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English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Seven levels of language training are available for adults (17 years and older) who are non-native speakers of English. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings to accommodate busy work and study schedules. Courses are free for permanent U.S. residents; fees are required for persons visiting the United States temporarily.

The English Program operates on a ten-week quarterly schedule twelve months per year, but new students are welcome to enter classes at any time. Beginning and intermediate courses provide instruction and practice in reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Advanced courses provide instruction and practice in college preparatory language skills and in conversation and pronunciation. Most courses range in size from 10 to 20 learners, and all courses are taught entirely in English. Emphasis is given to small group activities so that learners have ample opportunity to practice the language that they are learning. With approximately thirty countries represented in its student population, the Adult Literacy Program also provides opportunity for students to learn from each other about the rest of the world.

Many English language learners supplement their classroom instruction by working independently in the main Hawthorne computer lab, where they improve reading skills, develop vocabulary and practice pronunciation. 

To make a placement test appointment please call (507) 328-4440. If you have any questions email us.

Beginning and Intermediate English
Advanced English Conversation and Pronunciation
English Writing
Reading
Basic English Language Competencies
CASAS Competencies
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