Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Paul LeVasseur


This paper is an examination of the creation of, and the initial five years of operation of, ESL70, a non-academic, for-profit Intensive English Language Institute at Kingsborough Community College in New York City. Kingsborough Community College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). This paper will examine the educational philosophy and application of ESL70 within both the historical and present academic context of CUNY, ESL70's endeavor to immerse non-native English speaking students in the study of English language, the business centered nature of ESL70, and the conflicts and issues that have arisen in response to being a business-centered language institute within an academic institutional framework. The conflicting roles of the teacher as both educator and worker will also be addressed in this examination.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Educational Administration and Supervision