Central Texas College is the perfect place to learn English.  CTC offers ESOL training for international students and limited English speaking members of the local community.  If you need to improve your speaking, listening or writing skills in English, we are here to help.  Students from more than 60 countries have attended our English instruction classes to help them in their jobs, to assist them in getting jobs, in making friends, or to function better in day-to-day American living.  Many military spouses who do not have family members nearby attend classes to seek help in running their households or in handling issues while their husbands are on active duty in other service areas.  Some students want to be able to pass a test for a license to practice in their field of expertise, such as nursing or law.  Whatever the reason you decide to attend the ESOL program here at CTC, ESOL instruction will help make your life in the United States an easier one.

The English for Speakers of Other Languages program, also known as the DSLA program, is an eleven-course program divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced level courses which students may take over three academic terms.  Students with no TOEFLibt scores, or scores below 68, must take an English Skills Assessment (ESA) to determine which courses in listening, grammar, writing and vocabulary they need.  This individualized course placement ensures students do not waste time taking courses they do not need.  The ESOL program includes courses in grammar, writing, reading, listening and speaking, study skills, and accent reduction.

Exam dates for 2019 are as follows:  January 7, May 17, May 24, August 16, August 19, August 21, and December 13.  There will also be an exam on January 6, 2020.  To take the assessment, you can report to Building 150, Room 1073 at 7:45 AM on any of the above-listed dates.

For more information on the dates the English Skills Assessment (ESA) is given, please contact 254-526-1239 or 254-526-1630.  Students wishing to begin classes at Level One are not required to take the comprehensive exam before registering.

International students on study visas must meet admission requirements specifically for international students.  The faculty and staff of CTC want to ensure you are successful in CTC’s ESOL programs; therefore, we have established testing and placement guidelines that determine your best course fit.  CTC provides comprehensive student services for international students through the Office of International Student Services.  The director and staff work to assist foreign nationals in enrolling in CTC, adapting to college life in America and enjoying the social, cultural and educational opportunities Central Texas has to offer.


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  • DSLA

Student course syllabi download Adobe Reader to view the PDF file

  • DSLA 0320 - Reading/Vocabulary II
  • DSLA 0310 - Reading/Vocabulary I
  • DSLA 0321 - Writing II
  • DSLA 0314 - Writing I
  • DSLA 0322 - Listening/Speaking II
  • DSLA 0315 - Grammar
  • DSLA 0323 - Listening/Speaking I
  • DSLA 0330 - Reading/Vocabulary III
  • DSLA 0332 - Listening/Speaking III
  • DSLA 0340 - Accent Reduction