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About The ESL Center

About the ESL Center

Are you interested in:

    • Improving your English language skills?
    • Improving your TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS score?
    • Obtaining admission to a U.S. college or university?

Mission Statement

The mission of the Oakland University ESL Center is to offer instruction and programming that provide non-native speakers of English with the linguistic, academic, social and cultural tools required to successfully navigate both the American university system and professional environments for which English is the principal medium of communication.


  • Students come to Oakland University from many different countries around the world in order to improve their ability to communicate in English.
  • First, a student will apply to Oakland University to take academic classes or to take English classes only.
  • Once a student is accepted into the ESL program, he or she will complete an online placement test to evaluate his or her English level. 
  • The student is placed in the appropriate ESL classes in order to improve his or her communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • All ESL students attend classes Monday through Friday (fall and winter semesters) or Monday through Thursday (summer semesters) at specific times.
  • ESL students can take advantage of various free workshops that are offered on many different topics, including conversation, American culture, pronunciation, etc.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to become involved in campus activities including the ESL Club.
  • Instructors are available to encourage, help and support student learning.
  • Free individual tutoring is also available.

Check out our brochure for more information!