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Ohio State Combined ESL Program

The Combined ESL Program at OSU was created in the 1980s to meet the needs of English Language Learners from around the world. Housed in the Department of Teaching and Learning, in the College of Education and Human Ecology, they offer the following kinds of courses which can be taken through direct enrollment [for students] or through the Office of Distance Education and E-learning:

Intensive English - Full-time courses in the American Language Program (ALP) which meet 20-23 hours per week, for those who wish to make fast progress and who are able to devote themselves to an intensive schedule. ALP students can apply for an I-20 student visa, if needed.

Spoken English classes - 3- and 4-credit classes which meet throughout the day and 1-credit classes which meet in the evening. These daytime classes focus on pronunciation, intonation, and fluency and the evening classes are focused on conversation skills and intercultural communication.

Writing classes - These courses are divided into undergraduate and graduate and are designed to help students learn academic writing and satisfy the university writing requirement for international students. There are also special classes--writing for publication, dissertation writing, etc--which are offered as electives.

In addition, special programming can be created for special needs.

For more information, please contact:

American Language Program
60 Arps Hall
1945 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1172


Adult and Community Education

The Adult and Community Education Program program offers free day and evening classes of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at many different locations throughout the city. Individuals wishing to participate must first call (614) 365-6468 to schedule a mandatory Information/Orientation Session at the North Education Center.

For more information, please contact:

Adult and Community Education Program
2323 Lexington Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211 


Columbus Literacy Council

Columbus Literacy Council recruits and trains hundreds of literacy volunteers each year to help tutor adults in the Columbus community who need to learn to read or increase their current reading level. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners can work with a tutor to improve their English. The tutoring is performed in one-to-one tutoring sessions or in classrooms led by certified teachers. Adult Literacy Services are free and are held Monday through Thursday. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons, and evenings at nine locations throughout the city. Individual tutoring occurs at a public location agreed upon by the tutor and student.

For more information, please contact:

Columbus Literacy Council
92 Jefferson Avenue 
Columbus, Ohio 43215 


Other ESL Classes

Please call or visit these websites for more information regarding their ESL classes.

Dublin Schools
7030 Coffman Road

The Crossing Community Church
5000 Arlington Center Blvd

Ohio Dominican University 
1216 Sunbury Road

Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring Street

Grace Polaris Church
8225 Worthington-Galena Road

Dublin Baptist Church
7195 Coffman Road

Franklin University
201 S. Grant Avenue