English as a Second Language (ESL) – Resources

ESL Coursework

ESL courses enhance the learning process and provide an avenue for conditional admission to the State University of New York College at Oneonta when while providing supplemental ESL work necessary for transition and readiness for undergraduate performance. Courses are determined by placement test - required of all international students upon arrival – or where entry TOEFL scores are not as strong as they should be for full admission. The College offers two courses in the fall and spring semesters and bear college credit. FLAN 165, English as a Foreign Language I - 3 s.h. This course is designed to help foreign students improve their command of the English language and focus on academic reading comprehension, writing, listening and speaking skills. Emphasis is on reading at the college level. Class sizes are small and focused on reinforcing the skills necessary to perform well in the College level course COMP 100 – Composition. FLAN 166, English as a Foreign Language II - 3 s.h. This course is designed to further improve English language skills, building vocabulary, effective writing strategies, reading comprehension, improving listening and speaking abilities, and presentation skills. The course focuses on reinforcing skills necessary to perform well in the College level course COMP 100 – Composition.



  • The Center for Academic Development and Enrichment (CADE) is a supportive environment that includes
    the Writing Center for help with all aspects of strategic writing and the Learning Center, providing peer tutoring, study skills, reading and math, and time management strategies. Visit CADE at: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/cade/.

  • The Foreign Language Lab in Schumacher Hall has generous hours and is equipped with multimedia ESL software for private, independent study outside the classroom experience. Visit their website at: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/forlang/.

  • There’s no better way to get quickly adjusted to the U.S. than volunteering – a major part of American culture. Volunteering on and off campus enhances speaking and listening skills, provides a network of opportunity to establish friends with similar values, and balances one’s academic life with interesting and life changing experiences. The Center for Social Responsibility and Community has numerous opportunities for the international student and welcomes applications year round. Be brave, be a leader in helping your local
    community! Visit the Center’s website and click on the link Volunteer Opportunities at: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/csrc/.

  • Many of our international students benefit from conversation partners – Oneonta students and community
    members volunteering their time and talent to help with academic matters or just to share cross-cultural understanding. Good faith efforts are made by the OIE to connect international students with conversation
    partners across the campus.