Basic English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language/Basic

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.

NEW BESL Model Beginning Fall 2015!

Basic Language Literacy
BLL-001  $375

This basic literacy course is for non-native speakers of English who want to improve their conversation, pronunciation, reading and writing skills. Students will practice their conversation skills by speaking about interesting topics and improve their pronunciation skills with pronunciation exercises. They will also learn basic writing and reading skills that will include letter and word recognition, spelling and reading comprehension. Students will also learn basic grammar. Total hours: 60


Speak Listen Read Write
BSL-001  $375

The emphasis in Basic ESL classes is to prepare students for academic ESL. 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. This integrated-skills approach to learning English helps students to interact naturally in the language. Students will read short articles, discuss them in groups, answer comprehension questions, and write about the articles. Students will also practice listening skills as they listen to audiotapes and watch videos on various topics such as employment, family, culture, and everyday life. Basic grammar is taught through lessons and exercises and also through reading and writing. Total hours: 60


Speak Listen Read Write
BSL-002  $375

The emphasis in Basic ESL classes is to prepare students for academic ESL. This level 2 class develops the four primary skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Related skills such as vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, meaning and usage will also be covered. This integrated-skills approach to learning English helps students to interact naturally in the language. Students will read longer articles, discuss them in groups, answer comprehension questions, and write paragraphs and short essays about the articles. Students will also practice listening skills as they listen to audiotapes and watch videos on various topics such as employment, education, family, health, culture, everyday life, and more. Students further develop their knowledge and skills of grammar through lessons and exercises and also through reading and writing. Total hours: 60


Speak Listen Read Write
BSL-003  $375

The emphasis in Basic ESL classes is to prepare students for academic ESL. This level 3 class, the last level before Academic ESL, continues to develop the four primary skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Related skills such as vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, meaning and usage will also be covered. This integrated-skills approach to learning English helps students to interact naturally in the language. Students will read articles of considerable length, discuss them in groups, answer comprehension questions, and write paragraphs and longer essays about the articles. Students will also make short presentations to the class. Articles will be related to the theme of education in the U.S. and BHCC in particular. Students will further develop their English language proficiency in grammar and vocabulary through reading, writing, and discussion in the context of the theme. Total hours: 60