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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The purpose of this program is to provide non-credit English language courses designed to improve the employability of the state’s workforce through the acquisition of communication skills and cultural competencies which enhance the ability to read, write, speak and listen in English. The programs are for students whose native, or home, language is other than English. Classes are available for students who don't speak English or have limited skills in reading, writing and speaking English. Students are pre-tested to determine their ability and begin their studies at that level.


These courses are divided into Educational Functioning Levels (EFL). An Educational Functioning Level represents the attainment of academic or workforce readiness skills that qualify the participant for further basic education, vocational education, or employment. Progression through EFL levels is measured by approved standardized tests, including the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS), or documentation of mastery of competencies.
ESOL programs offered by OTC are not accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and do not qualify for Title IV financial aid assistance.

Program of Study

There are three courses with varying levels offered by Orange Technical College in the Adult ESOL program:

  1. Adult ESOL is designed for limited English proficient students 16 years of age or older who wish to improve their English language skills to increase their ability to communicate in English for a variety of purposes including employment, higher education, and for life in the U.S. as parents and community members. The Adult ESOL course is life and work skills-based and focuses on English language instruction designed to help students gain or retain employment.

  2. Adult Academic Skills Building serves to improve the advanced ESOL student's ability to communicate in English and allows them to acquire secondary-level English language skills.

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