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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.  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.

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.


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:

Contact Us

Chester Needham

ESL Program Coordinator

Ned R. McWherter Technology Building
Room 336
Hardin Valley Campus

Kate O'Meara
ESL Instructor

J.L. Goins Administration Building
Room 263
Hardin Valley Campus