How do I know which ESL classes I need to take?

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.

Read More »

Do I have to take all of the classes in the Academic ESL Program?

The number of classes that you have to take will depend on the type of program and the major that you choose. In general, students who choose to take certificate programs or two-year vocational programs should complete the classes in Level 6 (Intermediate courses). However, students who want to complete associate degrees or transfer programs […]

Read More »

Do I have to pay for Academic ESL classes?

Yes. The classes in the Academic ESL Program are four-credit-hour or five-credit-hour classes, so students need to pay tuition based on the current per-credit-hour fee.

Read More »

Is there financial assistance for Academic ESL classes?

Eligible permanent residents or citizens may apply for financial aid to pay for tuition and books. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Some limited scholarships are available for ESL students through the Black Hawk College Foundation.

Read More »

When can I begin the Academic ESL Program?

You can begin the Academic ESL Program at three times during the year: The fall semester begins in August and ends in December. The spring semester begins in January and ends in May. The summer session begins in June and ends in July. This is an intensive six-week session.

Read More »

Do I get academic credit for the courses in the ESL Program?

Most of the classes in the Academic ESL Program are developmental courses. This means that students take these classes to prepare them to take college-level classes, so students do not receive academic credit for these classes. But if you take ESL 078/COMM 100 or ESL 072/COMM 105, you will receive academic credits for these classes […]

Read More »

How many students are usually in my Academic ESL class?

We try to keep our class size to about 15 students so you can get personal attention from your instructor and easily work with classmates.

Read More »