English Language Learning (ELL)

English as a Second Language

Non-Degree Courses
Area of Interest

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.

  • Community ELL offers non-credit courses. Classes are from beginner to advanced. Class selection is based on a placement test score.  
  • Start with or without a high school diploma. ​Must be 18 years old or older and live in Colorado.

Community ELL (C-ELL) Classes 

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.  Level 7 classes include Reading and Writing, Grammar, and Speaking and Listening for College/Career Readiness.  We offer online or in-person (Saturday) classes. 
Community ELL Registration

Community ELL Schedule
Location: In-person classes are at the Community College of Denver Auraria Campus, Confluence Building, 2nd floor. 800 Curtis Street 80204.  
Online classes are also available.  
Cost: Costs are subject to change. $270.00 total for a 12-week class, including materials. Pay to keep your place in the class.

AELA classes 

AELA is a grant-funded class designed to help you achieve your English language, personal, and career goals. It is free but requires a high level of commitment and significant homework. The classes are in-person in the morning and online in the evening. We offer levels 2 (low) through 6 (advanced). Classes fill quickly. A 3-hour in-person Registration and Orientation is required.

AELA Registration

Locations: DHA Community Connections (10th & Osage) or DHA Sun Valley (13th & Holden).  
Length: 14 weeks  

ELL for Nurse Aide 

The Nurse Aide class will prepare advanced language learners (level 6+) for the vocabulary used in the nurse aide profession.  Please see the details in the form linked below if you are interested. 

Nurse Aide Interest Form


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

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 (0076-001, CRN: 25294) 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 (0077-017C, CRN: 25295 and co-req ENG 1021-17C, CRN: 25296). 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

Food & Beverage Language Institute (FBLI)

Are you a restaurant, beverage, or hospitality company with Spanish-speaking employees who want to improve their English language skills?  FBLI is a joint venture program of Community College of Denver and the Hispanic Restaurant Association. The FBLI learning model uses flexible web-based learning enhanced by 1-on-1 instructional support and coaching.

  • Equip employees to improve their English language, leadership, and hospitality skills.
  • A training solution designed specifically for the hospitality industry.

Cost: $500 per employee for a 3-month access window.  

For more information, email Delta Donohue or call 303.352.6027.

Business English for Career Professionals 

This course is designed for English language learners who want to improve their language skills at work. The course includes activities and practice in reading, writing, pronunciation, and listening. ​Industries include industrial laundry, food & beverage, excavating, landscaping, and health care.

  • Tailored to your business and budget.
  • Flexible location (on-site or online).
  • Equip employees to be more promotable.

Additional customized classes are offered on demand. For more information, email Delta Donohue or call 303.352.6027.

English Language Learning (ELL) for Nurse Aide

The Nurse Aide class will prepare advanced language learners (level 6+) for the vocabulary used in the nurse aide profession. The next class is online with an instructor on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am - 11:00 am, February 13 - July 31, 2023. The cost is $299 and includes all instruction and materials. For more information, contact ell@ccd.edu. Please fill out the interest form.

Nurse Aide Interest Form

English Language Learning (ELL) for Early Childhood Education (ECE)

The class will prepare advanced language learners (level 6+) for the vocabulary used in the early childhood educator profession.  For more information, contact ell@ccd.edu.

Academic Support

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


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 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.

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