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        
Assistant Director: Lucinda Hunter lhunter@bgsu.edu
ESOL Secretary: Danielle Burkin dburkin@bgsu.edu
CCCC Coordinator: cccc@bgsu.edu


Office Hours

Monday - Friday
1:00 P.M -5:00 P.M.

Questions about acquiring TESOL certification?

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


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

Stay Tuned for Spring 2019 ESOL Classes!

Spring registration for continuing students will be open on November 2nd. Continuing students will receive an email from our office listing any remaining ESOL course requirements. Contact us if you have any questions. 

ESOL Course Descriptions

More information about Spring Registration at BGSU