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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Quick Facts

  • Course credits: Developmental Education college credits
    • Do not figure into your grade point average (GPA)
    • Are not transferrable to other colleges for degree credits
  • Full program is offered at these campuses:


If you are a non-native English speaker who wants to earn a college degree or certificate, our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is for you!

ESOL courses will prepare you to succeed in credit college courses at TCC and beyond.

You will:

  • Learn to read, write, listen and speak English
  • Improve your academic English skills
  • Learn about American culture
  • Build your confidence

You may receive financial aid for ESOL classes.

What is the difference between ESOL and ESL?

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Helps you develop the academic English skills needed for college classes. Grammar, college-level vocabulary, essay writing and listening in the classroom are a few examples.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Starts with basic English and focuses on your language proficiency for everyday life.

Program Options

College Readiness Courses

3 levels of each of the following are offered:

  • Oral Communication
  • Reading & Vocabulary
  • Writing & Grammar
  • Composition

Community Engagement & Education (non-credit)

Special Requirements

You start by taking an initial English placement test, which covers:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Writing

This test will help us place you in the correct sequence of courses.



Northeast Campus

Angela Pettit, Ph.D., Chair of Academic Foundations

Northwest Campus

Lourdes Davenport, ESL / ESOL / GED / Citizenship Coordinator

Southeast Campus

Mary Cinatl, ESOL Program Coordinator

Updated August 14, 2019