English as a Second Language

The ESL program provides students with developmental skills training in reading, writing, mathematics, computer literacy, study skills, and conversational English. The academic skills training enables student to qualify for enrollment in higher level training programs and/or function at a level of literacy acceptable for employment in non-technical entry-level jobs.

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Course Schedule

Days & Times

Monday-Thursday

Day Classes:
9:00 - 2:30 PM
Evening Classes:
4:30 - 7:30 PM

Program Length

15 Weeks 
(15/20 hours/week)

Total hours = 300

Start / End Dates

Fall-Winter

Start: August 2019
End: October 2019

Start: October 2019
End: December 2019

Spring-Summer

Start: January 2020
End: February 2020

Start: March 2020  
End: May 2020

Earn Your Certificate

Upon successful completion, students receive a Certificate of Completion from the State University of New York.

Program Outline and Courses

Name Description Hours

Basic ESL Reading

The ESL reading class will help students learning English to comprehend the written word. The Basic level class stresses the development of phonics skills, decoding, and sight vocabulary. Students will read simple stories and practice practical life skills such as reading medicine labels, directions, signs, recipes, and forms. 60

Intermediate ESL Reading

The Intermediate Reading class reviews the fundamentals of phonics and spelling and stresses vocabulary building and decoding of more difficult vocabulary. Students will read more difficult stories and practice comprehension skills such as finding the main idea, recognizing details, and identifying facts and opinions. Students will also practice practical life skills such as reading recipes, maps, and leases. 60

Advanced ESL Reading

The Advanced Reading class reviews the fundamentals of phonics and spelling and stresses vocabulary building and word recognition of much more difficult vocabulary. Students will read more difficult stories and practice more advanced comprehension skills such as recognizing cause and effect, identifying facts and opinions, and determining comparison and contrast. Students will also practice life skills such as reading warranties and graphics. 60

Basic ESL Grammar/Writing

The ESL writing classes will help students learning English to express their ideas better in writing. The Basic level class stresses the simple foundations of grammar and the writing of simple sentences, paragraphs, and notes. 60

Intermediate ESL Grammar/Writing

The Intermediate writing class reviews the fundamentals of grammar introduced in the Basic level and progresses to more complex grammar. The writing of complete sentences will be practiced and phrases and clauses will be introduced. Students will practice writing longer paragraphs with topic sentences, details, and conclusions, and will also practice writing letters. 60

Advanced ESL Grammar/Writing

The Advanced writing class reviews the fundamentals of grammar and progresses to much more complex rules of grammar. The writing of complete sentences will be perfected and compound and complex sentences will be introduced. Students will practice writing letters and longer paragraphs with topic sentences, details, and conclusions, and will also practice writing compositions consisting of multiple paragraphs. 60

Basic ESL Math

This is a basic mathematics review course on numeracy skills. Topics to be covered include: 
1. Arithmetic
2. Integers
3. Decimals
4. Fractions
5. Word problems
6. General problem solving skills
60

Intermediate ESL Math

This is an Intermediate level review course on numeracy skills. Topics to be covered include: 
1. Integers
2. Decimals
3. Fractions and problem solving techniques
60

Advanced ESL Math

This is an Advanced level review course on numeracy skills. Topics to be covered include: 
1. Integers
2. Decimals
3. Fractions and problem solving techniques
60

Basic ESL Speaking

The ESL speaking classes will help students develop their skills in oral communication. In the Basic classes, the students will focus on the correct pronunciation of sounds and apply that as they practice common speaking and listening activities.  60

Intermediate ESL Speaking

ESL Intermediate speaking will review the correct pronunciation of sounds and apply that in practicing common speaking and listening activities. These activities include: asking and answering questions; making phone calls; discussing such topics as family, food, work, travel, and many other useful subjects. 60

Advanced ESL Speaking

ESL Intermediate speaking will review the correct pronunciation of sounds and apply that in practicing common speaking and listening activities. These activities include: asking and answering questions; making phone calls; discussing such topics as family, food, work, travel, and many other useful subjects. 60

Intermediate ESL Computer Skills

This course is designed to provide English as a Second Language students with basic computer skills. Students will learn to recognize the major parts of a computers, use the mouse or pad to click and drag, and learn basic keyboarding skills and internet functions. They will also become familiar with several websites for improving their English language skills. 60

Advanced ESL Computer Skills

This course is designed to provide English as a Second Language students with basic computer skills. Students will learn to recognize the major components of a computer, register for an e-mail account and use basic functions of e-mail and the internet. They will learn how to use Google Docs or other programs for word processing and formatting. In addition, students will become familiar with several websites for improving their English language skills.  60

Dress & Appearance

As an ESL Student, you will be expected to adhere to accepted standards of appearance in class. Students are expected to dress appropriately for a school environment. 

Student Expenses

This program is tuition free. Students are expected to have notebooks and appropriate writing tools for class instruction.  

Attendance

Daily attendance is mandatory. 100% is expected. You are expected to maintain attendance as if you were in an employment situation.

Admissions Eligibilty

You must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. You must provide a green card or I-94 document if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Be an adult who is at least 17 years of age or older. If you are 17, you are required to show proof such as a high school diploma or a formal withdraw letter from school.
  • Have a limited household income and meet income guidelines.
  • Pass and oral test and attend Orientation.  Students must meet the BEST test score of 10+ to register for classes.

Admissions Process

  1. Complete an application on-line at our website: buffalo.edu/eoc
  2. Bring in the required documents listed on the "How to Enroll in UBEOC" sheet.
  3. Register and attend orientation.

What is BEST Literacy Test?

The Basic English Standard Test (BEST) is an assessment tool for use in adult education. The BEST Literacy test is a combined test of reading and writing skills using authentic situations as the basis for test questions. The results of the test will be available to the applicant/student the same day, shortly after the test ends. Scores range from 0 - 78.