SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The University of St. Martin’s (USM) English as a Second Language (ESL) program is slated to start classes on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Interested students, who wish to learn to speak English are encouraged to register at USM or online, so that they can take the level test, which is to ensure they’re properly placed in the correct ESL level.
ESL Basic and Level 1 courses are 72-hour programs. Each class is held 3x a week for 2 hours over a period of 12 weeks. The program encourages students, through an immersion process, to learn the language through different methods, such as using a translator app on their cell phones, to be understood.
Previous students expressed their happiness at being able to better understand and speak the English Language, while others noted the importance of continuing to achieve fluency and proficiency.
The ESL program has 5 levels (Basic, 1, 2, 3, 4).
Students receive instruction in:
- Listening Comprehension
- Oral activities
- Grammar and vocabulary
Upon successful completion of a level, students have the option to continue to higher levels.
ESL Basic and Level 1 classes are set to start as of Monday, September 13, 2021, at 5:30pm. However, level testing will start as of September 6 and continue to take place until Thursday, September 9, at 4:00pm.