English as an Additional Language Department (EAL)

The goal of the EAL Department is to prepare students whose dominant language is not English to participate with confidence and success in college programs and curricula at SUNY Erie. 

The English as an Additional Language program has many advantages:  

  • Small class sizes
  • The ability to earn credit toward your degree while studying English 
  • Qualified instructors with overseas teaching experience
  • The option of transferring directly to a four-year college
  • Specialized tutoring help
  • A dedicated language lab with audio equipment for pronunciation practice  

Courses Recommended for EAL Students to Improve English Language Skills 

Core EAL Courses

After taking the EAL Placement Test, EAL students may enter one of the following courses to improve their English language skills.  For more information about Placement Testing, see Math and English Course Placement section of our How to Apply page or email Naomi Diaz (Interim-Director, Placement Testing) at diaz@ecc.edu.

Intermediate Level:
EN 031 - Reading/Writing 1
EN 041 - Listening/Speaking 1 

Advanced Level: 
EN 132 - Reading/Writing 2
EN 142 - Listening/Speaking 2

EAL Elective Courses 

EN137 - Intensive Grammar 
EN147 - Accent Reduction 

Faculty assist students with setting up class schedules to meet curriculum requirements. 

For more information please contact:

Dr. Chris Morrow
EAL Dept. Head
City Campus, Room 400 
Call 716-851-1079 or email morrowc@ecc.edu
Fill out this form for more information

Faculty and Staff:

Christopher Morrow
PhD, Assistant Professor and Department Chair 

Maria Masferrer
Assistant Professor

Steven Gjurich

Adelaida Lugo
Educational Support Professional

Additional EAL Programs and Services

International EAL Students

International Students (F-1 Visa Holders)

SUNY Erie North Campus, G-155
For information contact: (716) 851-1359 or international@ecc.edu

Tutoring for EAL Students


The English Skills Center provides tutoring services to all students for all courses. Our trained tutors are happy to assist students in all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and task analysis to final documentation in APA and MLA formats and everything in between.

Language Lab for EAL Students

Language Lab

The Language Lab is dedicated to the development of listening and speaking skills using specialized software and instruction.