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2020 Courses Offered

Learn more about the courses we offer including Grammar, Pronunciation, Literature and more for both our ESL and HiSET programs


Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 11 a.m. or 6 – 8 p.m.
Session 1: Narrative Reading/Writing
Session 2: Process Analysis (How to do something)
Session 4: Informative Reading/Writing
Session 5:  Opinion reading/writing
Focus is on six basic sentence structures
Small paragraph writing (5 – 8 sentences)


Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 11 a.m. or 6 – 8 p.m.

Session 1:  Job Readiness (resume writing, job cover letter, proposals) Reading/Writing/Vocabulary
Session 2:  Descriptive Reading/Writing/Vocabulary
Session 4:  Compare/Contrast Reading/Writing/Vocabulary
Session 5:  Scholarship Essay/ Letters of Recommendation (Illustrative) Reading/Writing/Vocabulary
Focus on six basic sentences and compound sentences
Introduce Complex Sentences (using clauses and phrases)
Large paragraphs writing:  (8 – 20 sentences)

Five Paragraph Essay

Course fee: $100/session (cash/checks only)


This class will focus on listening and speaking activities that help English-learners communicate clearly. Practice includes pronunciation and listening comprehension of vowels, consonants, syllables, and sentence patterns of North American English.
Students will:
Interpret visual images of pronunciation patterns
Make auditory distinctions before pronouncing sounds
Practice rhythm, melody, intonation, and linking
Use spelling and pronunciation rules to improve reading comprehension
Learn how to correctly pronounce sounds that act as grammar cues

Intense Grammar

Six Basic Sentence Structures
Subject/Verb Agreement; Nouns (Count vs Non-Count); Pronouns
Verb Tense (Simple and continuous)
Compound Sentences (Using FANBOYS and Dependent Words)
Forming Complex Sentences (using phrases and clauses)
Sentence Variety:  Using all 6 basic sentence structures; Forming Questions
Noun modifiers (Adjectives, adjective clauses, and prepositional phrases)

Note: Intense Grammar class is dependent on student requests

Academic Computers

Academic Computers will teach how to perform various academic skills on computers. Google Docs is used. Students MUST bring in their own laptops or tablets. Skills taught will be integrated with Intermediate and Advance Integrated skills courses. Detailed skills taught will be available at registration. This class is only taught twice in a year.

English Literature

English Literature will integrate American History with curriculum. In this course, students will be able to:
Identify the elements of literature within the story
Be able to identify various conflicts/solutions the character is experiencing
Be able to identify key theme(s) of the story
Increase conversation skills with open discussion of book
Learn strategies for increasing vocabulary and create own vocabulary notebook
Develop critical thinking strategies in summarizing key elements of reading
Develop reading strategies for being able to increase reading speed and comprehension
Early Colonial Era
Civil War Era
Poetry and other forms of literature*
Civil Rights Era or Modern History

* Session 3 is during summer.  Courses held during the summer are per student request and/or teacher availability.  These courses will include: Public speaking, Pronunciation, Eng. Lit, computers and others.  See Open Door for what courses are being offered during summer sessions for that year.

Placement tests will be given to all new students for appropriate class placement

2020 HiSE (High School Equivalency Courses

Language Arts (Reading Comprehension/Writing )



Social Studies

Note:  Scheduled when course is offered is dependent on teacher availability.  For more information, contact: 

Spanish-speaking:  contact Ana Nieto: