ESL Classes

Fall 2022

Whether you need to improve your English for professional, educational or personal reasons, Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Queensborough Community College has a class for you.  From English for beginners to ESL for work or college, we have the faculty and the experience to help you acquire the knowledge you need to achieve your goals.  Come join us this Fall for a new beginning.

The English as a Second Language program offers three levels of instruction:

ESL For Beginners (BEX100)

ESL Intermediate (BEX 102)

ESL Advanced (BEX 104)

Additional Courses:

ESL Skills for the Workplace (BEX 111)

ESL Skills for College Entry (BEX 113)

As a beginner student, you will learn the skills you need to communicate with your friends, neighbors and coworkers by studying basic grammar and vocabulary and later choose to continue in the intermediate and advanced levels for more complex structures of the language focusing on reading, writing and oral presentations.

 


Placement Test for ESL Classes (BEX 010)

Online

Thursday, September 15, 2022, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Instructor Abel Hassan

Price: Free

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GED-Pathway to the High School Diploma

GED Pre-Assessment (BEX 199)

Online test

This assessment will test your ability to read and write the English language at a high school level. It is also highly recommended that you be familiar with basic math operations and the English measurement system.

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Instructor: Abel Hassan

Price: Free

 

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GED Preparation Course for Adults (BEX198)

Online Course

This GED course prepares adults to take the exam for the High School Equivalency Diploma. Our highly qualified instructors will focus on the major modules of the test encompassing Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing.  The math section will review basic problems, equations and operations while the humanity section will focus on language arts, social studies and science systems.  Students will also acquire test-taking strategies to pass the practice test before taking the state exam.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Start Date: 09/28/2022

End Date: 12/14/2022

Instructors: Sean Rivera, Humanities, Nataliya Matsay, Math

Price: $570

Textbook: GED PREP 2022-2023, Kaplan Publishing, Revised Edition ISBN-13: 978-1506277325

ESL Course Descriptions

 ESL for Beginners (BEX100)

On Campus

The course is designed to give students the ability to narrate and inquire about the world around them. Students will work on their basic command of the English language by covering everyday-life events.  They will learn to master basic sentence structures using simple tenses in the affirmative and interrogative forms while working toward adding some compound sentences. Reading skills will include identifying the topic and the main ideas, scanning for specific information and summarizing.  Speaking skills will incorporate asking and answering questions and participating in role-plays and short discussions on topics related to daily situations such as asking for information and directions, comparing holidays, looking for work and preparing for job interviews. Vocabulary will include words and idiomatic expressions relevant to each topic.

Instructor: Deana Wilson

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Start Date: 09/19/2022

End Date: 12/05/2022

Textbook:

We Speak New York (online) https://wespeaknyc.cityofnewyork.us/

All New Easy Short Stories by Sandra Heyer-Pearson-ISBN013118265X

English in Action by B. Foley & E. Neblett-National GeographicISBN-13:9781337905947 (Optional)

Price: $350

 

ESL Intermediate (BEX 102)

On Campus

Students in the intermediate level will continue to improve their fluency in the English language with the emphasis on speaking, listening and writing.  Students will participate in group discussions, role-plays and in-class presentations on a wide range of topics from different media such as newspaper articles, short stories, videos and songs.  The emphasis will be on exchanging ideas and expressing opinions.  Writing and reading skills will include making inferences, developing critical thinking, organizing information and writing short paragraphs. Grammar will focus on more complex sentence structures with compound words, simple and perfect tenses and proper spelling while increasing vocabulary through reading materials from the assigned textbook.

Instructor: Joaritza Noriega

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Start Date: 9/20/2022

End Date: 12/06/2022

Textbook: Start Up 5, Jenni Currie Santamaria and Genevieve Kocienda, Pearson Publishing, ISBN 978-013-4684192

Price: $350

 

ESL Advanced (BEX 104)

On Campus

The advanced course is designed to give the opportunity to students who completed the first two levels to continue improving their fluency in the English language with an emphasis on speaking and writing.  Students will participate in group discussions and oral presentations on a variety of current events and topics.  These activities will give the students the chance to improve confidence in expressing themselves utilizing proper documentation, targeted vocabulary and advanced grammar to convince an audience. Writing skills will expand beyond the simple paragraph with the production of a short descriptive essay using multiple transition signals and more complex sentences.  Students will also learn to organize their thoughts using an outline and do research on the internet to collect information for supporting their topic development.

