Vaccination Update

Due to City of Philadelphia mandates, all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated. To register for in-person or hybrid classes, students need to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Students who are not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption are able to register for fully online courses. Please see our College COVID-19 Updates for more information and visit our Virtual Student Resource Center for support.

English as Second Language (ESL) Institute

Classes in the ESL Institute offer adult, non-native speakers of English the opportunity to improve their basic English language skills in order to actively increase their participation in the larger society, continue their education into academic programs or to prepare for citizenship.


Adults at least 18 years of age are eligible for the program.

Before enrolling for classes, prospective students must take the ESL Institute Placement Test.

Program Details

The ESL Institute provides four levels of ESL instruction:

  • ESL Intro (Low Beginner)
  • ESL 1 (Beginner)
  • ESL 2 (Intermediate)
  • ESL 3 (High Intermediate)

These levels follow the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) competencies model, which integrates the four language acquisition skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.


ESL Institute Fall 2022 Information Sessions 

All students who are interested in enrolling in fall 2022 ESL Institute courses are encouraged to join us for an information session. We will discuss the ESL institute classes, testing and registration process. Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance in order to ensure you receive the Zoom link. 

ESL Institute Placement Testing for Fall 2022 

If you are a new student and interested in the ESL Institute, you must take the ESL Institute placement test before enrolling in a course. Placement testing for fall 2022 takes place in July. Taking the placement test does not guarantee you a seat in the program. Please sign up using the link below and make sure to sign up at least 24 hours in advance to receive the test information. Placement testing is administered online. The placement test dates are as follows:


There is an $80 fee for each course due at the time of registration.


DACE Office

Phone: 215-751-8531 or 8381