English as a Second Language

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 lower level, non-credit courses called the Bridge Class for students who are not ready for the lowest level of our credit program.

MTELP Placement

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


ENGLISH TESTS

After you apply, you will take the MTELP test (Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency). This test will determine which ESL class you need to take.

You do not need to take the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) to enroll in ESL at Oakland Community College. However, if you already have a TOEFL score of 550+ on the paper test and TWE 5.5; or 213 on the computer-based test and TWE 5.5; or 79-80 on the iBT with a minimum of 24 in writing, then you do not need to take ESL classes.

What students are saying about OCC English as a Second Language

"ESL at OCC is so organized and well-developed – if you want to be successful in your career, you’ve got to come to OCC!"

- Anna Ryu

Read more from ESL students

Contact Information

Auburn Hills
Phone 248.341.2200

Orchard Ridge
Phone 248.522.3590

Royal Oak
Phone 248.341.2200