English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

Are you interested in learning English or improving your English language skills? 

Bates Technical College provides ESL classes for non-native English speakers to improve English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Classes are taught in English.

We offer 10-week ESL classes at various times and locations to accommodate your work, life or academic goals.

  • Early morning (South Campus)
  • Morning (Downtown Campus)
  • Evening (South Campus)
  • Self-paced online

Anyone interested in taking ESL classes at Bates must complete the following steps:

  • Complete an online application to Bates Technical College HERE. (Choose “Transitional Studies” for Program and “English as a Second Language” for Degree or Certificate. If you need assistance, please contact our Program Coordinator at rachel.smith@batestech.edu).
  • Complete English placement testing. Testing is held most:
    • Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m., Downtown Campus, Room A223
    • Wednesdays, 1 p.m., South Campus, Room E105
    • To check if testing will be taking place on a certain day, or to find other testing dates, contact our Testing Coordinator, siuzanna.shkolnaia@batestech.edu.

Feel free to stop by and talk with our Program Coordinator. Walk-ins are available*:

Tuesdays: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Downtown Campus, Room A223
Wednesdays: 1:30-4:30 p.m., South Campus, Room E105

*schedule subject to change; please email rachel.smith@batestech.edu to confirm dates and times.


Cost and eligibility

  • $25 per quarter (ask for fee waivers!)

Important Dates

  • Spring 2024: March 25 – June 4
  • Summer 2024: June 11 – August 14
  • Fall 2024: September 24 – December 6
  • Winter 2025: January 2 – March 14
  • Spring 2025: March 31 – June 10
  • Summer 2025: June 23 – August 21

How to enroll

Get started on improving your English skills! Email Rachel Smith at rachel.smith@batestech.edu.

Please note: If you have, or you are applying for, non-immigrant status (F-1, J-1, M-1 or B-1/B-2), please email International Student Services at ysun@batestech.edu.