Classes are divided into 7 ability levels from beginning literacy to academic English. Students learn English through a variety of methods and materials including books, audio tapes, worksheets, videotapes, presentations, field day and computers. Small and large group activities are provided within each class for speaking, reading, writing and listening instruction and practice. We also have additional Listening Labs for students who qualify based on their reading level.
To register, come in to schedule an appointment for orientation and CASAS placement testing. You will need a valid government issued picture identification. After testing, you will need to return for your class schedule on the appointed date. Placement is made on a space available basis. If classes are closed, you may be placed on a waiting list.
Class Time - Schedules
After the student takes the CASAS test, the student needs to report to the Main office and pick up his or her schedule on the stated day. Day classes meet Monday through Friday. Session I goes from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Session II goes from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. The evening session meets from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Monday through Thursday.
Regular Attendance is required to promote student progress and assure a student's seat in class. Ongoing assessments monitor students' progress in their studies. After 70 hours of class instruction, the students are post-tested for academic gains. Students are promoted based on standardized CASAS scores.
Starting the Process
To register for ESOL classes, first go to the main office with your (any) official government photo ID and pay your tuition. After you pay your tuition you will then need to go to the Registration office to schedule your CASAS test.
The CASAS Test
The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) is used for student placement and is completed on the computer. The results are an assessment of the student's level of English proficiency and is used for class placement. Once the student registers for the CASAS test, there is usually a 7day wait period to take the test. The CASAS test takes place over 2 days. The first day is reserved for a 1 hour orientation. On the second day, the student is tested on listening and reading skills which lasts 1-2 hours.
Starting Class at the AEC
The Adult Education Center has open enrollment so students can start anytime during the term. There are some exceptions. Classes start approximately 7 days after the completion of the CASAS test. The students are given their starting date the day of their test. Classes are scheduled year round with the exception of a four week break in the summer.
Student Photo IDs
Photo identification cards are taken everyday in the Media Center. Students must wear their IDs at all times.