English as a Second Language (ESL)

Ingles como Segundo Idioma

Located on the 1st floor of the McLeod (S) Building.
The ESL program is designed for adults whose native language is not English. Classes are designed to serve the needs of those individuals who have no English skills up to those who are advanced in English.

ESL classes help individuals develop skills to get a job, assist their children with schoolwork, better understand American culture and history, and improve communication skills.

TOEFL classes are offered through Continuing Education (910-362-7196) to assist individuals preparing to enter a college or university and need to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

All ESL classes are free of charge. 

ESL Classes are located at:

  • CFCC Wilmington Campus, 411 North Front Street, Wilmington
  • Burgaw Campus, room B-206, 100 E. Industrial Drive, Burgaw
  • Pender Arts Council, 108 S. Wilmington Street, Burgaw
  • Willard Outreach Community Center, 9955 NC Hwy 11, Willard
  • Devon Park United Methodist Church, 3403 Winston Boulevard, Wilmington
  • St. Mary’s School (classroom is up the stairs between the gym and the main building), 412 Ann Street, Wilmington
  • El Centro Latino, 4804 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington (September through May)
  • Blair Elementary School (in library), 6510 Market Street, Wilmington (September through May)
  • Mary C. Williams Elementary School (in library), 801 Silver Lake Road, Wilmington (September through May)
  • Friends School of Wilmington/Peiffer Campus, 350 Peiffer Avenue, Wilmington (September through May)
  • CFCC North Campus—coming soon—call for information
  • CFCC Surf City Campus—coming soon—call for information

To enroll in an ESL class at the Wilmington Campus:

1.  Attend an ESL Registration (schedule):

2. Be 18 or older (16 & 17 year olds can register with a signed and notarized parental consent form).

3. Bring a photo identification with birth date and signature

To enroll in an ESL class at one of the other locations

1. Arrive at the location at the beginning of class:

2. Be 18 or older (16 & 17 year olds can register with a signed and notarized parental consent form)

3. Bring: Photo identification with birthdate and signature

For more information call Cindy or Patricia at (910) 362-7184


To enroll in Adult High School, GED® Test Preparation Classes, or Basic Skills Plus:

Age 18 or older:

  1. Bring a valid identification card (driver's license or state ID card).
  2. Know your Social Security number or bring your card.
  3. Obtain your official high school transcript in a sealed envelope.
  4. Attend the next registration and orientation.

Ages 16 or 17:

  1. Complete steps above.
  2. Bring your parent or legal guardian to registration.
  3. Obtain and complete a notarized parental consent form (available at CFCC's Wilmington campus or cfcc.edu/ce/basic-skills/ahs/ ).
  4. Bring a completed official school withdrawal form signed by the superintendent or designee (available at CFCC's Wilmington campus or cfcc.edu/ce/basic-skills/ahs/ ).