Department: Language and Cognition

The Department of Language and Cognition facilitates the acquisition of English language and academic skills within a sequential program of academic content-based ESL instruction. It seeks to help students to acquire reading and writing skills that satisfy university requirements and to prepare for success in the college's academic programs. The department also offers courses in Linguistics.

ESL - English as a Second Language

Entering students whose native language is other than English, and whose performance on the CUNY entrance examinations in reading and writing mandates additional instruction, are referred to the Language and Cognition Placement Committee for evaluation and placement. Depending on their placement level and progress, ESL students take a sequence of courses to complete the requirements for the A.A. or A.S. degree. The number of credits they need to complete depends on their original level of placement and progress.

Content-Based Program of ESL Instruction

The ESL program develops students' English language skills within an interdisciplinary content-based instructional model. Students enrolled in the ESL program concurrently enroll in content courses to satisfy their general education requirements. The sequence of ESL courses offered by the department is:

• ESL 15 (ESL in Content Areas I) AND ESL 16 (Literature and Contemporary Issues for ESL Students I). These courses are co-requisites.

• ESL 25 (ESL in Content Areas II) AND either ESL 26 (Contemporary Issues for ESL Students II) or ESL 27 (Literature for ESL Students II). ESL 25 and 26/27 are co-requisites.

• ESL 35 (ESL in Content Areas III) AND either ESL 36 (Contemporary Issues for ESL Students III) or ESL 37 (Literature for ESL Students III). ESL 35 and 36/37 are corequisites.

• ESL 91 (Basic Composition) AND ESL 92 (Foundations of Critical Reading). These courses are co-requisites, but students with advanced skills who satisfy college and university requirements may place out of one or the other.

•ESL 93 (Basic Composition II). This course gives continuing students who satisfy CUNY requirements in reading and have strong writing skills and/or at least one attempt in ESL 91 the opportunity to meet university requirements in writing. Freshmen students with strong entry skills may also register in ESL 93.

• ESL 94 (Readings in the Natural Sciences). This course gives students who have already taken ESL 92 the opportunity to read advanced texts in the natural sciences to meet university requirements in reading. Freshmen who qualify may register directly into this course.

• ESL 96 (Readings in the Social Sciences). This course gives students who have already taken ESL 92 the opportunity to read advanced texts in the social sciences to meet university requirements in reading. Freshmen who qualify may register directly into this course.

After successfully completing ESL 91 OR ESL 93 AND ESL 92, ESL 94 OR ESL 96, and successfully taking the CUNY writing skills test, students proceed to ENG 110, Expository Writing.

College Language Policy

The College offers a transitional ESL Program designed to foster the movement from native language to English:

• Students in the beginning level (ESL 15) must take ONE content course in English.

• Students at the intermediate level (ESL 25) must take TWO content courses in English.

• Students at the advanced level (ESL 35) must take ALL* their content courses in English.

• Once students enter Basic Composition (ESL 91) they must take ALL* of their content courses in English.

*Students would be permitted to take courses to fulfill foreign language and literature requirements.