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 skills to achieve academic success. The ESL program offers both for-credit and non-credit instructional options to meet student needs. 

College Credit ESL

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.

Community English Language Acquisition (CELA)

If you are not ready to start college classes, you can join our Community ESL program for non-credit instruction. Community ESL is designed for students who want a low-cost program to prepare for next steps to college and career. Students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent education from another country can start with us and go on to earn a U.S. high-school equivalency diploma, often called a GED. In this program, you will start at your level. For more information about CCD's Community ESL Program, please complete our online form at CCD.edu/CommunityESL.

Students who study in our Community ESL classes have several options for next steps in education:

  • If you have a diploma or higher education, you can transfer directly into college and career programs at CCD, or enroll in college ESL, or both.
  • If you do not have a high school diploma (or equivalent), you can study to earn a U.S. high school equivalency diploma (GED) to achieve college and career goals.

To sign up online visit CCD.edu/Community ESL. To sign up by phone or email, please contact Marsea Wynne. Be sure to include your name and contact information in your messages.

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.

Academic Support

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

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.

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.