English for Speakers of Other Languages

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Learning another language takes time and patience. But our structure and teachers make it as easy as possible for you. Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program prepares you for a university or the workforce. Earn a Certificate of Completion in as little as nine months.

Classes We Offer

The ESOL program is for students from right here in Texas and all over the world. It prepares you for multiple college and university admissions exams, including the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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Develop your English listening and speaking skills. This part of the course prepares you to speak at school, work, or with friends. You will improve your pronunciation and listening skills and learn to explain directions, events, and more.

Courses:


ESOL 0311 Introductory Listening and Speaking

  • Prerequisites: Standardized test of English language proficiency.

ESOL 0362 Intermediate Oral Communication 

  • Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: A grade of C or better in ESOL 0311 Introductory Listening and Speaking or a minimum score on a standardized test of English language proficiency. (3:3-1)

ESOL 0363 Advanced Oral Communication  

  • Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: ESOL 0362 Intermediate Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers or a minimum score on a standardized test of English language proficiency. (3:3-1)

Develop your English listening and speaking skills. This part of the course prepares you to speak at school, work, or with friends. You will improve your pronunciation and listening skills and learn to explain directions, events, and more.

Courses:


ESOL 0311 Introductory Listening and Speaking

  • Prerequisites: Standardized test of English language proficiency.

ESOL 0362 Intermediate Oral Communication 

  • Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: A grade of C or better in ESOL 0311 Introductory Listening and Speaking or a minimum score on a standardized test of English language proficiency. (3:3-1)

ESOL 0363 Advanced Oral Communication  

  • Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: ESOL 0362 Intermediate Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers or a minimum score on a standardized test of English language proficiency. (3:3-1)

Develop your grammar for school and work. The grammar portion of the course is all about writing and using English correctly. It focuses on word choice, word form, and word order. Skills developed here can be used to write emails, letters, and to fill out other documents. 

Courses: 
These courses are open to only non-native speakers.


ESOL 0351 Introductory Composition

  • Prerequisites: Standardized test of English language proficiency.

ESOL 0382 Intermediate Grammar

  • Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: A grade of C or better in ESOL 0331 Introductory Writing and Grammar or minimum score on standardized test of English language proficiency. (3:3-1)

ESOL 0383 Advanced Grammar

  • Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: A grade of C or better in ESOL 0382 or a minimum score on a standardized test of English language proficiency. (3:3-1)

Develop your proficiency and vocabulary. These courses teach you to read and write at a professional level. You will read novels, textbooks, and more, and learn to write different types of academic papers, such as opinion essays.

Courses:


ESOL 0372 Intermediate Reading and Writing

  • Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: A grade of C or better in ESOL 0321 Introductory Reading or a minimum score on a standardized test of English language proficiency. (3:3-0)

ESOL 0373 Advanced Reading and Writing

  • Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: A grade of C or better in ESOL 0372 or a minimum score on a standardized test of English language proficiency. (3:3-1)

How to Apply

 
  1. Complete an admission application. You can apply online or at the Welcome Center. There is no application fee.
  2. Schedule an ESL placement exam with a counselor. Exams are given in the Welcome Center.
  3. Register for classes with an advisor. Your exam results will determine your level and which classes you should take. You will receive college credit hours.

This is for both resident and non-resident students.

  1. Call or come by the  Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) office. Find the CPD office on your campus.
  2. In the CPD office, request to take the ESL placement test. There is no cost for the test.
  3. Register for ESL classes in the CPD office. Your exam results will determine your level and which classes you will attend. You will receive Continuing Education credit hours, which are college non-credit hours.
  4. Pay for your ESL course on the same day you register. Each course costs $175. Purchase your ESL textbook in the campus bookstore. 
  1. Complete an admission application. You can apply online or at the Welcome Center. There is no application fee.
  2. Contact an international counselor to help you with the next steps at 281-998-6150. Or email International.Services@sjcd.edu.
  3. You can find out more at our International Students page.

Support That Lasts

Nevin Coco
She was truly the best teacher, mentor, and leader I have ever had.”
Nevin Coco
Former ESOL Student
Nevin Coco reflects on her ESOL professor, Dr. Brenda Jones. Coco moved from Palestine to Houston in 2001, speaking only Arabic and looking for opportunity. That opportunity started in San Jac’s ESOL program. More than 20 years later, Coco is not only a San Jac adjunct faculty member, but also a successful cybersecurity engineer with two degrees.

Contact Us

Need help? Let us know. Find us at the following locations:

Central Campus (CPD-ESL)
8060 Spencer Hwy.
Building C1.128
Pasadena, Texas 77505
281-542-2020

South Campus (ESOL)
13735 Beamer Rd.
Houston, Texas 77089
281-922-3456
ESOL@sjcd.edu 
Se habla español
Elizabeth Garcia2
Professor, College Prep ESOL
Phone
(281) 998-6150x3750