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 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