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Frequently Asked Questions about ESOL Classes

Do I need to have a high school diploma or GED?

No, North Lake College has an "open door" policy.

Do I have to be a resident or have a student visa?

No.

How do I enroll in the credit ESOL program at North Lake?

Application
If you are new to our college or district, complete the online application. First time students, click here to fill out an application. If you have studied at a DCCCD college or have taken non-credit ESL courses, come to the International Center (Click here for the International Center website) to speak with an advisor (A418, 972-273-3155)
Placement Test
Students are also required to take 3 portions of the ACT Compass Test (ESL Reading Test, ESL Grammar/Usage Test, and ESL Listening Test). For information about the ACT Compass Test, tips to prepare, and sample questions, click here.

How much do classes cost?

$118/class - This is in-county tuition. In-county refers to students who have lived in Dallas county for 12 months or longer.
$222/class - This is in-state tuition. In-state refers to students who have lived in Texas (but not in Dallas county) for 12 months or longer.
$348/class - This is out-of-state tuition. In-state refers to students who have lived in Texas for less than 12 months.

Is financial aid available?

Click here for information on how to apply for financial aid.

How will I transition into college level classes?

All students at Texas public colleges and universities are required to demonstrate college level proficiency in reading and writing to enroll in college level courses. For ESOL students, there are four ways to demonstrate this proficiency:
  1. Passing the Reading and Writing portions of the TSI (Texas Success Initiative)
    ESOL students are encouraged to take the TSI upon successfully completing the third levels of reading and writing (ESOL 0043 and ESOL 0053).
  2. Scoring 75% or higher on a standardized Reading Proficiency Test
    This test is administered at the end of ESOL Reading level 3 (ESOL 0043), and scoring 75% qualifies the student as being "reading met," or ready for courses that require college level reading skills.
  3. Passing ESOL Writing level 4 (ESOL 0054)
    This qualifies the student as being "writing met," or ready for courses that require college level writing skills.
  4. Passing ESOL Reading level 4 (ESOL 0044)
    This qualifies the student as being "reading met," or ready for courses that require college level reading skills.

When are the next classes offered?

We offer courses every spring, summer and fall.

​Office Hours & Contacts
Main Office

MTWR 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
F 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sa & Su Closed

Central Campus, A310
972-273-3480

Shawnda Floyd,
Executive Dean

Dr. Yolanda Columbus,
Associate Dean