English as a Second Language classes are designed for English Language Learners (ELL) who speak, write, and read best in their native language and desire to learn and /or improve English language skills. The classes are available to adults 17 years and older and focus on English for daily living and communication skills in the workplace. Classes and materials are student centered and communication based. Curriculum is designed to be flexible based on individual needs. Teachers provide opportunities not only to learn from an instructor, but also for students to work together and find strength in each other and their experiences. Students work independently and interactively in pairs and small groups.

ESL Students

Have diverse language abilities
Have a desire to learn
Set definite educational goals
Come from a variety of countries, cultures and social economic backgrounds
Are usually part-time learners with additional responsibilities at home, on the job, or in the community

ESL Instructors
Help students learn and/or improve their English language skills
Adjust material to each student’s ability level
Provide opportunities for personal goal setting
Allow class time for student questions
Develop and nurture student self-esteem

ESL Classes
Are friendly
Are usually small
Offer an orientation explaining class procedure, policies, rules and expectations
Are designed so students work independently, in pairs, small groups and large groups

ESL Curriculum
Ensures classes and materials are student-centered
Is designed to be flexible based on individual needs
Encourages oral communication about real life situations
Teaches pronunciation, grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Requires a reading assessment which helps the instructor determine at which level to begin studies

ESL Fees
There are no class fees.

For more information on ESL programs, please contact Linda Buxton, ELL Outreach Specialist, at 641-782-1589.