ESOL


English Classes in Boston

AACA offers a full range of ten levels of English language classes for adult learners from basic to higher intermediate. These are morning classes taught at our premises in downtown Boston. Classes are designed to help students to adjust to life in the United States and prepare them to continue to study English at a higher level, go to college, join a job training program or secure employment.

What will I learn?

In our First Steps Basic ESL program (Levels 1-5), students learn the basics of English: reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar, as well as vocabulary for jobs, restaurants, transportation, shopping, citizenship, and more!  In the Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP- Levels 6-10) , students will also learn the skills necessary to enter college or job training which will prepare them for a better job. For specific details of what is taught in each class, see the tables below.

How much does it cost?

First Steps Basic ESL classes cost $360 for a 12 week session, which includes a textbook for the course.  Intermediate English for College, Job Training and Employment (Next STEP) classes are grant funded and are free to qualified students.

How do I apply?

To apply and find out what level you qualify for, come to a testing session. Testing for English takes place on Monday mornings. Check the calendar or the “Upcoming AACA Classes & Testing Sessions” list to the right of this page to see what date the next testing session will be. Please arrive on time and allow 2½ hours for Next STEP English testing or 1 hour for First Steps Basic ESL testing. Please register for an upcoming test at AACA’s front desk on the 5th floor or call 617-426-9492 ext. 250.

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Program Details

First Steps Basic ESL Program

Cycle Months: January – March, April – June, July – September, October – December

Level Course Length Days Times More Info (mouse over the ‘?’ icon)
Level 1 12 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:30AM – 10:30AM
Level 2 12 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:30AM – 10:30AM Level 2 ESOL is an introductory course that helps students use spoken and written English to discuss their personal information, directions, transportation, money, work, weather, American culture, health and more! Students gain confidence by regularly practicing spoken English with dialogues and other exercises. Class is bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English.
Level 3 12 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:30AM – 10:30AM In Level 3 ESOL we move from present tense sentences to past, present progressive, and future. We write longer paragraphs, and practice more natural conversations.
Level 4 12 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:30AM – 10:30AM Level 4 ESOL is an exciting class that pushes the students to speak more conversationally and build confidence, and greatly expands their grammar abilities and vocabulary. Grammar topics include present perfect tense, past continuous tense, gerunds, and phrasal verbs. By the end of this level, the students are well on their way to speaking English comfortably in everyday life.
Level 5 12 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:30AM – 10:30AM Level 5 is an extension of the learning from Level 4. Students will spend more time in applying the rules and skills presented in the previous levels. There is an emphasis on exploring American culture and using these activities as opportunities for writing. A goal for many of the students is to prepare and pass the test to enter the AACA Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP).

Next Steps Transitional English Program – Intermediate English for College and Job Training

Cycle Months: January – April, May – August, September – December

Level Course Length Days Times More Info (mouse over the ‘?’ icon)
Level 6 15 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:30AM – 10:30AM Level 6 focuses on an intensive writing and grammar review for students whose spoken English is higher than their written English. We review the basics of English grammar and mechanics (verb tenses, punctuation, English word order) as well as work on writing a good paragraph. Level 6 students begin to develop an Individual education and Career Plan.
Level 7 15 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:30AM – 10:30AM Level 7 students will improve their confidence in spoken English and pronunciation of common difficult sounds. Additionally, students learn to write with more confidence and express themselves in a clearer, more organized, academic style paragraphs, with specific supporting details. The class focuses on topics of American culture as well as career and workplace readiness. Level 7 students begin an Individual Career and Education Plan.
Level 8 15 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 11:00AM – 1:00PM In Level 8 students learn intermediate-level English in reading, speaking, listening, writing and grammar. We cover topics related to workplace and college, and students attend occasional workshops, have limited computer instruction and go on field trips covering a variety of topics related to American daily life and culture. Level 8 students continue to develop an Individual Education & Career Plan.
Level 9 15 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 11:00AM – 1:00PM Students in the Level 9 class apply critical thinking skills through both academic reading and through conversation activities, with a focus on understanding how today’s current news and social topics relate to the historical foundations of the United States. Students continue to develop academic essay-writing skills by learning the steps and content requirements of a multiple-draft, 5-paragraph college-style explanatory essay. Students continue to develop their Individual Education and Career Plan.
Level 10 15 weeks 4 days: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 11:00AM – 1:00PM Level 10 prepares students to enter college, job training or employment through reading and writing skills, listening/note-taking, workplace communication skills, researching careers of interest and exploring “hot jobs” in Massachusetts. Each student completes an Individual Education and Career Plan for enrollment in college or job training as the best ways to get a good job.

To lean more about how to apply, please fill out the Program Interest Form in the Program section on our app or website.

AACA Program Interest Form

 

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Jane Co, Intake Coordinator
(617) 426-9492 x250

Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP) is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation


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