Welcome ESL students! English as a Second Language (ESL) Support services for students include individual help with problems in oral and written expression, tutoring in academic subjects, and informal language proficiency evaluation. ESL students are encouraged to discuss cultural, social, and professional concerns with the ESL coordinator. Following are on-going offerings to support ESL students. Services are FREE for students enrolled in credit courses and to members of the community though the purchase of a Community Access Card.

For more information, contact Siri Dumont, ELL and International Student Support Coordinator.

  • BBC Learning English
    An array of wonderful activities for practice, some relating to current events. Includes videos, quizzes, vocabulary practice, idioms, crosswords, and much more, though all with British accents.
  • Duolingo
    Free English courses for speakers of Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Start at the basic level or take tests to move to higher levels. Practice vocabulary and grammar with short lessons that are like playing a game. You will need to sign up with an email address or a Facebook account.
  • ESL Bits
    Audiobooks, news stories, short stories, songs, and radio dramas. Choose between faster or slower listening speeds and read along with the texts of the stories and songs. For intermediate and advanced learners.
  • Oxford University Press
    This site from Oxford University Press has activities to practice spelling, grammar, pronunciation and listening. A bit difficult to navigate, so more suitable for advanced learners and savvy internet users.

In this non-credit workshop, English Language Learners (ELLs) will develop communication and advocacy skills to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural expectations and academic skills needed to function successfully in the college environment. ELLs will improve their reading/writing/listening/speaking capabilities in English through a variety of strategies. Special emphasis will be placed on grammar and improving student writing, particularly at the sentence and paragraph level. This course will also teach soft skills such as time management and organizational skills and build critical thinking and analytical skills to improve participation in class.



  1. To improve your reading comprehension and writing by understanding how sentences are built in English.
  2. To understand the basic structure of an essay and learn how to write one.
  3. To learn and incorporate more academic vocabulary in your college writing.
  4. To learn how to communicate effectively with professors via email, in class, and on Canvas Discussion Boards.
  5. To learn organizational, time management, and note-taking strategies to succeed in college.
  6. To learn strategies to advocate for yourself when you need help, including knowing and utilizing student support services available at Great Bay.

Costs: $50 for matriculated students; $230 for non-matriculated students

Au pairs can earn required hours in several ways at Great Bay Community College, either as a non-matriculated student or as a community member.

Options include:

  1. Enroll in the 1-credit course FYE101 (First Year Seminar). This makes the au pair an official GBCC student who can then take advantage of all activities and services at the college. At the current tuition rate, the daytime sections cost $540, and the evening or online sections cost $240.00.
  2. Enroll in a 3-credit evening (after 5:00 PM) or an online course of your choosing for a cost of $720. There may be added expenses for books and materials depending upon which course is selected. Accuplacer testing may be needed as a prerequisite for certain English and math classes.