Instructor: Jennifer Ault

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Start Date: 09/19/2022

End Date: 12/05/2022

Textbook: Star Up 7 ,Ken Beatty, Pearson Publishing ISBN-978-0-13-468421-5

Price: $350

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ESL Skills for the Workplace (BEX 111)

Online Course

This workshop is designed to bring you the confidence you need on your job search and to improve your chances of getting the position you dream of,

Preparing for the job interview is the first step towards getting the job you want.  The secret to a successful interview is a well written resume and a well prepared candidate who knows what to expect from the interviewer.  Once you master the answers to the questions you will be asked, you can go to the interview in confidence and better promote yourself. 

The second half of the workshop will focus on basic vocabulary related to employement benefits, working conditions, on the job regulations and many more.

We will share with you our years of management experience helping people with their resume and job interviews.  Participants will learn to write a simple resume even if their education and work experience are limited.  Everyone is unique and has something to offer.  It is your chance to promote yourself.  Participants will also learn how to handle themselves during an interview by focusing on their attitude and strong points while showing the best of themselves.

Schedule: Six sessions of two hours (total 12 hours), once a week for six weeks.

Thursday, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Start Date: 10/13/2022

End Date: 11/17/2022

Instructor: Abel Hassan

Materials: No textbook required

Price: $200

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ESL Skills for College Entry (BEX 113)

Online Course

Prepare yourself to be accepted by the college of your choice and to get better grades by mastering important writing skills.

The first part of the workshop will focus on how to look for and select a college of your choice.  You will also familiarize yourself with the application and the written personal statement which provides important information to college admissions to make a decision on your application..

The second part will deal with your writing skills. Participants are introduced to the organization of an essay.  They learn how to write an outline, a thesis statement, an introduction and a conclusion in addition to topic sentences and body paragraphs.  For the purpose of the exercise, the class will select either a cause and effect or a process essay.

Schedule:  Six two-hour sessions (12 hours total) Tuesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Start Date: 10/11/2022

End Date: 11/15/2022

Instructor: Abel Hassan

Materials: No textbook required

Price: $200

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Testimonials

headshot of Tania Montesdeoca, smiling brunette

"My name is Tania Montesdeoca. I’m from the city of Cuenca in Ecuador. I came to the US to find better study opportunities and a better quality of life. Well, what Mr. Prato teaches us is helpful and in particular for me when he asks me a question, and I answer wrong. He makes me repeat correctly regardless of how many times I have to do it. He is a really good teacher. Mr. Prato is a terrific teacher. He always has the energy that transmits to the class. In addition, his learning topics are very helpful to improve English as a second language."

-Tania Montesdeoca

 

"For the past few months I have been enrolled in a life changing program that has impacted and altered the course of my pandemic and has given me an opportunity to advance academically. I would like to give a special thank you to both of my professors, Sean Rivera and Nataliya Matsay dedicated, enlightened and professional mentors who are patient and understanding with students’ needs and learning curves. I greatly appreciate each time and efforts of both individuals. Throughout this program I have advanced in knowledge and I am ready to take on my TASC test, and a special THANK YOU to Abel Hassan, ESL/HSE Coordinator for providing me with all of the information and insight in regards to obtaining my HSE diploma. I highly recommend enrolling in this course as it has guided and prepared me towards a huge milestone in my education and life. Thank you!"

-Ashley Chiswick

 

headshot of Yonglin Cheng

"My name is Yonglin Cheng.  I came to the USA because my husband  works here. The activities that I like are speaking, writing and listening. They are very helpful for me to improve my English skills. The ESL class is wonderful, and the class time is perfect for me. The teacher is very nice and he’s very smart.  I can learn lots of new vocabulary, practice writing, listening and speaking skills in every lesson. It helps me a lot. I will recommend this class to my friends who want to improve their English skills."

-Yonglin Cheng

Contact Us:

Abel Hassan, Program Coordinator

ahassan@qcc.cuny.edu

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