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American Pre-Academic and Professional ESL Program

ESL Student writing on the blackboard
American Pre-Academic and Professional ESL (APPE) offers courses for students whose first language is not English. Courses include instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. APPE courses range from beginning through advanced levels.

How to Register for ESL Classes

Summer 2021 Special Instructions:

This summer all ESL classes will be remote.

  • Structured Remote (SR)--will meet online only at scheduled dates and times. You will use Zoom, Blackboard, and other online tools. 
  • Distance Learning (DL)--are online classes for students who need a flexible schedule. You can work at home at your own pace. Each week the instructor will let you know which lessons to work on in Blackboard, a learning management system. You will access videos, instructional materials and discussion forums. There will also be optional opportunities to meet with instructors and classmates over Zoom during the course of the semester.
Registration Information:
  • View the Summer ESL class schedule (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .
  • View the Summer ESL Book list (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  • Internet: You must have reliable internet service and a computer or mobile device from which you can access Zoom and other websites and send and receive documents (email). 
  • Instructions for Returning Students on how to Register and Pay via MYMC (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) . 
  • Registration: You must register and pay online. When you register, make sure to pay or you will be dropped within 24 hours. If you are dropped, you will lose your place in class, and the class may be filled when you try to register again. The last day for online registration is May 31 at 11:59p.m. After that, please contact Annette Greene at 240-549-2691 or to see if you can register late.
  • Customer Service: Call Customer Service at 240-567-5188 if you need help registering.
  • Class Level: After your course begins, you may be moved to a different class if your teacher finds you are in the wrong level.
  • In-state Tuition:  You may qualify for in-state tuition (Maryland Resident), based on your visa status in the USA. Contact Customer Service at 240-567-5188 to find out if you qualify. Be ready to send a picture of your visa documents. 
  • Au Pairs: Au Pairs qualify for in-state tuition by filling out this form: (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)


Special Instructions


If you wish to take classes , please contact us by one of these methods:

Returning Students & New Students with Test Results

Degree-Seeking Students

If you took the MC ESL Remote Placement Test online and receive an email asking you to contact us, please make an appointment to get your placement by calling 240-549-2691 or emailing us at

If you took the Accuplacer ESL and have your placement, you can register online by following these directions:

ESL Placement Test Dates & Times

Notice: Due to COVID, all placement testing will be offered via Zoom. Please contact us by email, phone or text: 


Rockville Campus 
Due to COVID you must contact us:

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus 
Due to COVID you must contact us:

Registration Locations

No in-person registration at this time. You must register online. All in-person registration is closed.  Register early to get a space in the course.

When Montgomery College opens in-person registration again, our regular registration locations are as follows:

  • Rockville Campus: CC 220 (Campus Center)
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus: CF 230 (Cafritz Foundation Arts Center)
  • Germantown Campus: 241 and/or HS 241 and/or 243 (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Gaithersburg Training Center: Room 400
  • Westfield South in Wheaton: Room 306*
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* Disability access for this leased site is on the same side as the movie theater entrance. For more information regarding disability access at the site, or if any individuals are facing accessibility issues anywhere in the Westfield South Center, please call 240-567-8841.