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The Office of Graduate Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Office of Graduate Education

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Advising & Learning Assistance Center (ALAC) offers English as a Second Language (ESL) services to Rensselaer's academic community, offering classes with a primary focus on presentations, group discussions, listening and note-taking, and writing skills needed for an American classroom, as well as living in the United States.

Proficiency Screening: New or returning international graduate students who will be Teaching Assistants at Rensselaer for the first time must take the SPEAK Test of oral proficiency to assess oral communication skills. The test takes approximately 20 minutes and is given during TA Training. Students arriving late should contact the ESL coordinator to arrange a time to take this test.

English Classes: Free, non-credit English as a Second Language classes are available to students who need or want to improve their English in order to function successfully as students or Teaching Assistants. Placement in these classes is based on an interview with Jeannie Steigler, the Coordinator of ESL Programs. As space in these classes is limited, priority will be given to Teaching Assistants and first-year students. Returning students, visiting scholars, post doctorates, and spouses will be placed in classes if there is space left after new students have been placed.

For more information, contact ALAC staff by calling (518) 276-6269, visit their office in the Russell Sage Laboratory and check The Advising & Learning Assistance Center website.