ESL Frequently Asked Questions

What English as a Second Language (ESL) courses does Southwest offer?

Southwest offers four ESL courses:

  • ENGL 1000 - ESL Listening and Speaking
    Listening and speaking skills at the beginning level
  • ENGL 1001 - ESL Reading and Writing
    Reading and writing skills at the beginning level
  • ENGL 1002 - English as Second Language II
    Reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills at the intermediate level
  • ENGL 1003 - English as Second Language III
    Reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the high-intermediate level

In addition to the ESL courses above, we offer ESL sections of these General Education classes:

  • ENGL 1010 - English Composition I
  • ENGL 1020 - English Composition II
  • SPCH 1620 - Voice and Articulation (Pronunciation)
  • SPCH 1010 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication (Speech)

When are ESL courses offered?

Course times vary from semester to semester. However, generally all three levels of courses are offered on Monday night from 6-9 p.m. Daytime sections of all four courses are generally offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Our academic calendar can be found here:

  • Summer Semester 2018: May 29-August 7, 2018
  • Fall Semester 2018: August 27-December 5, 2018
  • Spring Semester 2019: January 14-April 25, 2019
  • Summer Semester 2019: May 28-August 7, 2018

Do students receive college credit for ESL classes?

Yes, students receive three hours of college credit for each course:

  • ENGL 1000, ENGL 1001, ENGL 1002, ENGL1003
  • ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, SPCH 1620, SPCH 1010

Can students take ESL courses as well as other courses offered at Southwest?

Yes, students can take our ESL courses while they are taking other courses at Southwest.

How can students be placed in classes?

Students are tested throughout the semester by appointment and during fall and spring orientation. Please contact us at to make an appointment for testing:
Christopher Hastings 
Macon Cove Campus, Academic Bldg. C, Rm. 262
Phone: 901-333-4235

How much do the classes cost?

Tuition depends on in-state/out-of-state status and the number of classes taken. For more information, please see the tuition page

Proof of Citizenship

Every student must prove that they live in Tennessee and/or are eligible for financial aid or in-state tuition. For more information, please visit our citizenship page.

For more information, please contact:

Katrina Muldrow, Program Specialist
Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rm. 2040
Phone: 901-333-4414

Lucas Watson, Program Specialist
Union Avenue Campus, Parish Building, Rm. 205
Phone: 901-333-5008

Does Southwest offer any non-credit ESL courses?

Yes, Southwest offers non-credit ESL courses. Please see our Corporate Training & Continuing Education Department page for more information.