Welcome to the Center for ESL (C.E.S.L.)

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Do I have to be an international student to study at CESL?

No! You do not need to be an F-1 student to study English as a Second Language. 


Intensive English Program

Tennessee Tech's new Center for English as a Second Language started Fall 2021 on August 16th! We have been open 2 years!!

Upcoming Sessions for the remainder of 2024:

    • Summer Session 2 June 24th  (5 weeks) $1715
    • Fall Session 1 August 26th  (7 weeks) $2400
    • Fall session 2 October 15th  (7 weeks)  $2400

Students will take 20 hours of instruction in:

    1. Reading & Vocabulary
    2. Writing
    3. Listening & Speaking
    4. Grammar
    5. Electives like Idioms,  American Culture,  Test Prep. or Pronunciation.

C.E.S.L. Courses (levels 1-5)

An ESL program, generally referred to as an Intensive English Program (IEP) in the U.S., is a language program in which the classes are non-credit. There will be two 7-week terms in Spring 2024 and Fall 2024. The Summer term will be 10 weeks, with 1 session for 10 weeks, or two 5 week sessions.

    • 20 hours of contact time is the minimum requirement by the USCIS/ SEVP.

    • The C.E.S.L. program at Tech will be 20 hours per week, each session will be 7-weeks.  PLEASE NOTE: Summer classes are 5 weeks (10 weeks for the summer — it follows the dormitories availability).

The cost for 20 hours for 7 weeks is: $2400


ESL + Pathway

Students in Level 4 and 5 can enroll in specific academic courses at Tennessee Tech University as part of the Pathway program. 


C.E.S.L. Schedule (Levels 1, 2 & 3)

Daily Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 pm - 10 pm Writing Writing Writing Writing Pronunciation
10 pm - 11 pm  Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking Listening & Speaking American Culture
11 pm - 12:30 pm Break Break Break Break Break
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar Conversations
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Reading & Vocabulary  Reading & Vocabulary  Reading & Vocabulary  Reading & Vocabulary  American Films




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