English as a Second Language (ESL)

Area of Interest

English as a Second Language

Curriculum
Non-Degree Courses

About the Program

ESL is a financial-aid-eligible program with a holistic and student-centered approach designed to improve language skills and enhance academic success. The ESL program offers courses at three levels — basic, intermediate and advanced — and will help you develop a solid foundation in multiple areas such as listening, speaking, grammar, reading, composition and pronunciation. These courses are designed so you can successfully move into a certificate or degree program at CCD or transfer to a four-year college or university.

Students who aren’t yet prepared for this program at CCD are invited to learn more about the English language learning program at the Foundational Skills Institute.

Program Classes & Flexible Scheduling

The program offers 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.

Integrated language skills courses offer a more intensive alternative integrating instruction in grammar, reading, composition and conversation. These classes meet 9 to 12 hours per week.

Academic Support

The ESL center at the Excel Knowledge Zone is open to all students who are enrolled in the ESL program. Located on the fourth floor of the Confluence Building, the labs are open Monday through Friday. Tutors, instructors, and some individual computer programs are available to help you with class assignments.

Learn more about the Excel Knowledge Zone.

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

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.