English as a Second Language


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Academic Building, HC 120
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

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Interim Director

Carrie Wojenski, Ed.D.
Student Success Center - Office 208 
Tel: 203-396-8022
Fax: 203-371-7731

ESL Coordinator

Hala Alkasm, BA
Academic Building, HC 118
Tel: 203-365-7528
Fax: 203-371-7731

Cost | Calendar | Available Programs 

Office Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10AM - 4PM
  • Friday: 9AM - 1PM
  • Open Saturday prior to start of term. 

‎Our Programs

Apply Now Button‌Intensive English Language (20 hours per week)
‎‎This program is a full time program of 20 hours a week – 4 individual classes covering listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation and public speaking. This program will prepare students for academic and professional success with English Acquisition. There are 6 levels in this program. This program is offered at the Fairfield campus/ 

Part-Time English Language Program – Continuing Education 
As a part time student, you may register to attend individual classes during the day or the evening at the Fairfield Campus. Taking classes part time allows students the flexibility to advance their English language skills while continuing with their professional careers. 

Night Courses
We offer a variety of night time courses in TOEFL Prep, Business Writing and more at the Fairfield campus. 

Summer Programs
Explore. See. Learn - ESL for Summer - Summer courses are designed for specific purposes. The English Language Institute can design summer programs for short term visits for 2 week or 3 day sessions. 

Online Program
Sacred Heart offers a new online ESL program. This program allows students to learn ESL entirely online.

About the English Language Institute

EnglishUSA‌The English Language Institute offers high quality English Language instruction to non-native speakers of English. The Institute is an integral part of Sacred Heart University, where our students can participate in campus activities and events as well as meeting other students.

The ESL instructors for all programs have earned their Masters Degree and have many years of quality experience in the field of Adult ESL instruction for academic purposes.

‌These programs are designed for students who are 17 and older. All new students are required to take a placement test. We offer five 8-week semesters Fall 1 (September and October), Fall 2 (November and December), Spring 1 (January and February)  Spring 2 (March and April) and Summer (May and June). View our academic calendar. International students can apply for their student visa when enrolled in the intensive full time program.

Strict attendance policy is enforced. Students are expected to submit homework assignments, attend language lab and participate fully in class. Classes are small in size (10 to 15 students) in order to ensure a successful educative experience for all students. Individual tutoring and conversation partners are available to all full time students.

Students will receive a conditional acceptance to our undergraduate and graduate programs while attending the English Language Institute.

Our Mission
The mission of the Sacred Heart English Language Institute is to provide excellent instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) and orientation in US culture to all students who are non-native speakers of English, to help them achieve their personal, academic and professional goals, while recognizing and addressing the students’ individualized educational need and cultural backgrounds.

Totals based off of Fall 2015 Enrollment Data