ESL Program Statement

Our courses are designed for immigrants whose first or native language is not English. Students gain proficiency in English to find employment, to continue their education and to function successfully in the culture and society of the United States.

ESL has a noncredit and credit program. Survival skills are stressed in the first three levels of the non-credit program. Noncredit vocational tracks provide a bridge to credit vocational training. Up to 90 ESL credits may be used as elective credit towards a high school diploma. Noncredit classes range from Literacy through High Advanced ESL.

Credit courses begin with an Introductory Academic ESL class and continue through High Advanced Courses that prepare students for completion of an AA degree or transfer to a 4-year institution.  Prerequisites in ESL may be met by demonstrating equivalent knowledge and skills. Entrance into Credit ESL courses requires placement testing. Detailed credit information about the credit program can be obtained at ESL Department Credit Program.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the noncredit ESL program, non-native speakers of English will have the language skills necessary to achieve a variety of social, academic and vocational goals. Skills include ability to:

1. Identify main ideas in spoken English in a variety of contexts.
2. Engage in conversations on a variety of topics in social and work-related contexts.
3. Use increasingly complex grammatical patterns.
4. Use vocabulary development and reading strategies to interpret authentic texts on familiar topics.
5. Write a variety of correspondence and produce coherent short pieces of writing.