Learn English at Siena

Learn English at Siena

Siena College offers a variety of ESOL courses and programs. Learn more about the many opportunities to improve your English language skills below.

Overview

Why should I improve my English language skills?

ELL students celebrate a successful semester with Dr. Melody
ELL students celebrate a successful semester with Dr. Melody

As one of the of the world's most widely spoken languages (both as a first and second language), and as the lingua franca of science, business, and entertainment, improving your English language skills will give you the opportunity to excel in your academic coursework, will improve your job prospects, and may even increase your standard of living. 

 

 

 

Courses

ESOL 115: ESOL COMMUNICATION (Intermediate)

ESOL Communication (Intermediate) is designed to develop intermediate students’ knowledge of American English classroom participation, reading, and writing conventions so that they can become fully engaged members of Siena’s academic community. Students are required to take a COMPASS placement assessment, and may register for 115 if their ESL listening score is 80 or lower, or if they have a listening score in the 80s combined with a grammar or reading score that is 70 or below.  Students may repeat ESOL 115 once for credit. Through classroom discussions, presentations, and reflection papers, students gain confidence in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and providing peer feedback. Students are also introduced to the methods of doing research and citing sources.

ESOL 120: ESOL Communication (Advanced)

ESOL Communication (Advanced) is designed to develop advanced students’ participation, reading, and writing conventions so that they can become fully engaged members of Siena’s academic community. Through classroom discussions, presentations, and reflection papers, students gain confidence in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and providing peer feedback. Students are also introduced to the methods of doing research and citing sources. Students are required to take a COMPASS placement assessment, and may register for ESOL 120 if their ESL listening score is 90 or higher, or if they have a listening score in the 80s combined with a grammar or reading score that is 80 or above.

ESOL 220: ACADEMIC WRITING for ELLs

Academic Writing for ELLs is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of American English academic writing conventions and to facilitate improvement in their writing skills across written genres by exploring the processes of writing: comprehending, analyzing, and evaluating college-level texts; inventing, drafting, and revising; and seeking, providing, and responding to constructive feedback. Students also explore the methods of doing research and citing sources. Through classroom discussions based on assigned readings, in-class activities, writing assignments, peer reviews, and reflection papers, students are expected to gain confidence in writing, revising, and providing feedback to others’ writing.
Students are required to take a COMPASS placement assessment. Permission for registration is given if the COMPASS assessment ESL E-Write score is at least 7 of 12, or if students have previously mastered ESOL 115 or 120.

Customized Summer Programs

Customized Summer Programs

The Center for International Programs is able to coordinate group programs in intensive English/American culture for high school and college students, teachers, and university professionals. Programs typically take place during the summer months and can be customized to meet the needs of each individual group.

Siena's park-like campus and prime location in the heart of New York's Capital District make it the perfect place to deepen your knowledge of the English language and North American culture!

The Writing Center

A valuable resource

The Center for International Programs is proud to partner with the Writing Center. The Writing Center offers additional support by giving international students/ELLs a comfortable place to tackle the issues they face adapting to college in the United States. Students enroll in the ESOL mentoring program where they are paired with tutors who meet with them each week to go over class assignments and address personal or social questions. 

Students also have access to the services of a professional writing tutor, specifically trained to work with ELLs. For more information, check out the Writing Center's website: Siena College Writing Center

Contact

Learn more

For more information on any of the ESOL services offered at Siena, please contact Dr. Melody Nadeau, Assistant Director and ESOL Specialist in the Center for International Programs.