English for Speakers of Other Languages

Register for Summer and Fall 2024.
Visit us in room E206.

For new and current credit students (Integrated Skills I, II, III, IV, V), contact:

For new and current non-credit students (10 to 76), contact:


Welcome to the ESOL Division at CT State Norwalk!
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 Programs

We offer a variety of ESOL courses to meet the academic, professional, and personal goals of our students, who come from over eighty countries. Courses 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 courses in reading/writing, listening/speaking and grammar. There are numerous elective courses such as conversation, English for business, and TOEFL preparation. Many non-credit students eventually pass into credit ESOL and pursue academic coursework.

The first three credit-level writing courses (Integrated Skills I, II, and III) have integrated lab practice focusing on grammar and academic listening. All students are welcome to study in the lab, too. See the Language Lab’s schedule.

Humanities Credit for ESL

High-intermediate and advanced ESOL courses (Integrated Skills IV and V) may count as foreign language/humanities elective credits toward graduation with the following stipulations: Students may apply up to ten ESOL credits toward the degree in General Studies; all other degrees and programs will accept no more than six ESOL 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 ESOL sequence, students progress to Composition (ENG 1010). Language and computer labs as well as portfolio assessment may be required in four and six-credit courses.

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

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

ESL Non-credit students are now eligible to enroll in a payment plan.

Getting Started

2. Take the ESOL

Come to room E206.

3. Meet with an advisor

When you have your English level, meet with an ESOL advisor.
Course Schedule

4. Register for classes & make payment

Cost of Tuition & Fees
Financial Aid