English as a Second Language

The goals of Delgado’s ESL program are to improve students’ English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills; to prepare students for study at an American college or university; and to introduce them to American culture with an emphasis on New Orleans.

The ESL program includes many options and resources for students, including:

  • Placement testing into basic, intermediate, or advanced levels
  • Classes in grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking
  • 21 hours of instruction per week for daytime classes
  • 12 hours of instruction per week for evening classes
  • Academic semesters
  • Flexible hours (day and evening classes)
  • Full-time and part-time study
  • Computer labs
  • Academic advising and immigration counseling
  • Advanced students may begin studies in their major while completing ESL courses
  • Specialty classes

ESL courses fall into four categories: grammar, reading, conversation, and composition.

Grammar Courses

ESLN 001: Basic Grammar I -6 credits

This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of English. Students will be introduced to the basic rules of grammar. Emphasis is on authentic communication activities which integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. 

ESLN 002: Basic Grammar II - 6 credits

This course is designed for students with a limited knowledge of English. Students will continue to be introduced to the basic rules of grammar. Emphasis is on oral and written production within the context of designated themes.                                  

ESLN 011: Intermediate Grammar I - 6 credits

This course is designed for students with a low intermediate knowledge of English. In addition to the basic rules of grammar, this course will introduce more complex grammatical structures applicable to speech, writing, and reading.  

ESLN 012: Intermediate Grammar II - 6 credits

It is designed for students with an intermediate knowledge of grammar. In addition to a review of all other structures previously taught, this course focuses on all the structures to be mastered at the advanced level in all the skill areas.

ESLN 021: Advanced Grammar I - 3 credits

This course is designed for students with a solid knowledge of English structures. This class focuses on refining and applying this knowledge. Complex sentence construction using noun clauses, adjective clauses, and adverb clauses is emphasized. 

Reading Courses

ESLN 003: Basic Reading I - 6 credits

This is a beginning level course for non-native students with little or no English language proficiency. Although the primary focus is on reading fluency, emphasis is also placed on increasing oral and written proficiency,                            

ESLN004: Basic Reading II - 6 credits

It is a high beginning level course for non-native speakers with a low basic level of English proficiency. Although the primary focus is on reading fluency, emphasis is also placed on the continued development of oral and written skills.

ESLN 013: Intermediate Reading I - 6 credits

It is a course for non-native students with a basic level in English. It is designed to expand the students’ ability to comprehend and use various types of texts for both personal and academic purposes.                                       

ESLN 014: Intermediate Reading II - 6 credits

It is a high intermediate level course for non-native speakers having a low intermediate mastery. It is designed to further expand the students’ ability to comprehend and then use a wide range of texts in personal and academic situations.

ESLR 023/ESLR 027: Advanced Reading and Composition I - 6 credits

This course will prepare students for integration into the college composition class through reading, discussions, and a variety of writing activities. This is a paired course which combines reading and writing. Although they are separate classes with separate grades, they must be taken together. The purpose of the pairing is to improve the students’ reading and writing skills by integrating both subjects, giving them a great deal of content to consider when writing and allowing them to immediately use the readings.

ESLR 028/ESLR 024: Advanced Reading and Composition II - 6 credits

This course is taken if students do not pass the program’s ‘exit exam’, which allows them to enroll in English 101. The course is structured the same way as ESLR 023/ESLR 027.

Conversation Courses

ESLN 005: Basic Conversation I - 3 credits

This course is designed to give students with little knowledge of English practice in speaking and listening. Emphasis is placed on building vocabulary and listening skills and on practicing the basic structures of English.

ESLN 006: Basic Conversation II - 3 credits

This course is designed to give the students with some knowledge of English more practice in listening and speaking. The focus will be on developing the students’ survival skills and their roles at Delgado and the immediate community. 

ESLN 015: Intermediate Conversation I - 3 credits

This course is designed for students at a low intermediate level of speaking and listening. Special emphasis is placed on improving survival skills and on building an understanding of US culture.

ESLN 016: Intermediate Conversation II - 3 credits

This course is designed for students at a high intermediate level of listening and speaking. Great emphasis is placed on academic skills and helping the students integrate in the US academic community. 

ESLN 025: Advanced Conversation I - 3 credits

This course is designed for the students with an advanced level of aural/oral proficiency. It emphasizes skills which will help them to succeed in content area classes and be more effective when communicating on the job and in the community.

Composition Courses

ESLN 007: Basic Composition I - 6 credits

This course provides students with basic writing concepts in preparation for academic programs. It will also provide students with basic writing skills for non-academic writing: survival, personal, and job related.                                 

ESLN 008: Basic Composition II - 6 credits

This course is designed for students with limited writing skills. The focus will be on the writing process, integrated with listening, speaking and reading skills.

ESLN 017: Intermediate Composition I - 6 credits

This course is designed for students with a mastery of basic composition skills. Emphasis is placed on increasing the student’s ability to write with greater organizational and grammatical complexity.

ESLN 018: Intermediate Composition II - 6 credits

This is a composition course for students who have demonstrated proficiency at the low intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on increasing the students’ abilities to express themselves in a more focused way, with greater organizational, informational, and grammatical complexity.                                     

ESLR 027/ESLR 023: Advanced Composition and Reading I - 6 credits

This course will prepare students for integration in to the college composition class through reading, discussions, and a variety of writing activities. This is a paired course which combines reading and writing. Although they are separate classes with separate grades, they must be taken together. The purpose of the pairing is to improve the students’ reading and writing skills by integrating both subjects, giving them a great deal of content to consider when writing, and allowing them to immediately use the readings.

ESLR 024/ESLR 028: Advanced Composition and Reading II - 6 credits

This course is taken if students do not pass the program’s ‘exit exam’, which allows them to enroll in English 101. The course is structured the same way as ESLR 027/ESLR 023.


An international student advisor is available in Delgado’s Admissions and Enrollment Services office at (504) 671-5090 or (504) 671-6341.