English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

Oakland Community College welcomes students from all backgrounds, including English as a Second Language (ESL) students. 

We understand how difficult it can be to take courses in another language. Our ESL program will help you become more fluent in English and better prepare you for college and your career.

Admissions, Cost & Financial Aid
  • Apply: All students must complete several steps in order to apply to OCC and register for classes. 
  • On an F-1 visa?: Work with our International Student Advisors to complete the registration process. 
  • Paying for classes: Learn more about our tuition cost and financial aid.

Why come to OCC?

  • Established program | Our English as a Second Language program has been helping students reach their goals for over 30 years.
  • Complete instruction | We offer 11 different courses to help you improve your English skills, including grammar, listening communication, conversation, oral communication, writing and reading. 
  • Expert faculty | Our dedicated faculty members are experienced in working with students who have different levels of English skills.
  • Free academic support | Our Conversation Partner Program and one-on-one tutoring through our Academic Support Center provide additional support outside the classroom.
  • Bridge class | We offer this non-credit course for students who have lower placement scores and who need extra preparation before entering the ESL program.  
  • Successful graduates | No matter where you go after OCC, our ESL program will prepare you. Our OCC graduates transfer to 4-year colleges and universities, enter the workforce and get better jobs.

You can also read frequently asked questions about our program. 

Placement Testing

  • Required | To ensure you enroll in the classes that best meet your needs, you will need to take the Duolingo English test.  
  • Duolingo English Test | This test is different from many other placement tests. It is designed to test students’ real-world language ability, and it measures reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. 
  • Free | You will not need to pay for this test. You will receive a special OCC coupon code that covers the cost. 
  • To take the Duolingo English test | Visit MyOCC and log in with your OCC username and password. Select the Students tab under “Pre-registration Steps,” then select “Duolingo ESL Placement.” Follow the instructions on this page.
  • Exemption | If you have already taken the TOEFL / IELTS tests, your score may exempt you from taking some ESL courses. Visit our placement testing page and see the “Exemption” section for more information.

“I speak all the time with my family in Spanish and my friends are from Mexico. I needed to practice my English with somebody else, so I decided to be part of this opportunity … I not only improved my English skills, but also, I think I have grown as a person.”  – Cutzi Guzman Lopez, ESL student in Conversation Partner Program

For specific information about how to take DET, go to MyOCC and log in with your OCC username and password. Select the Students tab under “Pre-registration Steps,” and select “Duolingo ESL Placement.” Follow the instructions from there.

REGISTRATION

HOW TO REGISTER

NOTE: Students on F-1 visas must work with the International Student Advisors to complete the process. 
All students must complete several steps in order to register for classes.

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STEP 1 - Create an Admissions Online Application

Go to apply. Select 'Create An Admissions Profile'. Complete the Application for Admission. Confirmation emails are sent when the application is received and again when processed. Allow two (2) business days for processing. NOTE: Fall and winter semesters have application deadlines. Plan Ahead!

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STEP 2 - Set-up a MyOCC Account & OCC Student Email

After you receive confirmation that your application has been processed, you will need to log into your MyOCC Account. Be sure to add your Secondary Email on the Change/Add Email screen - this will allow you to reset your own password if needed. Once logged in to MyOCC, sign in to Student Email to ACTIVATE your required OCC STUDENT EMAIL account.

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 STEP 3 - Complete the Placement Process

It takes time to get prepared, take the test, and get results. Start this early.

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STEP 4 - Complete the New Student Orientation - Online

This can feel complicated. Just do your best.

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STEP 5 - Meet with a Counselor

Make the most of your counseling appointment. OCC now requires Mandatory Counseling for all incoming first-time college students. Complete your application and placement testing before coming in! Call for an appointment with a counselor at one of the campuses or set up a ZOOM meeting!

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STEP 6 - Register for Classes via MyOCC

  • Log into MyOCC, Select Students
  • Go to Registration
  • Click Register for Sections
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STEP 7 - Pay your bill

You can pay via;

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STEP 8 - Get Your Raider One Card

The Raider One Card is your Official OCC Student ID. It serves as your Student ID, Library Card, Copy/Print Card, and iROC Cash for Raiders Store and Cafe purchases. Your first card is free, replacement cards cost $10. Your official OCC Student ID can be picked up at the Business Office.

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STEP 9 - Visit the D2L Site for Your Classes

GO TO CLASS!

CONTACT INFORMATION & SERVICE HOURS

Southfield Campus
Ask a Counselor @ Southfield

2nd Floor of A Building
Phone:  248.233.2750
Fax:  248.233.2740

Service Hours:

Mon,Thur & Friday | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Onsite & Virtual Services)
Tue & Wed: 8:30 am - 7 pm (Onsite & Virtual Services)
Sat (see dates below): 8:30 am - 12:30pm (Virtual Services Only)

• August 13, 20, 27 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)
• September 3 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)
• October 22, 29 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)
• November 5, 12, 19 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)
• December 3, 10, 17 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)