English as a Second Language (ESLA) | Riverland Community College Accredited 2-Year Minnesota School Offering Programs to Southern, MN - Riverland

English as a Second Language (ESLA)

Find out why learning English as a second language has many  benefits. 

Riverland's English for Academic Purposes courses are designed for international and immigrant students who want to improve their English skills for college and career success. Classes prepare students for success in the Minnesota transfer curriculum and college technical programs, and develop advanced English skills useful in professional settings.

You can look forward to a friendly, welcoming classroom atmosphere, and experienced instructors committed to your goals, growth and success. Students enjoy a cohort atmosphere with small classes, group activities, and learning outside the classroom through field trips.

You will develop Academic English skills in writing, grammar, reading, vocabulary, listening, and speaking. In addition, you will apply and develop critical thinking skills and learn to navigate U.S. college systems.  Students at the advanced level begin taking college classes with language support. 


   Program Highlights
  • Small classes, ranging from 15 – 22 students
  • Free cultural and educational field trips
  • Advising for individual goal tracking each semester
  • Professional, experienced faculty with Masters or Doctorate degrees
  • Digital computer language lab
  • Free tutoring for all ESLA students
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment options
  • Maximum of 16 credits count toward an Associate of Arts (A.A) degree.
  • Co-enrollment opportunities in select college classes



Minimum Program Entry Requirements

  • ESL Accuplacer Reading score of 73
  • TOEFL iBT score of 32
  • IELTS Academic Module score of Band 3.5
  • IELTS General Training Module score of Band 4.5
  • ELKEN score of 3


International Student: Evelyn de Araujo Monteiro
Country: Brazil
Major: Business Marketing

EvelynI can positively say ESLA Program has made me a better person. This program helped me develop a positive attitude towards English language and discover more about myself. My instructor of ESLA Program and advisors were very caring and interested in my well-being. The ESLA classes were always motivational and I realized in the environment how much the students were excited to be there. I have gained confidence in myself and today I am member of some organizations at the College such as, Ambassador and Agriculture Club. I have always felt that I was so lucky to be a student at Riverland Community College.

Prutha Patel

Prutha PatelI am doing my Associate in Arts degree right now at Riverland Community College and I am planning to move to Winona State University to finish my Bachelor’s degree. I came to United States three years ago and I registered for ESLA classes. That was the best decision I have ever made in my life! The instructor Jen was so nice and caring. She taught us in a very smooth way. Because of ESLA classes I am getting an A in my Composition II class. I really enjoy how we did group work and learn new things. I loved to connect with people from different countries and get to know the specialty from their native country. One situation that I clearly remember was when I made silly mistakes on my paper and instead of my instructor cut the points, she went through it with me and taught me the ways I could improve my writing. Now I am involved in some Riverland Organizations such as Student Senate, Trio-SSS, and PTK. I am really enjoying being in those programs helping students to succeed in College.

Gwladys Testimonial

GwladysMy major is Medical Assistant. This semester I am taking Composition I, Math and other online classes. The ESLA program helped me become what I am today. I feel confident and comfortable to talk in English with other people. I really liked coming to ESLA classes because I enjoyed reading English texts, learning new vocabulary, and how to use it. My advisor is the best! He help me a lot and wants me to be well prepared and succeeded. I am involved in TRIO – SSS at Riverland Community College.


Faculty Highlight

Jen Ouellette-SchrammJen Ouellette-Schramm
English as a Second Language, Psychology Instructor

I love supporting students to learn and grow as they pursue their dreams. To do this, I draw on a 15-year background in ESL, teacher mentoring, and adult development. My ESLA courses are challenging but rewarding, with a strong focus on academic English, critical thinking and student growth. My ESLA students (and I!) enjoy learning from the diverse cultures and perspectives in our learning communities.


    Quick Facts
  • Non Degree
  • 30 Credits | Flexible course plan based upon placement results.
  • Location: Austin
  • Offering: Fall, Spring

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