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English as a Second Language Program


Mission Statement:

The mission of the ESL (English as a Second Language) Program is to empower English learners, and provide them with the language skills and cultural understanding necessary to meet their educational and professional goals. Through comprehensive English classes targeting social and academic language, as well as experiential learning opportunities, students are prepared for academic study in the US and matriculation at Southeastern Louisiana University. We foster an encouraging learning environment, respecting the richness of each student’s native culture.

Program Overview:

Students at any level of proficiency, from beginning to advanced English skills, are encouraged to participate in our program. We offer part-time and full-time courses of study. Both part-time and full-time students meet for three hours twice per week for a comprehensive course that includes grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking and listening components. Full-time students will also attend our Multimedia English Engagement class, which takes place in the ESL computer lab. This course includes one-on-one conversation practice with native English speakers, movie screenings with class discussions, computer-based English programs, reading and writing activities, and occasional guest speakers. Students may also choose to participate in additional independent-study projects related to their specific academic interests or language-learning needs with individual guidance from the instructor.

Because tuition is the same for part-time or full-time study, part-time students are welcome to attend as many hours of the Multimedia English Engagement class as they would like, but they will not be required to do so. For this reason, part-time study may be a good option for anyone with job or family obligations that would make it difficult to be on campus for more than 6 hours per week.

Full-time students who have an F1 student visa, however, will be required to attend both the regular class and the Multimedia class in order to obtain 20 hours of on-campus study time each week to fulfill visa requirements.

A student working with a conversation partner


Program Features

All ESL students at Southeastern will be able to participate in special activities, in addition to regular classroom instruction. Such activities help build cultural knowledge, promote social connections in the school community, and give students more authentic opportunities to use English outside of the classroom. Our program has included:

  • Partnering with native English speakers for daily conversation practice
  • Attending on-campus festivals, such as the annual Strawberry Jubilee, Strawberry Jam, and International Night
  • Partnering with other Southeastern classes for cultural and conversational exchanges
  • Taking guided tours of the university library, the Contemporary Art Gallery, and KSLU radio station
  • Visiting the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum
  • Attending a faculty poetry reading on campus
  • Visiting the Hammond Recreation Center in downtown Hammond for a conversational exchange with community members

 ESL students enjoying Strawberry Jubilee

ESL students also have access to online resources, including:

  • Mango Languages, a language-learning program with over 70 languages
  • Learning Express Library, with practice tests and resources to help students study independently for the TOEFL, ACT, SAT, GRE, and other college entrance exams

 ESL students

Beyond the classroom, we have:

  • The English as a Second Language Computer Lab, with 18 computer stations reserved for ESL students.Conversational practice sessions with a native English speaker are held in this space as well.
  • The Foreign Language Resource Center, where students can receive free one-on-one assistance with grammar or pronunciation from a native English speaker.


Meet our Director and Instructor

Danielle Perez de Corcho

Danielle Perez de Corcho has been teaching English as a Second Language at Southeastern since January 2015.  In August of 2018, she became the ESL Program Director. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Tulane University in Latin American Studies and a bachelor’s degree in English, Spanish, and International Studies from Illinois College.  She is originally from Illinois, but has lived and studied abroad in Argentina, Paraguay, and Egypt before settling in Louisiana.  She completed her TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2010, where she also taught English classes for adults.  Before coming to Southeastern, she taught ESL in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.  In her teaching career, Ms. Danielle has enjoyed getting to know students from over 25 different countries. Seeing students achieve their goals, both in the classroom and beyond, is the best part of her job.  Besides teaching, she loves learning new languages, too! She speaks Spanish as a second language and has also studied Portuguese, Arabic, and Guarani.  She lives in Metairie with her family.

You may contact her with questions regarding course content:

photo of instructor Danielle Perez De Corcho


Meet our Teaching Assistant

Kirsten Babin

Kirsten Babin is a graduate student at Southeastern, pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. After graduating with her masters, she plans to get her Certified Public Accounting license and wants to teach at Southeastern. Growing up, Kirsten studied 4 years of Spanish and understands how difficult studying another language can be. She is excited to bring new ideas and activities to the program, and looks forward to meeting everyone.

Kirsten provides administrative support to the program and facilitates conversational practice and activities for students, both in the English as a Second Language Computer Lab and virtually.



