English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

juliana teaching imgNC 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.

English Language Courses

teaching esl imgWe offer credit 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.

FLE Courses Page

Summer intensive English courses for internationals 

If you are interested in studying English in an intensive three- or five-week program, please check out our Summer Institute in English. We are proud to say that this program has been operating for over 50 years.

Summer Institute in English

Free ESL Classes

Conversation and pronunciation classes for international graduate students, visiting scholars, and spouses. All are welcome. Students can begin anytime during the semester. Here are the times and places.

Advanced ESL Conversation and Pronunciation Classes — Summer (May 22nd - July 27th)

  • Tuesdays and Thursday: 6:00pm - 7:15pm, in Daniels 232
  • Friday: 10:15am - 11:30am, in Tompkins 125.

No registration is required. Just go to the class you'd like to attend.

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.

SPEAK Test Information

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.

ESL Teacher Licensure Program

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.

TESOL Certificate Program

Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

 The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for those who are interested in receiving an initial K-12 teaching license.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Academic Publications

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."


Contact us

Dr. Jillian HaeselerDirector of ESL
Email: jshaesel@ncsu.edu
Office: Withers 325
Phone: 919-515-9299
Fax: 919-513-7034


Campus Box 8106
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8106

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