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ESL and Citizenship

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ESL FALL 2020

We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) online classes from Literacy to Advanced level. Classes begin 8/24 and meet in the morning (Mon-Fri, 9:00-11:00AM), afternoon (Mon-Thurs, 12:30-2:30PM), or evening (Mon-Thurs, 6:30-8:30PM). There will be additional coursework for students to complete on their own outside of class every week. These classes are free.

There are also shorter online classes designed especially for seniors (55+) which meet Mon-Wed-Fri (9:00-10:15AM for beginners and 10:30AM-12:00PM for intermediates).

New students interested in ESL classes must take a placement test via Zoom. Registration opens 8/3 and students can sign up for a testing slot by contacting mvlaeslprogram@gmail.com or (650) 940-1333, ext. 4011. Appointments will be made for online testing on 8/18-8/20 and you will receive a Zoom invitation link to your session.

Orientation and testing will be offered:
Tuesday, 8/18 – 9:00-10:30AM, 1:00-2:30PM, 6:30-8:00PM
Wednesday, 8/19 – 9:00-10:30AM
Thursday, 8/20 – 1:00-2:30PM, 6:30-8:00PM

If you are a returning student who attended our school within the past school year (2019-2020) and you would like to come back, please contact us and we will place you at the correct level. Returning students who have been away from our program longer than a year should sign up to take the placement test again.

All ESL classes are online and meetings will be held via Zoom. Students will need to download and install the Zoom application on a computer, tablet, mobile phone, or other device with an Internet connection and microphone/webcam. There are no in-person ESL classes being held at the MVLA Adult School or Mountain View Senior Center this fall.

Some classes are full and students may have to wait for a place in class. Regular online attendance and participation in class is required to remain in the ESL program. We require students who enroll in our classes live within driving distance of our school. Priority is given to residents of Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills.

ENGLISH ENRICHMENT CLASS
(Advanced Students Only)

This class is designed for advanced ESL students or students who score above advanced on our ESL placement test. Students may not register after the first week of class. This is an online class and meetings will be conducted via Zoom.

Perfect Your Grammar Through Conversation
Practice grammar related to present and past tense, progressive and perfect tenses, indirect speech and “if” statements, and other challenging grammar. This class is for advanced-level students who have studied these grammar points but would like more review and practice through conversation. We will use current events and news, as well as everyday situations to perfect your grammar. There will be opportunities to break out into pairs/smaller groups on Zoom. Class meets Tue/Thu, 10:00AM-12:00PM, 9/15-11/19 (10 weeks). Fee is $150. Register online on or after August 14.

CITIZENSHIP PREPARATION

If you are interested in U.S. Citizenship Preparation classes, please contact mvlaeslprogram@gmail.com or 650-940-1333, ext. 4011. These free online classes are held via Zoom.

Citizenship Preparation Fall 2020 (Intermediate-level ESL or above)
Study important information about American history, government, culture, and geography. Practice answering questions for the USCIS citizenship interview. Class meets weekly online.

Mondays, 6:30-8:30PM - Class starts 8/24
Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 - Class starts 8/27