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English as a Second Language (ESL)

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

Frank Smith, psycholinguist

Our Goal

The goal of the ESL Program at Pillar College is to help non-English speakers improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students are expected to be adequately prepared for English-only college courses and pursue their bachelor’s degrees at Pillar College or any other four-year college in the United States.

The ESL Program is correlated to the College and Career Readiness Standards, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requirement, the English Language Proficiency Standards, and the National Reporting System descriptors of levels. It merges the best features of well-known communicative methodologies while offering a balance of all four language skills, and gives students the opportunity to improve literacy, language, life and employability skills, as well as develop confidence and academic skills to move forward in their education.

Requirements and Exemptions

All new students are required take our ESL Placement Test in order to be placed into the appropriate level. Students who score 79 and above are exempted from the ESL Program. Other exemptions include:

  • TOEFL iBT (78 or higher)
  • IELTS (6.0 or higher

NOTE: Official TOEFL / IELTS score reports must be submitted prior to the beginning of a semester.

ETS DI: 3329

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.

Designed for:

  • F-1 undergraduate students (must already possess an intermediate level of English proficiency)
  • non-Spanish speaking who are enrolled in Programa BLEND (must be placed level 4 or 5)
  • non-English speakers who wish to take only ESL classes (must be placed level 4 or 5)


  • English Integrated Skills Level 4 (EIS 040)
  • Individualized Learning Lab Level 4 (ILC 040)
  • English Integrated Skills Level 5 (EIS 050)
  • Individualized Learning Lab Level 5 (ILC 050)

Program Length: 15 weeks per level/ 7 hours per week
Semester: Fall/ Spring
Credits per course: 0

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.

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Pillar College will have virtual instruction and work remotely from January 3, 2022, and will resume in-person instruction and in-office work on January 18, 2022.