ESL Program Specialist
Our English as a Second Language classes are focused on helping non-native English speaking adults improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension skills in order to integrate into the local community and their places of employment.
We currently serve students from five different continents and 29 countries. With so many different languages spoken, we use English language immersion techniques to teach life and work skills that help our students gain confidence and use their English skills in their everyday lives.
Students attend classes two days a week for three hours per day. We offer six levels of English:
Level 0-1 Beginning Literacy
Level 2 Beginning
Level 3 High Beginning
Level 4 Intermediate
Level 5 High Intermediate
Level 6 Advanced (transition to ABE and/or post-secondary)
For non-native English speakers who have lived in the United States for many years and speak and understand English well, we offer reading and writing courses in our Adult Basic Education Program.
Classes are open to all community members 17+. We also offer a variety of services in addition to our adult ESL classes.
Family Literacy: Adult ESL students who live within District 11 boundaries have the option to participate in the Family Literacy program, where they bring their children (ages 6 weeks through 5th grade) to school with them. While parents attend ESL or ABE classes, the children receive age appropriate literacy instruction.
Workplace ESL: Is designed for intermediate and advanced ESL students wanting to improve communication skills for work and employment purposes. Workplace ESL is a series of two courses taught by Pikes Peak Community College instructors and offered at the Roy J Wasson Academic Campus. The courses are offered to non-native English speakers from the community in addition to being available to Adult and Family Education students. The classes are collaboration between Pikes Peak Community College Workforce Development Division and Adult and Family Education.
Refugee Services: We partner with Lutheran Refugee Services of the Pikes Peak Region to offer educational opportunities to newly arrived refugees at no cost. Refugees who have lived in the United States for less than five year qualify for services and are integrated into our Adult ESL, Family Literacy, and Adult Basic Education Programs.
For more information on any of our services, please call 328-3001.