English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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

Learn more on this page:

Academic English: ESOL

Choose ESOL if you:

  • Are a non-native English speaker
  • Want to improve your Academic English skills
  • Want to practice your vocabulary and pronunciation

Our ESOL courses will help you:

  • Build your confidence
  • Improve your academic performance
  • Develop a stronger foundation in English
  • Prepare to take credit courses at TCC and in the future

After successfully completing the ESOL courses, you will be ready to take college-credit courses.


We offer courses in 4 ESOL skills.

  • Listening & Speaking (Oral Communication)
  • Grammar
  • Reading & Vocabulary
  • Writing

Each skill has lower advanced, middle advanced, and upper advanced levels to meet your needs.

ESOL Listening & Speaking
(Oral Communication)

ESOL Grammar

ESOL Reading & Vocabulary

ESOL Writing

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.

Financial Aid

You can get help paying for these courses through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).  See How do I apply for financial aid?

How do I register for ESOL classes?

Follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Center for English Language Learners (CELL) on your campus
  2. Take a placement test
    • You can enroll in the ESOL program by:
      • Making the minimum score on a placement test
      • Successfully completing Level 3 of Pre-Academic ESL or Levels 4 or 5 of Workforce ESL (See ESL for course details) with another placement test to see which ESOL course is best for you at that time
  3. Meet again with an ESOL advisor to review your test results
  4. Fill out a TCC application: How to Apply for Admission
  5. Attend required orientation sessions
  6. Register for classes

TOEFL Exam Prep

This course covers strategies and techniques to prepare you for the TOEFL exam. Topics include reading and listening comprehension, structure, written expression, and vocabulary. Textbook is required. Look for course number ESLX-3350 in MyTCCTrack.

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.

Workforce or Pre-Academic English as a Second Language (ESL)

If you want to learn English for your job, see English as a Second Language (ESL).

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



Northeast Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Janelle Cardenas

Visit NBSS 1101 (First Floor)

Call 817-515-6987

Email ne.esl-esol@tccd.edu


  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Northwest Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Lourdes Davenport

Visit NW01 2003

Call 817-515-7063

Email nw.esl-esol@tccd.edu


  • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.–noon

South Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Maisha Tsiboe

Visit SACD 1403/1404

Call 817-515-4457

Email maisha.tsiboe@tccd.edu


  • Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: Virtual by email

Southeast Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Melody Nguyen

Visit ESED 2301A (Second Floor)

Call 817-515-3565

Email melody.nguyen@tccd.edu


  • Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Trinity River Campus

Center for English Language Learners (CELL)

Sandra Marshall

Visit TREF 4220A

Call 817-515-1367

Email sandra.marshall@tccd.edu


  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Please call or email to make an appointment.

Updated November 09, 2023