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  Kevin Markey
  International House
314 Chestnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 724-2846
Fax: (717) 724-4532

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Course Information

English As a Second Language
English As a Second Language
English As a Second Language
Session Dates:

Classes are offered 4 times a year. Generally starting in January, April, June/July and September
Class Location:

International House Ė Hardwood Lounge
320 Chestnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Course Offerings:

  • Several Levels could be offered depending on students needs.
  • Classes will be held twice a week for 2-1/2 hrs. each time.
  • Evening Classes will be held twice a week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Morning Classes will be held twice a week from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Course will last 6 weeks.

  • $75.00 for the entire course plus Workbook ($25).
  • All requests to drop the class must be made within the first week of starting class.
  • $10.00 of the tuition fee is non-refundable.
Recommended Class Materials:

Notebook, Pencil/Pen, Folder, English Dictionary
Orientation and Placement Testing:

  • You will have to take a placement test so that we know what class level you should be in.
  • We will give you additional information about the class.
  • You must sign up to attend the orientation and placement testing.
Course Description:

ESL is a non-credit language course for speakers of English as a second language. Offered at the basic, beginner, intermediate and conversational levels, this class will help students improve their communication skills in English both on the job and in their daily lives. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills will be developed within the context of the workplace, the community and the home. Correct pronunciation and accent reduction are emphasized.
Course Requirements:

This non-credit, pass/fail course is for students who desire to learn and speak English well and are committed to practicing both in and outside of the classroom. Students must attend a 2 hour orientation session at which time he/she will take a placement test to determine his/her level of English proficiency in order to be enrolled in the appropriate class level. To pass the course, students must attend at least 50% of the class sessions and complete a post test assessment.

Upon completion of the course the student should:

  • Develop the confidence and skills needed to initiate and actively participate in daily conversations in English.
  • Respond appropriately to questions and instructions.
  • Complete forms requesting basic personal information.
  • Understand the cultural and behavioral expectations of the US workplace and community.
  • Receive information concerning the transition to credit courses and the college admissions process.
Specific Goals:

The following will be covered in ESL:
(Depth of content depending on level of proficiency)

  • The alphabet and the sounds of English.
  • The numbers with telling time and giving dates.
  • Giving basic personal data: name, address, date of birth, age, family relationships, work, etc..
  • Greetings, introductions and leave taking.
  • Describing oneself and occupation.
  • Asking questions.
  • The articles and prepositions (in, at, on, by, etc.).
  • Do, donít, does, doesnít, did and didnít.
  • This, that, these and those.
  • Possessives and contractions.
  • Regular and irregular verbs in the present, progressive, future, past, conditional, and perfect tenses.
  • Reading a map and identifying common places in the community.
  • Living and working with money.
  • Customer service (from both a consumer and a service provider perspective).
  • Protecting oneís information and identity theft.
  • Health and the body.
  • Making medical appointments.
  • Safety procedures and calling 911.
  • Completing applications and forms.
  • Preparing for a job interview.
  • Troubleshooting equipment and expressing problems.
  • Reading a paystub.