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Are classes going to be held on campus?

No.  All classes will be held either Fully Online,  Hybrid, or Remote Live.

Offering courses in three formats to fit your needs

Remote Live:

  • Classes meet on specific days at specific times (synchronous)
  • Most course lectures are live-streamed
  • Primarily interact with classmates by taking part in virtual class discussions
  • May require a Windows 10 PC or a Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (Check specific class section and/or faculty for details)*
  • May require a webcam with microphone and speakers for virtual lecture participation
  • Best if you prefer a fixed schedule

Fully Online:

  • Log in when it’s convenient for you (asynchronous)
  • Most course lectures are pre-recorded
  • Primarily interact with classmates by posting in online discussion forums
  • Requires a Windows 10 PC or a Mac OS X 10.7 or higher*
  • Best if you prefer a flexible schedule


  • A mixture of live meetings and online learning. Live meetings may be in-person or remote live, depending on what the state will allow
  • The mandatory live meetings will take place on a consistent schedule
  • May require a Windows 10 PC or a Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (Check specific class section and/or faculty for details)*
  • May require a webcam with microphone and speakers for virtual lecture participation

* Loaner laptops are available for students who need them. Please apply to request one.

What is on the placement test?

The placement test includes multiple choice questions on listening comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar and a written portion comprised of short-answer essay questions.

How am I placed in an ESL level?

After your placement test, you will need to make an appointment for an oral interview. At the interview, your test results will be reviewed and you will be placed into the appropriate classes for your level. (The placement test is free, but you will need to pay $25 to apply to Brookdale.)

Please visit the ESL Placement Test link for full instructions.

What if I don't have enough English to start the academic ESL program?

You will be directed to Brookdale’s free, non-academic ESL program (732-224-2180).

Is this program for students interested in teaching ESL?

No. Our program teaches English to second language learners. It is not for those who want to teach ESL.

How much is tuition?

For information on tuition, go to Tuition and Fees.

Can I get financial aid?

ESL students can receive financial aid. For information on financial aid, go to Financial Aid.

You may qualify for the Educational Opportunity Fund – EOF.

By when must I register?

Students may register until the second week of classes based on availability. Please note sections may fill early and a seat is not guaranteed. The sooner you register, the better. Late fees will apply if register late. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.

What is Early Registration?

During April students can register for the upcoming Fall semester, and during November, students can register for the upcoming Spring semester. It is a good idea to pre-register during these periods because there are usually no lines and more available courses you can choose from.

Which Brookdale location offers Academic ESL classes?

Academic ESL classes are only offered at the Lincroft campus.

Do ESL courses count for college credit?

ESL courses do not count in the total number of credits required for graduation.

Do ESL courses affect a student's GPA?

ESL courses that begin with a zero do not affect a student’s GPA. Only ESL 103 and ESL 104 do.

What happens if I fail a course?

If you receive a D or F in an ESL course, you will not be able to continue to the next level. Please speak with the ESL Administrator in Larrison Hall, Room 232, to proceed.

Can I take classes in the evening?

Yes, we offer day and evening sections of our required classes. Please use the ‘Search for Classes’ feature on Brookdale’s main page for details.

Can I take courses while taking ESL courses?

You may start taking other courses while still in the ESL program. When and which courses will depend on your level. Please speak with the ESL Administrator in Larrison Hall, Room 232 to learn more.

Can I take ESL courses online?

Yes! We offer six of our ESL courses fully online.

May I study part-time?

We offer part-time and full-time schedules. Students who study full-time will need to take 12 credits.

Where can I buy my textbook?

You can buy your textbook at the College Bookstore located on the main Lincroft campus, in the Warner Student Life Center. Use Parking Lot #7.

How can I check out books at the library?

You will need to get a student ID card in order to take books home. To obtain your ID card, bring your registration receipt and a photo ID to the CAR building, Room 222.

Where can I get information on International Student Admissions?

International Students, please visit the International Education Center.

Is there public transportation to Brookdale?

Please visit NJ Transit for train and bus schedules.

Brookdale has partnered with NJ Transit to offer student discounts on monthly passes. Full-time students only riding NJ Transit rail and bus can save 25% and avoid the hassle of finding parking. To purchase a discounted NJ Transit ticket, log into Web Advisor and click on the link under the student section. Your student pass will be mailed to you monthly. Enjoy the convenience of auto-pay combined with easy to use online account management. Further details from NJ Transit are available here. A link to setting up an account with NJ Transit can be found by logging into WebAdvisor.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact our ESL administrator, Synde Kaufman, at 732-224-2656 or ESL@Brookdalecc.edu