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Workforce Development & Continuing Education

English Language Skills for Speakers of Other Languages

These programs are for adult learners whose first language is not English.

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

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. Levels begin with basic literacy through advanced (Pre-GED® and GED®). Most classes are tuition free, except advanced. 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 MIBEST 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.

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 ESLA) 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.

The American English Language Program (AELP)

This program is for students who have been admitted to the College who need to improve their level of American English proficiency. The AELP focuses on American English for academic purposes and includes courses on grammar / writing, reading, and listening/speaking. These AELP courses are higher in level than most courses in the other two English language programs described above.

  • Following admission to the College, students take assessment test (ESL Accuplacer plus) to determine level of American English proficiency, as required by College regulations, which determines level of classes.
  • Higher in level than most courses in the other two English language programs.
  • Focuses on American English for academic purposes
  • Courses include grammar / writing / reading, listening / speaking

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)

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