English as a Second Language

Spring classes begin January 20, 2023. Register today! Come to room E206.

Current CREDIT LEVEL students (ESL 022-192):

For new and current credit students (ESL 022-192):

contact (with name & student ID):


For new students (beginner & basic levels), au pairs, and current non-credit students (levels 10-60 and Circles, TOEFL, and Business ESL), contact (with name & student ID):


For questions about student visas (F1), contact:


If these don’t answer your questions, contact:


Welcome to the ESL Division at Norwalk Community College!
Our mission is to enable non-native speakers to become full participants in their communities, and to achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals through our integrated reading/writing and elective English language courses. Our passionate and highly qualified professional faculty work to empower our students by providing them with a solid foundation in critical thinking as well as oral and written communication skills. Our multi-level credit and non-credit programs and personalized advising help students develop skills that improve their work- and personal lives and open paths to career certificates, associate and advanced college degrees that allow them to achieve their long term goals and financial stability.

Our ESL Programs

NCC offers a variety of ESL classes to meet the academic, professional, and personal goals of our students, who come from over eighty countries. Classes are scheduled to meet students’ diverse needs, including morning, evenings, and Saturdays. The credit program focuses on writing so that students can succeed in college-level courses. The non-credit program offers classes in reading/writing, listening/speaking and grammar. There are numerous elective courses such as business, computers, TOEFL preparation, and conversation. Many non-credit students eventually pass into credit ESL and pursue academic coursework.

The Language Lab in East 208 promotes language learning inside and outside the classroom. Credit ESL 022, 132, and 142 courses have required labs each week that focus on grammar, vocabulary, and academic listening and note-taking. We encourage all students to practice when they have time. See the lab schedule for our Open Hours. The Lab offers a variety of software, books, films, and practice exercises and tutorials.

Humanities Credit for ESL

High-intermediate and advanced ESL courses (ESL 142, 152 and 192) can count as foreign language/humanities electives toward graduation with the following stipulations: Students may apply up to 10 ESL credits toward the degree in General Studies; all other degrees and programs will accept no more than 6 ESL credits. This is only true for courses taken as credit, not courses taken as non-credit.

College Credit Program of Study

Students must demonstrate mastery of writing and reading skills before progressing to the next level. After successful completion of the ESL sequence, students progress to Composition (ENG 101). Language and computer labs as well as portfolio assessment may be required in four and six-credit courses.

For more information on the ESL credit program, call 203.857.7093. For more information on the non-credit ESL program, call 203.857.6881.

Financial Assistance is available to eligible students in the ESL credit program!

Getting Started

2. Take the ESL
Placement Test

After you receive your student number from Step 1.

ESL Placement Test

3. Meet with Advisor

After you get your placement test result, meet with an ESL advisor.
Course Schedule

4. Complete Registration

Complete your class registration and payment with the Records and Business Offices.
Cost of Tuition & Fees
Financial Aid