Academic English as a Second Language Program (ESL) - Black Hawk College

“I am taking the ESL classes to improve my English and focus on my principle goal, which is getting a bachelor’s degree.”

Urielle
Student

Academic English as a Second Language Program (ESL)

Since 1991, we have served more than 1,000 English Learner (EL) students from around the world in our Academic ESL Program. Our students are refugees, student-visa holders, businessmen and businesswomen, and visiting scholars.

We are an accredited program with a strong reputation for excellence and innovation. ESL faculty members and staff are committed to preparing our students to be competitive with their American counterparts in vocational and academic programs and in the workforce.

We focus on helping our students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as develop their study skills.


Students who complete the ACADEMIC ESL program

  • Read, write, listen, speak to succeed in academic and vocational classes.
  • Develop study skills to succeed in academic and vocational classes.
  • Work with online classes.
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Before you begin the program, you will take the language placement test. The score that you receive on this test will help us figure out which classes would be most helpful for you in reaching your goals.

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Academic ESL Program

Before you enroll in the ESL Program, you will be given a language placement test. Your level is determined by your score on the test. For more information about ESL classes, please call 309-796-8216.