English Language Skills

Montgomery College offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. There are three ESL programs for adult learners whose first language is not English.

ESOL two happy female students
Adult ESOL and Basic Skills for College and Careers
These programs  are the most basic. See below for more information about the Adult ESOL and Basic Skills for College and Careers  (AEBSCC) program and qualifications.
ESL Students
ESL, American Pre-Academic and Professional ESL
These programs are intermediate to advanced levels. See below for more information about the American Pre-Academic and Professional ESL  (APPE) program.
International ESL Students
English Language for Academic Purposes/Academic English
This is the most advanced level. See below for more information about the English Language for Academic Purposes/Academic English (ELAP) program. 

Program Details

Three male ESOL students in a classroom
Adult ESOL and Basic Skills for College and Careers

This program 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 healthcare, customer service, building trades, and technology.
  • There are additional programs for computer literacy, citizenship, and Vocational ESOL 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. If  you have a F1 Visa or J1 Visa you may not take these classes.

Learn more about the Adult ESOL Program.

ESL students and Instructor in a classroom
ESL, American Pre-Academic and Professional ESL Program

This 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) or Accuplacer ESL Test and Writing Sample. 

Locations: Rockville Campus and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Tuition? Yes.

Learn more about the ESL Program.

Young male student in the library
ELAP, Academic English, English Language for Academic Purposes Program

This 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 and Writing Sample

Locations: Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campuses.

Learn more about the ELAP Program.

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