English as a Second Language

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What ESL classes do you offer?
2. When do your classes start/ end?
3. How can I register?
4. How long are your classes?
5. How much do your classes cost?
6. Can I get financial aid?
7. Where are classes held?
8. Do I need to take the TOEFL test?
9. How can I practice speaking English?
10. How can I practice my pronunciation?
11. How can I practice reading/ writing/ vocabulary?
12. What do current and former students think about your program?
13. Is there free parking?
14. Is there childcare during classes?
15. What if I just want to take a class for fun and not for college credit?
16. I am not in the United States. How can I come and study at OCC?

1. What ESL classes do you offer?
A: Grammar and Listening Communication, Writing/Reading, English Conversation, and Oral Communication(intermediate and advanced).
 
2. When do your classes start/ end?
A: Refer to OCC's Academic Calendars for term scheduling information.
 
3. How can I register?
A: Our counselors can help you with registration.
 
4. How long are your classes?
A: Most of the classes meet 2 times a week for 2 hours (=4 hours total/week). Some of the classes meet once a week for 4 hours (=4 hours/week).
 
5. How much do your classes cost?
A: Information on class costs can be found on the Tuition and Fees web page. Financial aid, grants and scholarships are also available. (Does not apply to F-1 students).
 
6. Can I get financial aid?
A: You may refer to OCC's Financial Aid page. (Does not apply to F-1 students).
 
7. Where are classes held?
A: Classes are held at the Auburn Hills, Orchard Ridge, and Royal Oak OCC campuses.
 
8. Do I need to take the TOEFL test?
A: For students applying at OCC, no. After you apply you will take the MTELP test. This test will determine which ESL class you need to take. However, if you already have a TOEFL score of 550+ on the paper test, 213 and TWE 5.5 (on the computer-based test) or 79-80 on the iBT with a minimum of 24 in writing, then you don't need to take ESL classes. However, if you already have an ACT score of 38+ with a minimum of 18 on each section – Reading and English, then you don't need to take ESL classes.
A: For students applying from outside the US, yes. Please view requirements.
 
9. How can I practice speaking English?
A: If you become an ESL student at OCC, you can attend the Coffee, Culture, and Conversation group (at participating campuses) or talk with a tutor.
 
10. How can I practice my pronunciation?
A: If you become an ESL student at OCC, you can use the computer program in our Academic Support Centers or practice with a tutor.
 
11. How can I practice reading/ writing/ vocabulary?
A: If you become an ESL student at OCC, you can use the computer program in our Academic Support Centers or practice with a tutor.
 
12. What do current and former students think about your program?
A: "As a foreign student, I was required to take ESL. I was happy with the classes and most impressed with the instructors. My writing, reading and speaking styles improved quickly, but the classes not only changed my English skills - they changed my whole lifestyle. I learned how to become a good citizen and made friendships. It helped me in other areas of my life including inter-relationships, professional career, social skills, critical thinking, and problem solving. I earned an associate degree in computer information systems and am working in my field. I recommend OCC to anyone who wants to grow professionally or personally."
- Galagama De silva
 
13. Is there free parking?
A: Yes. There is free and safe parking.
 
14. Is there childcare during classes?
A: No.
 
15. What if I just want to take a class for fun and not for college credit?
A: For non-F1 students, please refer to the OCC Course and Grading Policies for information about auditing classes.
A: For F1 students, F1 students must study full-time, without the possibility of auditing.
 
16. I am not in the United States. How can I come and study at OCC?
A: See the college website for complete information on international student admissions information.
 

Contact Information

Auburn Hills
Phone 248.341.2200

Orchard Ridge
René Rubenacker
Phone 248.522.3590

Royal Oak
Phone 248.341.2200