

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1.  Use required textbooks purchased for Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1
PREA 004-12 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., June 10-July 2 (14 sessions)
Tuition: $100 + general fee $50. Total $150        Location: Edison Campus

Pre-Academic ESL, Part 3

CEU 3.5

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1 and Part 2.  Use required textbooks purchased for Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1
PREA 005-12 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., July 8-July 30 (14 sessions)
Tuition: $100 + general fee $50. Total $150        Location: Edison Campus

Pre-Academic ESL, Part 4

CEU 3.5

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Academic ESL, Part 3.  Use required textbooks purchased for Pre-Academic ESL, Part 1
PREA 006-12 Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., July 31-August 22 (14 sessions)
Tuition: $100 + general fee $50. Total $150  Location: Edison Campus