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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Chemeketa offers day and evening classes to improve your ability to understand, speak, read, or write in English.

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ESOL classes in reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, pronunciation, and technology are offered for beginning though advanced levels. In addition to classes, ESOL students have access to workshops, advising, and language and computer labs. We also help you prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).Non-credit students must pay a non-refundable $70 fee when they register each term

Books and parking are not included in the registration fee. Students must buy their textbooks and parking permits.

Students are required to participate in an orientation. To learn more about program requirements and how to enroll, call the ESOL office.

  • Classes called ESOL are non-credit
  • English as a Non-Native Language (ENL) classes earn college credit

    Entry placement is determined by testing. If you are a new student, you must come into test at the ESOL Office, Building 22, Room 100 on the Salem campus.

    To set up a testing appointment please call our office at 503.399.6298.

    Testing may take up to three hours and can be split between two days if needed. A Testing/Application fee of $15 is charged to applicants seeking to enroll in the ESOL program.

    After you have completed testing, you will be assigned an ESOL level based on the following skills -

    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Listening
    • Speaking

    New students will be contacted to join the ESOL program as space is available at their level. Students are required to participate in an orientation.


    Our ESOL program offers both credit and non-credit structured classes in reading, writing, listening and speaking taught in English at seven specific levels. 











  • OFFICE HOURS (Bldg. 22, Rm.100)
    • Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Day Classes

    • Monday - Thursday, 8:30 - 11:50 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
    • Friday, 8:30 - 11:20 a.m. Technology (Offered as needed)

    Evening Classes

    • Monday - Thursday, 6 - 8:50 p.m.
    • Friday, 6 - 8:50 p.m. Technology (Offered as needed)

    Language Lab

    • Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 4 p.m. and 6 -8:50 p.m.
    • Fridays closed