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ESL Class Schedule

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program offers community-based classes, intensive classes, professional English classes, and online classes. 

SUMMER 2022 ESL CLASSES

(No Classes on May 30 for Memorial Day and June 20 for Juneteenth Day)
  • SUMMER I ESL CLASSES (May 16 - June 30)

    No classes on May 30 for Memorial Day and June 20 for Juneteenth Day
    Flexible Online - Class is entirely on Canvas. Do course work whenever you have time. No Zoom meetings.
    In-Person - Class meets in person twice or four times a week. 
    Scheduled Zoom - Class meets on Zoom 

    COMPREHENSIVE CLASSES

    Basic English Pre-Beginning A
    Learn everyday, practical English and also develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. Free tuition; materials fees collected at registration.
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 9:30-11:30am May 16-Jun 16 (In-Person)
    Tue, Thu 6:30-9:15pm May 17-Jun 30 (In-Person)

    English 1A – 5A
    Improve all of your English skills in this intensive class: listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, and grammar. The curriculum is academic and challenging yet very practical. These classes are perfect if you are preparing for college study or need better English skills for your job or personal use. Content and complexity increase with each level. $280.
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 9:30-11:45am May 16-Jun 16 (In-Person)
    Mon, Wed 6:30-9:45pm May 16-Jun 30 (In-Person)

    READING AND WRITING CLASSES
    Learn and develop basic reading and writing skills. Whether you are learning the alphabet or writing paragraphs, these classes will help you succeed. Free tuition; materials fees collected at registration.
    Tue, Thu 6:00-9:45pm May 17-Jun 30 (In-Person)
    Reading and Writing Literacy A/1A
    Reading and Writing 2A & 3A
    Writing Basics 2A & 3A

    Paragraph Writing Skills 
    (Level 3)
    In this online course, you will learn how to write a good paragraph. This class will cover the basics of writing, including topic sentences, editing and organization, and helpful grammar. Do the work on your own time and get feedback from your instructor. You can also meet with an instructor when you have questions. Free tuition; material fees collected at registration.
    May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)

    GRAMMAR SKILLS CLASSES
    Learn important grammar topics and practice using them in the four major skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You will do activities, submit recordings and writings, and get feedback from your teacher. These courses are entirely online and do not have scheduled Zoom meetings. You can study on your own time and at your own pace. Content and complexity increase with each level. $250.
    May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)
    Intro to Fundamental Grammar Skills (Level 2)
    Fundamental Grammar Skills (Level 3)
    Intermediate Grammar Skills (Level 4)
    Intro to Advanced Grammar Skills (Level 5)
    Advanced Grammar Skills (Level 6)

    IDIOMS AND VOCABULARY FOR CONVERSATION CLASSES
    Idioms are words or phrases that cannot be translated exactly such as “go out on a limb" and “easy as pie.” These phrases are used frequently in conversations between Americans, on TV, on the radio, and in newspapers, but they can be very confusing for English learners. In these interactive classes, you will learn commonly used vocabulary and American idioms while you improve your speaking skills. You will practice new vocabulary in pronunciation, spelling, reading, and conversation activities. Content and complexity increase with each level. $280.
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 12:30-2:45pm May 16-Jun 16 (In-Person)
    Idioms and Vocabulary for Conversation 1
    Idioms and Vocabulary for Conversation 2
    Idioms and Vocabulary for Conversation 3
    Idioms and Vocabulary for Conversation 4
    Idioms and Vocabulary for Conversation 5

    CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH CLASS

    Basic English and Career Exploration (Level 1-2)
    Improve your English skills while exploring careers. Learn about educational and training opportunities while developing the skills you need to find a job and succeed in the workplace. Free tuition; material fees collected at registration.
    May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)

