English as a Second Language


English as a Second Language courses are offered at three OCC campuses: Royal Oak, Auburn Hills, and Orchard Ridge (Farmington Hills). These courses help prepare students to be successful in other academic courses.

We offer four levels of combined writing/reading courses, four levels of combined grammar/listening courses, and three levels of speaking courses. These are credit courses that follow the semester plan. In addition, Royal Oak and Orchard Ridge campuses also offer a lower level, non-credit course called the Bridge Class for students who are not ready for the lowest level of our credit program.

For registration information, visit Registration and Tuition. For faculty information, please visit the faculty directory.  


When students fill out and return their application for admission, they will receive instructions to take the MTELP (Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency). The MTELP is given on each campus in the Academic Support Center by appointment. The score on this test places students in the appropriate level of ESL courses.

For more information visit Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP).

What students are saying about OCC English as a Second Language

"I recommend OCC to all ESL students who want a great academic English experience and do not want to waste their time. OCC-ESL has very much helped me in reaching my goals."

- Enise Kizilaslan