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Levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

We have six levels of instruction tied directly to state competency measurements in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

After you complete your testing, we place you in a class that best matches your needs. Some students are just beginning and others are improving their English so they can take college-level classes. Tuition is $25 per quarter. Financial assistance may be available for eligible students.

Here are descriptions of what students learn at each level. We have classes for students at all levels.

Level One

This class helps you ask and answer basic questions for workplace or daily life situations with simple conversation. Learn beginning grammar and to read numbers and letters, and write basic personal information.

Level Two

Students learn to ask and answer questions with basic vocabulary for workplace English and in daily life situations. Learn to read simple written information, beginning grammar and to correctly write short notes, messages and lists. Conversational skills also are included. 

Level Three

This class helps students make requests, give directions and practice interesting conversations at work or in daily life situations. Improve your reading skills to identify the meaning and structure of text. Improve grammar to write clear, short paragraphs and edit to write better.

Level Four

Students learn to share personal and work goals in conversations and in writing. Use reading skills to find the meaning and structure of text and compare types of readings to respond to different forms of writing. Write and edit organized paragraphs, letters and short essays. Students practice finding and correcting mistakes in grammar and spelling.

Level Five*

This class helps students learn to respond correctly in conversations and share clear reasons for speaking. Improve giving information in familiar and new situations. Learn reading skills and strategies to find the meaning and structure of text. Students compare types of readings and understand how to evaluate different forms of writing. Use the writing process to share complex ideas in essay, resume, or other formats. Students also must correct mistakes in grammar and spelling.

Level Six*

Students learn to speak effectively for workplace or daily life goals, use reading skills and strategies to find the meaning and structure of the text, read multiple types of written material, and understand, explain and analyze its information. Students learn to compare types of readings and understand how to evaluate different forms of writing and write essays and reports with clear ideas supported by details in complex sentence structures with few mechanical errors. Advanced conversation skills are practiced.

*Level 5 and Level 6 Advanced ESL students may exit into the GED/HSC program or gain admittance to credit programs. Students wishing to enter academic SCC or SFCC credit programs must pass the Accuplacer test showing you’re able to succeed in college classes.

Questions?

Contact Stoja Saric at 509-533-4600 or stoja.saric@scc.spokane.edu. We are here to help!