English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program is the specialized part of the Office of Adult Education that addresses the needs of adult English Language Learners. The ESL program provides instruction in English-language skills for reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Classes also provide instruction in U.S. citizenship, civics preparation, career awareness, job readiness, career pathway identification, and test preparation for high school equivalency exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are terms that refer to English learners. (ESL – English as a Second Language; ELL – English Language Learners; ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages). We refer to our English classes as ESL classes.

Anyone seeking to learn and speak English and are 16 or older and not enrolled in a K-12 school. A social security number is not required to attend our classes, but a picture identification card is required. All are welcome!

We have specific curriculum to teach English language skills based on the individuals’ needs. The student is placed in a class that will work on the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Teachers focus on student goals when designing lessons. Students have the opportunity to work in computer software, by phone or computer, designed to meet their language learning needs.

The ESL teacher may speak the student’s native language, but usually does not. The ESL teacher has been trained in language learning strategies to help the student learn and practice speaking English.

We have classes specifically created for the ESL population where students can comfortably learn the English language. We have students attending from numerous countries.

We have flexible schedules to meet the needs of our students. Contact your local program to get a schedule for ESL classes. Most programs have day or evening classes.

You will need to contact the program in your area to receive information about registering for a class. Please click here to go to the map. Then click on the county you live in and call the contact number of the program nearest to you.

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