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English for Speakers of Other Languages

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced English. You will learn to read, write, speak, and listen in English, including topics about American culture, civics, and citizenship, how to find a job, talk to your supervisor, write a resume, complete a job application, and more.

Take an ESOL Course


Take the CASAS test (or provide your CASAS scores to AE staff if they are less than 12 months old)



Pay your tuition ($30.00)







Tallahassee Community College

Division of Workforce Development
444 Appleyard Dr., Tallahassee

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


TCC Gadsden Center

223 Pat Thomas Pkwy, Quincy

Monday - Thursday

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Consistent with Florida's improved workforce model, instruction will be provided in a way that makes the content directly relevant to you. This change should lead to a smoother transition into workforce training programs, college, and the workforce. Most importantly, it will also provide an opportunity for you to be enrolled in a training program while also enrolled in your ESOL class.

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The class costs $30.00 for each semester. This fee must be paid within 14 days of registering for this class. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Cost and Scholarships:


  • The cost of TCC's GED® preparation classes is $30 each semester and a $25 one-time TABE test fee.
  • The current price for each GED® test subtest is $32, making the total cost of all four subtests $128. The GED® Testing Service has the right to modify this charge.
  • To apply for scholarships to cover the cost of your classes and exams, visit the Scholarships page or speak with a member of the Adult Education Team.


  • Please check the list below for assistance with paying for TABE testing, GED Preparation course tuition, and/or GED® testing. For students who demonstrate financial need and are unable to secure money for their studies through the channels specified at the link below, we also provide scholarships.
  • Options for Funding Workforce Programs

As a student enrolled in the GED® Prep Program, you'll have access to:

  • Apply for Scholarships - At TCC, scholarships help with the cost of class tuition and exam fees.
  • Support Services - Students who might be facing obstacles to their studies (such as unemployment, lack of transportation, and lack of childcare)
  • Accommodations for Disabilities - Students with disabilities can self-identify at the Accessibility and Resource Center to acquire the necessary accommodations.
  • Career and College Counseling - Participate in seminars, guest speakers, online videos, one-on-one counseling, and advice after passing the GED® test with the help of the TCC GED® Prep Program.
  • Additionally, you might be eligible for additional funding under the Strategic Employment Program.

What are Class Requirements?

To take the English class at TCC:

  • You must be at least 18 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old you can take the class if you are not in school, and have a withdrawal form, and a signed one. We do not accept students 15 years old and younger. 
  • You need to live in the United States. We do not accept Student Visas (F1) for this class. 
  • You need to be able to read and write in your first/mother language. 

Can I get a student visa (F1) to take this class?

No. TCC does not give student visas for students to take ESOL classes. 

Do I have to take an English test?

Yes, if you are a new student, you have to take an English test before starting the class. Check the for dates when the English test will be offered. This test has no charge ($0). Students will take the same test again after the class.

How do I sign up for the waiting list?

If the English class is full, you can be put on a waiting list. When the class is available, we will contact you. 

Please email or call (850) 201-8760 to be put on the waiting list.

What are the student behavior expectations?

The following classroom expectations are to be followed by all Adult Education students. These frameworks are set forth to instill work ethics that are expected by employers in today’s workplaces. Students not following these expectations will be asked to leave the class and will be marked absent for the day. Repeated or more serious infractions could result in college suspension or expulsion.

  • Students are expected to attend the full class period or will be marked absent from the class. See the Adult Education Attendance Policy.
  • Cell phones must be out of sight unless specifically permitted by the instructor for educational purposes.
  • Headphone earbuds cannot be in ears upon entry to the classroom or during class time.
  • Desk seating cannot be changed during class time unless approved by the instructor.
  • No talking or other disruptions during class unless directed by the Instructor. No profanity or inappropriate language or behavior in the classroom or building.
  • No distractions during class--including dress--that might disrupt the learning environment. No underwear should be shown (men and women) while in the Workforce Development building area.
  • Respect others and classroom property at all times.
  • No eating in class. Straighten the classroom after class to prepare for the next class. Custodial staff is limited.
  • Computer usage only as directed by the instructor.

Instructors may use discretion in the implementation of this policy with the Program Coordinator's approval.

What is the attendance policy?

Students arriving to class more than 15 minutes late, leaving class more than 15 minutes before the end of class, or out for more than a total of 15 minutes during class will be marked absent for the entire class period. The student is encouraged to stay for the class period so that valuable learning can take place, understanding that he/she will be marked absent.

The only exception to the above will be if a student has made prior arrangements with the instructor due to an extenuating circumstance.

Any student who is marked absent for 6 consecutive days will be administratively withdrawn from the class. There are NO excused absences per Florida State regulations.

 When can I start ESOL classes?

The ESOL classes start at the beginning of each semester: Spring (January), Summer (May), and Fall (August), but many ESOL classes are open enrollment, which means that you can start anytime.

What book materials will I need for class?

You don’t need to buy books or materials for class. You will have in-class instruction as well as 24/7-hour access to GED® preparation software during the semester to prepare you for the GED® test. However, you can purchase a GED study book from a number of suppliers. We use the Kaplan brand in class.

Want to volunteer or intern with the ESOL Program? Email for information.

Contact Information

Adult Education Department

(850) 201-8760 


TCC Division of Workforce Development
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304