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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Montgomery College is the most diverse community college in the continental US. We participated in the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign to affirm that we welcome students from all backgrounds.

Every year, thousands of students from around the world study English at Montgomery College, and our students have a wide variety of English language goals. Whether you need to improve your English to continue your education, to advance in the workplace, or simply because it’s something you've always wanted to do for yourself, we have classes for you.

MC has several levels of English language classes to fit every need. Find out about the class or program that fits YOUR needs. 

Note: if you need the I-20 for an F-1 student visa, you must show proof of your English language proficiency level before being admitted to Montgomery College.  See English Language Assessment & ESL for more information.

Which is the right program for you?

There are three ESL Programs for adult learners whose first language is not English.

Most Basic: Adult ESOL and Basic Skills for College and Careers

Adult ESOL and Basic Skills for College and Careers (AEBSCC) is for you if you want: 

  • English for life, work, and the community
  • to learn to read in English
  • basic skills development
  • English to prepare for specific jobs or job-training programs in health care, customer service, building trades, and technology

AEBSCC programs also offer:

  • computer literacy classes
  • preparation classes for a high school diploma
  • preparation for the US Citizenship test
  • ESL and job training for refugees and asylees

Placement test:

  • CASAS tests or other tests
  • Depending on the class or program, there may be additional entrance requirements

Locations: Many sites throughout Montgomery County

Tuition? Most are free—varies by program and class.

Find out more!

American Pre-Academic and Professional ESL program (APPE)

The American Pre-Academic and Professional ESL program is for you if you want: 

  • to work on your reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, listening, and speaking skills
  • help in building a strong foundation for academic English
  • to improve your English to prepare for the Accuplacer ESL
  • to take a TOEFL preparation course

Placement test:

  • ESL Assessment (ESLA)
  • Accuplacer ESL Test & Writing Sample

Locations: Rockville and Takoma Park campuses

Tuition? Yes

Rockville Campus Placement Office
Campus Center (CC) Room 204A

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Placement Office
Cafritz Foundation Art Center (CF) Room 230

Find out more!

Most Advanced: English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP)

The English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) program is for you if you want: 

  • classes that focus on English for academic purposes
  • to study for a degree and take some credit courses while working on your English language skills within an academic context
  • classes higher in level than most courses in the other two English language programs

Placement test: Accuplacer ESL Test & Writing Sample

Locations: Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park campuses

Tuition? Yes. Financial aid may be available. 

Find out more!