    How Americans Think: Surviving the Workplace (Level 4+)
    Students will examine cultural differences and their impact in the workplace and gain an understanding of how Americans think and how this affects different aspects of the job such as communication, employee relationships, and teamwork. Students will also examine their own personal and cultural beliefs in relation to work and how this impacts their “survival” in the workplace. Finally, students will learn strategies for developing cultural intelligence and cultural competence. The students will utilize online videos, selected readings and research, activities, and discussions. $300.
    Mon, Wed 6:30-8:30pm May 16-Jun 30 (Scheduled Zoom)

    Six Steps to Clearer Pronunciation (Level 4+)
    Practice pronunciation in the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world! Your instructor will guide you through six, detailed video lessons, with exercises to practice on your own. Record yourself with easy-to-use technology, and your instructor will respond privately to you with feedback and suggestions. $300.
    May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)

    Business Idioms (Level 5+)
    Idioms are everywhere in the American workplace. If you do not use these commonly spoken phrases, you may sound formal and stiff to colleagues and clients. In this interactive class, you will “roll up your sleeves” and learn how to use the most common idioms and respond confidently when you hear them in conversation or see them in writing. $300.
    May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)

    Professional Writing (Level 5+) 
    This advanced-level ESL writing course will prepare professionals for business and professional writing. Work on various types of professional writing such as e-mail correspondence, conventions, memos, short reports, summaries, business letters, cover letters, and resumes. Vocabulary and grammar will be covered as well. Basic computer skills are required. $300.
    May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)

  • SUMMER II ESL CLASSES (July 5 - Aug 18)

    Flexible Online - Class is entirely on Canvas. Do course work whenever you have time. No Zoom meetings.
    In-Person - Class meets in person twice or four times a week. 
    Scheduled Zoom - Class meets on Zoom 

    COMPREHENSIVE CLASSES

    Basic English Pre-Beginning B
    Learn everyday, practical English and also develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and  grammar. Free tuition; materials fees collected at  registration.
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 9:30-11:50am Jul 5-Aug 11 (In-Person) 
    Tue, Thu 6:00-9:50p.m., Jul 5-Aug 18 (In-Person)

    English 1B – 5B
    Improve all of your English skills in this intensive class: listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, and grammar. The curriculum is academic and challenging yet very practical. These classes are perfect if you are preparing for college study or need better  English skills for your job or personal use. Content and complexity increase with each level. $280.
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 9:30-11:45am Jul 5-Aug 4 (In-Person)
    Mon, Wed 6:30-9:45pm Jul 6-Aug 17 (In-Person)

    READING AND WRITING CLASSES
    Learn and develop basic reading and writing skills. Whether you are learning the alphabet or writing paragraphs, these classes will help you succeed. Free tuition; materials fees collected at registration.
    Tue, Thu 6:00-9:45pm Jul 5-Aug 18 (In-Person)
    Reading and Writing Literacy B/1B
    Reading and Writing 2B & 3B
    Writing Basics 2B & 3B


    Paragraph Writing Skills (Level 3)
    In this online course, you will learn how to write a good paragraph. This class will cover the basics of writing, including topic sentences, editing and organization, and helpful grammar. Do the work on your own time and get feedback from your instructor. You can also meet with an instructor when you have questions. Free tuition; material fees collected at registration.
    Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)

    GRAMMAR SKILLS CLASSES
    Learn important grammar topics and practice using them in the four major skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Do activities, submit recordings and writings, and get feedback from your teacher. Study on your own time and at your own pace. $250.
    Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)
    Intro to Fundamental Grammar Skills (Level 2)
    Fundamental Grammar Skills (Level 3)
    Intermediate Grammar Skills (Level 4)
    Intro to Advanced Grammar Skills (Level 5)
    Advanced Grammar Skills (Level 6)

    LISTENING AND SPEAKING CLASSES
    Learn to use correct spoken English in everyday conversations. Improve your pronunciation and expand vocabulary daily by learning and using new words and expressions. $280.
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 12:30pm-2:45pm Jul 5-Aug 4 (In-Person)
    Intensive Listening and Speaking 1
    Intensive Listening and Speaking 2
    Intensive Listening and Speaking 3
    Intensive Listening and Speaking 4
    Intensive Listening and Speaking 5

    CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH CLASS

    Basic English and Career Exploration (Level 1-2)
    Improve your English skills while exploring careers. Learn about educational and training opportunities to find a job and succeed in the workplace. Free tuition; material fees collected at registration.
    Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)

    Advanced American Job Search (Level 4+)
    Set career goals, learn about career resources and hear from guest speakers from banking, education, healthcare, and technology industries. Resume preparation and practice interview will be covered. Free tuition; material fees collected at registration.
    Tue, Thu 7:00-8:30pm Jul 12-Aug 4 (Scheduled Zoom)

    Grammar for Business (Level 4+)
    This class will focus on grammar that is needed and used by business professionals. All of the grammar points are taught using actual business scenarios. Lessons will focus on both written and spoken language. Course assignments will require typing and speaking via audio or video. $300.
    Mon, Wed 6:30-8:30pm Jul 6-Aug 17 (Scheduled Zoom)

    Six Steps to Clearer Pronunciation (Level 4+)
    Practice pronunciation in the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world! Your instructor will guide you through six, detailed video lessons, with exercises to practice on your own. Record yourself with easy-to-use technology, and your instructor will respond privately to you with feedback and suggestions. $300.
    Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)

    Business Idioms (Level 5+)
    Idioms are everywhere in the American workplace. If you do not use these commonly spoken phrases, you may sound formal and stiff to colleagues and clients. In this interactive class, you will “roll up your sleeves” and learn how to use the most common idioms and respond confidently when you hear them in conversation or see them in writing. $300.
    Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)

    Professional Writing (Level 5+) 
    This advanced-level ESL writing course will prepare  professionals for business and professional writing. Work on various types of professional writing such as e-mail correspondence, conventions, memos, short reports, summaries, business letters, cover letters, and resumes. Vocabulary and grammar will be covered as well. Basic computer skills are required. $300.
    Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)

  • English for Work Classes

    Face-to-Face - Class meets 100% in person on campus.
    Flexible Online - Class is entirely on Canvas. Do course work whenever you have time. No Zoom meetings.
    Scheduled Zoom - Class meets on Zoom once or twice a week. 
    To register, CLICK HERE for instructions. 

    Do you want to improve your English and get a better job? Enroll in one of our English for Careers classes! Courses cover a variety of careers, including health care, information technology, childcare and more. Learn job-specific vocabulary and workplace skills while developing your English skills. You will also have access to career planning and counseling. 

    Basic English and Career Exploration (Level 1-2)
    Improve your English skills while exploring careers. Learn about educational and training opportunities while developing the skills you need to find a job and succeed in the workplace. Free tuition; material fees collected at registration.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)

    English for Vision Assistant (Level 4+)
    Interested in a career in a healthcare field? This class is for students interested in working in an eye doctor’s office but who need a little extra practice with their English language skills. You will also focus on improving your skills in English reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This course requires potential students to complete an application. Additional details, including course schedule, can be found in the application. Email englishforcareers@howardcc.edu for more information. Free tuition.
    Tue, Thu 6:45-9:05pm Aug 9-Nov10 (Scheduled Zoom)

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  • Skilled Immigrant Program

    **Scheduled Zoom - Class meets on Zoom once or twice a week. To register, CLICK HERE for instructions.

    Advanced American Job Search (Level 4+) 
    Looking to get ahead or to advance your career in the United States? This class is for you. Set career goals, learn about career resources and hear from interesting guest speakers from banking, education, healthcare, and technology industries. Resume preparation and practice interviews will be covered. Class includes online Zoom sessions and off-line activities for advanced English students. Upon completion, you may be eligible to enroll in Career Connections for International Professionals (CCIP) which offers expert advice in preparing you to advance your career. You will explore networking, targeted resumes, mock interviews, the US work culture and more. Get ahead in your job search by registering for this exciting, interactive workshop series! Free tuition; material fees collected at registration. 
    Tue, Thu 7:00-8:30pm Jul 12-Aug 4 (Scheduled Zoom)

