English as a Second Language Program

What is the ESL Program?

The ESL classes are designed to provide English language skills in speaking, writing, listening, and reading to students whose first language is not English. Many of the classes incorporate citizenship or civics education and job skills into the program. These classes allow students to progress at their own pace through a combination of teacher-directed lessons and at-home practice. HCC offers six levels of adult classes:

ESL Bridge 099 is a course designed for students who plan to continue their education with credit classes. The curriculum for the class is identical to ESL 099 and has specific course outcomes that will allow the student to earn entry to ESL 100 upon successful completion. Students are encouraged to attend the Learning Support Center and Friday lab for additional instructional assistance and practice exercises. The class is free, but students are required to purchase books and materials.

ESL Advanced 098 is a course designed for students whose English proficiency allows them to meet most professional and social demands, carry conversations, and grasp deeper contexts in the language. Students will work on honing the verbal and written skills they already have, understanding somewhat more complex grammatical and implied concepts, and applying their skills to better themselves at home and in the workforce. It is a course designed for students who plan to continue their education with credit classes. The curriculum for the class is identical to ESL 098 and has specific course outcomes that will allow the student to earn entry to ESL 099 upon successful completion of outcomes. It is also the final course offered in the ESL program for students not planning to attend college. Students attend the Learning Support Center and Friday lab for additional instruction and practice exercises. The class is free, but students are required to purchase books and materials.

ESL High Intermediate is a higher level course for students whose English allows them to function in most day-to-day situations, yet they may have trouble understanding more complicated situations. The class includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students in this level will concentrate on more advanced skills in such areas as using the telephone, filling out job applications and medical forms, and communicating in different social situations. Students attend the Learning Support Center and Friday lab for additional instruction and practice exercises. The class is free, but students are required to purchase books and materials.

ESL High Intermediate with Civics includes the above description and also incorporates Civic education. This course will emphasize a study of government, individual rights and responsibilities, and daily activities that promote civic participation in one’s community. Students attend the Learning Support Center and Friday lab for additional instructional assistance and practice exercises. The class is free, but students are required to purchase books and materials.

ESL Low Intermediate is a mid-range class for students who are able to function with a limited routine English proficiency, yet are not able to communicate well outside familiar situations. The class includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Emphasis will be placed on sharpening skills in speaking phrases; writing messages; and interpreting written signs, maps, menus, etc. Students attend the Learning Support Center and Friday lab for additional instructional assistance and practice exercises. The class is free, but students are required to purchase books and materials.

ESL Low Intermediate with Civics includes the above description and also incorporates Civic education. This course will emphasize a study of government, individual rights and responsibilities, and daily activities that promote civic participation in one’s community. Students attend the Learning Support Center and Friday lab for additional instructional assistance and practice exercises. The class is free, but students are required to purchase books and materials.

ESL High Beginning is a course for students with limited functional ability in English, but who are able to comprehend letters and numbers, simple phrases, and basic vocabulary relative to their needs. The class includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Emphasis will be placed on improving basic skills, including recognizing simple conversation topics, responding to a range of common greetings and expressions, reading for specific information, and writing simple sentences. Students attend the Learning Support Center and Friday lab for additional instruction and practice exercises. The class is free, but students are required to purchase books and materials.

ESL Low Beginning is a course designed for English language learners who know very little or no English, who may not be familiar with the alphabet, or who may not be literate in any language. The class includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will concentrate on the basics of English, including letters, simple vocabulary, and basic phrases.. The class is free, but students are required to purchase books and materials.

Orientations to the program are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment. Please call the office at 240-500-2313 for a time to come in and determine your placement.