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English as a Second Language (ESL)

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The English as a Second Language Program is designed for students who want to develop their English skills. ESL courses prepare students for college courses and for academic and technical programs at Jefferson. ESL courses also prepare students to transfer to other schools. Instructors use a communicative method that helps students improve their ability to express themselves at school, at work, and in the community.

Classes are available in reading, writing, and grammar. Students usually have to take four levels of ESL depending on their test scores. Students spend one semester for each ESL level; that is, approximately three to four semesters of ESL classes. ESL sections of English 101, English 102 and FYE are offered. Students can begin studies in the fall or spring semester. Classes are offered in the morning and evening.


ESL Admission Procedures

1. Complete the JCTC's free Application for Admission.

2. Take the Michigan English Placement Test. All new students take this test before registering for classes. The test will include writing, reading, grammar and listening.

Set an appointment to take the ESL COMPASS test. (Make sure to choose DOWNTOWN & TECHNICAL CAMPUS First Time College Student Testing - 2016.) You will take your exam at the John T. Smith Library on the Downtown Campus, located at the North part of the parking lot between First and Second Street and Broadway, Room 213.

  • Please be sure to bring your student ID# and a photo ID with you for the test. Your student ID # can be found on the final screen of the online application, or in the acceptance letter of paper application.

At the end of your ESL COMPASS test, you will be placed in an orientation ("SOAR"), this is where you will be advised and registered for classes.

3. Attend ESL Student Orientation. At the orientation you will receive information about JCTC. At the end of the day you will be registered for classes. And there will be Financial Aid, Admissions and ESL Advisers to answer all of your questions.

  • Please be sure to bring your COMPASS test results (all of them!) We will need them to register for your classes.
  • Please be on time. If you are late, we will ask you to reschedule your orientation.

Other Important Steps

Apply for financial aid. Fill out the FAFSA (Federal Application for Financial Aid) as soon as possible. Apply on-line at , or at the Kentuckiana College Access Center (KCAC) located in the JEC, 200 West Broadway, 7th floor. Call to make an appointment: (502) 584-0475.

Be sure to turn your high school and previously attended college transcripts. It is imperative that you bring your transcripts, you will not be allowed to register for classes in the future if we do not have them on file.

Classes should be paid by Friday the week before starting classes. If you are not sure you have financial aid, go to the Financial Aid Office to ask about your financial aid. The Financial Aid Office is located in the JEC, 200 West Broadway, fourth floor.

If you do not have financial aid and you know that you cannot pay for classes, you have to drop the classes before the first day of class at the ESL Office, Seminary Building (209 E. Broadway) Entrance 3.

Questions? Please call Angela Scharfenberger (502) 213-2496.

Contact Us

ESL English as a Second Language Office

M. Angelica Munoz
ESL Consultant,
SEM E. Building, Entrance 3,
Room 229
209 East Broadway,
Louisville, KY 40202

ESL Office Hours Fall 2016:
Mondays: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Fridays: Closed

International Admissions

Angela Scharfenberger
Assistant Director of Admissions.
International & Immigrant Student Services
JEC, Room 216
200 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
FAX: 502-213-2540

Victoria Lyalina
ESL Department Coordinator
Associate Professor, SEM E. 346