English for Speakers of Other Languages


A New Language For Your New Life

Program Overview

If English is not your native language, CCBC's English for Speakers of Other Language classes are just what you need. You will progress through the ESOL classes at a pace that will improve your writing and reading skills and progress toward proficiency in listening and speaking. Improving your English skills will help you gain confidence and increase your ability to communicate in the classroom and workplace.

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How to Sign Up for ESOL Classes at CCBC

If you are a naturalized U.S. citizen, immigrant, permanent resident, refugee or asylee:

  1. Go to the Admissions Office on your campus or center to complete an Application for Admission. 
  2. Bring your official immigration documentation with you.
  3. After you complete your Application for Admission, an academic advisor will assist you with orientation, placement testing, and registration.

If you are a non immigrant visa holder or if you are an applicant for permanent residency, refugee or asylee status:

  1. Goto International Student Services on your CCBC Catonsville or CCBC Essex campus to complete an Application for Admission.
  2. Bring your passport and other official documentation with you.
  3. After you complete your application for admission, an international student counselor will assist you with orientation, placement testing, and registration.

What is the English Language Placement Test?

  • The basic placement test takes about one hour. It is a multiple-choice test that helps to evaluate your skills in English grammar, vocabulary, reading, and listening comprehension. You will get your score when you finish the test.
  • If you score at the advanced level on the English placement test, you will also have to do a writing sample. You will have up to an hour to complete the writing sample. You will get the results of the writing sample in one to two days.

Financial Aid

Contact Financial Aid Office on your campus to find out if you can apply for federal, state or institutional financial assistance.

ESOL Contact Numbers

If you have any questions about the ESOL program at CCBC or if you would like to talk to someone about the program, please call or email:

Catonsville and Owings Mills Center:

Debbie Trevathan 443-840-5880

 Essex and Dundalk:

Stacie Miller 443-840-1993

CCBC Continuing Education also offers a complete community-based ESOL program for beginning students and learners not interested in pursuing academic classes. Learn more »

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