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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Workforce ESL

Choose Workforce ESL if you need 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.


After basic English, you can take 4 levels of Workforce ESL.

Financial Aid

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

Academic ESL

Choose Academic ESL if you need to learn English to:

  • Go to college
  • Strengthen your academic English skills

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


We offer 3 levels of Academic ESL.

After you successfully complete the 3rd level of Academic ESL, you may continue with  ESOL courses to strengthen your academic English skills and prepare for college success.

Talk to your ESL advisor about the ESLX courses are cross-listed with ESOL courses.

Financial Aid

No financial aid is available for these classes.

How Do I Register for ESL Classes?

Follow these steps:

  1. Visit the ESL Department on your campus
  2. Take a placement test
    • 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 the ESL Department to review your test results
  4. Register for classes

Looking for English courses to prepare you for college success?

See ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)



Northeast Campus

ESL: Janelle Cardenas

ESOL: Angela Pettit

Northwest Campus

Center for ESL & ESOL: Lourdes Davenport

South Campus

ESL: Eleanor Forfang-Brockman

ESOL: Cathleen Stevenson

Southeast Campus

ESL: Melody Nguyen

ESOL: Mary Cinatl

Trinity River Campus

ESL & ESOL: Sandra Marshall

Updated November 13, 2019