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Free English Language Acquisition (ELA; formerly ESL) classes for non-native speakers are available for all proficiency levels. These classes help beginning, intermediate and advanced students improve English skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding (listening). The classes are directed at improving English conversational skills for home and workplace literacy.

ESL Schedule – English Language Acquisition (ELA) Classes

English Language Acquisition (ELA; formerly ESL) classes help beginning, intermediate and advanced students improve English proficiency skills. Students are required to register and attend orientation before starting any classes in the program.

Classes in Lincoln County

Class site: Youth In Need
640 Kuhne Heights (map)
Troy, MO 63379

Sessions Dates Hours
Registration - for new students
Please arrive on time and allow 3 hours for registration and enrollment.
1st Monday of each month 9 a.m.
English classes (all levels) Monday 9 a.m.-noon
Classes in St. Charles County

Class site: St. Charles Community College
Learning Resource Center (LRC, Library Building), 2nd Floor
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive (map)
Cottleville, MO 63376

Sessions Dates Hours
Registration – for new students
Please arrive on time and allow 3 hours for registration and enrollment.
Tuesdays

NOTE: Morning registration is not available on Jan. 26.
9 a.m. or 6 p.m.
English classes (all levels) Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-noon or
6-9 p.m.
Specialty Classes – You must be currently enrolled in AEL/ELA class.
English Computer Lab Monday-Thursday 12:40-2:40 p.m.
Writing Class Thursday 6-9 p.m.
TOEFL Preparation Classes Wednesday 6-9 p.m.
TOEFL Preparation Classes Friday 9 a.m.-noon
Get to Know the USA: the Road to Citizenship Friday Friday
Pronunciation Class Friday Noon-2 p.m.

Class site: Headstart Building (side entrance)
1200 Continental Drive (map)
Wentzville, MO 63385

Sessions Dates Hours
Registration - for new students
Please arrive on time and allow 3 hours for registration and enrollment.
Tuesdays

NOTE: Morning registration is not available on Jan. 26.
9 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Registration - for new students
Please arrive on time and allow 3 hours for registration and enrollment.
1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month 9 a.m.
English classes (all levels) Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m.-noon or
6-9 p.m.

Class site: First United Methodist Church
801 First Capitol Dr. (map)
St. Charles, MO 63301
(Parking in rear, turn in to Miss Aimee B's driveway.)

Sessions Dates Hours
Registration - for new students
Please arrive on time and allow 3 hours for registration and enrollment.
1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month 9 a.m.
English classes (all levels) Thursday 6-9 p.m.

Special Interest Classes

To enroll in a Special Interest Class a student must be currently enrolled in an English Language Acquisition class.

Computer Classes

English Language Acquisition software applications provide supplemental ELA lessons and practice for all English proficiency levels. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) practice is also available in this class.

TOEFL Classes

Advanced international students who wish to continue their education at the post-secondary level may be required to take the TOEFL to evaluate their potential success at the college level. Colleges and universities consider only the most recent TOEFL score within a two-year period. The TOEFL may also be desired in select occupations. Students can improve speaking, reading and writing skills, and can take TOEFL practice tests.

Get to Know the USA: The Road to Citizenship

This class offers an overview of the history, geography, customs, traditions, holidays, parts and functions of the U.S. government and general life in the U.S. to all levels of ELA students. Students will improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills while exploring the USA. The instructor addresses the 100 questions on the U.S. Citizenship Test and prepares prospective citizens to take the test in the future. This specialty class covers all aspects of the process of naturalization – eligibility requirements, needed documents, application forms and mock interviews with test practice.

To enroll, new students must attend the ELA registration and orientation session before the first “Get to Know the USA: The Road to Citizenship” class. This is altogether a new look at U.S. Citizenship – a cultural discovery of the USA! For more information, contact SCC AEL at 636-922-8411.

See the ELA non-credit class schedule above for locations and class times.

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Student Recognition Ceremony

An annual Student Recognition Ceremony recognizes high school equivalency (HSE) recipients and outstanding English Language Acquisition (ELA) students. The next Student Recognition Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in the theater of the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building at St. Charles Community College. Invitations to participate will be sent in April. Seating is limited at this event. If you have questions, call 636-922-8411.

Verification of high school equivalency attainment is required for participation in the ceremony.

Outstanding ELA students will receive detailed information from the ELA lead teacher. 

Ceremonia de Apreciación para los Estudiantes

Cada año los estudiantes de equivalencia de escuela secundaria y los mejores estudiantes de Adquisición del Idioma Inglés son premiados en una ceremonia en el St. Charles Community College. La ceremonia del año escolar 2015-16 será el jueves, 9 de junio del 2016 a las 7 pm en el teatro Donald D. Shook - Edificio de Bellas Artes.

Los mejores estudiantes de adquisición del idioma inglés serán contactados por la maestra general del programa para invitarlos a la ceremonia. Si tiene preguntas, llame al 636-922-8411.

ESL Classes for College Credit

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are also available for college credit for those who intend to pursue academic interests.

For information about ESL credit classes, call 636-922-8574.