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 offers students a holistic and student-centered approach to improving English-language acquisition. The ESL program offers two programs: pre-college Community ESL and college-level Academic ESL. 

  • Community ESL (C-ESL): This pre-college non-credit program offers affordable and zero-cost classes year-round with in-person and remote study options. Special programs include free college certificates and employment assistance. No college application is required. To sign up now and view upcoming deadlines, please visit www.CCD.edu/CommunityESL. For more information, please click on the Community ESL tab below.
  • Academic ESL:  For detailed class information, please click on Curriculum. Academic ESL classes prepare students for success in the college English requirement for CCD certificates and degrees. Students earn college credits and the classes qualify for Financial Aid. Please click on the Academic ESL tab below to learn more.

CCD C-ESL welcomes students with or without a high school diploma. English language learners age 17 or older who do not qualify for Financial Aid or in-state tuition can start with us. No CCD college application is required. When placement tests indicate readiness, students enroll in Academic ESL or Intensive English for a CCD certificate. Some students can enroll directly into a CCD Program of Study.

Term & Class Schedules

2022 Spring Term:  January - May 2022 Enrollment now open!

We offer Levels 2-6 in essential English skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening). Levels 2-3 are beginning classes, 4-5 are intermediate, 5-6 are advanced. We also offer intensive English classes for students who want to study at CCD for Nurse Aide (CNA) or a Manufacturing career.

Available schedule options depend on your Placement Test score.

When we find your level, you can choose a class that works for you. Class times and days can change due to enrollment or instructor availability. In unusual situations, we might have to cancel a class. We will notify you. If your schedule changes, you may request another day or time. If none of the class options fit your schedule, you can withdraw and sign up for a future term. 

Typical Class Schedules

Monday & Wednesday (2 days) or Tuesday & Thursday (2 days) or Saturdays (3 hours in person)
Classes are available In-person or in live remote video sessions. Essential skills classes include online lessons to access 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

  • Morning Classes: 9 - 11:00 a.m. in person or remote
  • Afternoon Classes: 1 - 3:00 p.m. in person or remote
  • Evening Classes: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in person or 5:30-6:45 p.m. remote/online
  • Saturday Classes: 9:00 a.m. - Noon (12:00 p.m.) in person only 

C-ESL Regular Class Fees

  • Regular Fee | $245 (12 weeks, fall/spring)  or $185 (10 weeks, summer)
  • 3-Month Payment Plans | Fall/Spring:  3 Payments of $82 / Summer: 3 payments of $62 

Fees include textbooks and online access for core classes for the full term. Fees are not refundable after the first week of class. Sign Up at CCD.edu/CommunityESL.

C-ESL FREE CLASSES: Students with low income (below the poverty line) may request free classes. Space is limited in these classes. Please select the $0 option when you sign up. A one-page request form is required to verify need.

Special Programs: Fees Vary

C-ESL: Healthcare | Nurse Aide 
All-inclusive grant-funded zero cost program to achieve ESL college readiness and complete a CCD Nurse Aide Certificate. No cost to qualified students.

C-ESL: Manufacturing | Machinist 
Start with ESL and earn industry-recognized manufacturing certificates. Become a welder or machinist in two semesters or start a career in Engineering Graphics. Apprenticeship opportunities are available. Scholarships are available. 

C-ESL: Employer-Based | On-site ESL classes for Metro Denver employers. Call for a proposal based on your needs.

C-ESL: College English | Intensive English for College Transitions. 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


Sign up today at CCD.edu/CommunityESL. Please note: CCD's Community English classes are for individuals who did not learn English as a child. If you grew up speaking English, please visit CCD.edu/admissions to learn about college English classes. You must be 17 years of age or older to participate in our Community ESL program. C-ESL classes are not available to students who qualify for CCD Academic ESL classes. Our classes are reserved for pre-college ESL students.


Visit www.CCD.edu/CommunityESL or call Marsea Wynne at 303.352.3151 or email marsea.wynne@ccd.edu.

Take the ESL placement test to check your English level. Visit the CCD Testing Center to complete your test. Our for-credit Academic ESL classes start with college classes in intermediate English and continue into advanced studies to prepare for college at CCD. Academic ESL classes qualify for Financial Aid and scholarships (Financial Aid application required). All classes include 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.

Steps to Enroll

  1. Apply to CCD
  2. Take the ESL Accuplacer at the CCD Testing Center
  • If your test result shows Basic or below, please sign up for Community ESL: www.CCD.edu/CommunityESL.
  • If your test result shows Intermediate or above, please complete the CCD Steps to Enrollment.​​
  • Contact Marsea Wynne or Jerry Kottom with any questions.

Next steps! After you complete your ESL studies, you can successfully enroll in a certificate or degree program at CCD or transfer to a four-year college or university. You may be able to transfer credits from other universities. When you decide on a CCD Program of Study, be sure to complete the CCD Steps to Enrollment and meet with a CCD Academic Advisor to evaluate your options and guide your next steps into college classes for a certificate or degree.

Program Classes & Flexible Scheduling

ESL pathways at CCD include diverse learning communities and integrated skills classes. CCD Academic ESL offers Intermediate to Advanced classes in Reading, Writing, Grammar, Speaking, Listening on campus or remotely (live online) from the Downtown Denver Auraria Campus. New schedules are announced each term.

Meet with your Academic Advisor to select the class that works for you or contact our ESL Chair and C-ESL Coordinator. You may choose to study either part or full time. We also offer integrated language skills courses with intensive instruction. These classes meet three days each week for a total of 9 hours. Tutoring is included in tuition and is available for all students on campus and online.

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 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.