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The mission of Capital's English-as-a-Second Language Program is to enable non-native English speaking students to develop and synthesize the core English language proficiency skills necessary for success in diploma and certificate programs at the College.

The integrated four-level ESL curriculum includes courses in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each level consists of two courses taught by the same instructor that results in a type of learning community. Online computer-assisted language learning, which can be accessed anytime and anywhere, has been integrated into each level to facilitate student learning.

The first two levels are non-credit and start at the intermediate to advanced beginner level and continue to the intermediate level. The third and fourth levels are credit bearing and continue from the intermediate to advanced levels of language proficiency.

New students must complete an application and take a placement exam on a computer as well as provide a writing sample.

The ESL Program is located on the Fourth Floor. For more information, contact the ESL Program Administrator, Karlene Ball, at (860) 906-5203 or (860) 906-5144 or kball@ccc.commnet.edu..

International Students (visiting students must maintain full-time student status)

International students must demonstrate a certain level of English proficiency to be eligible for admission at Capital Community College. For more information about admission requirements for international students, click here.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the 4-level ESL course sequence, the student will:

  1. Display academic values and readiness for content-area courses in an American post secondary system
    1.1 Take responsibility for his/her own learning
    1.2 Employ college resources to navigate the academic environment
    1.3 Demonstrate basic competence with information technology
  2. Demonstrate ability to comprehend, interpret and apply spoken, written and socio-cultural forms of communication
    2.1 Demonstrate awareness of both explicit and implied meaning in extended spoken discourse
    2.2 Read with comprehension of both content and organization
    2.3 Recognize and employ elements of socio-cultural communication appropriate to a variety of situations
  3. Apply a range of language structures to interact effectively in interpersonal and academic situations
    3.1 Speak with sufficient accuracy and fluency to report information and express and develop opinions
    3.2 Write about a variety of topics with level-appropriate correctness, clarity and detail
  4. Display effective cross-cultural communication competence
    4.1 Display understanding of and respect for cultures of fellow students
    4.2 Demonstrate awareness of and ability to function effectively in U.S. culture and society
Course of Study¹
Oral Communications
Writing and Reading I
Oral Communications II
Writing and Reading II

Non-native speakers of English whose language ability allows them to enroll in credit courses may register for the following:

Writing and Reading IV
Oral Comm - High Intermediate
Pronunciation Workshop
Writing and Reading - Low Advanced
Oral Comm - Low Advanced
Reading and Writing VI
Fundamentals of Research

¹ Click on the Course# for course description,
pre-requisites and additional information.

ESL Program Resources

The ESL Program offers a variety of support services designed to facilitate language acquisition.

ESL Tutors

ESL Tutors are available for individual or small-group English language skill improvement practice and/or homework assistance at a variety of times to accommodate students' schedules.

ESL Multimedia Language Learning Lab

Located on the fourth floor, this computer-aided language learning facility offers a range of software, audio, digital and online learning tools to students enrolled in the ESL Program. These learning tools can be utilized to supplement classroom instruction, and also provide an array of innovative and interactive opportunities for independent or collaborative language practice in the area of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

ESL Resources on the Web
Multi-Purpose & Grammar
  • English Page
    Free on-line English lessons and tutorials.
  • English Daily
    Study idioms, TOEFL vocabulary, common mistakes in English and much more.
  • ESL Mania
    Features news stories, grammar quizzes, accent reduction activities and Business English.
  • Dave’s ESL Café
    A fun site for language practice.
Listening Comprehension
Reading Comprehension
Links for ESL Teachers
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