English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) Institute

English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) Institute


English as a Second Language

ESOL Institute Contacts

ESL Supervisor
  Kailyn Stewart, M.S., CCC-SLP | kstewart@bloomu.edu

ESOL Institute Acting Director
  Kimberly Cardimona, Ph.D. | kcardimo@bloomu.edu
  Coordinator: ESL Program Specialist Certification

ESOL Institute Secretary
  GayAnne Spezialetti | gspezial@bloomu.edu

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
English as a Second Language Program
400 E. Second St.
Room 227 Centennial Hall
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301
Telephone: 570-389-4460
Fax: 570-389-2035

International students and members of the community often discover they have not mastered the English language with proficiency to pass the TOEFL or IELTS and gain admission to a University in the United States.

Other international students may attain an excellent TOEFL/IELTS score but are not prepared for the differences in the United States classroom expectations and culture.

International students many times have difficulty understanding the semantic meaning of conversations/discussions and verbally being understood because of pronunciation and appropriate grammar.

The ESL program at Bloomsburg University is designed to address these issues and prepare international students for their studies in United States Universities.

In addition, the ESL Program provides cultural support by helping students adjust to university life and participate in both campus and community functions. Overall, the ESL Program provides students with a running start of familiarity and confidence necessary to become an integral part of the campus community.

ESOL Curriculum

The curriculum is designed for non-native speakers and international students who need English skills to participate in American society, to enroll in vocational or academic programs at the college level, or to enter or advance in the workplace. Students will attain and refine language and study skills as well as deepen their knowledge of U.S. culture through a series of specially designed courses in sentence structure, reading, writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation, and conversation. Students have access to computer, video, and lab equipment through the Independent Learning Center. Individual and group tutoring can be arranged.

ESOL Institute Goals

  • Provide an introduction to the style, academic expectations and culture of the classes
  • Produce intensive work to refine note-taking, reading, and academic writing skills
  • Develop pronunciation skills
  • Develop semantic understanding of discussions
  • Provide a chance to observe and participate in university classes without taking for credit
  • Develop an understanding of the culture and social behavior