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English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL students

Academic English as a Second Language prepares students to use English at a college level. These courses provide intermediate, high intermediate, and advanced ESL instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to students whose main language is not English. Placement in the courses is determined through the assessment process.

The Student Experience

  • Conversation groups, grammar workshops, pronunciation software, and 1-on-1 tutoring in the English Language Center
  • Counselors and advisors available to help with life challenges to make studying easier
  • Access to resources of the NECC library system, computer labs, and technical support
  • Experiences that connect classroom learning to the community


  • Take some courses towards your degree once you reach the Advanced ESL level
  • Reach your degree sooner through an accelerated learning program and opportunities to skip levels
  • Take some classes online
  • Participate in NECC clubs, activities, leadership programs, and sports teams

Getting Started is Easy!

Visit a Welcome Desk:

Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center
414 Common Street, 1st Floor
Lawrence, MA 01840

Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center, 1st Floor
100 Elliott St
Haverhill, MA 01830

At the Welcome Desk, you can get help with:

  • NECC application
  • Financial aid
  • ESL level assessment
  • Class registration
  • Evaluation of credentials from other institutions


Amy Cameron, ESL Curriculum Coordinator
Email: acameron@necc.mass.edu
Phone: 978-556-3700

Basic ESL courses

Basic ESL courses are available for beginners in English or English Literacy or Survival Skills through NECC’s Adult Literacy program.

Information Session

ESL Information Session

Related Links

Academic Support Services
Adult Literacy
International Students
Learning Accommodations
ESL Tutoring


Joseiry Santos

Raised in the Dominican Republic, Joseiry Santos enrolled in Northern Essex’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. After improving her English skills, she selected the Criminal Justice Program, based on her interest in the field. Read more