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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between ESOL and ENGLISH courses?

English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes focus specifically on helping non-native English speakers improve English language skills, for academic, professional and personal development. ESOL classes are taught by faculty with training and experience working with English language learners.

ESOL classes...

  • Use specialized instruction and materials designed for second language learning
  • Help with adjustment to a new academic system and the social/cultural environment in the U.S.
  • Provide skills necessary for interpersonal communication appropriate for many situations
  • Teach students to be less dependent on bilingual dictionaries and the use of translation
  • Bring a great variety of interesting students from all over the world, providing opportunities to make new friends
  • Develop the student's listening speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skill, as well as cultural awareness
  • Prepare students to listen to and understand the language spoken by other content instructors and to actively participate
  • Offer a supportive environment, helping students build the confidence to ask questions and communicate in class

How are students accepted into the program?

All students must first take an ESOL placement test with a counselor in the Academic Advising Center. Based on the results of the test, the counselor will place you in the appropriate level course and help you register for your class.

How do I sign up for a class?

After you take your ESOL placement test, a counselor will help you complete a registration form that you take to the Registrar's Office.

How do I pay for a class?

You can pay with a check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), or cash. There is also a payment plan.

What courses are offered?

MCC offers non-credit ESOL classes. Here is a link to the ESOL non-credit course schedule.

What language is spoken in class?

English is the only language spoken in ESOL classes. In beginning classes, the instructor speaks slowly and uses simple language and the students' comprehension improves.

Why should I study at a community college?

  • Small class size - Low faculty-to-student ratios mean your professors will know your name, your skills, and your goals.
  • Faculty - Dedicated professors are focused on the success of each student.
  • Affordable tuition - The tuition is much less than at a university. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
  • Support Services - At Manchester Community College, the Academic Advising Center is one of the offices committed to helping each student be successful.
  • Strong academic foundation - Students are better prepared for academic success when they transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Transferable credits - At Manchester Community College, credits transfer to UNH, Keene State, Plymouth State, Granite State College and other colleges in NH and around the U.S.!
  • Flexibility - Choose day, evening, weekend or online courses, and a combination that fits your schedule.
  • Variety of programs - At Manchester Community College, there are more than 20 certificate or degree programs as well as many non-credit offerings.
  • Hands-on training - Laboratory and clinical time.