English for Speakers of Other Languages
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English for Speakers of Other Languages

Overview

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program and courses are designed to help non-native speakers of English to enter and succeed in the community and technical college system as well as in the transfer curriculum. ESOL skills courses focus on speaking and listening, reading and vocabulary, writing and grammar, and pronunciation. In addition, students take an integrated skills course which gives them an opportunity to explore various topics and practice all their language skills together.

Depending on their intended major, students completing the ESOL program may begin one of the trade programs, enroll in general education courses, or require further developmental coursework in English and/or Reading.

Students interested in enrolling in the ESOL program must take the ESL ACCUPLACER test. This test assesses a student’s reading, listening and grammar ability.

Students accepted for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses must have a high school diploma, a GED, or pass "Ability to Benefit" tests.