English as a Second Langauge
ESL StudentsIntermediate /advanced level classes of variable Length are offered for non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is on vocabulary development, reading and writing needed to function effectively on the job, continued education or daily situations. Classes are available on a space available basis. Placement test required. Enrollment fee is $25. Students must first take the Educational Planning Course (below).

Courses Include: English as a Second Language, Levels 4-6

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course of study in the ESL Program students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate acquired/enhanced academic math, and language; life skills; including goal setting, time management; note taking; reading for recall and comprehension; standard English writing skills; verbal discourse; and critical thinking including expression, development, interpretation, analysis and synthesis of ideas, reflecting the Washington State Learning Standards.
  2. Demonstrate developed, practiced and acquired habits for overcoming barriers, particularly as related to academic achievement.
  3. Successfully accede to the next ABE or ESL level and/or test at the entry requirements for the GED program or technical vocational programs at SVI.

Educational Planning Course
All students who want to take a professional/technical program, improve their literacy skills, or obtain their GED take this course first. The EPC helps students apply to the college, apply for financial aid, develop an educational plan, and identify barriers to their education and strategies to overcome them. In addition, students will be provided math and reading reviews before taking an assessment of their reading and math skills. Students find out in this course what their next best educational step is.


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