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 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.
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.
January 15th - – April 26th
(no classes March 12th – 15th and April 19th)
- Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:00 – 7:15 – Withers 150
- Friday mornings 10:15 – 11:30 – Withers 120
Classes are free. Sign-in when you go to class.
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.
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.
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."