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.


   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


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.


Last Updated: April 9, 2019

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

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