Developmental Education and Adult Literacy Services

National External Diploma Program

What is the National External Diploma Program? The National External Diploma Program (NEDP) is a self-paced program that is measured through projects and activities that are completed on a computer. Students must be self-motivated and learn independently, as there is no instructional component. Student work is reviewed through one­ to-one appointments with trained assessment staff. There is a minimum CASAS score needed to qualify for this program and a cost of $200 to participate. How long will it take to get a diploma? An assessment is given during orientation to determine the math and reading level of each potential student. Those who meet the cut-off score will have the option of preparing to take the GED® test or enroll in the NEDP. Typical students complete the NEDP in six to nine months. The time needed for students to prepare for the GED® test will vary according to skill level, motivation, and commitment.

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 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 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.

Adult Basic Education

ABE Beginning class strengthens student skills in basic math, reading, and writing. (Free) ABE Intermediate class builds on the upper elementary skills in math, reading, and writing. (Free) ABE Advanced class goes beyond basics and introduces students to middle level math, reading, and writing. (Free)   ASE - GED-level class is for students placing at grade levels 10-12. Classes are offered in Language Arts/Social Studies and in Math/Science as preparation for successful completion of the GED test. (Free)

English as a Second Language

ESL - 098 ESL Writing Basics This course is designed for students whose native language is not English, who have minimal training in English and want to improve their English communication skills. Instruction includes integration of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The primary focus is on achieving proficiency in core comprehension and writing skill. The reading skills include increasing vocabulary knowledge and dictionary skill, identifying main ideas and implied meaning, identifying supporting details, and developing lifelong reading habits. The writing component focuses on both sentence-level concerns and whole discourse, but the emphasis is on sentence level problems common to basic writers. Students placed into this course may be required to utilize online learning tools and/or skills lab for additional instruction, homework, and skill-building exercises. Prerequisite: An appropriate score on placement test and/or writing sample. Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 3 Credits. ESL - 099 ESL Writing Essentials This course is designed for students whose native language is not English and who have had some training in English and want to improve their academic English skills. Instruction includes integration of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Emphasis is on developing reading comprehension suitable for American college freshman-level courses. Instruction focuses on developing reading strategies to enhance comprehension, recall, analysis of texts and academic vocabulary. Writing instruction emphasizes paragraphs and short essays that are unified, coherent, and fully developed. Students placed into this course may be required to utilize online learning tools and/or skills lab for additional instruction, homework, and skill-building exercises. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESL 098 and/or appropriate score on placement test and/or writing sample. Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 3 Credits. ESL - 100 ES L Beginning Composition This course is designed for students whose native language is not English. This course is a survey of fundamental writing and reading skills with an emphasis on sentence structure, organization, diction and paragraph development as components of the essay, as well as emphasis on particular comprehension skills essential for reading college texts. Emphasis is placed on the application of these skills in effective study of American college-level materials. By completing the course content objectives, students will develop their reading, writing, listening and thinking skills and will improve their ability to express ideas orally and in writing in ENG 101 and other college-level courses. Students placed into this course may be required to utilize online learning tools and/or skills lab for additional instruction, homework, and skill-building exercises. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESL 099 and/or appropriate score on placement test and/or writing sample. Note: Students may also be required to take ESL 105 and/or ESL 107 as a prerequisite or co-requisite for this course. Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. 3 Credits ESL - 105 ES L Listening and Speaking This course is designed for students whose native language is not English and who have had some training in English and want to improve their academic English skills. Instruction emphasizes aspects of pronunciation (rhythm, stress, and intonation), listening comprehension, and clarity of speech. Focus is also on speaking in academic and social situations. Students may take this course simultaneously with ESL 099, ESL 100, and ENG 101 or any credit course for which they meet the prerequisite. Semester offered: Periodically. 3 Credits ESL - 107 ES L Grammar This course is designed for students whose native language is not English and who have had some training in English and want to improve their academic English skills. Instruction emphasizes sentences, verb forms, punctuation, mechanics, and word usage. Students may take this course simultaneously with ESL 099, ESL 100, and ENG 101 or any credit course for which they meet the prerequisite. Semester offered: Periodically. 3 Credits