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Adult Education

English Language

Adult Education offers noncredit classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) in various locations throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties. These classes are taught using an English only model, in different levels, and are free to students. Adult Education has partnered with Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) to offer free child care at some of our community sites during ESL classes. Many of the ESL classes offered can lead to a certificate.

Community English as a Second Language, Certificate of Competency

A noncredit Certificate of Competency providing instruction in community-based English language skills to non-native speakers of English at the beginning level. Students who complete these four courses will be able to communicate about basic needs and common activities in everyday social situations. Reading skills and sentence writing related to survival skills and personal topics are emphasized. Students will learn vocabulary related to career and educational options and practice basic computer skills in English. Complete four courses for a total of 112-176 hours.

Required Courses

ESL 200 Fundamental English as a Second Language (ESL) – Low Beginning
ESL 201 Fundamental English as a Second Language (ESL) – High Beginning
ESL 205 Fundamental Career and Education Vocabulary for ESL Students
ESL 207 Fundamental Computer Vocabulary for ESL students


Community and Career English as a Second Language, Certificate of Competency

A noncredit Certificate of Competency providing instruction in English language skills for persona and vocational use to non-native speakers of English at the intermediate level. This sequence of courses is designed for students who want focused practice on listening, speaking, reading and writing beyond survival skills or common topics. Students who complete these courses will develop practical English skills for both personal and workplace settings with a focus on educational and career goals. Workplace readiness through developing computer competence is also emphasized. Complete four courses for a total of 134-204 hours.

Required Courses

ESL 210 Intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) – Low
ESL 211 Intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) – High
ESL 215 Intermediate Career and Education Vocabulary for ESL Students
ESL 217 Intermediate Computer Vocabulary for ESL Students

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