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English as a Second Language

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English as a Second Language

PPCC's English as a Second Language (ESL) is a semi-intensive language program based in Colorado Springs designed to meet the needs of those individuals who could use assistance with English language learning in order to achieve their academic, workplace, and personal goals.

Who should enroll

  • Are you planning to go to an American college or university?
  • Do you need to improve English skills for the work environment?
  • Are you interested in improving your ability to read, write, and speak English?

Levels of Study

PPCC's ESL program has three levels of study: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Students who place in the basic level take three classes in that level before moving on to intermediate. Students in the intermediate level take three classes before moving on to advanced. There are three classes in the advanced level. We offer classes in grammar, writing, reading, listening/speaking, and pronunciation. Those who complete our advanced level will receive a Certificate of Completion. Many students who finish the ESL program continue at PPCC.

Our ESL sequence chart shows you the required classes for each level of our program and a brief description of each course.

Flexible Schedules

We offer both daytime and evening classes in the fall and spring semesters. The classes meet twice a week (either on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and go for 15 weeks. In the summer semester, basic and intermediate classes are offered. They meet in the daytime four days per week, Monday through Thursday, for 10 weeks. Take a look at our current schedule.

Example Classes I Might Take

Provides listening and speaking activities that help students recognize and produce English vowel and consonant sounds and common stress and intonation patterns.
Reviews basic grammar and introduces intermediate structures. Provides integrated practice through a variety of oral and written exercises.
Provides listening and speaking activities that help the student communicate more competently. Provides practice with pronunciation, vocabulary, and basic grammatical patterns.
Prepares the student for academic reading assignments. Assists the student to read more accurately and critically through the development of vocabulary knowledge and reading skills. Introduces research skills.
Introduces the fundamentals of paragraph organization and development. Assists the student in developing sentence variety and grammatical competency within well-organized paragraphs.

Important Dates

Spring Semester: January 22 - May 12

Registration for Summer/Fall Semesters begins:  March 30

Summer Semester: May 26 - July 30

Fall Semester: August 24 - December 10

Register as early as possible to get the best schedule.

Meet with us for assistance with enrollment

Once you have applied, we would love to help you with enrollment or answer any questions you may have. Please take the time to visit us at the Centennial Campus room F 200 or call us at 502-3535 to get instructions on how to take our placement test and make an appointment with one of our advisors. We'll sit down with you and help you register for the classes that will best meet your needs. Register as early as possible to get the best schedule. Other questions? Please see our list of frequently asked questions.

A few words from our students.

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Recent ESL Graduate

Yanshu Li

"The ESL program helped me prepare for my college classes, and it helped me integrate into American society very quickly. Even if the college classes were difficult for me, I still got a good grade because I have learned a lot of basic English knowledge like grammar, writing skills, and reading. Taking ESL classes is the best way to a beautiful future."

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