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 Community English Class is a free English class that is open to everyone: family members of BGSU faculty, staff, and students; visiting scholars; and community members.

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

Questions about acquiring TESOL certification?

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

ESOL support at the Learning Commons

  • Writing Consultations for ESOL writers
    • Non-native speakers of English and ESOL students are encouraged visit The Learning Commons. A group of our consultants have completed additional training with the Learning Commons ESOL specialist to work with ESOL writers.
    • Students enrolled in ESOL classes should make an appointment with these consultants, but every writing consultant at The Learning Commons can help writers and answer their questions. Consultants can also help writers understand assignment guidelines. Writing appointments are 50 minutes long, and students can make two appointments a week.
  • Presentation and Pronunciation Lab
    • The Learning Commons offers one-on-one tutoring to improve pronunciation and presentation skills.
    • Address concerns such as Pronunciation of individual sounds, Stress patterns, Speaking with confidence, Strategic use of rate and volume, Emphasizing key points, Audience engagement, Presentation preparation and organization, as well as the use of online and on-campus resources for self-study.
  • Learn more about the Presentation and Pronunciation Lab


Students at a Presentation and Pronunciation Lab Workshop