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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Improve your reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking abilities in English. 
English can be a key to success in your career and daily life.  North Lake offers a variety of classes tailored to meet both your schedule and your educational goals.
Classes focus on the specific skills our students want to improve:
  • Integrated Skills courses – these courses combine grammar, reading, listening and speaking in one interactive course. Class time is divided so that students can practice and assimilate material.
  • Listening & Speaking courses – these courses focus on these two vital communication skills, giving students ample opportunity to converse, learn cultural norms and interact in class.
  • Pronunciation courses – these courses target the difficult speech sounds and patterns of American English. They enhance students’ ability to be understood and to speak clearly and precisely.
  • Workshops – these short courses are offered throughout the year and emphasize special topics such as vocabulary development, reading skills or computer skills.


  • Take a free, short, written exam to determine placement in the program
  • Register and pay before classes begin
  • Purchase textbook and workbook (for most classes)
  • Attend at least 70% of class time to receive a certificate

Two convenient locations:

  • Central Campus, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., Las Colinas
  • South Campus, 1081 W. Shady Grove Road, South Irving

How to join:

  • For ESL at Central Campus, visit the International Center office in room A418.
  • For ESL at our South Campus in southern Irving, go straight to the Admissions office at the campus you choose.

ESL courses provide instruction for beginners through intermediate:

  • Qualified instructors, who are all native English speakers
  • Classes vary in length from four to eight weeks
  • Classes begin each month and are available mornings, evenings and on the weekends
  • Certificate of completion will be awarded for each course
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify​​​

Intensive English Program

For international students looking to study in the United States and learn college-level English language skills quickly, our Intensive English Program will help with class placement and immigration services.