English For Speakers of Other Languages

Oberlin offers the following ESOL courses

ESOL 110 & 115: Two courses, taken concurrently, designed for students who are non-native speakers of English and whose experience using English for academic purposes is limited. ESOL 110 focuses on academic reading, writing and grammar; ESOL 115 focuses on speaking, listening and academic culture.

ESOL 120: A multi-skills course designed to build upon the skills developed in ESOL 110 & 115 and to increase mastery of English for academic purposes at the upper-intermediate levels.

ESOL 130: A multi-skills course designed for the advanced student of the English language to prepare for full academic participation in the College of Arts & Sciences and Conservatory of Music. This course focuses on the use of English for academic purposes, specifically related to building skills for academic writing.

Oberlin's ESOL placement exam

New students who are non-native English speakers take Oberlin’s ESOL placement exam during the pre-orientation program. This is exam is given to Arts and Sciences and Conservatory students regardless of their score on the TOEFL. Course placements and recommendations will be sent to students and their advisors prior to their officially scheduled registration time.

For questions about ESOL courses or the ESOL program at Oberlin, please contact Larissa Fekete (lfekete@oberlin.edu).  For questions about ESOL course requirements for students in the Conservatory of Music, please contact Mary Kay Gray (mgray@oberlin.edu).