Studying English as a Second Language

If English is not your first language, ESL (English as a Second Language) Support is available to help you learn. ESL courses are designed primarily to help students develop English skills to pursue a college degree. 

ESL Courses

  • Speaking and listening
  • Reading and writing
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation

View the course list.

Students in ESL upper levels may enroll in courses in the major when appropriate.

We understand that learning English can be difficult! That is why we offer additional support services like:

  • Pre-college orientation
  • Financial aid referrals
  • ESL testing
  • Educational planning
  • Multilingual advising
  • Academic support and career counseling

We don't stop there. You may also see supplemental instructors (SI's) in your classes. They work with your teacher and help you study outside of the classroom. They can help you learn concepts and class material, review for tests and help with homework.

Schedule and Location

ESL Support operates throughout the academic year, M-F from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Our office is located in the Donahue Building, Room 203.

Transportation and Parking

Transportation is available to campus PVTA buses. Parking also is available in student lots.

To Apply

There is no separate application. When filling out the application for admission to HCC, check the box (upper right portion) to indicate your interest in ESL.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040