Program Overview

English as a Second Language (ESL)

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Durham Tech offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) to non-native speakers at several locations in Durham and Orange counties. Courses are free, and students must be at least 18 years old to enroll. Course offerings, times, and locations sometimes change without prior notice. Courses fill up quickly, and space is limited.

Durham Tech ofrece clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL por sus siglas en inglés) en los condados de Durham y Orange. Las clases son gratis, pero es necesario que el estudiante sea mayor de 18 años. Las clases, horarios, y los lugares donde se dictan las clases pueden cambiar sin previo aviso. Las clases de ESL se llenan rápido. Los cupos son limitados.

How to Register: All new ESL students must first take a placement exam. Please take the placement exam at the time and location where you will study. Students will complete registration forms at the testing session. Seating for the scheduled testing dates is on a first-come, first-served basis. The testing process takes more than two hours. Please do not bring children. (Students who bring children to the testing sessions will be asked to leave.) Students should bring a photo ID, pen, and pencil; students must also provide a date of birth and a current local mailing address.

Cómo registrarse: Es necesario que todos los estudiantes nuevos tomen un examen de admisión para entrar al programa. Estudiantes completaran los formularios de registracion el mismo dia que tomen los examenes. Venga al examen de admisión a la hora y al lugar donde usted tomara la clase. No se permiten hacer cambios de horarios. Los cupos son limitados, por lo tanto la inscripción es por orden de llegada. El examen va a durar más que dos horas. No se permite traer niños al examen. Si por alguna razón usted trae un niño, deberá retirarse. Los estudiantes deben traer las siguientes cosas una pluma y un lápiz, una identificación con foto, y su dirección y fecha de nacimiento.

For more information, contact the Center for the Global Learner at cgl@durhamtech.edu or 919-536-7264. Para más información, póngase en contacto con Center for the Global Learner, 919-536-7264 or cgl@durhamtech.edu.

Please note: All ESL courses are free.

ESL-LEVEL1B Level 1B

A course for beginning-level English language learners (as determined by placement testing or by completion of Level 1A). Students enter with very limited skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and develop these skills throughout the course.
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ESL-LEVEL2 Level 2

A course for high-beginning English language learners. Level is determined by placement testing or by successful completion of a beginning-level course.
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ESL-LEVEL3 Level 3

A course for low-intermediate English language learners. Level is determined by placement testing or by successful completion of Level 2.
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ESL-LEVEL4 Level 4

A course for high-intermediate English language learners. Level is determined by placement testing or by successful completion of Level 3.
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ESL-INT Intermediate

A course for intermediate-level language learners. Level is determined by placement testing or by successful completion of Level 2.
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ESL-ADV Advanced

A course for advanced English language learners. Level is determined by placement testing or by successful completion of Level 4.
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ESL-INTCONV Intermediate Conversation

An Intermediate Conversation course for English language learners designed to help students speak with better fluency and accuracy. Course is open to students enrolled in Level 3 or 4.
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ESL-ADVCONV Advanced Conversation

An Advanced Conversation course for English language learners designed to help students speak with better fluency and accuracy. Course is open to students enrolled in ESL Advanced.
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ESL-CIVICSA ESL Civics CHAT Advanced

A course about Community, History, and Transitions, with content appropriate for Advanced English language learners.
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ESL-BEGRWR Beginning Reading and Writing

A Beginning Reading and Writing course for English language learners designed to improve students' skills in reading and writing. Course is open to students enrolled in Level 1A, 1B, or 2.
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ESL-INTRWR Int Read/Writing

An Intermediate Reading and Writing course for English language learners designed to improve students' skills in reading and writing. Course is open to students enrolled in Level 3 or 4.
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ESL-ADVRWR Adv Read/Write

An Advanced Reading and Writing course for English language learners designed to improve students' skills in reading and writing. Course is open to students enrolled in Advanced classes or who have tested at the Advanced level.
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ESL-PRON Pronunciation

A Pronunciation course for English language learners to help students speak more accurately and comprehensibly. Course is open to students in Level 3, 4, and Advanced.
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ESL-BEG Beginning

A course for beginning-level English language learners. Level is determined by placement testing.
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ESL-BEGINT Beg/Int

A course for beginner and intermediate English language learners. Level is determined by placement testing.
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ESL-BEGCONV Beginning Conversation

A Beginning Conversation course for English language learners designed to help students speak with better fluency and accuracy. Course is open to students enrolled in Level 1A, 1B or 2.
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