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 international@pstcc.edu 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.

ESOL studentsFirst, you need to sign up for and take the Michigan Test. For more information, or help scheduling the test, contact 865-694-6400. Results will take a few days to process and will be sent to your Pellissippi State email address. This Michigan Test is free for students. If you prefer not to take the Michigan Test, Pellissippi State also accepts TOEFL or IELTS results.

While 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 Patty Moore in the Advising Office for assistance with advising and selecting the right classes.

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

ESL Program

There are many resources on campus that are geared to English learners. Students have access to a free tutoring center with trained ESL tutors. International student success faculty and peer mentors are also available to help ESL students with academic questions, study skills or personal matters.

Pellissippi State offers many ways to get involved in campus life. As an ESL student, you can take part in numerous student clubs and organizations, join English Conversation Table events, use the recreation center facility and equipment, volunteer in the community or become a part of campus leadership.

Library and Computer Labs

Each campus has a library and a computer lab available for student use. The computer labs are particularly helpful for those who do not have access to a computer at home. Also, librarians are available in person or through an online live chat to help students locate resources.

ESL Classes

Visit the links below to learn more about the ESOL Level I and ESOL Level II courses:

  • ESOL 0921 – Reading I
  • ESOL 0922 – Reading II
  • ESOL 0931 – Writing I
  • ESOL 0932 – Writing II
  • ESOL 0941 – Grammar I
  • ESOL 0942 – Grammar II
  • ESOL 1060 – English Conversation, Pronunciation & Listening I

Contact Us


Kate O’Meara
ESL Program Coordinator
Ned R. McWherter Technology Building, Room 138