English as a Second Language Program

Mission Statement

The ESL program at Martin Methodist College aims to provide non-native English speakers with courses and resources designed to help develop the academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills necessary for success in college.


Upon successful completion of MMC’s ESL program, students will be able to:

  1. use the target language fluently, accurately, and effectively on a wide range of general and academic topics, while generally observing the conventions of Standard American English.
  2. engage in mutually intelligible conversation with the typical native English speaker on both familiar and unfamiliar topics.
  3. produce cohesive, coherent, and rhetorically appropriate texts for a variety of academic genres.
  4. comprehend and respond critically to complex academic texts by employing strategies such as annotating, outlining, summarizing, analyzing, and drawing inferences.
  5. observe cultural norms while interacting on campus and in the community.
  6. make use of available campus and community resources in order to achieve personal and academic goals.
  7. understand spoken English in both academic and non-academic settings, using contextually appropriate comprehension strategies when necessary.

The Curriculum

Level 1

ESL 095 – Speaking Special Topics
ESL 096 – Listening Special Topics
ESL 097 – Grammar Special Topics
ESL 098 – Reading Special Topics
ESL 099 – Writing Special Topics

Level 2

ESL 100 – Reading and Vocabulary I
ESL 101 – Listening and Speaking I
ESL 102 – Writing I

Level 3

ESL 103 – Listening and Speaking II
ESL 104 – Writing II
ESL 106 – Reading and Vocabulary II

Bridge Course

ESL 105 – College Algebra Supplemental Instruction

ESL Faculty

Harli Standish
ESL instructor


Placement/Progress/Exit Procedures 

Students who are not proficient in English will be required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Initial placement into these classes will be based upon a standard proficiency test (CaMLA) and an in-house diagnostic administered by ESL faculty. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all ESL classes and/or pass progress and exit exams in order to move through each level of the ESL program.


Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478


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