English As a Second Language (ESL)

Basic Literacy English – Orientation A

Harvard Street Campus
Morning, Afternoon, Evening

Students in Orientation A learn the basics of English starting with the alphabet and letter sounds. Reading and writing are the focus. This class is for students who may be learning to read and write for the first time or who have had limited schooling in their home countries. Content includes learning the alphabet and practicing the production of sounds, words, and phrases. Classes are small and have teacher aides for one-on-one help.

Requirements

  • English language placement test

 

 

Basic Literacy English – Orientation B

Harvard Street Campus
Morning, Afternoon, Evening

Students in Orientation B learn the basics of English starting with the alphabet and letter sounds. This allows learners to move to basic grammar, reading skills, writing, speaking, and listening, with reading and writing as the focus. This class is for students who may not have completed high school in their home countries.

Requirements

  • English language placement test

 

 

Beginner Level English – ESL 1-3 Life Skills

Harvard Street Campus
Morning, Afternoon, Evening

Students in the beginning ESL courses learn basic vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, listening strategies, reading skills, and writing skills. Field trips and other activities build students’ understanding and the vision of their community.

Requirements

  • English language placement test

 

 

Intermediate Level English – ESL 4 & 5 Life Skills

Harvard Street Campus
Morning, Afternoon, Evening

Students in this course learn skills for life and work: managing finances, using resources and city services, and preparing for a job. Students gain reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar skills for their level.

Requirements

  • English language placement test

 

 

Higher Level English – ESL 6-8 Life Skills

Sonia Gutierrez Campus
Morning, Afternoon, Evening 

These higher level ESL classes provide the training necessary to speak, listen to, and read and write in English for application in real life, school, and work situations.

Requirements

  • English language placement test

 

 

Higher Level English – Advanced English

Sonia Gutierrez Campus
Morning, Afternoon (12:00pm-3:00pm, Monday-Thursday), Evening

Students in the Advanced English course work on their communication skills beyond the intermediate level. Students develop skills in reading and listening, grammar and vocabulary, writing, note-taking, oral communication, and technology. Students going to community college or planning to advance their careers will benefit from this course, as will anyone wanting to become more proficient in English.

Requirements

  • Eligible for ESL 7 or higher

Orientation