What is an ESL Learning Community?
ESL Learning Communities have been developed to provide an opportunity
for students of English as a second language to study major courses
while studying language. They are designed so that the language
learning in the ESL course supports the language needed for study
in a particular major course. These specially designed courses have
been highly effective in promoting students’ language learning
and their success in major courses such as Introduction to Computers,
Introduction to Accounting, Introduction to Business, Introduction
to Sociology and Exploring the Humanities.
Some important features of ESL Learning Communities are:
- Courses are specially designed for English language learners
- An ESL course is linked with one or two courses in a major concentration
- An ESL course is linked with courses with shared themes and
- Students work collaboratively in class and faculty collaborate
on course materials
- ESL specialists and content-area faculty work together to maximize
your learning of language and content
- ESL pairs and clusters are a stimulating, fun way to learn through
- ESL Pairs and clusters make it possible to participate in credit-bearing
at LaGuardia are paired with college-level courses in:
and human services
Refer to the Schedule of
Classes for Current ESL Pairs
Take an Introductory Major Course While Learning English
Learning English is fun when it is combined with courses in specific
majors. You will have the opportunity to work together and complete
joint assignments that count in both courses. You will acquire skills
in a specific area while you complete your English language requirements.
You will earn credit for your work.
Receive Language Support to Increase Learning in the Content
Learn the concepts and vocabulary of a major area of study
while you receive instruction in English language necessary to express
Benefit from Language Support in the Content Course
Practice interpreting and writing essay questions for exams.
Work with Classmates and Form Study Groups
Study with your classmates both in and outside of class
and receive higher grades.
Benefit from the Collaboration of Your Professors
Professors work collaboratively and plan together for your