At Centenary, we deliver accredited degree programs and comprehensive learning experiences to prepare students for regional and global professions of critical thinking and purposeful action within a supportive environment immersed in a culture of service.

International students, exchange students and a diverse student body add to the experience at Centenary! We strive to ensure belongingness and inclusion at Centenary University.

English Language Learners (ELLS) are students with a native language other than English. The instruction and assessment of students, their cultural background, and the attitudes of professors towards ELLs have all been found to be factors in the achievement of these students. We understand the importance of integrating their home cultures into the classroom, involving them in language-appropriate content-area instruction early on, and integrating literature into their learning programs.

Here at Centenary University, we can provide language support.

If students are struggling with course content due to a language barrier, assistance can be provided to help support and build background knowledge of the content, while keeping in mind cultural differences. We also use visuals and audio to assist in breaking down the material into more comprehensive sessions.

We work with individual students to help them build their strengths and work on their weaknesses at their learning stages and proficiency levels of the English language.

We offer tutoring to:

  • Help students become independent learners.
  • Provide them with skills they need to succeed in their courses.
  • Help with homework.
  • Provide guidance with a project or on a specific assignment.

Tutoring is offered in-person and/or virtually.

Academic Coaching:

  • Helps teach students to organize, prioritize, and stay on top of their schoolwork.
  • Helps students come up with plans for their coursework and how to manage their work throughout the semester.
  • Helps with improving skills and performance.
  • Learn to study smarter by developing skills in time management, goal setting, and test preparation.
  • Helps advocate for the student and act as a liaison, if needed.

Community ESL Classes

Centenary University offers ESL classes to the community that targets English language development. Classes are available to adults in the community – free of charge. This is not a credit-bearing course.

The classes offer:

  • English instruction for native speakers
  • Information on community resources

This Spring/Summer, ESL classes will be held every Tuesday from June 7 – July 12, 2022 from 5:30-7:00pm at Centenary University.

For more information and to register, please contact ESL Coordinator, Diana Alzate, at or 908-852-1400 ext. 2376.


Trinity House

Trinity House is a resource center for the Hispanic community and provides information including but not limited to: Organizations related to housing, apartments, food pantries, other organizations related to food immigration, postal and location clerks, related to passports, financial and legal assistance, organizations related to health care, vision and dental care, employment, childcare and parenting, social service organizations, transportation, government-related, utilities, and more…

212 East Moore Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Mondays and Thursdays 5-8pm and Sundays 2-5pm

New Jersey Asian American Association for Human Services 

Provides Human Services to Asian Americans in New Jersey. Programs & Services: Advocacy, Community Organizing, Counseling, Domestic Violence, Drug/Substance Use, Health Screening Services, Mental Health, Referral Services.

102-104 Greylock Avenue
Belleville, NJ   07109
Tel: 973-450-4443
Fax: 973-450-8434

International Institute of New Jersey (IINJ)

The IINJ is committed to the goal of helping people in transition from one society to another, especially those who have endured the ravages of war, persecution, and economic hardship. Programs & Services: Advocacy, Anti-Bias, Anti-Trafficking, Benefits/Entitlement Assistance, Case Management, Community Organizing, Conflict Resolution/Mediation, Counseling, Employment Assistance, English as a Second Language, Immigration/Citizenship Services, Mental Health, Referral Service, Refugee/Asylee Resettlement, Translation Services, Tutoring, Volunteer Opportunities, Cultural Adjustment, Cross Cultural Consulting.

1 Journal Square Plaza, 4th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Tel: 201-653-3888
Fax: 201-963-0252

The Boaz Community Corporation, Inc.

Boaz Community Corporation, Inc., provides high quality immigration legal counseling and education to those in need. Programs & Services: Family Law Advocacy, Anti-trafficking, Civil Rights, Community Outreach, Domestic Violence, Immigration/Citizenship Services, Legal Assistance, Voter Education and Registration.

5 Paterson St., Christ Church – 1st Floor
New Brunswick, NJ   08901
Tel: 732-220-1535

New Jersey Community Development Corp.

United Community Development Corporation of New Jersey, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization founded to advocate for equal opportunities for disadvantaged, low-income minority, and immigrant communities throughout the state of New Jersey. Programs & Services: Advocacy, Cancer, Civil Rights, Community Organizing, Economic Empowerment, Government Assistance, Immigration/Citizenship Services.

32 Spruce St.
Paterson, NJ   07501
Tel: 973-413-1600
Fax: 973-413-1640

New Americans Program

The New Americans Program mission is to provide resources, guidance, and educational opportunities that will enable New Americans to become economically self-sufficient members of, and to make positive contributions to, our communities. Programs & Services: Advocacy, Case Management, Referral Service, Directory of Social Service Agencies.

32 Ford Avenue
Milltown, NJ   08850
Tel: 732-247-3727
Fax: 732-247-9855

New Jersey Immigration Policy Network 

NJIPN is dedicated to a fair and humane immigration policy that ensures respect, dignity and justice for all newcomers to the United States – a policy that uplifts the life of the community as a whole. Programs & Services: Advocacy, Anti-Bias, Civic Engagement, Civil Rights, Community Organizing, Health Education, Legal Assistance, Low Wage, Public Health Promotion, Refugee/Asylum Resettlement, Volunteer Opportunities.

89 Market Street, 8th Floor
Newark, NJ   07102
Tel: 973-621-0031
Fax: 973-621-2297



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