English as a Second Language (ESL)

FCC offers a comprehensive program of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for immigrants, international students and professionals who wish to improve their English language skills. Whether you need to learn English to enhance basic communication skills for common situations or to improve your reading, writing and speaking skills to continue your education or advance your professional communication qualifications, FCC can address your goals.

Mission Statement

FCC's ESL program empowers students with the English language communication skills to help them achieve their goals.


ESL Program Descriptions

Basic ESL

Free classes for students who need to learn basic English

Courses teach students English for life and work.

Classes offered in many locations around Frederick.
Targeted ESL

Fee-based classes for students who have an intermediate or higher level of English.

Courses focus on specific English skills, for example, oral skills development, reading, writing, and grammar.

Courses are designed to transition students from basic English to formal professional or academic English.
Academic ESL

Tuition-based classes for students with high-intermediate or higher proficiency in formal English.

Courses focus on developing academic English in grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Courses are designed to prepare students for the rigor of degree programs and/or professional communication.

How to Register

Basic ESL

Come in to the Adult Education Office for information on
upcoming placement testing
dates or click here.
Targeted ESL

Take the CASAS or LOEP placement exams and then make an appointment with the ESL Program Manager to discuss your options.

*Not sure which test to take? Look at the ESL placement test chart below,under the Targeted ESL section.
Academic ESL

Take the LOEP placement test in the Testing Center.

*Take a look at the practice test and other testing tips online at www.frederick.edu

After the test, you will be directed to the next step in the registration process.

Registration and Program Information:
Basic ESL:
Click here to get information about upcoming placement testing dates and orientations.
Targeted ESL:
Arrange to take the CASAS placement test or the LOEP placement test. Not sure which test to take? Use the chart below to help you decide.
If you are not sure if your English is strong enough for Targeted English classes, or if you need help deciding where to start, take the CASAS. If you feel confident taking an academic English test on a computer, take the LOEP.
Description of the CASAS:

Paper test

Tests reading & listening skills

Good for students with limited experience studying English formally.

Used for placement in Basic ESL and Targeted ESL.
Description of LOEP:

Computerized test

Tests academic reading, and grammar meaning & usage.

Good for students who have previously studied English formally and who have long-term academic

Used for placement in Targeted ESL and Academic ESL.
View testing dates and times.

Get information about testing in the Testing Center.
*If you’re still not sure of which test to take, contact the ESL Program Manager to schedule an appointment (listed at topic of page).
Academic ESL (Credit):
  1. Complete an admissions application in the Welcome Center on the first floor of the Enrollment Services Building, J Building, or online here. *Please bring a photo ID for admission and registration. See residency and tuition information.

  2. Take the ESL Placement Test in the FCC Testing Center, Library Building, Room L-104. Phone: 301-846-2558. *Be sure to take a photo ID with you, and allow three hours for the test.  *No appointment needed. More information is available at the Testing Center.

Financial Aid

FCC provides a tuition payment plan. Scholarships and loans are available for eligible students. In addition to general scholarships, the Multicultural Student Services ESL Scholarship is available to students majoring in a career program at FCC whose first language is not English. Applicants must have completed a FAFSA form. Students who meet the above criteria complete a brief application available in the Multicultural Student Services office or the Counseling & Advising office. Awards are based on financial need and available scholarship funds.

ESL Faculty

Faculty members of FCC's Academic Credit ESL Program are professional educators dedicated to providing an outstanding language learning experience in a supportive environment. Faculty members teaching academic (credit) ESL classes hold graduate degrees in TESOL, English, linguistics and related fields and have extensive experience teaching English as a second language. Faculty members have taught in other countries and have traveled abroad. They are aware of the challenges and complexities of learning a second language and understand the variety of emotions students feel while living and studying in a foreign country.

International Students (F-1 visa)
Click here for information.

ESL Student Resources
ESL Guide
Counseling and Advising
Calendar of Events
World Education Services 



For general program information:

Stephanie Landon
ESL Program Manager and Transition Specialist