English as a Second Language (ESL)

Area of Interest

English as a Second Language

Non-Degree Courses

ESL Programs

Please note: Our ESL 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 ESL (C-ESL) offers non-credit courses:

  • From beginner to advanced. Class selection is based on a placement test score. 
  • No residency requirement.
  • Start with or without a high school diploma. ​

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Community ESL (C-ESL) Calendar

Summer Term is now closed. Please Sign up for Fall classes.

Fall 2022 Community ESL (C-ESL)

  • Fall Term is September 7 - December 10.  Sign up by August 31: Community ESL Sign up
  • C-ESL Online Placement Testing starts June 30. Select class by September 6.
  • Pay for Classes by September 7.
  • No refunds after September 12.
  • C-ESL non-credit classes 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. Take a placement test to advance to the next level.  

Sample Schedule: Students will receive detailed classroom information by email the week before classes start. 

  • ​Core Levels 2-3 or 4-5: Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00p.m. Remote/Online
  • Core Levels 2-3 or 4-5: Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. In-Person
  • Core Level 4-5: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1 - 2:30 p.m. In-Person
  • Core Level 5-6 Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. In-Person
  • Core Level 5-6 Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Remote
  • Intensive Reading & Writing 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Saturdays In Person
  • Intensive Listening & Speaking 1 - 4:15 p.m. Saturdays In Person

Location: Community College of Denver the Auraria Campus: Cherry Creek Building 1111 West Colfax 80204 or Confluence Building 800 Curtis Street 80204 (Room numbers vary).
Length: 12 weeks.
Cost: $260.00 for 12 weeks. 

C-ESL classes at Denver Housing locations (Fall)
You will need to submit a scholarship request and a C-ESL Career & Education Questionnaire to see if you qualify for our free classes. 

Sample Schedule: Students will receive detailed classroom information by email the week before classes start. 

  • Level 2-3 In Person: Monday & Wednesday 9 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Level 4-5 In Person: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 - 11:00 a.m.  
  • Level 4-5 Remote/Online: Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. (Reading & Writing) 
  • Level 5 Remote/Online: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Locations: DHA Community Connections (10th & Osage) or DHA Sun Valley (13th & Holden).
Length: 12 weeks - offered in the Fall or Spring.
Cost: Free to qualified applicants.  

ESL for Nurse Aide (Fall)

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 ESL for Nurse Aide program. 

Step 1: Sign up for ESL for Nurse Aide and we will email you placement test information. When your placement test score indicates that you are a high intermediate to advanced English language learner (levels 5-6), you can start the program.
Step 2: Complete two semesters of ESL for Nurse Aide classes.  Apply to the college's Nurse Aide program
Step 3: Complete one semester of Nurse Aide classes (5 credits) to earn a certificate in Nurse Aide.  An ESL lab is provided to support your learning.  Prepare for a certification exam and start your career!

Location:  ESL for Nurse Aide courses are currently offered online/remote with an instructor. The semester of Nurse Aide classes are currently offered at Community College of Denver's Lowry location. 
Length:  One year (3 semesters). 
Cost:  ESL for Nurse Aide courses cost $260.00 per class.  The entire program costs $3,200-$3,600*
*Costs are approximate based on 2022 rates including C-ESL courses (5) + tuition for Nurse Aide courses (based on resident tuition rate) + materials, fees, exam, and background check. 

ESL for Manufacturing (Fall)

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 ESL for Manufacturing program.  Apprenticeships and employment assistance are available. 

Location: ESL for Manufacturing courses are currently offered online/remote with an instructor. Welding and machining courses are offered in person.
Length: One year (3 semesters). 
Cost: ESL for Manufacturing courses cost $260.00 per class. Total costs vary, depending on the certificate selected. 


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

Community College of Denver's ESL classes prepares students for success in the college. These for-credit college classes qualify for financial aid and scholarships (Financial Aid application required). Take the ESL placement test at the CCD Testing Center to check your English level if you plan to start college at CCD. The classes start with Intermediate English and continue into advanced studies to prepare for college at CCD. 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.

For detailed class information, please click on Curriculum

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 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.​​

3. Contact the CCD ESL Department with any questions: ESL@ccd.edu | 303.352.3150.

Next steps! After you complete your ESL studies, you can successfully enroll in a certificate or degree program at CCD. 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, and 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.

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 ESL 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.


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.