English as a Second Language (ESL):  The mission of the ESL Department is to enable students to function successfully in both academic and non-academic English speaking environments.  The mission includes providing high quality instruction that is innovative and challenging and meets the language needs of our diverse non-native English speaking student population as they pursue their educations, build their careers, and interact in the community.  It emphasizes the development of critical thinking and the sophisticated language and literacy skills that enable students to be engaged citizens.