ESOL Programs

ESOL students working in the computer lab

English for Speakers of Other Languages

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages program has helped more than 350 students, from 60 countries, embark on new and productive lives in their adopted country, the United States.

More than an academic program, ESOL is a vital support system of peer tutors, summer courses, and dedicated faculty devoted to helping courageous first-generation students realize their dream of attending college.

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester welcomes students who are Speakers of Other Languages, whether they are interested in

  • enrolling full-time or part-time in a two-year or four-year degree program;
  • transferring from another college or university;
  • looking for courses to help them make the transition from high school to college;
  • improving their English skills for professional advancement or further studies; or
  • taking a class to improve their writing, reading, speaking, or listening skills.

The following courses may be taken on a Credit /Letter-grade, Credit /Pass/Fail, or Audit basis.

  • Credit courses count toward a degree.
  • Audit courses (no credit, lower fee) do not count toward a degree.

English (ENGL) 301A, Introduction to College Composition and Reading / ESOL

  • Introduces ESL/ESOL students to standards of academic English in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Strengthens vocabulary and grammar skills.
  • 4 credits toward associate's degree only (may not be taken for credit towards bachelor's degree).
  • Designed as preparatory course for English 400.
  • Instructor's permission required.

English (ENGL) 400, English as a Second Language

  • Improves competence in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in English.
  • 4 credits (may be repeated up to a total of 16 credits).
  • Recommended as preparation for English 401 or 401A.
  • Instructor's permission required.

English (ENGL) 401A, First-Year Writing for ESOL Students
A special section of First-Year Writing for students whose first language is not English.

  • Training to write more skillfully and to read with more appreciation and discernment, with special attention to the concerns of Speakers of Other Languages. Supplemental work on listening and speaking as necessary. Frequent individual conferences with every student. Instructor permission required.
  • 4 credits.

 

If you're interested in learning more about the ESOL program or would like to talk about enrolling in classes as a non-degree student, please contact Michael Pugh at Michael.Pugh@unh.edu or 603-641-4155. 

If you are a speaker of another language and seeking admission to a UNH Manchester degree program, contact the UNH Manchester Admissions Office at 603-641-4150 for information, advice, or an application.

You should begin this process early, especially if you have academic transcripts from another country that need translation.

If you are applying to a degree program, you will need to take the TOEFL test.