The ESL workshops, offered at Rhode Island College every fall and spring, are designed for students who want to develop their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills for academic, professional, and/or personal use. The classes take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. Teachers in the program draw on a communicative and student-centered approach to meet these needs. Structured conversations, web searches, simulations, oral presentations, games and role-plays are some of the activities in which students are expected to be actively involved.

Textbooks of the same series are used at all levels of instruction in order to provide a maximum core vocabulary and familiar structure on which students will be able to build their oral and writing language skills  (Approximate cost for textbooks for each workshop is $90.00.).  Each workshop is a semester (15 weeks) in duration and students will participate in a little under eight (8) hours of classes each week. Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Who can attend ESL classes at RIC?

Anyone who completed at least high school is eligible. This is an academic program preparing students for college level courses and requires academic, strategic,  in the native language.

How do I know what level I should be in?

Placement at the appropriate level is determined by different diagnostic tests given to all entering students. These language tests are free of charge and are divided into three online tests (ESL listening, ESL reading, and ESL grammar) and two face to face tests (writen and oral). The on-line tests can be taken at any time and the face to face tests are administered before the beginning of classes (July and late August for fall and December and middle of January for spring).

How do I take a test?

ESL diagnostic tests are now available online.

How do I register for classes?

Once you finish the three tests, you will receive the score for the tests. E-mail Dr. Ramírez by responding to this e-mail ( He will verify your score and will register you for the appropriate class.

How much does it cost?

The cost for each workshop is $500. The cost for the books is approximately $90. If you take the classes for credit, normal tuition rates and fees apply.

What classes do you offer?

The program consists of three levels. See description at left.

ESL Workshops

I am a returning ESL student. Do I need to take the test again?

It depends. If you attended the ESL class more than 4 semesters ago and you did not take the on-line tests, yes, you DO need to take the tests again.
If you attended the class less than 4 semesters ago and you passed the class you were attending, you DO NOT need to take the classes.

Do I need to be a U.S Citizen or Resident to attend the ESL classes?

No. The program does not require a visa to enter the ESL classes. Prospective students are advised to follow and abide by immigration procedures and regulations.

Page last updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012