English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language (ESL) is a language program designed for adults, 16 years and older, whose native language is not English. The ESL program helps students improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills from literacy to the advanced level. These skills are necessary for success in the workplace, the community and for further education. Students improve English skills while also learning about U.S. culture. There is no tuition fee for these classes.
Before entry into the program, a student must obtain an English skills assessment for accurate placement. Placement testing is done weekly throughout most of the year.
ESL classes meet in the mornings or evenings from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 6 - 9:30 p.m. A Saturday morning class is also available. Classes begin six times per year, in August, October, January, March, May and July. Classes are held at the Aurora Campus, the Plano Campus, and at various other locations in the community.
Students may also enroll in a reading class in addition to their core ESL class. These classes provide targeted instruction and meet twice a week for two hours.
Upon successful completion of the ESL program, students participate in a ceremony and receive a certificate of achievement.
For further testing and enrollment information, please attend one of the Information Sessions offered at the Aurora Campus. Reservations are not required.