The English-as-a-second language (ESL) program provides students the opportunity to learn English at their specific level. Students are assessed and placed into a classroom according to their level of proficiency. Students' progress are monitored and assessed periodically to determine when the students are ready to move to the next level and when they have satisfactorily completed the program.
The ESL programs have an organized, articulated sequence of courses from ESL beginning literacy through ESL advance.
The ESL Model Standards for Adult Education Programs identifies six proficiency levels:
- ESL beginning literacy
- ESL low beginning
- ESL high beginning
- ESL low intermediate
- ESL high intermediate
- ESL advance
A general ESL program focuses on the skills or competencies that adults living in the United States must use on a daily basis. In general ESL classes, students develop language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) in context of real-life situations. Teachers attempt to create situations that students will encounter and ask students to practice tasks related to their lives outside the class. The goal of the ESL program is to provide adult learners with opportunities to gain knowledge of, and better control over, the environment that governs their daily lives which they are learning the language.
Go to Adult Education brochure page 5 & 6 to find the ESL classes that are closest to your residence. You can register directly in the classroom or come to the Adult and Career Registration Center located at 1515 W. Mission Blvd, Pomona, Ca. 91766