English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
NC State is proud to be a diverse university with students from all over the world — and the English as a Second Language program plays a vital role in providing support and resources to students, faculty and staff. Whether you are an international student who needs to enroll into an English language course or a professional interested in ESL teacher training, we can help you meet your academic and professional goals. Check out our open-access, refereed publication, Dialogues, An Interdisciplinary Journal of English Language Teaching and Research for the newest trends in the field.
Creating Global Community
When you can’t speak the language where you live and work, you’re at an extreme disadvantage. Graduates of NC State’s English as a Second Language (ESL) programs help non-native speakers overcome linguistic barriers in their personal and professional lives. As the programs prepare teachers to bridge language gaps, they foster a global community abroad, across the state of North Carolina and on our own campus.
English Language Courses
We offer credit-bearing courses for regularly enrolled undergraduate and graduate international students. You can find the classes listed in the NC State Course Catalog under the name FLE (Foreign Language English).
For a list of course descriptions, policies and frequently asked questions, visit the FLE Courses page.
ESL Classes at the Intensive English Program
NC State's Intensive English Language Program on 2526 Hillsborough Street also offers very affordable, high-quality English courses to the general public as well as to Visiting Scholars and their spouses. Please go this link for more information: https://intensive-english.ncsu.edu/part-time-enrollment/
Oral Proficiency Testing for International Teaching Assistants
The ESL program offers language improvement courses for International Teaching Assistants. We also administer the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test for potential graduate teaching assistants. The SPEAK test is designed to measure non-native speakers' oral English proficiency.
Teacher Training Programs
ESL Add-On Licensure for K-12 teachers
The NC State ESL program provides an ESL teacher licensure program for undergraduates enrolled in teacher education and for currently licensed North Carolina public school teachers.
TESOL Certificate Program
This non-degree program is designed for those who are interested in teaching English abroad and in community colleges, and working and volunteering in immigrant communities. Students earn a TESOL Certificate in one semester.
Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Journal for English Language Teaching and Research serves as a forum for all professionals to share their research, innovative ideas, and best classroom practices to better serve English learners and the profession as a whole. Please peruse our 2017 and 2018 issues.
To gain perspective, teach abroad!
Jenny Choi, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and 2016 NC State graduate in Elementary Education: "...I teach English to Korean students on a daily basis and thanks to the ESL Add-On program, I am able to foster cultural awareness and teach my students more effectively."