English for Speakers of Other Languages

For over 20 years, Richland’s ESOL Department has been helping Dallas’ foreign-born residents learn English and pursue their academic and professional dreams. The department currently serves over 1,300 students each semester, making it one of the largest in the county.

Prospective students receive free testing and advising in the College’s Multicultural Center. After individual counseling, they register in one of three programs, each designed to meet students’ varying needs:

  • Individual skill-based courses offer flexible scheduling for busy students, including online/classroom classes which combine classroom and online learning;
  • Intensive Learning Communities provide a fast-paced, integrated approach to language learning;
  • ESOL Online blends language lessons with the power of Web 2.0 for fun, interactive learning from any computer with an internet connection; and
  • The American English and Culture Institute (AECI) meets the special requirements of F-1 visa holders.

Students with little knowledge of English can begin their studies in non-credit courses, offered through Continuing Education, and transition seamlessly into one of the credit programs.

Small, learner-centered classes, experienced faculty, a staff dedicated to student success, and a special computer lab all add to the Richland ESOL experience.

Note to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Students

if you have not passed reading and writing sections of TSI by the time you reach Level 4 ESOL, you will be required to take ESOL 0034 Academic Listening/Speaking for College and Career Success, instead of HDEV 0092 which is required for all non-ESOL students.

This advanced ESOL course will develop academic speaking skills through a focus on academic and career planning. Students will participate in group projects and presentations which are based on career assessment, information gathering, and networking experiences. The goal is to strengthen critical thinking skills and readiness for college study and decision making.

For more information, contact the Multicultural Center at 972-238-6900.

ESOL Dept. Contact Information
Dept. Office: Wichita Hall WH-250
Phone: 972-238-6943
Instructional Dean: Diana Urrutia
Phone: 972-238-6104
Lead Faculty Writing & Grammar: Barbara Dogger
Phone: 972-238-6908
Lead Faculty Listening/Speaking, Reading & ESOL Online: Mary Peacock
Phone: 972-761-6849