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ESL & International Initiatives

English as a Second Language (ESL)

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.

Our Goal

The goal of the ESL Program at Pillar College is to provide non-native English speakers improvement upon their overall literacy skills in English as well as student-entered instruction in developmental, practical and academic language skills. Create intercultural competency awareness in our students so that they may develop into thoughtful, educated, globally-minded citizens.

The ESL Program at Pillar College merges the best features of well-known communicative methodologies while offering a balance of all four language skills, vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar to help students learn to communicate with confidence and gain knowledge and understanding of how to apply learning strategies for academic English use in all of the students’ courses.

The strength of the program is that students who enter the Associate of Arts in General Studies program can develop and build English-proficiency skills while earning college credits that lead to an A.A. degree. Upon successful completion of the program, students are expected to be adequately prepared for English-only college courses and pursue their bachelor’s degree at Pillar College or any other four-year institution in the United States.

Program Overview

The ESL Program at Pillar College consists of two types of programs:  

  • ESL BLEND Program

Designed for:  

  • Native Spanish-speaking students enrolled in Programa BLEND
  • Non-English speakers who wish to take only ESL classes 


  • ESL Level 1 (ESL 010) 
  • ESL Level 2 (ESL 020) 
  • ESL Level 3 (ESL 030) 
  • ESL Level 4 (ESL 040) 
  • ESL Level 5 (ESL 050) 

Students in this program earn an A.A. in general studies and take courses for college credit in Spanish and a bilingual Spanish/English to English-only sequential format. The program can be completed in five semesters. (for more information see the Programa BLEND link). 

Students may also choose to take ESL classes only on a part-time basis. Classes are bi-weekly in the evenings. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.  

English for Academic Purposes

Designed for: • F-1 undergraduate students at Pillar College in the A.A. in General Studies program.


  • Academic English Skills Level 1
  • Academic English Skills Level 2
  • Academic English Skills Level 3
  • Academic English Skills Level 4

Depending on the student’s English proficiency level when entering the program. Students can expect to take 2-5 semesters of courses in EAP.

Requirements and Exemptions

English Proficiency Testing and Level Placement 
All new students whose native language is not English and entering college as an undergraduate student are required take the Versant ESL Placement Test which is designed to help place individuals into the proficiency-appropriate level. Students who score an 80 GSE score or a C1 CEFR on the Placement test and have a TOEFL score of 80 (iBT) or 6.5 IELTS Level or above are exempted from the ESL Program. 

Any questions about the programs can be directed to the Director of ESL at [email protected].

Designed for:

  • native Spanish-speaking students who are enrolled in Programa BLEND
  • non-English speakers who wish to take only ESL classes


  • ESL Level 1 (ESL 010)
  • ESL Level 2 (ESL 020)
  • ESL Level 3 (ESL 030)
  • ESL Level 4 (ESL 040)
  • ESL Level 5 (ESL 050)

Program Length: 15 weeks per level/ 4.5 hours per week
Semester: Fall/ Spring
Credits per course: 0

NOTE: ESL-only students are welcome to audit Conversational English, English Composition I and English Composition II (Programa BLEND) to strengthen their speaking and writing skills.

Financial Policies and Procedures

Pillar College is committed to providing an excellent, cost-effective education for its students. Tuition and fee rates, payable each semester, are set annually according to economic conditions within the college and industry standards.