English as a Second Language/English Language Learner
Whatcom Community College offers high quality programs for students whose first language is not English. ELL (English Language Learner) classes are open to immigrants and refugees 19 years or older. Classes are offered fall, winter and spring and are available day and evening. The ELL program provides instruction and practice in listening, speaking, reading, writing and vocabulary building. Emphasis is on skill development for educational career pathways and job skills. Orientation and assessment are required before enrolling into classes. Contact the office of transitional learning programs for more information.
ESLA (English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes) classes are open to low-intermediate to advanced students whose first language is not English. These classes provide instruction in composition, reading, vocabulary development, oral communication, discussion skills, lecture note-taking, and grammar. These courses are designed for students who plan to pursue college degrees or certificates, as well as for international students and visitors who have come to this country in order to improve their English. Orientation and assessment are required before enrolling in classes. Contact the ESLA coordinator or the international programs office for more information.