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English for Speakers of Other Languages

ESOL StudentsAre you ready to learn English at Pellissippi State?


Improve your English skills in our English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes.

Everyone is welcome to take English (ESOL) classes at Pellissippi State.  How you become a student depends on your residency status in the United States.

If you are not a resident of the United States, don’t worry, contact Patricia Higgins (+1-865-539-7007) and we will work with you individually to get enrolled.

If you are a current resident, let’s get started.  There are several necessary steps to become a student at Pellissippi State.

First, you need to sign up for and take the Michigan Test.  You can take the Michigan Test at the Pellissippi State Testing Center.  For more information, or help scheduling the test, contact Jennifer Rather (865-539-7189). Results will take a few weeks to return.

ESOL studentsWhile waiting for the results of the Michigan Test, the next step is to apply for financial aid. To see if you are eligible for financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA. If you need help completing the FAFSA form, a member of our staff will be glad to help you.

After a few weeks, you will have your Michigan Test scores and financial aid.  The final step is to contact the college’s Advising Office. A member of our Advising staff will help you select the right classes. 

If you have any questions or need help during the application process, please contact ESOL.

Contact Us

Chester Needham
ESL Program Coordinator
865.694.6463

McWherter Building, Room 336
Hardin Valley Campus


Kate O'Meara
ESL Instructor
865.971.5257

Division Street Campus
Room 160