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ESL English Language Skills for Speakers of Other Languages Programs

ESL, English as a Second Language Programs at Montgomery College
For Adult English Language Learners

In general these programs are listed in order of level of difficulty from highest level English language skills to intermediate to  more basic skills. More detailed information about each program can be found on their websites.

The American English Language Program (AELP) through Summer 2017

This program is for students who have been admitted to the College who need to improve their level of American English proficiency to study for a degree. These AELP courses are higher in level than most courses in the other two English language programs at Montgomery College.

  • Following admission to the College, students take assessment test (ESL Accuplacer plus writing sample), as required by College regulations, to determine the level of American English proficiency, which determines the level of courses.
  • Focuses on American English for academic purposes to prepare non-native speakers of English for successful college work.
  • Courses include: Writing, Reading, Listening & Speaking, Learning Communities which are ESL Courses linked with Credit Courses.
  • Ability to take some transferable credit-level course while taking AELP course to work on academic English language skills.
  • Possible financial aid for AELP courses.

English for Academic Purposes (ELAP) starting Fall 2017

Starting in the Fall 2017 ELAP will be the new name for the American English Language Program (AELP). The name has been changed to better reflect the student population, the type of teaching offered, and the newly redesigned curriculum. The new ELAP program offers 2 levels of writing, reading, and speaking/listening courses and an integrated skills "capstone" course in order to meet the language and academic cultural-adaptation needs of non-native speakers of English. In addition to classroom work, laboratory work is required both to satisfy course requirements for needed practice in written and oral/aural communication. Visit ELAP to learn more about the updated curriculum.

American Pre-Academic and Professional ESL (English as a Second Language)

This is the next level of classes. Courses include reading, speaking, listening, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. The ESL courses are for beginning to advanced adult English language learners, and helps to build a strong foundation for academic English. Students must take an assessment test (ESL Assessment) and speak with a placement counselor to learn their level and the best courses for their learning goals.

  • Pre-Academic Track: Focus on  reading, writing and grammar to study in a U.S. college or university and to develop the English language skills needed for their work and career.
  • General Communication Track: Focus on speaking, listening and pronunciation.
  • Advanced Track: For learners who do not wish to take credit courses. Most courses focus on English language skills for the work environment. TOEFL preparation also offered.

Adult ESOL & Basic Skills for College and Careers Programs

Adult ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages, helps students learn English for life, work, and community. This includes Adult Basic Education, and Vocational ESOL. Levels begin with basic literacy through advanced. Most classes are tuition free, except advanced (Pre-GED® and GED® ). Students take a placement test (CASAS) to find the best class for them.

  • ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages, helps students learn English for life, work, and community.
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) for those students who need basic skills in reading and math.
  • Work Plus! English language skills and job skills and more, including MI-BEST basic education skills and job training.
  • Pre-GED® and GED® Test Preparation is for students who have stronger skills, but need more work in all of the content areas.

To learn more about each program visit their website:

Adult ESOL & Basic Skills for College and Careers.

American Pre-Academic and Professional ESL (English as a Second Language)

The American English Language Program (AELP)

Montgomery College

Montgomery County, MD


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