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 & ITA Coordinator: Kimberly Spallinger spallkk@bgsu.edu
ESOL Secretary: Danielle Burkin dburkin@bgsu.edu
CCCC Coordinator: Tammie Southall stammie@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.

Upcoming Cross-Cultural Conversation Connection Event


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