Academic English as a Second Language (ESL)
Academic ESL helps students improve their academic English language skills in order to succeed in college and their careers.
Do you want to study academic English? Do you want to earn a college degree or certificate?
Five Facts About the Academic ESL program:
- The Academic ESL Program has 5 levels. Levels 1 and 2 are non-credit. Levels 3, 4, and 5 offer college credit that can be used toward a college degree or certificate.
- Students in our program can use up to 15 ESL college credits toward their degree or certificate. To learn more about the requirements for your specific major, click here or speak with your advisor.
- Our courses focus on speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, and pronunciation. To learn more about our course offerings, click here.
- All ESL students have access to FREE tutoring, study support, advising, and more! To learn more about our Tutoring services, click here.
- ESL students in levels 4 and 5 are able to take other college courses like math, computer applications, math in Spanish, and more.
Do you want to learn more about the Academic ESL program?
Do you want to sign up for ESL classes?
- Contact the HCC Admissions office at 413.552.2321, or visit: https://www.hcc.edu/admission to apply to HCC.
- Contact the HCC Financial Aid office at 413.552.2150, or visit: https://www.hcc.edu/tuition-and-aid/financial-aid to apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Contact the ESL Support Program office and provide your email, HCC ID #, and phone number. Schedule an online appointment to complete your ESL interview and writing assessment.
- Attend your scheduled online appointment with the ESL Support Program to complete your assessment and register for classes. You will learn more about additional orientations.
- Apply to HCC
- Apply for financial aid (if applicable)
- Make an appointment for an English assessment. Visit the AESL Support Service office in DON 203 or contact Gladys Montero at 413.552.2553.
- Come for the placement assessment by appointment
- Part one: AESL Placement Test
- Part two: Short oral interview and writing sample (following this, you will receive your class schedule)
- Attend New Student Orientation for AESL
- Start classes!
Meet with your academic advisor whenever you have a question, or to choose classes for the upcoming semester.
Each level of AESL offers classes in reading and writing, speaking and listening, and grammar.
View all Academic English as a Second Language courses in the College Catalog.
- ESL 130: Speaking & Listening III
- ESL 131: Reading & Writing III
- ESL 140: Speaking & Listening IV
- ESL 141: Reading & Writing IV
- ESL 151: Reading & Writing V
- ESL 169: Grammar III
- ESL 170: Grammar IV
- ESL 171: Grammar V
In 1991, the Faculty Senate of Holyoke Community College voted to grant academic credit for all ESL classes. The motion accepted on that day reads as follows: "Students should be able to earn a maximum of 15 credits of liberal arts elective credits for ESL classes taken at any level (beginning through advanced). The actual amount of credit that a student could apply toward a degree would depend on the number of liberal arts or general electives that the student's degree program accepts."
WHEN I CAME HERE, MY ENGLISH WAS ZERO. I WAS UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH ANYONE IN ENGLISH. THANKS TO HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S ESL PROGRAM, I AM THE WOMAN THAT I AM TODAY."