Vaccinations and Testing

Due to City of Philadelphia mandates, anyone who comes to the College who is not fully vaccinated will be tested before they will be permitted on campus. Masks are required. Starting Oct. 15, all faculty, staff and students must be fully vaccinated. Please see our College COVID-19 Updates for more information.

English as Second Language (ESL) Institute

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 three levels of ESL instruction:

  • ESL 1 (Beginner)
  • ESL 2 (Intermediate)
  • ESL 3 (High Intermediate)

These levels follow the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) competencies model, which integrates the four language acquisition skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.

ESL Institute Spring 2022 Information Sessions 

All students who are interested in enrolling in spring 2022 ESL Institute courses are encouraged to join us for an information session. We will discuss the ESL institute classes, testing and registration process. Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance in order to ensure you receive the Zoom link. 

ESL Institute Placement Testing for Spring 2022 

If you are a new student and interested in the ESL Institute, you 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. Please sign up using the link below and make sure to sign up at least 24 hours in advance to receive the test information. Placement testing is administered online. The placement test dates are as follows:


There is an $80 fee for each course due at the time of registration.


DACE Office

Phone: 215-751-8531 or 8381