Established in 1979, the Haggerty English Language Program (HELP) has been an integral part of the SUNY New Paltz Campus, assisting hundreds of students in meeting their academic, professional, and personal learning goals. With a reputation for excellent faculty and creative language teaching, students will receive individual attention while experiencing cultural exchange alongside their studies.
HELP offers 3 tracks of study:
For all tracks of study, students take a placement test when they arrive during orientation to determine their level in the program. There are four levels, from beginner to academic preparation, each designed to fit students’ language needs in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and pronunciation.
Students who are conditionally admitted to academic programs at SUNY New Paltz are also eligible to take courses for credit when in Level 4 Academic Purposes through the Pathway track option. These courses help to prepare students to be successful when they begin their full-time academic studies at SUNY New Paltz.
HELP also offers pedagogical workshops developed for university or high school EFL professors looking for a short-term summer program in the USA, as well as specially designed short-term ESL, Business, and STEM programs for selected cohorts. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these specialized programs.
Students applying to undergraduate and most graduate degree programs at SUNY New Paltz may be admitted without proof of English proficiency if they meet all other admissions standards. Upon arrival, theses students will be tested and placed into academic or ESL courses as needed.
These students will be:
HELP courses emphasize practical usage of English and academic preparation. At each of the four levels, four classes are offered:
Levels of instruction include:
Level 1: Elementary
Level 2: Intermediate
Level 3: Advanced
Level 4: Academic Purposes
Conditionally admitted students in Level 4 Academic Purposes who meet the requirements may enroll in an academic class at SUNY New Paltz while also enrolled in ESL classes.
Special topic courses vary each semester.
Students in the HELP program have access to the many exceptional facilities on campus, including but not limited to:
Each semester, all students have a one-on-one meeting with a faculty/staff member to get advice and plan their future studies.
International students also receive advising from New Paltz staff regarding the following:
To help students get the most out of the program, SUNY New Paltz and HELP also offer many opportunities for students to get involved and practice their English skills:
The Conversation Partners program provides each student with the chance to meet weekly with an American student for informal conversation. We pair each interested ESL student with a trained American conversation partner, providing you with extra language practice and a great chance to mix with other university students and make friends.
The Community Ambassador Program connects international students with local families to welcome them into our community and provide opportunities for cultural exchange.