Oberlin’s ESOL Self-Assessment

New international students go through a self-assessment during the pre-orientation program. This is exam is given to arts and sciences and conservatory students regardless of first language or TOEFL score. Course placement recommendations are sent to students and their advisors prior to their scheduled registration time. These non-remedial courses are designed to assist students in developing English for academic purposes and count toward degree completion.

Oberlin ESOL Courses

ESOL 110 Level 1 Reading Writing and Grammar and ESOL 115 English for Speakers of Other Languages; Speaking, Listening and Culture
Two courses, taken concurrently, designed for students who are non-native speakers of English and whose experience using English for academic purposes is limited. ESOL 110 focuses on academic reading, writing and grammar; ESOL 115 focuses on speaking, listening and academic culture.

ESOL 120 Level 2
A multi-skills course designed to build upon the skills developed in ESOL 110 & 115 and to increase mastery of English for academic purposes at the upper-intermediate levels.

ESOL 130 Level 3
A multi-skills course designed for the advanced student to prepare for full academic participation. This course focuses on the use of English for academic purposes, specifically related to building skills for academic writing.

Oberlin’s ESOL Placement Exam

For questions about ESOL courses or the ESOL program at Oberlin, contact Larissa Fekete.
For questions about ESOL and the Conservatory of Music, contact Mary Kay Gray.