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English as a Second Language (ESL)

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English Language Classes for Adults


 

FCC offers a comprehensive program of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for those who wish to improve their English language skills.

 

  • Speaking English
  • Writing English
  • Listening Skills
  • Reading Skills

Upcoming Orientation Sessions


Due to the current COVID 19 situation & for public safety, Adult Education will not hold in-person orientation events. 

Visit Frederick.edu/COVID-19 for updates about the FCC response to coronavirus.

Please complete the following survey to contact you with future orientation dates: Adult Ed Interest Survey.

 

 

Basic ESL is the right choice for you if...

  • You speak little or no English or you've had very little training in English.
  • You are a newcomer to the United States and you need to learn how to live here.
  • You are working toward becoming a U.S. citizen.
  • You need to learn or improve your English to find a job or to get a better job.
  • You are having trouble communicating in English with your neighbors, co-workers, or people in public.

 

Basic ESL Courses Offer

  • Instruction in grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • A focus on learning to live in the United States: communication, shopping, employment, etc.
  • Select courses focus on civics: U.S. history & government, holidays & culture, roles and responsibilities of citizens.
  • Each class is tailored to the needs and goals of the students in that class.

 

Cost

Free! Basic ESL classes (including textbooks) are paid for by a grant - there is NO cost to students.

 

For new students

You must attend an orientation session to register for classes.

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Important Basic ESL Orientation Information

 
  • Arrive early or on time. Space is limited and we begin on time. We may have to ask you to come back another time if you arrive late or if the classroom becomes full.
  • No children are allowed at orientation. Children under 14 can NOT be unsupervised on campus, and they cannot be in the orientation with you (it's disruptive).
  • No appointment is necessary. Choose the orientation date/time that works for you!
  • Saturday Sesson Length. Saturday sessions may last 5-6 hours. Please bring a snack; a short break will be given.
  • Bad weather. If FCC closes due to bad weather, we will NOT have orientation. Check at www.frederick.edu or on TV. (If an orientation is at Frederick High School, make sure the schools are not closed; check at www.fcps.org).
  • Come back again. Orientation is 2 sessions. We'll give you the date to come back during the first session. You cannot start class until you have completed the whole orientation.

 

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For more information about ESL classes at FCC, call 240.629.7962,
or email [email protected]

For more information about GED classes at FCC, call 240.629.7962,
or email [email protected]

Targeted ESL is the right choice for you if...

  • You are confident using English for everyday communication in the community and at work.
  • You are interested in improving your English for academic or professional purposes.
  • You are enrolled in Basic ESL levels High-Intermediate 2 or Advanced, or Academic ESL, and you would like additional support.
  • You placed below 102 in any section of the ACCUPLACER ESL test at the college.

 

Targeted ESL Courses Offer...

  • Targeted instruction in grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Courses designed to improve your oral fluency:
    • Conversational English.
    • Communication for Academic Purposes.
    • Listening & Speaking.
    • Pronunciation.
  • TOFEL Prep courses
  • Courses that transition students from Basic ESL courses to formal English for professional or academic purposes:

 

For new students

You must take either the CASAS or the ACCUPLACER ESL placement test.
 

Not sure which test to take? Test descriptions are listed below.

 

CASAS Test
 

ACCUPLACER ESL
 

Academic ESL is the right choice for you if...

  • You are interested in pursuing a college degree or certificate or wish to improve your English for professional communication.
  • You have studied English extensively in your home country, and would like to continue your English studies in the U.S.
  • You have scored 306 or higher on the ACCUPLACER ESL test at the college.

 

Our Courses Offer...

  • Instruction in academic reading, grammar, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Preparation for the rigor of degree programs and/or professional communication.
  • Faculty with expertise in teaching English as a Second or Other Language.
  • Fulfillment of pre-requisites for college credit courses.
  • Credit toward F1-visa full-time study requirements.
  • Credit toward graduation requirements in most programs.

 

Cost

  • Tuition is based on the college’s cost per credit hour. For current tuition rates, click here.
  • Books are not included in the price of the course, and cost approximately $50 per book.
  • Financial Aid can be used for those who qualify.

 

For current course descriptions and schedules Click Here.

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This program is the right choice for you if....
Basic ESL
Targeted ESL
Academic ESL
You speak little or no English or you’ve had very little training in English.    
You are a newcomer to the United States and you need to learn how to live here.    
You are working toward becoming a U.S. citizen.    
You need to learn or improve your English to find a job or to get a better job.  
You are having trouble communicating in English with your neighbors, co-workers, or people in public.    
You have scored 150 or lower on the Accuplacer ESL test.    
You are confident using English for everyday communication in the community and at work.  
You are interested in improving your English for academic or professional purposes.  
You are enrolled in Basic ESL levels High-Intermediate 2 or Advanced or Academic ESOL and you would like additional support.    
You scored between 150 and 306 on the Accuplacer ESL placement test.    
You are interested in pursuing a college degree or certificate or wish to improve your English for professional communication.    
You have studied English extensively in your home country, and you would like to continue your English studies in the United States.    
You have scored between 306 and 335 on the Accuplacer ESL placement test.    

Inside FCC's ESL Program


How to Get to Frederick Community College


Frederick Community College is located at:
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, Maryland, 21702

The location is about an hour outside Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The modern campus is just minutes off several well-traveled thoroughfares.

Important Orientation Information


  • Orientation is required. Interested students must attend an orientation prior to enrolling in any Adult Education courses.
  • Orientations are free of charge; there is no need to schedule an appointment and pre-registration is not necessary.
  • Registration is a two-part process: Part One is completed at orientation. Applicants are then scheduled to return to complete Part Two at a later date.
  • An applicant's family members and friends are welcome to attend an orientation to assist with Part One of the registration process.
  • Please do not bring children to orientation. Childcare is NOT AVAILABLE at any orientation at any time.
  • Space is limited at orientations; please arrive early to ensure a spot.
  • Questions ? Call 240.629.7962 or email Adult Education.