Our Program

Our non-credit ESL classes provide adult, non-native speakers of English the opportunity to improve their English language skills in order to advance in the workplace or to communicate effectively as a member of the community.

The Continuing Education Department offers Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes that include coursework in all four domains of English – reading, writing, speaking and listening and are designed to increase proficiency in the English Language. In addition, we offer writing classes that focus on the grammar, structure, and content of sentences, paragraphs and short essays. We also offer a conversation class that aims at improving speaking skills, listening comprehension skills and an understanding of conversational English.  Classes are offered during the day and evening. Students can take advantage of our small classroom setting and our hands-on professional instructors who are there every step of the way, helping each student reach their goals. Learn to communicate in English in a warm friendly environment at Bucks County Community College.

  • Students are grouped according to their current ability after taking a placement assessment.
  • Tuition is $375 for each levels’ full 52 hours of instruction 
  • Textbooks are included and you will receive your textbook the first week of class
  • Classes are 13 weeks long 
  • Morning and evening classes are available
  • Courses are offered Fall, Spring and Summer semesters
  • Certificate awarded upon successful completion of each level

Associate Degree & Credit Classes

Students interested in advancing their education or pursuing a degree can begin with non-credit classes to improve their English. Bucks County Community College also offers credit AESL classes for those students interested in obtaining an associate degree. For information on our credit classes, call 215-968-8018 or email aeslcoordinator@bucks.edu or visit the general AESL page.

If you have any questions or you would like more information about our non-credit ESL classes, please contact Donna Kirn at 215-497-8729 or email her at donna.kirn@bucks.edu.

View the Fall 2017 ESL Schedule. (PDF) 

FREE Placement Night & Placement Testing - Newtown Campus

All students wishing to take classes are required to take a placement test prior to the start of classes. The test can be taken at “Placement Night,” which is an event held every semester before the start of classes. At Placement night students take a placement test and will be interviewed by ESL instructors to determine the appropriate level ESL class. Students are also able to register and pay for classes at the meeting. Students not in attendance must take the placement test at a later date by calling or emailing Donna Kirn at (215) 497-7829 or donna.kirn@bucks.edu.

Fall 2017 Placement Night - Newtown Campus

Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm, in the Charles Rollins Center on our Newtown Campus (near the cafeteria).  No registration needed—just come!  We hope to see you there! For a map and directions view the campus maps.

  • Register early! Get $20 off each class if you register by August 28, 2017!
  • Registration Deadline, August 30, 2017
  • Registrations will not be accepted after the third class
  • To register, call 215-968-8409 (Option #6)
  • For ESL information, call 215-497-8729 or send an email to: donna.kirn@bucks.edu
  • For more English practice, sign up for 2 or more classes!

REFUND POLICY:  Student withdrawal from enrollment and non-credit ESL course refund procedure: In the event a course is canceled by the College (usually because of low enrollment), every attempt will be made to enroll you in another course or a full refund of your tuition will be issued.  If you wish to withdraw from a course, you may transfer to another non-credit ESL course or you can request a refund of your course tuition. There is a $25 non-refundable withdrawal charge if you cancel your enrollment in a course. Your request must be received by phone or in person five (5) working days prior to the course starting date in order to receive a refund.  Course refunds WILL NOT BE MADE AFTER THE START OF A CLASS.

CONVERSATION LESLA 0247 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When:

For intermediate to advanced speakers
 
Tuesdays & Thursdays 
C01/September 7 – December 14, (no class 9/21, 10/31 & 11/23) 10am – 12 pm
C02/September 7 – December 14, (no class 9/21, 10/31 & 11/23) 7 – 9 pm

GREAT GRAMMAR FOR GREAT WRITING LESLA 0515 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When:

Prerequisite: must have completed 2A or higher
Learn to improve your writing through grammar skills. Study grammar rules 
and bring them into your writing. For personal, work use and for emails.

Tuesdays & Thursdays
C01/September 7 – December 14, (no class 9/21, 10/31 & 11/23) 10am – 12 pm
C02/September 7 – December 14, (no class 9/21, 10/31 & 11/23) 7 – 9 pm

WRITING FOR INTERMEDIATE LESLA 0514 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When:

For Intermediate writing skills

Mondays and Wednesdays 
C01/September 6-December 11 (no classes 9/20 & 11/22) 12:30 – 2:30 pm

TEST PREPARATION ATEST 2551 C01

Tuition: $400.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When:

IBT TOEFL Test Preparation

Advanced English skills and practice tests for the TOEFL test.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
September 7 – December 14, (no class 9/21, 10/31 & 11/23) 7 – 9 pm

ESL COURSE 1A LESLA 0011 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When: Newtown Campus C01/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
C02/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
(no classes 9/20 & 11/22)
10 am-12 pm
7-9 pm

For students with limited English, all English skills studied

ESL COURSE 1B LESLA 0012 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When: Newtown Campus C01/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
C02/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
(no classes 9/20 & 11/22)
10 am-12 pm
7-9 pm

For advanced beginners, all English skills studied 

INTERMEDIATE ESL 2A LESLA 0244 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When: Newtown Campus C01/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
C02/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
(no classes 9/20 & 11/22)
10 am-12 pm
7-9 pm

For students with low intermediate English, all English skills studied

INTERMEDIATE ESL 2B LESLA 0245 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When: Newtown Campus C01/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
C02/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
(no classes 9/20 & 11/22)
10 am-12 pm
7-9 pm

For students with intermediate English, all English skills studied

INTERMEDIATE ESL 2C LESLA 0246 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When: Newtown Campus C01/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
C02/ Mon + Wed, 9/6-12/11
(no classes 9/20 & 11/22)
10 am-12 pm
7-9 pm

For high intermediate students to prepare for advanced level

ADVANCED ESL 3A LESLA 0320 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor: STAFF
Where & When:

All English skills studied
Mondays and Wednesdays 
C01/ September 6-December 11(no classes 9/20 & 11/22) 10 am-12 pm
C02/ September 6-December 11 (no classes 9/20 & 11/22) 7-9 pm

Advanced ESL 3B LESLA 0321 C01 & C02

Tuition: $375.00
Instructor:
Where & When:

All English skills studied

Mondays and Wednesdays 
C01/ September 6-December 11(no classes 9/20 & 11/22) 10 am-12 pm
C02/ September 6-December 11 (no classes 9/20 & 11/22) 7-9 pm

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