Hackettstown, N.J., Aug. 3, 2018—Centenary University will conduct a 14-week Community English as a Second Language (ESL) course beginning Sept. 6. Classes, which are open to members of the local community, will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the University’s Hackettstown campus.
The course is designed to help immigrants and other non-native English speakers develop proficiency in English. Open to adults, ages 18 and over, it runs through Dec. 6 and will be taught by Lauren Lesce, ESL coordinator in the Centenary University Office of International Programs. Lesce holds a master’s degree in linguistic studies from Syracuse University.
Since its inception in 2015, Centenary’s community ESL program has assisted approximately 150 students from 34 countries who have a limited ability in speaking, reading, writing or understanding English. It is part of Centenary University’s commitment to enhance engagement between the University and members of the local community.
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.