English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL includes the basics of spoken and written American English for foreign-born individuals and essential targeted vocabulary for their workplace.

Classes are in small groups and are customized by the requirements specific to the students’ jobs. Content and vocabulary are determined through consultation with each sponsoring company.

• ESL I assumes little or no knowledge of English. Learners are introduced to basic expressions, sounds and sentence structure.

• ESL II builds on the skills introduced in ESL I to increase understanding and the ability to communicate more complex thought. There is increased emphasis on original expression and pronunciation.

• ESL III focuses on raising written and conversational skills to a higher level of proficiency by enhancing listening, reading and comprehension skills and introducing more complicated material.