Transitional Studies
Pellissippi State Art Department

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is designed to assist non-native English speakers as they transition into academic programs across the college and at most colleges and universities across the country.  Our program emphasizes English for Academic Purposes, and teaches reading, writing, grammar and communication appropriate to an academic community.  The Pellissippi State program is comprised of two levels.  Students will be placed into the appropriate level based on scores from the placement tests they will take after being admitted to the college. Students who score into level 2 classes may be permitted to enroll in approved college courses in addition to the ESOL courses.   Each level can be completed in one semester. Each level has an integrated curriculum based on the language skills that students need for success in academic classrooms.

Course Descriptions:  Each of these is a 3-credit course.

Level 1

ESOL 0921 – Reading I

ESOL 0931 – Writing I

ESOL 0941 - Grammar I

ENGL 1060 - Communication



ESOL 0922 – Reading II

ESOL 0932 – Writing II

ESOL 0942 – Grammar II


After completing the ESOL courses, students are required to take ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020.  The English department offers sections of these courses each semester for second-language students.  These sections are taught by teachers with much ESL experience and training.

Placement in Courses

New students enter the course determined by the Placement Test. Returning students enter at the first of any remaining uncompleted courses.

Attendance Policy

The attendance policy for English as a Second Language is the same as for the college in general: you must be present for 75% of the scheduled class days.