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Program Overview

ESL Bridge Program

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Bridge Program at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is designed for students to achieve the English language skills required to begin college level work in one of our 50+ associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs.


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The ESL Bridge Program is a 30-week program divided into three terms of 10 weeks each. The program is designed to assist international students in achieving proficiency in English so that they can begin their college coursework. ESL students will improve their ability to understand, read, speak, and write English in order to communicate accurately and participate successfully in their college courses. The program is split into three levels of English: (i) high-intermediate, (ii) advanced, and (iii) proficient. Students are placed in a level based on their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or PTE (Pearson Tests of English) score.  Each session is paired with one liberal arts course. Testing will take place at the end of each 10-week session and, if you attain a level of proficiency that allows you to enter your field of technical studies, you may enter your chosen field of study at the start of the next term.

In addition to English, students will learn study skills to make them more proficient in managing their time and handling coursework and will work with computers to gain digital literacy at the college level. Classes will also incorporate cultural competency lessons to familiarize students with American culture.


Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The mission of the English as a Second Language Bridge Program is to prepare international students to enter their technical field of study by helping them to achieve proficiency in the English language. This program will enable students to communicate accurately and participate successfully at the college level. The ESL curriculum focuses on English speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar, as well as on American culture and college study skills. The program utilizes a combined approach of hands-on learning, project-based learning, and online resources to give students the tools they need to ease their integration into the college environment. In addition, students are simultaneously enrolled in a liberal arts course to transition them into technical college courses.

Program Goals

The program will:

  1.  Provide instruction in English speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar.
  2.  Offer one liberal arts course in mathematics, English, or science in each of the 10-week sessions to prepare students to enter their chosen field of technical study.
  3. Teach students study skills to make them better at managing their time and handling the coursework.
  4. Offer students opportunities to work with computers to gain digital literacy at the college level.
  5. Incorporate cultural competency lessons to familiarize students with American culture. 

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension of the English language sufficient to do college-level work.
  2. Function effectively in handling American cultural norms and standards.
  3. Use study skills to take notes, manage time, organize materials, and function independently as a college student.
  4. Use technology to complete college course work and navigate online resources for advanced learning.

ESL Bridge Program

  • ESL 110 ESL I
  • ESL 120 ESL II
  • ESL 130 ESL III