Non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL)

Can you understand and speak English, but are unsure about using grammar correctly at work or in social settings? Do you find it difficult to communicate in English because you need help with pronunciation. Enhance your employability by improving your written and spoken English!

Note: These are a non-credit courses. If you are interested in an ESL course for credit, visit the ESL academic page.

ESL Pronunciation Workshop (Non-credit)

Course Details

The focus of this course is American English pronunciation and its application in oral discourse. This course is blended with the 3-credit course ESL* 149. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Recognize and pronounce with accuracy the consonants and vowels of American English
  • Recognize rhythm, stress and intonation patterns in American English
  • Demonstrate in speech the patterns common to linking, assimilation, deletion, and insertion in connected speech
  • Recognize and demonstrate in speech the intonation of different question types
  • Recognize and pronounce past tense and plural inflections
  • Demonstrate in speech and in reading from texts the differences between spelling and pronunciation of American English
  • Recognize how their speech patterns differ from American pronunciation patterns

Required textbook: Clear Speech Student’s Book with Integrated Digital Learning: Pronunciation and Listening Comprehension in North American English, 4th Edition (ISBN 9781108659338), available at MCC Bookstore for approximately $40.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ESL* 163. Please contact program coordinator, Alina Ciscel, with questions: or 860-512-3241.

Spring 2023 Schedule


CRN 10854 | Fee: $522
24 sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays
2/13-5/10 | 11 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
AST Room C203 (Mondays); LRC Room B210 (Wednesdays)
Instructor: Anna Brahimi

ESL Structure I (Non-credit) 

Course Details

ESL Structure I is a content-based grammar course for intermediate ESL students. Intensive grammar practice will include various reading selections, as well as listening, speaking and writing activities. This course is blended with the 4-credit course ESL* 163. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate moderate control of basic verb markers of tense and aspect
  • Display competence in interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate reading comprehension at low-intermediate level
  • Demonstrate understanding of extended oral discourse on familiar topics
  • Demonstrate fluency in the use of low-intermediate level grammatical structures

Required textbook: Longman Academic Reading Series 3 SB with Online Resources (ISBN 9780134663371), available at MCC Bookstore for approximately $60.

Prerequisite: Placement via assessment test. Please contact the program coordinator, Alina Ciscel, with questions: or 860-512-3241

Spring 2023 Schedule


CRN 10855 | Fee: $696
14 sessions | Tuesdays and Thursdays
1/24-3/9 | | 8:45-11:30 a.m. (five additional virtual hours TBD)
LRC Room B210 (Tuesdays) | AST Room C203 (Thursdays)
Instructor: Alina Ciscel

How To Register

Complete an online registration form