ESL at Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

The ESL population at Baruch College is a large and varied one. In the 2007-8 academic year, Baruch students spoke 107 languages, representing 156 countries.  Many of these students speak English as a second, third, or even fourth language, and ESL students will continue to be a valuable and significant portion of Baruch’s student population. 

The ESL program has developed an integrated skills
approach that combines Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening components for each of the four levels addressed. Furthermore, the program provides language immersion via acceleration. New (and some continuing) students register for one 9-hour course, 0132, which stresses intensive instruction in academic reading and writing.

Our instructional staff is highly skilled and well trained, with doctorates or Master's degrees in TESL, Linguistics, or English. We have two well equipped ESL Writing labs. The labs have extensive word processing facilities and a wide variety of grammar based and content linked grammar software available for in-class and free-hour lab use.

Baruch College also offers support services in spoken ESL, including free one-on-one tutorials with trained speech professionals and a well-equipped speech ESL lab. Please see Spoken ESL Resources for more information.

For further information, matriculated students should contact Prof. Ellen Block, ESL Director, at 646.312.3993 (; or Prof. Frank Cioffi, Writing Director, at 1.646.312.3991(, or for Spoken ESL Resources, Prof. Elisabeth Gareis ( ).

Others interested in ESL classes should contact the Continuing and Professional Studies Department at 1.646.312.5000 or at


ESL Software

Here is a list of some of the grammar-based and content-linked grammar programs available in the English department's ESL Writing Labs (you can read guides detailing some of these):

Making Your Own Graph
Agreement of Subject and Verb
Part of Speech
Sentence Combining
Relative Clauses
Question Formation
Infinitives or ING forms
Verb Tenses
Editing Practice
Vocabulary Roots

The programs are highly interactive and are used by teachers with students in computer labs or as assignments outside of classes.

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