The ESL Program at CSN is accredited by the Commission on English Program Accreditation (CEA) which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Glasses PlaceholderThe Department of World Languages offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) to support students pursuing academic goals particularly at institutions within the Nevada System of Higher Education. The department offers both an intensive English program as well as a part-time program in order to accommodate the differing needs of both traditional and working students.

ESL Placement Information

ESL placement testing is required for all CSN English learners entering the ESL program for the first time. The purpose of placement testing is to assess English usage, reading, and writing skills. The results of testing determine placement in the ESL program.

Testing Locations & Hours

Charleston Campus
Language Lab, Building C-169
Monday - Friday - 9 a.m., Noon, and 3 p.m.
(702) 651-5736

North Las Vegas Campus
Language Lab, Room 2649
Monday - Friday - 9 a.m., Noon, and 3 p.m.
(702) 651-4475

Before Testing

  1. Apply for admission to CSN (Admission Application)
  2. Receive your 10-digit NSHE student number
  3. Take the ESL Practice Test

Integrated Skills Levels 1-4                      Online Practice       PDF Practice
Reading Comprehension Levels 1-4         Online Practice       PDF Practice

Test Day

  1. Arrive at the testing location
  2. Check-in at the Language Lab service desk
  3. Provide NSHE student number and valid identification to Lab Assistant
  4. Complete the International Language Department Placement Test Form
  5. Take your placement tests

​After Testing

  1. Login to MyCSN
  2. View Test Scores (allow up to 48 hours for test scores to appear in MyCSN)
  3. Enroll in available courses

ESL Course Sequence

ESL to English Course Sequence diagram.

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ESL Course Description

The ESL Program embraces both a class and lab approach leading to a basic mastery of spoken and written English. The program structure is based on three levels of proficiency: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The student will be placed into the appropriate level of study through a diagnostic test.

ESL 70 Integrated Skills I The goal of this course is students’ acquisition and control of the sound structures and sentence patterns of basic introductory English. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test. (3 credits)

ESL 72 Integrated Skills II The goal of this course is students’ acquisition and control of the sound structures and sentence patterns of beginning – low level English. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 70 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 76 Integrated Skills III The goal of this course is students’ acquisition and control of the basic sound structures and sentence patterns of beginning – mid Level English. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 72 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 78 Integrated Skills IV The goal of this course is students’ acquisition and control of the basic sound structures and sentence patterns of beginning – high level English. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 76 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 80 Listening and Pronunciation The goal of this course is for students to improve sound production and listening comprehension specifically in vowel/consonant system, reduced forms, stress and intonation. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 76 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 82 Reading I The goal of this course is for students to develop intermediate – low level reading skills through analysis of assigned texts. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 78 with a grade of “C-“ or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 84 Grammar I The goal of this course is students’ acquisition and control of the basic sound structures and sentence patterns of intermediate – low Level English. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 78 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 86 Beginning Conversation The goal of this course is for ESL students to gain confidence in speaking, increase vocabulary, start conversations, and improve fluency and accuracy. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 78 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 88 Reading II The goal of this course is for students to develop intermediate – mid level reading skills through analysis of assigned texts. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 82 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 90 Grammar II The goal of this course is students’ acquisition and control of the basic sound structures and sentence patterns of intermediate – high Level English. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 84 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 92 Intermediate Conversation The goal of this course is for ESL students to form/support/argue opinions in conversations and increase fluency and accuracy. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 84 or ESL 86 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 127 Listening and Note-taking The goal of this course is to improve students’ listening comprehension, speaking, and note- taking skills in preparation of lecture-based courses. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 90 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 129 Writing I This goal of this course is for ESL students to write short simple, compound, and complex sentences without global errors and to form clear, short paragraphs. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 90 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 132 Reading III The goal of this course is for students to develop intermediate – high level reading skills through analysis of assigned texts. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 88 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 133 Speech This goal of this course is for ESL students to speak effectively and give formal speeches in front of a large group. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 129 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 135 Reading IV The goal of this course is for students to develop advanced – low level reading skills through analysis of assigned texts. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 132 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 138 Writing II The goal of this course is for ESL student to write complex paragraphs. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 129 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 139 Writing III The goal of this course is for ESL students to write 5-paragraph essays. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 135 and 138 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

ESL 140 Advanced English Editing The goal of this course is for advanced ESL speakers to edit their own grammar mistakes in writing. Prerequisite: ESL Placement Test or ESL 139 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or instructor permission. (3 credits)

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ESL Information & Registration

Learn how to get started with the English as a Second Language curriculum (for domestic CSN ESL students only). Find out more information about ESL placement, offered courses, the proper class sequence, and how to enroll in courses. Students will also have a chance to meet with representatives from recruiting, advising, and career services. For more information and to register, contact Teresa Parsons at (702) 651-5736. 

Note: International students with questions about ESL classes, please contact the International Student Center at (702) 651-5820.

ESL Program Contact Information

Stephen Peridore - ESL Lead Faculty (702) 651-7674
Denise Martinez - Administrative Assistant (702) 651-5981
Yesica Cruz - Administrative Assistant (702) 651-5981