ESL Frequently Asked Questions

I am a teacher and I am looking to take courses to become a certified in teaching English. Does the ESL Department at Camden County College offer any ESL certification courses?
No. The ESL Department at CCC does not offer any ESL Certification courses for teachers looking to become certified in teaching English as a second language. The ESL Department only offers courses to help  students learn English as a second language.


What tests determine a student's placement in the ESL program at Camden County College? 

The proficiency placement test used to place incoming ESL and international students is the AccuPlacer ESL test. Academic placement in ESL courses is based on your proficiency level as determined by the AccuPlacer ESL test.


Can a student study English part-time in the ESL program? 

Yes. However, most students take the full course load in the ESL program. The courses are very closely tied together, and if a student tried to take just one or two of them, he/she might not understand materials that were taught in the other classes on the same level.


When a student is finished with the ESL program, does he/she have to take more English courses? 

If a degree program is being considered, it will be necessary for the student to complete English Composition I and English Composition II. If the goal is simply to improve English, the student may take whatever English classes he/she wishes, provided that he/she satisfactorily completes the sequence of ESL courses. It is important to work closely with an ESL advisor to select the appropriate courses every semester!


After a student finishes courses at Camden County College and moves on to another college/university, will he/she have to take English classes with non-ESL students, or are there more ESL classes that he/she can take? 

Typically, by the time a student transfers to another college or university, he/she will already have satisfied their English language prerequisites. Additionally, he/she will have taken many content and/or concentration courses. Also, keep in mind that students are often tested again at their new school for English language proficiency.


Is there an attendance requirement? 

Yes. Attendance is mandatory in the ESL program at Camden County College. Each class has a specific attendance policy, and the student should contact the instructor if he/she is unclear about the attendance policy for that course.


How does a student find out what ESL courses are offered each semester?

There are several ways to find out which courses are offered each semester. One way is to consult the Camden County College "Credit Schedule of Classes" brochure that is published before each semester. Another way is to contact the advisors of ESL/International Student Services (856-227-7200, extension 4543). The Camden County College website can also be consulted.

ALL students are strongly urged to talk to one of the advisors of ESL/International Student Services in order to assist in the students' academic plans or with any other questions relating to the college experience.


How does a student know if he/she is ready to take the TOEFL test?

The ESL department of Camden County College offers a TOEFL preparation course. Students in Level V and above are eligible to take this course. Please contact the advisors of ESL/International Student Services (856-227-7200, extension 4543) before registering for the TOEFL Preparation course.


Where is the Office of ESL/International Student Services located?

The ESL/International Student Services office is located at the Blackwood Campus in the College Community Center, Room 107. Regular business hours during the semester are Monday through Friday, from 8:30am- 4:30pm.


What types of courses are offered every semester?

Every semester, the ESL program at Camden County College offers courses on five levels in these skills: grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking . It is important to work closely with an advisor to select the appropriate courses every semester!


How long does it take to finish the ESL program?

Generally speaking, the whole ESL program can be finished in five semesters. However, every student comes to the college with different academic credentials and different levels of English proficiency. Therefore, each student will finish the ESL program at different times. It is important to work closely with an advisor to select the appropriate courses every semester!


How far is Camden County College from Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and New York City?

Because Camden County College is divided into three campuses, the distances differ depending on your location.

From the Blackwood campus, Philadelphia is about 20 minutes away by car, Atlantic City is 45 minutes away by car, and New York City is about an hour and 45 minutes away, depending on traffic.

From the Camden campus, Philadelphia is about 5 minutes away by car, Atlantic City is an hour away by car, and New York City is about an hour and a half away, depending on traffic.

From the Cherry Hill campus, Philadelphia is about 20 minutes away by car, Atlantic City is an hour away by car, and New York City is about an hour and a half away, depending on traffic.


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