ESL — English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is provided for immigrants and refugees who are learning English.  Sometimes ESL is referred to as English Language Learning (ELL).

ESL classes, from pre-literacy level to the advanced level, help students develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills to communicate effectively in English within the community, including on the job, at their children's school, in the doctor's office, in community meetings or neighborhood gatherings, on public transportation and anywhere else that English is needed.

Additional resources:

Professional development opportunities for Minnesota ABE/ESL instructors are offered through ATLAS and online through the Minnesota Literacy Council's online learning.

The English language proficiency standards (ELP standards) outline the "language lift" required for English language learners to reach the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).

To find ABE programs that offer ESL instruction, visit the Adult Literacy Hotline by clicking on the link in the upper right.