Language is perhaps the greatest human achievement. It is a vehicle for thought, for communication, and for sheer delight. In today’s world, where in survey after survey employers cite “communication skills” as one of their top priorities, being able to read and write with purpose and clarity is essential for personal and professional success.
At MassBay Community College, the English Department is committed to helping students become skilled users of language. Our courses are designed to help students become strong critical and analytical readers and writers who can tackle a variety of rhetorical tasks.
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By the end of the writing program, students will be able to:
- Read complex fiction and non-fiction texts;
- Write focused, well-argued analyses and arguments that integrate personal experience and external sources of information, with an understanding of the various processes for doing so;
- Find and evaluate information from a variety of sources, including print, electronic, audio-visual, and other media;
- Think in a sophisticated, open-minded, information-based, culturally diverse, and critically analytical way;
- Develop a lifelong habit of reading and writing.
We offer small classes, dedicated and experienced faculty, comprehensive academic support services, and a rich, engaging curriculum.
College ESL for Credit
MassBay offers a comprehensive program for college-level English as a Second Language. Find current College ESL courses on the Course Offerings: MassBay Course Offerings. Choose your preferred semester from the dropdown list and ES-English as a Second Language in the “Search for Classes - Subject” dropdown. Click on the course name link to read about the course. You can take courses for college credit to transfer to other colleges, or you can take courses as part of your degree and certificate program at MassBay. Information – How to Apply to MassBay. MassBay has support for students, including ESL students, at the Academic Achievement Center. As part of the admissions process, all students take placement tests. Information - Placement Tests for English as a Second Language students.
Non-credit ESL Programs
Non-credit ESL programs
Student Digication Portfolio
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Sample Digication Student Portfolio →
English Department Chair, Professor Nina Keery