English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program serves increasingly diverse members of the York and Hanover community, with approximately 60 countries represented The program offers classroom instruction in York and Hanover with beginner to advanced levels. Additionally, one-to-one tutoring is available. The focus of the ESL program is to improve basic conversation skills and speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students must register for all classes.  Citizenship classes are available, in our York office, for our ESL students. YCLC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is a rapidly growing area of interest in the York County Community. It focuses on instruction for adult students in basic conversational English. ESL is open to all York County adult residents who would like to learn or improve their literacy skills.

The Process

A potential student must call the office to make an appointment with the appropriate coordinator for the program they wish to enter. Students take an initial test to determine placement in the program. Students are placed in a class or with a tutor when there is an opening in a class or a tutor is available. There is no time limit for a student to participate however students must be engaged in their work, come to classes and/or tutoring on time and work within the rules of YCLC.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS MAY BE:

  • Improve English language skills such as reading, writing and comprehension
  • Being referred to our Adult Reading Program for GED/HISET classes
  • Enter post-secondary education or professional training programs
  • Obtain employment or prepare for job advancement
  • Prepare for the written driver’s license exam or understand printed forms
  • Develop basic computer skills
  • Improve reading or math skills
  • Read to their children and help them with their schoolwork

 

The Program Offers…

ONE-TO-ONE TUTORING
Students may request a trained tutor for weekday one-to-one tutoring. A student may be place in a small group tutoring session.

THE ESL CLASSROOM: 4 LEVELS
Classroom instruction is offered on four levels: Pre-Lit, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Classes are held both daytime and evening. Students must register for classes.

DIGITAL LEARNING CENTER
YCLC’S Digital Learning Center offers educational software and online educational programs which allow our students to enhance the classroom and tutoring sessions. The Digital Learning Center is open during normal business hours. Students must make an appointment with their coordinator for their first visit to the Digital Learning Center.

CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS
To complement our foundational programs, YCLC hosts presentations that facilitate health, workplace and financial literacies. Presentations may include Credit Reports and Scores, A Balanced Budget, and Nutrition.  Workplace presentations are offered by members of the community who have expertise in areas of employment such as: manufacturing, robotics, health care, construction and service industries. These extra presentations help advance the knowledge and skills necessary to gain employment, access health and wellness information, and achieve self-sufficiency.

 

ESL Class Schedule (York)

PRE-LITERACY CLASS
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30am – 11:30am

BEGINNING CLASS
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:30am – 2:00pm

PRE-LITERACY & BEGINNING CLASSES
Tuesday & Thursday: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

INTERMEDIATE CLASS
Monday & Wednesday: 9:00am – 11:30am

ADVANCED CLASS
Monday & Wednesday: 11:30am – 2:00am

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED CLASSES
Monday & Wednesday: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

CITIZENSHIP READY CLASS (16-week course)
Lessons will include American Government, American History, and Citizenship. Test preparation and English language lessons for the reading and writing,  consultation on the Naturalization and application processes.Course is free to qualified applicants and space is limited. Childcare may be available to qualified participants. Funding provided by York County Community Foundation and anonymous donor.

You MUST call to register at 717-845-8719.
March 25 – July 15
Saturdays: 9:00am – 12:00pm

ESL Class Schedule (Hanover)

Call 717-632-5192 x321 for more class information.

BEGINNING CLASS
Tuesday & Thursday: 5:15pm – 7:45pm

INTERMEDIATE CLASS
Monday & Wednesday: 5:15pm – 7:45pm

CITIZENSHIP READY CLASS (16-week course)
Lessons will include American Government, American History, and Citizenship. Test preparation and English language lessons for the reading and writing,  consultation on the Naturalization and application processes.Course is free to qualified applicants and space is limited. Childcare may be available to qualified participants. Funding provided by York County Community Foundation and anonymous donor.

The Hanover class with be held at New Hope Ministries: 135 Baltimore Street, Hanover, PA. You MUST call to register at 717-845-8719.
July 22 – November 4
Saturdays: 9:00am – 12:00pm

 

For additional information call 717-845-8719 or email Erica Runkles or Peggy Baker.

 


STUDENT SUCCESS!

Rocio and Isidro moved here to be with their children. They struggled with communicating in English. Working with their Tutor, David, they were able to pass the U.S. Citizenship test and become American Citizens.  Rocio is now a real estate agent working with her son.