English as a Second Language (ESL)

To ensure progress and completion of a degree at Southwest and success in the workforce, the English department offers four ESL courses as well as ESL sections of English Composition I & II, Academic Success, and Fundamentals of Communication.

  • ENGL 1000 - ESL 1 - Listening & Speaking
  • ENGL 1001 - ESL 1 - Reading & Writing
  • ENGL 1002 – ESL 2
  • ENGL 1003 – ESL 3
  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I
  • ENGL 1020 – English Composition II
  • ACAD 1100 – Academic Success
  • COMM 2025 – Fundamentals of Communication

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Services for English as a Second Language Students

International Student Orientation and Advising

If you are an international student wishing to be sponsored on a student visa, please visit the International Student Affairs website.

Students wanting to be tested and placed in English as a Second Language courses can take our online placement test at: https://forms.gle/NvtB5hQjNT4NHENM8.

After you have taken the placement test, please contact us at esl@southwest.tn.edu to make an advising appointment.

Please refer to the Southwest Admissions page for specific steps to apply and gain admission to Southwest: https://www.southwest.tn.edu/admissions/

International Student Club and Conversation Table

The International student club and conversation table is held in the International Studies Office during the academic semester, and is open to all international students and any American student interested international affairs and cultural exchange.

The purpose of the club is to promote and support international students at Southwest and to provide entertainment and a social life for members of the club. Students bring their lunches and enjoy meeting and talking to other students and faculty members.

Student Advising

An academic advisor is available for international students.

Academic Support Center (ASC)

The Academic Support Center provides academic assistance and enrichment for all Southwest students through the use of technology, tutoring, and other educational resources. The academic tutors welcome International students. Currently, the ASC has locations at the Gill Center, Macon Cove Campus, Maxine A. Smith Center, Union Avenue Campus, and the Whitehaven Center. Visit the Academic Support Center website for more information.

If you are interested in attending, please email Chris Hastings at esl@southwest.tn.edu.


If you are interested in attending, please contact Rachel Mixson

Rachel Mixson
Macon Cove Campus, MAB 253b
Phone: 901-333-4743

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