English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Bristol prepare you for intensive English instruction to help continue your college education, prepare you for the workforce, and build a strong foundation in the language.

Bristol Community College offers ESL courses at our Fall River and downtown New Bedford campuses. When you complete the program, you will be more confident in your English-speaking abilities, and as a result, more confident in and out of the classroom.

ESL Course Work

As an ESL student, you will be offered intermediate and/or advanced level classes in reading and vocabulary, writing, grammar, and conversation.

Before entering the program, you will meet with the College’s ESL Skills Specialist to take a placement test. This test will help determine which level of ESL is right for you.

Academic Support Services

You are encouraged to spend at least one hour a week in Academic Support using pronunciation and writing skills software programs, typing and printing essays, conducting research, and working with our staff of qualified tutors. Free ESL tutoring is offered on the Bristol Fall River and New Bedford Campuses.

ESL prepares you in intermediate and/or advanced levels of:

  • English Grammar
  • English Vocabulary & Reading Skills
  • English Writing Skills
  • English Conversation

Financial Aid

If you are already enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Bristol, you may be eligible to receive Financial Aid for your ESL courses.

For more information, visit Bristol's Financial Aid page or call 508.678.2811, ext. 2515.