English as a Second Language (ESL)
English Second Language courses help meet the linguistic, academic and cultural needs of students. The first level helps English Language Learners focus on both English grammar and vocabulary, as well as reading strategies and literacy development. Each consecutive course builds on these skills, further developing writing, listening and speaking skills, while also integrating instruction with mainstream curriculum. Higher-level courses are designed to prepare students to transition out of the ESL program for success in mainstream courses. The department also collaborates with Inver Hills Community College to prepare students for the transition into college.