Basic English as a Second Language (BESL) Classes

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To register for any non-credit Basic English as a Second Language course, students must first take a placement test in the Assessment Center, Room B118. Spring classes begin January 22, 2018 and end May 25, 2018.  Cost $375.00 for each class.

Basic Speak/Listen/Read/Write
BLL-001 $375

This introductory course is for non-native speakers who want to begin learning English.

M1 M/W 6–7:50 p.m. H147
S1 Sat 8:15–11:55 a.m. H147
S2 Sat 12–3:40 p.m. H147
T1 Tu/Th 6-7:50 p.m. H148

Speak/Listen/Read/Write Level I
BSL-001 $375

This Level 1 class provides the foundation for the four primary skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Related skills such as vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, meaning and usage will also be covered.

01 Tu/Th 8–9:50 a.m. H168
02 Fri 8–11:40 a.m. H120
M1 M/W 6–7:50 p.m. H149
T1 Tue 6–9:40 p.m. H120
03 Wed 11 a.m.–2:50 p.m H125
S1 Sat 8:15–11:55 a.m. H149

Speak/Listen/Read/Write Level II
BSL-002 $375

This Level 2 class will offer an integrated-skills approach to learning English. Students will read longer articles, discuss them in groups, answer comprehension questions and write paragraphs and short essays as well as practice listening and speaking skills.

01 M/W 8–9:50 a.m. H147
02 M/W 11 a.m.–12:50 p.m. H168
03 Tu/Th 11 a.m.–12:50 p.m. H125
M1 M/W 6–7:50 p.m H152
T1 Tue 6–9:40 p.m. H173
70 Sat 12-4 p.m. Chelsea 404
04 Fri 8–11:40 a.m. H167
S2 Sat 12-3:40 p.m. H120
S1 Sun 8:15–11:50 a.m. H148
SU  Sun 8:15–11:50 a.m. B104
05 Tu/Th 4-5:50 p.m. H149
W  M/W 2-4 p.m. South End

Speak/Listen/Read/Write Level III
BSL-003 $375

This Level 3 class offers an integrated-skills approach to learning English. Students will read longer articles and make short presentations. They will further develop their English language proficiency in grammar and vocabulary through reading, writing and discussion in the context of varying themes.

01 M/W  8–9:50 a.m. H148
02 Tu/Th  8–9:50 a.m. H175
03 Fri 11 a.m.–3:10 p.m. H152
04 M/W  11 a.m.–12:50 p.m. H171
T1 Tu/Th 6–7:50 p.m. H174
S1  Sat 8:15–11:55 a.m. H149
S2  Sat 12–3:40 p.m. H149
SU  Sun 12–3:40 p.m. B108
T2 Tue 6–9:40 p.m. H167
M1 M/W 6–7:50 p.m. H175

Speak/Listen/Read/Write Level IV
BSL-004 $375

In BSL-004, students will continue developing the primary skills they learned in BSL-001 and BSL-003. We’ll strengthen writing skills using techniques such as writing multiple drafts, revising, editing and proofreading. The course will prepare students to deliver oral presentations to large groups using visual aids, secondary sources and level-appropriate vocabulary. Students will read articles, hold in-class discussions and debates, work in groups and write reflections in order to interact naturally in English. This class offers considerable practice with pronunciation and accent modification.

M1 Mon 6–9:40 a.m. H125
S1 Sat 12–3:40 p.m. H148



All new students must take a placement test in the Assessment Center, Room B118.