English Language Learning (ELL)

Area of Interest

English as a Second Language

Curriculum
Non-Degree Courses

Community ESL is now Community ELL or Community English Language Learning (C-ELL).  
Our ELL programs do not meet F1 visa requirements. For F1 visa information, please visit our International Student page.

Do you want to increase your confidence in listening, speaking, grammar, and writing English?  Community ELL offers non-credit courses. 

  • Classes are from beginner to advanced. Class selection is based on a placement test score.  No residency requirement.
  • Start with or without a high school diploma. ​Must be 17 years old or older.
  • We offer Community ELL ($260.00) and AELA Community ELL (free) programs. 


    Link here:  Spring 2023 Sign Up for Community ELL ($260.00).  
     

Spring 2023 Community ELL Classes ($260.00)

Community ELL offers non-credit classes that teach core skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Core levels include 2/3 low-beginning to high-beginning. 4/5 low-intermediate to high-intermediate. 5/6 low-advanced to high-advanced. 

  • February 6 – May 4 (12 weeks), 1 or 2 times a week, 1.5 hours a day. Classes are subject to change depending on class enrollment and instructor availability. 
  • After you sign up, we will send you an online Placement Test. You will select your class based on your Placement Test results.
    Schedule Spring 2023 ($260.00)
  • Core Levels 2-3: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to Noon In-Person CCD Confluence Building
  • Core Level 4: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Remote/Online
  • Core Level 5: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to Noon In-Person CCD Confluence Building
  • Level 4 - 5: Intermediate Intensive Reading and Writing Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to Noon In-Person CCD Confluence Building
  • Core Level 4 - 5: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Remote/Online
  • Core Level 5: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Remote/Online 
  • Core Level 4: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Remote/Online
  • Intermediate Intensive Reading and Writing Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to Noon  In-Person CCD Confluence Building
  • Level 6 Advanced Intensive Reading & Writing, 9:00 a.m. to Noon Saturdays In-Person CCD Confluence Building
  • Level 6 Advanced Intensive Listening & Speaking, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays In-Person CCD Confluence Building 
  • ESL Lab (Advanced level 6+): Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Remote/Online (tentative) 

Location: Community College of Denver Auraria Campus, Confluence Building. 800 Curtis Street 80204 (Room numbers vary).
Length: 12 weeks Cost: $260.00 for a 12-week semester

Spring 2023 AELA Community ELL classes (Free).  Our free classes are closed. We are full.

When you complete the Sign-Up, you will select the Placement Test and Orientation date to attend.  Classes are subject to change depending on class enrollment and instructor availability.  January 17 – May 4 (15 weeks), two times a week, 2 hours a day. In-person or online.

Level 2-3 In-person: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. (10th & Osage)
Level 4-5 In-person: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (10th & Osage)
Level 2-3 Online: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Level 4-5 Online: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Level 5-6 Online: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Level 0-1 In-Person: Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Denver Housing Authority (DHA) Sun Valley (13th & Holden). (tentative)

Locations: DHA Community Connections (10th & Osage) or DHA Sun Valley (13th & Holden).
Length: 15 weeks Cost: Free to qualified applicants

ELL for Nurse Aide 

Interested in a career as a Nurse Aide?  This program will help you study English to succeed in your Nurse Aide courses. Advanced English language students (Level 5-6) qualify for the ELL for Nurse Aide program.  Currently closed to new students. 

ELL for Manufacturing 

Interested in a career in welding, machining, or Computer-Aided Design (CAD)?  This program will help you study English to succeed in your courses. Advanced English language students (Level 5-6) qualify for the ELL for Manufacturing program.  Apprenticeships and employment assistance are available. This program is closed for Spring 2023. 

Questions?

Visit www.CCD.edu/ESL or call us at 303.352.3150 or email ESL@ccd.edu.

Please Note:

New Courses Available for Advanced English Language Learners!

Connect with one of our academic advisors to explore options.

CCD is offering two new courses for Advanced level English language learners during the Spring 2023 semester under the English (ENG) prefix. These for-credit college classes qualify for financial aid and scholarships (Financial Aid application and eligibility required).

The courses are designed specifically for students who could benefit from additional language instruction while they begin earning credits toward their certificate or degree. 

Special Topics: ENG 0076 Integrated English Skills (CRN 32471) is a 6-credit course that covers reading, writing, and academic study skills to prepare multilingual learners for transfer-level classes. This course integrates and contextualizes English literacy and oracy (listening and speaking) skills to accelerate language acquisition. This 15-week Spring 2023 class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Special Topics: ENG 0077 Studio 1021 for Multi-Language Learners is a 3-credit corequisite course that pairs with ENG 1021-18C (CRNs 32476 and 32475). It is similar to ENG 0094 but focuses on language learners' unique needs. The course supports multilingual learners in reading, writing, and language acquisition strategies tailored to pair with ENG 1021: English Composition I coursework. These 15-week Spring 2023 classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. 

CCD ESL classes do not meet F1 visa requirements; please visit our International Students page for more information about qualifying for CCD Programs of Study.

Steps to Enroll

1. Apply to CCD

2. Take the ESL Accuplacer at the CCD Testing Center

  • If your test result shows Basic, Intermediate, or below, please sign up for Community ESL (see first tab above).
  • If your test result shows Advanced (ESL Accuplacer/LOEP score of 90 or above), please complete the CCD Steps to Enrollment.​​

3. Questions? Contact Mike Chrzanowski

C-ESL: Employer-Based | On-site ESL classes for Metro Denver Employers

Good communication can improve the quality, productivity, and retention of great staff. If you are an employer who relies on employees who struggle with English language skills, we can help. CCD's ELL team is ready to deliver English language instruction that is tailored to meet your needs. Our staff and the onsite instructor will work with you to design contextualized learning specifically for your organization. Your input will guide our efforts. CCD's affordable and flexible on-site classes are easy to implement. We can provide a CCD classroom at one of our locations or bring it to you. Give us your break room or any relatively quiet open space with seating, and we'll take it from there. Scheduling is flexible and can be planned during the workday, over lunch, or after hours.

Current industries served: Industrial Laundry, Food & Beverage, Excavating, Landscaping

Get Started

  • Visit us online at www.CCD.edu/ESL
  • Meet to discuss your needs and expectations
  • Schedule a site visit to confirm the space and number of students
  • Review a formal CCD Proposal
  • Work with our ESL team to finalize a contract
  • Invite your employees

Academic Support

The ESL center at the Excel Zone is open to all students who are enrolled in ESL pathways.

Accreditation

Academic English Second Language (ESL) courses are 3-credit hour courses. Community ESL is a non-credit program serving diverse communities throughout Metro Denver.

Financial Aid Eligibility

The Academic ESL program is federal financial aid eligible.

The Community ESL program is not eligible for federal financial aid. Payment plans and a limited number of grant-funded scholarships are available for qualified students.

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Annual Student Publication

Mirror of the World is a student/tutor project of the English as a Second Language (ESL) department in the Center for Arts and Humanities. All of the contents are written by current or former ESL students in various classes. Submissions are selected by the editorial team of tutors in the ESL tutoring center. We hope you enjoy this year's publication.