English as a Second Language (ESL)

Area of Interest

English as a Second Language

Non-Degree Courses

About ESL Pathways

CCD English as a Second Language (ESL) pathways offer students a holistic and student-centered approach to improving English-language acquisition. The ESL program offers both for-credit and non-credit learning options depending on student needs. 

Our credit-bearing classes start with high-beginning English and continue into intermediate and advanced studies, leading to success in a college composition requirement. Our curriculum includes instruction in all essential language skills: listening, speaking, grammar, reading, writing, and pronunciation. We invite interested students to publish English writing in Mirror of the World, a student-produced magazine.

Upon completion of your ESL studies, you can successfully enroll in a certificate or degree program at CCD or transfer to a four-year college or university. To enroll in our for-credit program, please complete the CCD Steps to Enrollment and take a placement test to confirm your English language levels. You can apply for financial aid to help pay for your studies; learn more about these options in your CCD New Student Orientation. If you need assistance, feel free to contact our program coordinator.

Program Classes & Flexible Scheduling

ESL pathways at CCD include diverse learning communities and integrated skills classes. These classes are regularly offered at the downtown Auraria Campus and offer flexible scheduling options. You can combine the three-credit hour classes to meet your scheduling and language-learning needs. You may choose to study either part or full time — in the daytime or in the evening — two, three, or four days a week. We also offer integrated language skills courses with more intensive instruction in grammar, reading, composition and conversation. These classes meet three days each week for a total of 9 hours. Tutoring is available for all students through the CCD Excel Center on the fourth floor of the Confluence Building.

We're committed to providing educational pathways that lead to sustainable careers and community engagement for English-language learners from all segments of our society.

Community ESL classes are a non-credit option for adult English language learners. A college application is not required and students do not need to qualify for in-state tuition. Your ESL navigator can help you with placement testing and program selection. Please sign up now to reserve your seat!

  • Instructor-Guided Online English Studies (24-hour access; 6 Hours/Week Minimum Requirement) 
  • Live Video Class Meetings (one hour each, two times per week)
  • College Instructors & Staff 
  • Placement Tests (Required)
  • Progress Testing (available after 40-60 hours of study) 

Connect with our Community ESL Coordinator,  Marsea Wynne | 720.445.5616

General Class Information

ESL classes are available at multiple locations year-round. Currently, due to COVID-19 safety requirements, instruction is delivered remotely using the BurlingtonEnglish platform supported by Webex and CCD instructional resources. C-ESL instructors are experienced, college instructors. Placement tests include CASAS and the ESL Accuplacer. 


2021 Summer Term:  May 10 - June 30, 2021 (8 weeks)


  • Basic | Beginning 
  • Intermediate 
  • Advanced
  • Summer Intensive (Reading/Writing for CCD Academic ESL)
  • Transitions to CCD Certificate Studies (Integrated Education & Training)

Live Video Class Schedule: 

  • Evenings | 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. | M/W (Beginning)  T/TH (Intermediate/Advanced) 
  • Mornings | 9 - 10:00 a.m. | M/W (Beginning) 
  • Afternoons | 2 - 3:00 p.m. | T/TH (Intermediate/Advanced)

Live video class duration may vary, depending on the syllabus and class preferences.

Class Fees

Scholarships for Qualified Students | $0-$90 (Limited Space Available)
Regular Fee | $225 (Payment Plan: 3 Payments, $75 January-March)

Fees are all-inclusive and cover a full semester (15 weeks). Our summer intensive is open to continuing, high-intermediate and advanced students (4 weeks) $125. Group rates and financial assistance may be available for qualified students. Payment plans are available.

If you have a diploma or degree from another country and are ready to start college now, you may qualify for the CCD Academic English as a Second Language program. Visit the "Academic ESL" tab of this page to learn more about academic ESL classes to prepare for success in college certificates and degrees. CCD offers a wide range of programs with college or university credit transfer options, please visit ccd.edu/admission

Academic Support

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


Community ESL is a non-credit program serving diverse communities throughout Metro Denver.

Financial Aid Eligibility

This 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.