Welcome to the LSC-Houston North ESOL (ESL) Program!
Our ESL classes are the best in Houston!
The LSC-Houston North ESOL program at our Fairbanks location provides an introduction to the language and culture of the English-speaking world, preparing students to successfully speak and write English for college or work. We offer courses in reading, writing, oral communication, and grammar.
El programa de ESOL en LSC-Houston North Fairbanks provee una introducción al idioma y cultura del mundo de habla-inglesa, preparando a los estudiantes a hablar y escribir en inglés exitosamente para la universidad y el trabajo. Ofrecemos cursos en Lectura, Escritura, Comunicación Oral y Gramática.
LSC-Houston North Fairbanks offers: Small class sizes
Highly qualified instructors
Morning and night classes
Fun and interactive classes
Academic ESOL (ESL) Program
Students may register for the Academic ESOL (ESL) program as a Credit (academic) student or as a Continuing Education student (no visa requirements). Our ESL classes occur during the fall, spring, and summer semesters: Fall - September to December (14 weeks) Spring - January to May (14 weeks) Summer - June/July or July/August (6 weeks)
The Academic ESOL program aims to prepare ESOL students for college-level study. The courses are divided into four subject areas: grammar, reading, writing, and oral communication.
The list below shows the courses that are part of the Academic ESOL curriculum at Lone Star College.
Click on each course for its description and course outcomes.
Please visit LSC-Houston North at our Fairbanks location! Our friendly staff will help answer your questions and guide you through the placement and course selection process. Advising and testing takes about 30 minutes for beginning level students and 2 - 3 hours for intermediate and advanced level students.
Q: What is the difference between Credit and Continuing Education ESOL (ESL) classes?
A: Credit ESL classes are designed for students who plan to continue studying an academic career. They prepare students for a university level of English proficiency. Students can earn "institutional credits," which can qualify them as "full-time" students for purposes of receiving health insurance or financial aid.
Continuing Education (CE) ESOL classes are the same classes, but without academic credit. CE is designed for students who want to study English for self-improvement or for professional development for their job. The CE student receives Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and a certificate upon successful completion of the course.
Q: Should I take classes as a Credit or CE student?
A: For the Academic ESOL program, it is better if you can register as a Credit student. Citizens, permanent residents, and students with eligible visas, such as an F-1, H-1B, or H-4 visa, register as Credit. Students with a high school diploma or GED who need English for college may sign up though Credit. Students who meet the requirements of Texas law SB-1528 (3 years living in Texas before receiving a high school diploma or GED) can also sign up through Credit. Students with a B-1 or B-2 visa (tourist or business visa), or those with ineligible or expired visas must take ESOL classes as a CE student.
Q: How much does it cost to take classes at LSC-Houston North?
A: Lone Star College is one of the most affordable community colleges in the state of Texas. Tuition rates at LSC change periodically. They vary depending on your status and location. Credit students pay different tuition rates according to their "Texas residency," which is defined as someone who has lived in Texas for a minimum of 12 months. Texas residents who live within the college district boundaries pay $207 per course. Residents who live "out of district" pay over $400 per course. International students pay over $450 per course. A "full-time load" is four courses, or 12 credits. Click here to visit Lone Stars tuition and fees page for more information on tuition rates. All CE students pay $265 per course. Additionally, all students pay an "infrastructure fee" of $20 once a semester.
Q: Is financial aid available?
A: There are many forms of financial aid available to students, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. Financial aid is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Payment plans are available for students as well. Click here for more information about how to apply for financial aid.
Q: When do Academic ESOL classes take place?
A: LSC-Houston North offers both morning and evening Academic ESOL classes. Our fall and spring semesters are 14 weeks long. The fall semester runs from late August to mid December. Spring semester runs from mid January to mid May. Students may also take classes during our 6-week summer semesters, which runs from early June to mid July and mid July through August. Click here for the most up-to-date calendar information.
Q: How do I know which level to take?
A: Students who register for the first time in the ESOL courses are required to take a placement test called the Accuplacer ESL. The Accuplacer ESL is a computer-based test that includes listening, reading, and writing. This test can be taken remotely or at the Testing Center at Houston North. Students will also be asked to do a writing sample. ESOL faculty consider students Accuplacer ESL scores as well as their writing sample when making placement decisions. An advisor will ensure that students are placed in the correct class.
Q: How do I get an F-1 student visa?
A: The Academic ESOL program is authorized to issue the I-20 form that a student needs to obtain an F-1 student visa for full-time intensive English study. You can apply for an F-1 visa in your native country from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or you can apply for or change your current visa to an F-1 visa in this country by contacting our International Student Advisor, Jose Vela, 832-782-5106. Click here to visit Lone Star College's International Student Services, which provides information for both new and current international students.
Q: How do I get to the Lone Star College-Houston North Fairbanks location?
A: Strategically located on U.S. Highway 290 near Beltway 8, Lone Star College-Houston North Fairbanks is designed for students who live or work in the northwest Houston area. This convenient neighborhood, two-story, full-service satellite campus opened in 2002 and now serves a commuter population of students representing more than 60 countries.