English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program helps non-native speakers of English improve their English proficiency through integrated skills courses including:

  • Speaking
  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar

Some students may need to successfully complete ESL courses to continue with their degree program.

Courses include:

  • ESL 051 – English as a Second Language Level 1 (4 credits)
  • ESL 052 – English as a Second Language Level 2 (4 credits)

Free Community ESL Classes – Summer Semester 2022

All are welcome! No cost and no registration required. Join the classes whenever you wish.

  • Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays – 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Beginner Group – ATLC Room 313 – Instructor: Hadyn Murphy
  • Intermediate Group – ATLC Room 328 – Instructor: Alijah Davis

Questions? Contact Department Chair Daniel Zimmer (daniel.zimmer@cincinnatistate.edu)

ESL Academic Courses

Cincinnati State offers two levels of academic ESL classes, focusing on the writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills needed for college-level coursework.

  • Students who want to earn credit for ESL academic courses must complete the admission process and register and pay for courses.
  • All courses are offered on Clifton Campus.
  • The schedule of classes for each semester is in the Course Search section of this website. 

F-1 Visa and I-20 sponsorship: International students cannot obtain an F-1 (international student visa) solely for taking ESL classes at Cincinnati State. For more information, please visit our International Student Admission page.

Non-degree seeking students: If you are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, and you are interested in taking academic ESL classes, please contact Department Chair Daniel Zimmer (daniel.zimmer@cincinnatistate.edu) to schedule an initial consultation and placement test.

Fall Semester Courses (starting Aug. 30, 2022)

ESL Level 1

  • ESL 051-001: Mondays and Wednesdays – 11 to 11:50 a.m. & Fridays – 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
  • ESL 051-002: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

ESL Level 2

  • ESL 052-001: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 to 10:50 a.m.
  • ESL 052-002: Mondays and Wednesdays – 9 to 9:50 a.m. & Fridays – 9 to 10:50 a.m.
  • ESL 051-200: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 6 to 7:50 p.m.


Daniel Zimmer
Chair, Language Learning Department

Office: (513) 569-1446
SMS/Text Message: (513) 646-0232
Email: daniel.zimmer@cincinnatistate.edu