ESL Entrance Requirements (Spanish: Requisitos de Admisión)

Regular ESL classes will begin the week of October 7, 2019 (Spanish: Las clases del verano comenzarán el 7 de octubre de 2019). Please note Citizenship classes begin September 30th and TOEFL classes begin September 24th.

Must be 16 years of age or older. Students 16 or 17 years old must complete a Forsyth Tech Minor Release Form. (Spanish: Sólo personas de 16 años o más. Personas de 16 y17 años deben llenar el formulario “Forsyth Tech Minor Release Form”).

Minor Release Form – GED/AHS PDF icon: Requires a notarized signature of parent or guardian.   (Spanish: Formulario requiere la firma de un padre o representante legal).

All new students must attend a ONE-DAY 3-HOUR placement test/orientation session to join ESL classes (Spanish: Para comenzar las clases de inglés todos los estudiantes nuevos deben asistir a dos días de orientación obligatoria de dos horas cada una.).


ESL Orientation

Students must attend one Orientation. Sessions are held at West Campus, 1300 Bolton Street at the following dates and times:

Morning Sessions (9 am – 12 pm) ROOM 36

  • Thursday, September 19
  • Thursday, September 26
  • Thursday, October 3

Evening Sessions (6 pm – 9 pm) ROOM 25

  • Tuesday, September 17
  • Tuesday, September 24
  • Tuesday, October 1

General Information (Spanish: Información General)

  • Bring a picture ID (Spanish: Traiga identificación con foto)
  • Arrive early as spaces are limited. (Spanish: Llegue temprano. Los espacios son limitados)
  • Please no children (Spanish: No se permiten niños)

At the Orientation session, students will do the following:

  1. Complete registration forms
  2. Take a placement test to find the best level for them
  3. Learn important information about the college, such as class locations, student resources, parking policies, emergencies, and meet the ESL staff.

Please allow three hours for Orientation.


Free ESL Classes

Time and Dates: Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 12:30-2:30 pm, and 6:00- 9:00 pm.

Locations: Classes are held on campus at the West Campus, Main Campus and the Transportation Center and off-campus at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem and Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kernersville.

Levels: Classes are offered at six levels from low-beginner level 1 to advanced level 6.

Other Classes Offered:

  • Citizenship: This class prepares students for the naturalization application and interview to become American citizens. Classes cover all portions of the exam including American civics, history, and government, as well as the English language skills needed for the interview. Orientation is not required for Citizenship classes, but students’ English must be at an intermediate to advanced level.

    Citizenship classes run from September 30th – December 16th

  • TOEFL Preparation Class: This class focuses on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as strategies for test taking. Tuition is $200.

    Citizenship classes run from September 30th – December 16th

For more information call 336.757.3719 or email one of our ESL team members:

ESL Coordinator: Claire Gimble

Recruitment & Retention Specialist:  Amparo Fajardo Gomez (English & Spanish)