American Language Program (ALP)/English as a Second Language (ESL)– for ESL Students

The American Language Program is the College’s academic English-as-a-Second Language program. Students whose native language is not English, who have been admitted to or are planning to attend Bergen Community College, are given an English proficiency test. These test results are used to place students into American Language Program (ALP) courses.

Levels and Courses

The ALP is divided into four levels: Foundations (low beginner), Level 1 (high beginner), Level 2 (intermediate), and Level 3 (advanced).

Each level is composed of four courses: Grammar (Parts A and B), Reading, Writing and Speaking/Listening.


Students placed in the ALP may enroll for a maximum of 15 credits per semester. Students who wish to enroll on a part-time basis should seek advisement on proper course selection.

Non-degree college credits earned upon successful completion of American Language Foundations, Level I, II, or III may not be used to fulfill degree requirements. Students placed in the American Language Program cannot take college-level courses until they have successfully completed all levels of the program and have passed required exit examinations.

Upon completion of required ALP courses, students must take a mathematics placement test or be granted a waiver. English Composition I and II “N” sections are for students whose native language is not English regardless of whether or not they have taken courses in the ALP. The “N” sections fulfill the same college degree requirements as English Composition I and II.