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English as a Second Language



The English language classes at PVCC are designed to help students from around the world and within our own community develop their English language skills and achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. We offer beginning through advanced-level ESL classes in grammar, writing, pronunciation, reading, and listening and speaking. We also offer English composition classes designed specifically for college students who are nonnative speakers of English. In addition, the English Division partners with the Learning Support Center to provide low-cost, noncredit ESL groups and English grammar workshops. We have both day and evening options and are open to residents and nonresidents. 
Whether your goal is to prepare for academic study in the US, to enhance your career, or to develop personally, PVCC’s English language faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you succeed!

Important Information about Fall 2020 Classes

For the safety of our students and our instructors, all Fall 2020 classes will be offered online. But don’t worry, our instructors are working hard to create an online learning environment that is as helpful, interactive, and exciting as the classroom environment. Some of the tools our instructors may use to help you reach your English language goals are

  • Videos
  • Real-time online conversations with your instructor and classmates
  • Interactive quizzes and activities
  • Discussion boards
  • Recorded lessons
  • Listening activities
  • Assignments and presentations
  • Online study groups

You will use Canvas to take your classes. Canvas is a learning platform, and you can access it from the PVCC homepage. You will still be able to communicate with your instructor through email and different chat options within Canvas. You can ask questions about lessons and homework assignments. You will get regular feedback from your instructor on your progress, and you will have access to all of PVCC’s student support services, including tutoring from the Learning Success Center. Don’t put your language learning on hold, register for Fall 2020 classes today!


About our ESL Classes

Grammar classes: The main focus is on improving your grammar skills, including verb tenses, parts of speech, and punctuation. You will also practice speaking, listening, pronunciation, reading, and writing.

Writing with Oral Practice classes: The main focus is on improving your writing and communication skills. You will also practice, grammar, reading, listening, pronunciation, and writing.

Listening and speaking classes: The main focus is on improving your listening and speaking skills. You will also practice grammar, reading, and writing.

Click here for the Fall 2020 ESL class schedule

College Composition Classes for Nonnative English Speakers:  ENG 107 and ENG 108 are the equivalents of ENG 101 and ENG 102, but they are designed for nonnative English speakers. The classes are small, so the instructor can give you more one-on-one help with your writing. You can fulfill the requirements of ENG 101 and ENG 102 while still perfecting your language skills. ENG 107 and ENG 108 transfer to the universities and fulfill the ENG requirements for certificate programs.

Click here for Fall 2020 ENG 107 classes