English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a post-admission program that provides language support for BGSU students who are non-native speakers of English. ESOL courses assist both undergraduate and graduate students in the development of academic English skills so that students can better meet the demands of their degree programs. The ESOL Program also provides clearance for International Teaching Assistants/Associates, as required by Ohio State Law. 

In addition to offering courses for enrolled BGSU students, the ESOL Program offers two optional programs to promote cultural understanding and language development. The Cross-Cultural Conversation Connection matches American and international students in small conversation groups to connect people from various cultures through conversation. Secondly, the Family English Program is a free English Class that is open to family members of BGSU faculty, staff, and students. Community members are also welcome.

Program Director: Amy Cook amycook@bgsu.edu       
ESOL Secretary: Kelly Jennings kjennin@bgsu.edu
CCCC Coordinator: Jessica Eylem cccc@bgsu.edu


A flyer with details about the presentation workshop

Join us for the first event of our Friday Workshop Series!

Are you a multilingual student? Do you have a presentation coming up? Do you want to know what an American audience expects from your presentation? Do you want to learn how to plan and prepare successful presentations? Then this workshop is for YOU. ESOL Program together with the Learning Commons will hold two sessions of a FREE presentation workshop for multilingual students on Feb. 22, 11:30-12:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Choose the time that works best for you. Both sessions will be at the Learning Commons (Jerome Library, 1st floor). For more information email Ana Kryzhanivska.

The remainder of the Friday Workshop Series will begin on Friday, March 8. A series of five workshops will be held in Spring Semester, 2019. Topics and additional details will be announced soon — watch this space!

Questions about acquiring TESOL certification?

If you are interested in gaining a TESOL certificate, please contact the TESOL Certificate Program.


Interested in Joining Cross-Cultural Conversation Connection (CCCC)?

In CCCC, students are matched into small groups (3-5 people) based upon their time availability and hobbies/interests. Each group will meet weekly with a student leader, and learn about other cultures, share cultural experiences and knowledge, gain experience speaking English as a Global Language, and plan events and other activities.

CCCC Spring 2019 Participant Application

CCCC Spring 2019 Group Leader Application

WSA International Dinner

WSA Dinner attendees

Thanks to the English Department for sponsoring a table at the World Student Association Dinner in November 2018. ESOL Program staff Amy Cook, Lucinda Hunter, Jessica Eylem, and Heather Stephenson were joined by other faculty and grad students from the English department. We enjoyed the cultural talents showcased by all the students on the program and the fashion show, including traditional Ukrainian dress modeled by our own ESOL faculty member, Ana Kryzhanivska.

(clockwise, starting from bottom left) Neeru Nagarajan, Julie Webb, Lucinda Hunter, Michael Oshindoro, Christine David, Ann von Mehren, Heather Stephenson, Kitty Burroughs, Jessica Eylem

Photo Credit: Amy Cook

Attendees at the WSA Dinner