The English As a Second Language Program (ESL)


The English As a Second Language Program (ESL)

ESL provides intensive English language training to all non-native students who are not ready to begin philosophical or theological studies. ESL focuses on developing both everyday communication skills and academic language skills in preparation for priestly ministry. All ESL students participate in the formation program of the seminary. ESL is designed in conformity with the Four Pillars of Priestly Formation: Human, Intellectual, Pastoral, and Spiritual.

Instruction accommodates full-time and part-time students. Full-time students receive more than 20 hours a week of instruction in reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking through a variety of modules designed to stimulate and diversify language acquisition. Part-time students, who have entered the academic program, receive one-on-one instruction tailored to their individual needs.