    Career Connections for International Professionals (Level 4+)
    This course will provide career-focused instruction and skill development for skilled immigrants seeking professional employment. Topics include targeted resume writing, researching employers, applying for jobs, interviewing successfully, building a professional network, and designing an action plan for your career. Students will discuss cultural differences and their impact in the workplace and take part in mock interviews. Professional and organizational skills, such as workplace expectations and customer interactions, will be addressed. Students must complete a written application and an oral interview. 
    (Application Link: https://sites.google.com/howardcc.edu/englishforworkcareers). Prerequisite: advanced-level ESL learners must complete the Advanced American Job Search class. Free tuition; material fees collected at registration.
    Schedule to be announced.

  • Professional English Certificate Classes

    Face-to-Face - Class meets 100% in person on campus.
    Flexible Online - Class is entirely on Canvas. Do course work whenever you have time. No Zoom meetings.
    Scheduled Zoom - Class meets on Zoom once or twice a week. 
    To register, CLICK HERE for instructions. 

    Earn a Professional English certificate by completing at least three professional English classes within 18 months. Build your written and oral communication competencies while gaining valuable knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace. Note that these are Continuing Education noncredit certificates. 

    Grammar for Business *Professional English Certificate* (Level 4+)
    This class will focus on grammar that is needed and used by business professionals. All of the grammar points are taught using actual business scenarios. Lessons will focus on both written and spoken language. Course assignments will require typing and speaking via audio or video. $300.
    (Summer 2) Mon, Wed 6:30-8:30pm Jul 6-Aug 17 (Scheduled Zoom)

    How Americans Think: Surviving the Workplace *Professional English Certificate* (Level 4+)
    Students will examine cultural differences and their impact in the workplace and gain an understanding of how Americans think and how this affects different aspects of the job such as communication, employee relationships, and teamwork. Students will also examine their own personal and cultural beliefs in relation to work and how this impacts their “survival” in the workplace. Finally, students will learn strategies for developing cultural intelligence and cultural competence. The students will utilize online videos, selected readings and research, activities, and discussions. $300.
    (Summer 1) Mon, Wed 6:30-8:30pm May 16-Jun 30 (Scheduled Zoom)

    Six Steps to Clearer Pronunciation *Professional English Certificate* (Level 4+)
    Practice pronunciation in the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world! Your instructor will guide you through six, detailed video lessons, with exercises to practice on your own. Record yourself with easy-to-use technology, and your instructor will respond privately to you with feedback and suggestions. $300.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)

    Business Idioms *Professional English Certificate* (Level 5+)
    Idioms are everywhere in the American workplace. If you do not use these commonly spoken phrases, you may sound formal and stiff to colleagues and clients. In this interactive class, you will “roll up your sleeves” and learn how to use the most common idioms and respond confidently when you hear them in conversation or see them in writing. $300.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)

    Professional Writing *Professional English Certificate* (Level 5+) 
    This advanced-level ESL writing course will prepare professionals for business and professional writing. Work on various types of professional writing such as e-mail correspondence, conventions, memos, short reports, summaries, business letters, cover letters, and resumes. Vocabulary and grammar will be covered as well. Basic computer skills are required. $300.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30 (Flexible Online)
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18 (Flexible Online)

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  • Flexible Online ESL Classes

    These courses are on Canvas. No Zoom meetings. New students will receive an email with instructions to create an HCC Canvas account after registering. After you log into Canvas, your instructor will contact you with instructions on how to begin. To register, CLICK HERE for instructions.  

