Noncredit English Language Learner (ELL) courses, formerly called ESL or English as a Second Language (ESL), consist of multi-level English instruction for anyone 18 years or older. The courses move learners from a beginner level to a solid intermediate level of proficiency. The classes cover the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as improving pronunciation and building vocabulary. The primary goal of the course is to teach communicative competence, that is, the ability to communicate in English according to the situation, purpose, and roles of the participants. The CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) is used to appraise the students' English reading and listening skills and to place them in the appropriate learning level.
Testing, Registration & Attendance Requirements
Registration for Spring Session #1 is now closed. Please check back on February 15th, 2021 and click on the testing/registraion link to register for a testing appointment for the Spring Session #2 classes (March 22, 2021 – May 6, 2021).
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:
- Please allow up to 2 hours for testing.
- Please bring a photo identification.
- Please make arrangements for childcare - children are NOT allowed.
- Following your testing session, staff will meet with you to determine the appropriate ELL class level.
- IF your schedule allows and IF there is space available, staff will register you for a class.
If you register for a class, you must come to class. If you don't come to class, you will be dropped from the class. View the attendance policy.