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ESL Program

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We have excellent classes and programs to help improve your English skills, job skills and communication skills.  You will learn about the American culture, use technology, and work with classmates on projects.

Before enrolling, you will take the ESL Placement Test to see your current English language level.  We offer eight levels of classes, skill classes, and specialized skill classes.


Level Classes focus on listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and pronunciation. 

For Literacy Students
For Beginning Students
For Intermediate Students
For Advanced Students
Pre-Level 1
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
For students with no or little  experience with English
For students to develop the basics of spoken and written English
For students to build on their communication skills, vocabulary, and grammar accuracy
For students to apply long-term strategies for academic settings and career advancement



Skill classes focus on one or two skills. Writing classes focus on reading and writing.  Speaking classes focus on speaking and listening.  Pronunciation and Communication Skills focus on word and sentence stress, and intonation patterns.

For Literacy Students
For Beginning Students
For Intermediate Students
For Advanced Students
Speaking Pre-1
Writing Pre-1
Speaking A
Writing A
Reading A
Pronunciation and Communication Skills A
Speaking B
Writing B
Reading B
Pronunciation and Communication Skills B
Speaking C
Writing C
Reading C
Pronunciation and Communication Skills C



Specialized skill classes are for students who have specific goals.

Skills Classes
Citizenship Preparation (for Intermediate, Advanced, and VESL students)
Preparation for the United States Citizenship interview.

TOEFL Preparation (for Advanced and VESL students)

Preparation for the standardized Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
English For
Special Uses (ESU)
ESU courses focus on one occupation or profession.  They are designed for ESL students who need to improve their vocabulary and skills needed in specific areas.

English for Health Professionals (for Advanced and VESL students)

English for careers in healthcare. Medical vocabulary, medically-related documents and presentations.

ESU: Accounting (for Intermediate, Advanced, and VESL students)
English for careers in accounting: vocabulary, cross-cultural awareness, ethics in accounting, problem solving techniques, and business idioms.

ESU: Real Estate (for Advanced and VESL students)
Real Estate vocabulary and topics including real estate law, types of properties, mortgage fundamentals, and property management.