English as a Second Language 

ESL students in class 

The English as a Second Language program assists individuals who need to improve their English skills for academic, professional, or personal purposes. Six levels of instruction (beginning through advanced) are offered. Students are placed according to levels via standardized testing. Instruction is offered 4-12 hours per week. Integrated skill modules focus on listening, speaking/ pronunciation, reading/ vocabulary, and writing/ grammar.

Beginning ESL (Levels 1 and 2)

ESL Literacy helps adult community members whose primary language is not English to speak, understand, read, and write English for everyday use. Students who successfully complete Beginning ESL most often transition to Intermediate ESL coursework.

Intermediate ESL (Levels 3 and 4)

Designed to assist adults whose native language is not English, but who have basic English reading and writing skills to advance in education, training, employment, and/or community involvement. Students who successfully complete Intermediate ESL most often transition to Advanced ESL coursework.

Advanced ESL (Levels 5 and 6)

Designed to assist adults whose native language is not English, but who have English reading and writing skills below the high school level to advance in education, training, employment, and/or community involvement. Students who successfully complete Advanced ESL most often transition to Adult Basic Skills classes with reading and writing levels at approximately 6th grade. The student's goal may be to transition to higher education GED, or career training after completion of the Basic Skills course.

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