English as a Second Language

Link to ESL Handbook
and Resources


Program Information

The English as a Second Language Program (ESL) at OCCC teaches everyday life skills to immigrants living in the Oklahoma City Metro community. We give students the skills they need to help their children with school, get a job or keep their job, study for a high school equivalency diploma, become a citizen, or enter college. Courses are offered all over the metro in two sixteen week sessions. There are several similarities to our HSE program:

map Classes are conveniently located throughout the Oklahoma City Metro from Moore to Edmond, Bethany to Midwest City. We do our best to place you in a class as close to your home or work as possible.
calendar To make our classes as accessible to as many as possible, we offer them on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule, both of which are available in the morning (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) or evening (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.).
clipboard Students take a brief assessment when enrolling to help us target their greatest areas of need. This allows us to place students in an appropriate class according to their literacy level.


ESL: Literacy

Students in this level cannot speak or understand English. They may not be able to write more than a few words in English at this level.

ESL: Beginning

At this level, students can understand greetings and very common conversation if spoken slowly. They may be able to speak about everyday activities and read simple texts or write simple sentences.

ESL: Intermediate

In the Intermediate level, students are able to have more complex conversations and speak about familiar topics. They will try to use more vocabulary, can read more complex texts, and begin to define words from context. Students can write simple paragraphs to express their thoughts on something.

ESL: Advanced

Students in the Advanced class can have conversations on a wide variety of topics and are able to clarify their meaning by rewording their statement. Students are able to read and make inferences, predictions, and summaries. They can also write multiple paragraphs on a central topic.


In the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) class, students learn specific skills and strategies to successfully prepare for and pass the TOEFL. This test is a requirement for college admission for English as a Second Linguae students.


The Citizenship class allows students to practice the knowledge and skills necessary to apply for and pass the Naturalization Interview Process such as the Civics Test, Reading Test, Writing Test, and Form N400.


Due to the popularity of our outstanding ESL program, enrollment sessions are very limited. Please reserve your spot by calling 405.682.7873.