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English as a Second Language (ESL)

We offer only face-to-face courses for English language learners. We do not currently offer online ESOL courses.

Learn more on this page:

Workforce ESL

Choose Workforce ESL if you want to learn English to:

  • Get a job
  • Do better in your current job
  • Manage everyday life

You will:

  • Improve your communication in the workplace and in everyday life
  • Learn and practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English

Courses

Start with Basic English:

After Basic English, you can take 5 levels of Workforce ESL:

Note: All these courses may not be offered at every TCC campus. Check with the Center for English Language Learners (CELL) on your campus for more information.

After you successfully complete Level 5 of Workforce ESL, you may take the placement test to continue with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses to strengthen your academic English skills and prepare for college success.

Financial Aid

You can get help paying for these classes through the Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG).

Pre-Academic ESL

Choose Pre-Academic ESL if you want to learn English to:

  • Prepare for college-level courses
  • Strengthen your pre-academic English skills

You can start with Pre-Academic ESL courses and then continue with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to prepare for college success.

Courses

We offer 3 levels of Pre-Academic ESL:

Note: All these courses may not be offered at every TCC campus. Check with the Center for English Language Learners (CELL) on your campus for more information.

After you successfully complete Level 3 of Pre-Academic ESL, you must take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) or a placement test to continue with ESOL courses to strengthen your academic English skills and prepare for college success.

Pronunciation Course

We also offer a course specifically for improving your pronunciation:

You can take this course at any ESL or ESOL level.

Financial Aid

No financial aid is available for these classes.

How do I register for ESL classes?

If you have questions or need help, contact the Center for English Language Learners (CELL) on your campus.

Follow these steps:

  1. Meet with an ESL advisor.
  2. Submit you official test results to a TCC Admissions & Registrar Office if you have already taken a placement test.
    or

    Take a placement test if you have not already taken one. You can take a placement test at a TCC campus.
    • If you cannot use a computer, you can talk to an advisor.
    • If you do not know any English, you can start with the basic level.
  3. Meet with an ESL advisor to review your placement test results
  4. Register for classes

Student Accessibility Resources

If you have a qualifying disability (as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act), you can register with the Student Accessibility Resources (SAR) for accommodations at TCC.

Academic English for College Courses

If you are a prospective or current ESL student, and you want to take college courses, see ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

F-1 Visa Students

If you are on an F-1 visa and were not able to meet the English proficiency admission standards, see Language Pathway Program

 

Contact

Northeast Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Janelle Cardenas

Call 817-515-6987

Email ne.esl-esol@tccd.edu

Northwest Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Lourdes Davenport

Call 817-515-7063

Email nw.esl-esol@tccd.edu

South Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Eleanor Brockman

Call 817-515-4593

Email eleanor.brockman@tccd.edu

Southeast Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Melody Nguyen

Call 817-515-3565

Email melody.nguyen@tccd.edu

Trinity River Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Daniel Hopkins
(Interim Coordinator)

Call 817-515-1182

Email daniel.hopkins@tccd.edu

Updated March 10, 2022