English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) Institute

English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) Institute

English as a Second Language

ESOL Institute Contacts

ESOL Supervisor
  Kailyn Stewart, M.S., CCC-SLP | kstewart@bloomu.edu

ESOL Institute Acting Director
  Kimberly Cardimona, Ph.D. | kcardimo@bloomu.edu
  Coordinator: ESOL Program Specialist Certification

ESOL Institute Secretary
  GayAnne Spezialetti | gspezial@bloomu.edu

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
English as a Second Language Program
400 E. Second St.
Room 227 Centennial Hall
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301
Telephone: 570-389-4460
Fax: 570-389-2035

International students and members of the community often discover they have not mastered the English language with proficiency to pass the TOEFL or IELTS and gain admission to a University in the United States.

Other international students may attain an excellent TOEFL/IELTS score but are not prepared for the differences in the United States classroom expectations and culture.

International students many times have difficulty understanding the semantic meaning of conversations/discussions and verbally being understood because of pronunciation and appropriate grammar.

The ESOL Institute at Bloomsburg University is designed to address these issues and prepare international students for their studies in United States Universities.

In addition, the ESOL Institute provides cultural support by helping students adjust to university life and participate in both campus and community functions. Overall, the ESOL Institute provides students with a running start of familiarity and confidence necessary to become an integral part of the campus community.

ESOL Institute Goals

Bloomsburg University English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) Institute aims to provide high-quality intensive English programs both for international students and any non-native English speakers from the community who wish to improve their English language skills.

Our goal is to help prepare individuals to enroll in academic or vocational programs at the college level, participate in American society, or enter/advance in the workplace setting. The ESOL Institute also strives to deepen awareness and knowledge of all cultures and dialects.

  • Provide an introduction to the style, academic expectations and culture of the classes
  • Produce intensive work to refine note-taking, reading, and academic writing skills
  • Develop pronunciation skills
  • Develop semantic understanding of discussions
  • Provide a chance to observe and participate in university classes without taking for credit
  • Develop an understanding of the culture and social behavior