2022-2023 English as a Second Language (CTESL1)


This certificate is for international students who would like to prepare for college degree study in the United States. Students experience rigorous English study in grammar, writing, listening/speaking, and reading in order to given them the best possible chances of success in future degree studies.

Admissions Requirements

This certificate is open only to international students who speak English as their second language. Students must place into Low-Intermediate to Advanced ESL courses at WCC using the English Placement Test (EPT).

Contact Information

Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
English & College Readiness
Heather Zettelmaier

Course Requirements

Major/Area Requirements

Class Title Minimum Credits
ESL 132   Intermediate ESL Grammar* 4
ESL 161   Advanced ESL Grammar* 4
ESL 128   Low Intermediate ESL Reading and Writing* 4
ESL 134   Intermediate ESL Reading* 4
  Students with higher reading levels may substitute ACS 107 and/or ACS 108 for ESL 128 and/or ESL 134
ESL 138 or   Intermediate ESL Writing*
  Students with higher writing levels may substitute ESL 168 4
ESL 135 or   English Listening, Pronunciation and Conversation (ESL)*
  Students with higher listening/speaking skills may substitute ESL 165; elective to reach 24 total credits may be required 4


*Students will be placed at appropriate entry-level course based on EPT or regular Accuplacer scores.