ESL Teaching Assistant Kirsten Babin

 Contact Information/Para Español/Campus Map

Contact Information

English as a Second Language

D. Vickers Hall, Room 249

1220 SGA Drive

Hammond, LA 70402

Tel: 985-549-2270


Facebook Page


If the ESL office is closed, please visit:

World Languages and Cultures

D. Vickers Hall, Room 219

1220 SGA Drive

Hammond, LA 70402

Tel: 985-549-2105


Para español, por favor comuníquese con Danielle Perez de Corcho:  o (985) 549-5924


Link to a campus map:


Classes are typically in D. Vickers Hall or in the Student Union.

ESL Computer Lab: D. Vickers Hall, Room 209

The Foreign Language Resource Center: D. Vickers Hall, Room 211


Required Fees and Tuition


Summer Term
Total cost: $973.45


This includes the cost of tuition ($943.45), lab fee ($21), and ID card summer activation ($9).


All Other Terms

Total cost per term: $982.45 

Fall, Term 1

Fall, Term 2 ($964.45 if participated in the previous term)

Spring, Term 1  

Spring, Term 2 ($964.45 if participated in the previous term)


This includes the cost of tuition ($943.45), lab fee ($21), and ID card activation ($18 per semester, spring or fall). Students returning for term 2, after completing term 1 that semester, will not have to pay the activation fee again until the next semester.


Students should also be prepared to purchase required materials for the course (workbooks, etc.). 


Parking (Optional)

On-campus parking is available to ESL students. You may purchase and obtain parking tags directly from Transportation Services. The cost is $21 per semester. 


How to Apply

1. Contact the International Services Office in order to:

  • Obtain a W# (student identification number needed to register)
  • Address visa status requirements. For example:

Health insurance may be required for F1 and J1 status students.

Students on an F1 visa are required to document a minimum of 20 hours per week in class (six hours per week), the English as a Second Language Computer Lab, and practicing written/oral English while on Southeastern’s campus.

International Services Office
North Campus Main Building, Room 113
Southeastern Louisiana University 
Hammond, LA 70402 

Tel:        (985) 549-2360
Fax:             (985) 549-5882
Toll Free:     (800) 222-7358


2. Register and pay for your course by going to our online student registration portal:

You may pay the course tuition with a debit or credit card on the online portal. If you need to pay with cash or a check, please contact the instructor.

If you need assistance to complete your application online or have any questions, please contact the ESL program: 

Telephone: 985-549-5924 or 985-549-2270


English as a Second Language Program

D. Vickers Hall, Room 209

1220 SGA Drive

Hammond, LA 70402


If the ESL office is closed, please visit:

The Department of World Languages and Cultures

D. Vickers Hall, Room 219

1220 SGA Drive

Hammond, LA 70402

Tel: 985-549-2105

3. Obtain a student ID:

 All students on Southeastern’s campus are required to carry a student ID. Prior to attending class, please obtain your ID at Campus Card Operations.

Campus Card Operations
North Campus Financial Aid Bldg. Rm 133 
Tel: 985-549-3990


4. Parking (Optional)

On-campus parking is available to ESL students. You may purchase and obtain parking tags directly from Transportation Services.

The cost is $21 per semester. You must bring your student ID as well as the required vehicle registration information. 

Transportation Services
Pride Hall Rm 139

Parking Contact
Tel: 985-549-5695

 English for International Students (EGIS) Curriculum 

Curriculum for ESL Credit Hours:

Obtaining credit hours through an EGIS course (English for International Students) is available only for Southeastern students currently enrolled in an academic program at the university. If you are a current undergraduate or graduate Southeastern student or a student studying abroad at Southeastern in an academic department, please contact the instructor, Danielle Perez de Corcho, at for information on how to enroll in an EGIS course for 3 credit hours. 

EGIS courses are pass/fail, so they will not affect your GPA. EGIS courses may be offered during any term, including summer.   

Classes are very small, so the instructor will assist the student as much as possible with the areas of English in which the student would like the most instruction and practice. This includes pronunciation, speaking/listening, advanced grammar, reading comprehension, writing skills and advanced vocabulary. 

  • EGIS 97 

  • EGIS 98

  • EGIS 107

  • EGIS 108


2020 - 2021

ESL terms and class dates correlate with Southeastern's academic calendar.

Link to academic calendar:



Meeting Dates


Spring Term 1, 2021

Jan. 20 - March 15

Feb. 15-17

Spring Term 2, 2021

March 17 - May 13

April 5-8

Summer Term, 2021

June 2 - July 28

July 5

Fall Term 1, 2021

Aug. 18 - Oct. 12 

Oct. 7  

Fall Term 2, 2021

Oct. 13 - Dec. 7

Nov. 24-26