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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 pre-academic, to intermediate levels, to the most basic level classes. 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.

English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP)

The goal of ELAP is to help non-native speakers of American English acquire the level of academic American English they need to succeed in their college programs and in their careers. 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 are administered the Accuplacer ESL at the Assessment Center to determine their current level of English proficiency, as required by College regulations. The students are then placed at the appropriate levels in courses. 
  • The English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) program is the new name for American English Language Program (AELP). The name has been changed to better reflect our population, the type of teaching we do, 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.


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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