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, new students must take the ESL Institute Placement Test.

The placement test for spring 2024 is full. The next placement test is in March for summer 2024 classes. Summer classes begin in May. Click here to complete the summer 2024 interest form and receive email updates when testing opens.

Program Details

The ESL Institute provides four levels of ESL instruction:

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

Each level includes instruction in the four language acquisition skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.



There is an $80 fee for each course ($100 for American Idioms), plus the cost of textbooks.


DACE Office

Phone: 215-751-8531