ESOL Center & International Student Services

ESOL stands for, “English for Speakers of Other Languages,” also known as ESL, “English as a Second Language."  The ESOL Center is dedicated to serving students who come to LSC-North Harris to learn more English.

ESOL Staff


Student Services Building, Room 108, check in with the Admissions Office to sign in to speak with out ESOL Center Advisors. Click here for a map of our campus.




Monday and Wednesday:  

Tuesday and Thursday:    





8 am - 5 pm

8 am - 7 pm

8 am - 5 pm

9 am - 2 pm


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photo of Fernando Cardenas

Wendy Palma  
International Student Advisor, DSO
Se Habla Español.

Fernando Cardenas   
Academic Advisor, ESOL
Se Habla Español.




ESOL Center services include: 

  • Orientation - Students learn about all the English programs that we offer at LSC-North Harris, how to test and register for classes, & about schedules.  We help students get their MyLonestar username and password, student ID, and parking permit.
  • Applications - New students are assisted to complete an application form, and their information is entered into the system.
  • Testing - New students are given the Accuplacer placement test to determine their English proficiency level.
  • Advising - Students are advised which ESOL classes they should take at a convenient  schedule.
  • Registration - Students register for their classes in the ESOL Center. (ESOL student cannot register for classes online). We help students decide whether they need to register as Continuing Education (CE) or as a Credit student (academic).

New Student Registration - Easy Steps to English Class 

  1. Come to the ESOL Center during business hours. No appointment necessary.
  2. Fill out an application form for either Credit or Continuing Education (CE) courses.
  3. Get a permission slip to take the Accuplacer exam.
  4. Go to the Assessment Center in the Student Services Building, Room 105 to take the test.
  5. Return to the ESOL Center for the evaluation of your test results and class placement.
  6. Register for ESOL courses at your level.
    Remember: Students should register early to guarantee their space in ESOL classes. 


Current Students

Students who are already in the ESOL program can visit the ESOL Center to:

  • Register for ESOL classes
  • Drop and/or add courses, change levels, change from CE to Credit, etc.
  • Get a permission slip to take the regular Compass test for college entrance.
  • Receive advising on career planning and transitioning to college-level classes.


Orientation and information Sessions

The ESOL Center provides an orientation session for new students and an information session for current students each semester.  All new F-1 students are required to attend the new student orientation session in their first semester.  Orientation includes valuable information about student facilities and expectations on our campus, how to maintain visa status, how to use medical insurance.

The information sessions provide valuable tips and guidelines on transitioning from ESOL to college-level classes.  Included are what tests students need to take, how they can take credit classes, what college-level courses can be taken while studying ESOL, basic program information, and how to use the catalog and the credit schedule, applying for financial aid, etc.

*These sessions are scheduled throughout the semester

ESOL Center Support Staff

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Yenniz Pacheco

Student Assistant, ESOL Department


Se habla español.


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