English Language Learners Program (ELL)
Classes are offered both morning and evening at Massanutten Technical Center. Classes are open to individuals age 18 and above (16 & 17 year olds with special permission). Instruction and materials focus on the adult learner’s individual need, such as basic acquisition of the English language and basic communication and life skills.
At registration, all learners will be assessed. There is a $30.00 semester registration fee.
What can I expect at Registration?
During registration, you will complete a student information form and take an oral and reading placement exam. The process will take about one hour to complete. Students will be assigned to a class once the registration process has been completed. Please bring a photo ID and $30.00
We offer advanced English training for non-native speakers to help transition them to higher education. These include Advanced Reading, Listening and Speaking, Advanced Writing and ESOL Plus. The cost is $30 per class.
Course objectives include oral reading of a variety of short stories and materials, pronunciation and vocabulary development, vocabulary, main idea, sequencing, compare/contrast, antonyms, synonyms, dictionary and thesaurus skills and improving over all independent reading and vocabulary development. Homework and text required.
Listening and Speaking
Course objectives include pronunciation of sounds, conversations, tongue twisters, reading for meter and rhythm and listening and speaking in small groups.
Course objectives include development of good basic writing skills. This course reviews basic sentence writing and parts of a paragraph, details and organization, time order and cause and effect. Focus will be given to short stories with focus on the author’s purpose, plot and setting and facts and opinions. Students will also learn the writing process of an essay.
ESOL Plus is a course designed for the advanced English language learners who wants to improve his/her skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing English beyond the traditional ESOL classroom. This class will prepare students for taking the GED® and/or college classes, depending on each student’s goals. Students can expect to participate in class discussions, debates, keep a journal, write poetry and learn to edit writing to improve basic English writing. Classes cost $30.
Next Step - Transition To College
This program helps students prepare to enter a college or training program by providing them with comprehensive counseling and academic skills. Students must have a GED or completed an ELL program. Call for entrance and pre-testing requirements. Classes cost $30