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English as a Second Language (ESL) at Tri-C 

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is the largest college-credit ESL program in the state of Ohio. We serve students on temporary visas, immigrants from all over the world, and native-born U.S. citizens whose first language is not English. Whether you have an advanced degree from your own country and need English proficiency to continue your profession, or you are a new college student, Tri-C's ESL courses will prepare you to participate more fully in your college and professional life.

"It may sound strange, but I just love my ESL teachers. I had great teachers for my ESL courses
" Monika Cyranek, Poland

Becoming a student is easy:
(F-1 Visa Students should contact the International Student Coordinator at the Campus you want to attend:

Eastern Jeanette McGee 216-987-2118
Metropolitan George Koussa 216-987-4167
Western Damian Thorkelson 216-987-5203
 
or visit the International Students page for the necessary forms.)

 

  • Step 1: Submit an application
  • Step 3: Take the ESL placement test at the Assessment Center of the campus you plan to attend
  • Step 4: Meet with an ESL evaluator for an interview
  • Step 5: Following your evaluator's recommendations, register for classes
  • Step 6: Make payment arrangements

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Suggested Program Sequence

Skill Level Course # Course Title Credits

Basic

ESL 1020

Basic Reading/Writing

6

 

ESL 1030

Basic Grammar / Communication

6

Level I

ESL 1110

Grammar for Communication I

4

 

ESL 1120

Reading / Writing I

5

 

ESL 1130

Speaking English I

3

Level II

ESL 1210

Grammar for Communication II

4

 

ESL 1220

Reading / Writing II

5

 

ESL 1230

Speaking English II

3

Level III

ESL 1310

Grammar for Communication III

4

 

ESL 1320

Reading / Writing III

5

 

ESL 1330

Speaking English III

3

 

For more information about our program, visit the International Students page.

Extracurricular Activities
The ESL program offers numerous opportunities for campus involvement including multicultural / international clubs, conversation connection/conversation partners, picnics, and an annual Diversity Day celebration. All activities provide opportunities for ESL and non-ESL students and faculty to celebrate the wealth of cultures in the Tri-C community.

"It is essential for newcomers to overcome culture shock, to understand American customs, traditions, and preferences. The ESL program at Eastern has many activities, assignments, and open discussion aimed at helping us to better relate to this culture."
Boris Kagarllitskiy, Uzbekistan

How to reach us

Eastern Campus
Stephanie s. Kasuboski
216-987-2388
stephanie.kasuboski@tri-c.edu

Metropolitan Campus

Dr. Roberta Hendrick
216-987-4548
roberta.hendrick@tri-c.edu

Western Campus

Dr. Susan Lohwater
216-987-5044
susan.lohwater@tri-c.edu


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