English Department

English as a Second Language College Program

Truckee Meadows Community College's English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed for students who wish to pursue a complete or limited academic program, including language skill improvement, certificates or degrees such as an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. Depending on the level in which you are initially placed, you may begin earning credit toward a degree in your first term.

College-level ESL instruction helps students whose native language is not English to succeed in college and at work. To meet the needs of ESL students, TMCC offers courses in different levels and skill areas: listening/speaking, reading, writing/grammar and vocabulary/spelling. Students receive high quality instruction designed to meet their language interests and goals.

Who should take college ESL classes?

Students whose goals are in any or all of the following areas:

  • To strengthen their English language skills
  • To better understand the American academic environment
  • To develop good study skills
  • To build knowledge in various academic or vocational subject areas
  • To earn vocational certification
  • To pursue a college or university degree (AA, AS, BA, BS)
  • To practice English in interaction with students from many countries

For more information, please contact us.

For non-credit ESL, visit Adult Basic Education's ESL community program.

College-level ESL Courses Offered

Level I-Basic Level
  • ENG 81-A, ESL Listening and Speaking
  • ENG 81-C, ESL Reading and Writing (4 credits)
Level II-Intermediate Level
  • ENG 112-A, ESL Listening Skills
  • ENG 112-C, ESL Reading Skills
  • ENG 112-D, ESL Composition
Level III-Advanced (Academic) Level
  • ENG 113, Composition I for Non-native Speakers
  • ENG 114, Composition II for Non-native Speakers

Elective Classes

Level II-Intermediate Level
  • ENG 88, ESL Grammar
  • ENG 83, ESL Pronunciation and Spelling (Spring and Summer only)
Level III-Advanced Level
  • COM 113, Fundamentals of Speech
  • READ 135, College Reading Strategies
  • ENG 181, Vocabulary and Meaning
  • CIT 105B, Word Processing; CIT 106B, Spreadsheets; CIT 108B, PowerPoint (1 credit each)

College News

Nursing Program Expanding in 2015

Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program will offer new degree and move into enlarged, remodeled facility.

Legacy Event Honors Students and Donors

TMCC Foundation hosts a festive dinner, creating connections for scholars and their benefactors.

Calendar of Events

TMCC Fall 2014 Resource Fair

Wednesday, October 22
Student Center, Dandini Campus

Free Student Workshop: Understanding Student Loans

Wednesday, October 22
RDMT 412, Dandini Campus