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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.
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
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.
Recent ESL Graduate
"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."