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TELC by the NUMBERS:  

Number of years 
serving students:
41 

Average number of 
students served per 
semester:
1000 

Average number of 
instructors per term:
65 

Average number of 
students per class:
23 

Number of countries our students come from:
70+ 

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About The English Language Center

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TELC Students in the courtyard of the LaGuardia campus

The English Language Center (TELC) is the largest ESL program in the New York City metropolitan area, serving approximately 7,000 students a year. TELC is part of the Division of Adult and Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Since 1971, TELC has offered a variety of English language programs geared to meet the particular English language needs of our culturally and academically diverse student population.

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TELC is INTERNATIONAL.

Korea, Japan, Colombia, Ecuador, Poland, Turkey, Thailand, China, Peru, Guinea. These are just some of the 70+ countries where our students come from. Our students are new immigrants, New York City residents, visitors from other states or countries, and international students on student visas. Students come to us for a variety of reasons - to prepare for college, develop fluency and confidence in social and business situations, or take specialized courses such as TOEFL preparation.

TELC is QUALITY.

The foundation of TELC is its dedicated and professional faculty, who use innovative techniques to help students communicate accurately and effectively. The curriculum for each program includes specific course guidelines for each level so teachers and students know what exactly is to be covered. A great emphasis is placed on integrating technology in the curriculum to better prepare students to meet the outside world. Finally, the materials used in the classroom, language and computer labs, are authentic, varied and appropriate for our adult population.

TELC is CUSTOMER FRIENDLY.

Students come back to TELC time and time again thanking us not only for the excellent educational experience they had, but also for the help they received from everyone in the Center. We provide a variety of services including help understanding visa requirements, guiding students when they apply to American colleges and universities, and counseling on personal and cultural adaptation to the United States.

TELC is FUN.

We take language learning very seriously, but we also know how important it is to make sure that the classroom experience is enjoyable and that students are being actively engaged. We understand that for many of our students, this is the first time they are in a new country, so we make sure that students feel comfortable in class and also have positive experiences outside of class. Whether in our special elective courses, watching movies in the language lab, or going on class trips, it is our goal that students get the most out of their language learning experience.

TELC is OPEN TO EVERYONE

without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, or sex..to all students who are at least 17 years old.

 

 
      
   
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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER
29-10 Thomson Ave. | Room C354 | Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 482-5360