Our Schedule

Our ESL program is offered three times a year (Spring, Summer and Fall term). Our schedule is Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (one hour for lunch). Classes meet for 20 hours each week and are taught by a group of highly qualified instructors.

Our Levels

Six levels of English proficiency are available (starter, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced level). All students will complete an online placement test before the classes begin.
The online test has two sections: Use of English and Listening. On the first day of class ESL instructors will conduct an oral placement test to confirm the student’s level. 

Our Classes

Classes are offered in many areas: reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, TOEFL preparation, public speaking or American culture. Our ESL Program focuses on English for Academic Purposes (e.g. note-taking, summarizing, understanding lectures, making presentations, writing essays) as well as Social English.


At the end of each session students are required to take the TOEFL ITP test. This is a paper-based test used to measure the progress students have made during the semester. It may also be used for undergraduate and graduate level admissions at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

Once the required TOEFL score is attained, students are no longer eligible for study in the ESL Institute at UTChattanooga.  Students may repeat level five only if they have not yet made the TOEFL score required by the University for the academic program for which they are applying:  500 for undergraduate studies and 550 for graduate studies. 

Students can also take the computer based TOEFL test. The UTC Testing Center is a Certified Test Administration Site (CTAS) and has been approved by ETS to provide the TOEFL iBT test. 

Certificate of Achievement:

At the end of each session, students are given a detailed grade transcript and a certificate verifying that they have attended classes and completed assignments for that session only.

*Contact the ESL Coordinator (esl@utc.edu) for more information about our ESL Program*