English for Speakers of Other Languages

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Delivery: A mix of in-person and online courses.
Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Session, Full- or Part-Time.


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Associate of Arts Degree

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About the Program

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program at Century College provides a student-centered, positive learning environment for all students. Our program is designed to meet the needs of non-native English-speaking students. We offer multiple levels of courses, from the beginning level to the college level. Two advanced-level ESOL courses offer college credit. Century ESOL classes are not just for college students; many students take ESOL classes for career and personal advancement.

Highlights of the Century College ESOL program

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  • Small class sizes, ranging from 8 - 22 students.
  • Professional, experienced faculty, each of whom has a Master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
  • Digital and on-campus language lab.
  • Free tutoring for all ESOL students.
  • Community volunteers help out in ESOL classes.
  • On-campus course offerings.
  • Collaborative learning environment.
  • State-of-the-art classrooms.
  • Synchronous virtual course offerings.
  • High-flex course offerings.
  • Tutors linked to many classes.

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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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    Program Faculty

  • Jennifer Jakubic
    Faculty/Department Chair
  • Experience: Alicia Andre has been teaching English, Reading, and English to Speakers of Other Languages for more than 23 years at the Community Colleges in Minnesota. She has been teaching full-time in Century’s ESOL Department for the past five years. Before coming to Century College, she taught at Minneapolis Community College (MCTC) for 18 years. She teaches all courses: reading, writing, listening and speaking, and pronunciation.
    Teaching Approach: “For me, teaching involves a collaboration between the teacher and students. I believe that teachers are responsible for planning interesting and engaging content that keeps students informed and challenged. I like to give students a lot of independence and try to encourage them to actively participate in class. I think of myself more as a coach. I believe that my job as an instructor is to provide the following: an environment that is conducive to learning; knowledge that will help students be successful in achieving their academic goals; materials, opportunities, and feedback that will motivate students to learn, and help them to be successful in their studies and professional life.”
    Education: A B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota in Technical Communications (1998), and an M.A. degree from San Francisco State University in English and English to Speakers of Other Languages.
    Notable: Alicia has acted as department chair at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She has received two Teaching Excellence awards in the development of hybrid courses in listening, speaking and pronunciation. She assisted in the development of a college success course.
    Hobbies: Tennis, movies, travel, and baking bread.
    Alicia Andre
  • Experience: Martha has taught at Century College in the ESOL Department since 2003. She also taught in the Reading Department from 2004-2010. She was teaching at the U of MN before that at the Minnesota English Center, which was an English language center for students coming to the university from other countries.
    Teaching Approach: “My favorite quote about teaching sums up my approach: “None but the humble become good teachers of adults…Indeed, in some of the best adult classes it is difficult to discover who is learning most, the teacher or the students.” Eduard Lindeman (as quoted in “The Adult Learner” by Malcolm S. Knowles, p. 109).”
    Education: MA in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from University of MN; Secondary credentialing in Reading
    Martha Dornbush
  • Peder Hoffman
    Student Success Specialist
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  • Garett Smith