ESL Programs


ESL Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Get ready for a college degree in the U.S. by taking our ESL courses. The Dowling College Manhattan ESL Program is divided into two distinct disciplines: Expression (Writing/Speaking) and Comprehension (Reading/Listening). Grammar and conversation skills are part of each discipline. There are three levels of classes within each discipline; Level 1 (Beginner) and Level 2 (Intermediate) are followed by a third level designed for High Intermediate-Advanced students. Levels 1 and 2 each meet for 18 hours per week for an entire semester. The 18 hours are taught as 4 individual classes. Courses can also be taken in parallel with our for-credit programs, if required.


ESL Level 1, 2 or 3

You will be enrolled in the appropriate level based on an assessment test at the beginning of the semester. For a full description of the courses on each level, click here.(link to

ESL Level 1, 2 or 3 courses cost $4,800 for a 14-week program. All material is included in the price.

Public Speaking for ESL Students in the MBA Program (ESL 0011)

This course is an advanced oral communication course for ESL students. The principles and techniques taught here are similar to those practiced in a traditional public-speaking class but they are designed to be more appropriate and relevant to non-native speakers of English. The main objective is to develop and improve the student’s communication skills while also sharpening each student’s ability to critically observe and evaluate the attempts of others to communicate. Since the primary focus will be on public speaking, this course is designed to allow each student ample opportunity to inform and persuade others.

(3 hours per week)

The course costs $480

Advanced Composition for ESL Students in the MBA Program (ESL 0012)

This advanced course will focus on writing research papers. Students will be guided through the research process and given clear guidelines and practice exercises in developing research skills. The course will also include instruction on electronic resources and citation as well as the use of MLA or APA documentation. Research topics will include both argumentative and informative papers.

(3 hours per week)

The course costs $480

ESL Labs

In addition to classroom instruction, the Dowling ESL Program offers tutoring labs that address the four strands of language acquisition (reading, writing, grammar, and listening/speaking) to support each student’s language learning process. These labs are offered at various times during the week to accommodate the students at each level, and materials are prepared specifically to complement the lessons addressed in the ESL classes.

Each ESL class is assigned a specific day/time to attend an ESL language lab and attendance is required of each student. Classroom instructors provide lab supervisors with specific work/lessons to be taught in the lab, or else material will be generated by the lab supervisors to align with the appropriate level of the students. Open lab hours are also available for those students seeking individual attention.

Exit Exam

An Exit Exam is used for Level 3 students to determine their ability to exit the ESL Program. This is a TOEFL-style test prepared by the ESL department. Students in good standing who have completed Level 2 may also elect to take this exam when it is offered and, if they pass, they will be waived out of any further ESL requirements. If they do not pass, they will continue on to Level 3 classes. If Level 3 students should fail, they must repeat the level and retake the Exit Exam at the end of the next semester. A test preparation lab is offered to familiarize students with the test format.

Admission Criteria

You must be at least 18 years of age, but other than that there are no specific admission criteria to enroll in an ESL program. In order to enroll you must show proof of compulsory immunization and financial guarantee of at least $14,000.

Application and enrollment process

Dowling College Manhattan has adopted a fast and easy two-step application process. After you have submitted your online application we will make an initial assessment and, based on the information you have provided, give you a conditional offer.

If you accept our offer, you must pay the application fee of $50 and submit supporting documents.

Once you have been admitted, we will start the process of making sure you get all the information you need to enroll and settle in.

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