    Basic English and Career Exploration (Level 1-2)
    Improve your English skills while exploring careers. Learn about educational and training opportunities while developing the skills you need to find a job and succeed in the workplace. Free tuition; material fees collected at registration.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18

    Paragraph Writing Skills (Level 3+)
    In this online course, you will learn how to write a good paragraph. This class will cover the basics of writing, including topic sentences, editing and organization, and helpful grammar. Do the work on your own time and get feedback from your instructor. You can also meet with an instructor when you have questions. Free tuition; material fees collected at registration.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30 
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18

    GRAMMAR SKILLS CLASSES
    Learn important grammar topics and practice using them in the four major skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You will do activities, submit recordings and writings, and get feedback from your teacher. These courses are entirely online and do not have scheduled Zoom meetings. You can study on your own time and at your own pace. Content and complexity increase with each level. $250.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30 
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18

    • Intro to Fundamental Grammar Skills (Level 2)
    • Fundamental Grammar Skills (Level 3)
    • Intermediate Grammar Skills (Level 4)
    • Intro to Advanced Grammar Skills (Level 5)
    • Advanced Grammar Skills (Level 6)

    Six Steps to Clearer Pronunciation *Professional English Certificate* (Level 4+)
    Practice pronunciation in the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world! Your instructor will guide you through six, detailed video lessons, with exercises to practice on your own. Record yourself with easy-to-use technology, and your instructor will respond privately to you with feedback and suggestions. $300.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18

    Business Idioms *Professional English Certificate* (Level 5+)
    Idioms are everywhere in the American workplace. If you do not use these commonly spoken phrases, you may sound formal and stiff to colleagues and clients. In this interactive class, you will “roll up your sleeves” and learn how to use the most common idioms and respond confidently when you hear them in conversation or see them in writing. $300.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18

    Professional Writing *Professional English Certificate* (Level 5+) 
    This advanced-level ESL writing course will prepare professionals for business and professional writing. Work on various types of professional writing such as e-mail correspondence, conventions, memos, short reports, summaries, business letters, cover letters, and resumes. Vocabulary and grammar will be covered as well. Basic computer skills are required. $300.
    (Summer 1) May 16-Jun 30
    (Summer 2) Jul 5-Aug 18
     
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  • Health Care Interpreter Training Program

    Learn how to be a language interpreter in the healthcare industry! Students must co-enroll in Orientation to Health Care Interpreting Training and Interpreting in Health Care classes. For more information, visit howardcc.edu/HCIT or email hcit@howardcc.edu.

    Orientation to Health Care Interpreting Training 
    This is a fully online course that provides an overview of the Health Care Interpreting Certificate Program components and requirements. The Health Care Interpreter’s standard of practice, roles, and functions are also introduced. You must pass language assessments that aim to gauge your language proficiency in order to take the Interpreting in Health Care course. $110. Course#YE-800. 
    Aug 15-18 (Flexible Online)
      
    Interpreting in Health Care 
    This course provides training for bilingual individuals to develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective language interpretation in health care settings. Basic knowledge of common medical conditions, treatments, and procedures will be taught. Students will learn about bridging linguistic and cultural competency between clients and providers, which is a vital component in the art of interpretation. The course allows students to develop advanced skills in ethical decision making, memory development, patient advocacy, and listening ability. By the end of the course students are able to analyze and contrast cultural influences on health beliefs, choose and demonstrate the appropriate interpreting role based on the communication barriers of the speaker and solve ethical dilemmas by applying the ethical decision-making process. $945. Course#YE-801. 
    Sat 12:30-2:30pm, Sep 8-Dec 10 (In-Person)
    No class on Sep 17, Oct 8, and Oct 29
      
    Field Experience in Health Care Interpreting 

    This course will provide students with opportunities for interpretation practice and analysis and reflection of interpreting situations in real life settings. $145. Course#YE-802. 
    Thu 7pm-8 pm Winter 2023: Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23 (Scheduled Zoom)
    Dates and times for additional sessions will vary.

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