Gateway Community College (GCC) offers a variety of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to meet students’ academic, professional, and personal goals. Classes are scheduled mornings, afternoons, and evenings to meet students’ diverse needs. Some ESL classes can be used for foreign language credit.

Steps to Getting Started

  1. Click Apply Now and complete your online admissions application.
  2. Complete you FAFSA
  3. After you receive your Banner ID by email, schedule an ESL Placement Test in the Center for Educational Services (CES) (S205) (203)285-2123)
  4. Meet with an Advisor in the Student Success Center (Room N213)
  5. Complete your registration for courses (Room N214)


ESL Courses

Level IV

ESL 141-Integrated Skills IV
ESL 143-Writing and Reading IV
ESL 139-Pronunciation III (optional)
*No other ESL classes should be taken at this level

Level V

ESL 151-Integrated Skills V
ESL 159-Writing V
ESL 180-Reading V
ESL 139-Pronunciation III (if not taken at level IV)

Level VI

ESL 161-Integrated Skills VI++
ESL 169-Writing VI
ESL 144-Pronunciation IV

ESL 178-Advanced Reading & Writing
ESL 144-Pronunciation IV +

+ Highly recommended for students in Nursing, Allied Health, College of Technology, and Business
++Students need a C or above in ESL 161 and ESL 178 to take English 101 and 
COM 173 - Public Speaking

ENG 101-Composition
COM 173 - Public Speaking


ESL Certificate Program

Prepares students, whose native language is not English, to acquire reading, writing, listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills at a level that will permit them to continue their college studies or function with effective language skills in the national and global job market.

Earn an ESL Certificate of Achievement by completing the following courses (15 credits):
ESL 180-Reading V (3 credits)
ESL 178-Advanced Reading and Writing (3 credits)
ESL 161-Integrated Skills VI (3 credits)
ESL 139-Pronunciation III -or- ESL 144 Pronunciation IV (3 credits)
One Elective from any discipline offered at the college (3 credits)


Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven

Gateway Community College is fortunate to have the onsite support of the Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven who provide English Language Learners with additional support.  Every month, the Literacy Volunteers schedules free classes at many levels.

Due to Covid-19, our offices are closed until further notice.

In the meantime, we are offering free ZOOM classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Citizenship Prep.

To register for an online class, go to



Claudia Bedoya-Rose, ESL Coordinator
(203) 285-2163
Room S305A

Tony Carberry, Admissions Director
(203) 285-2011
Room N207