ESL (English as a Second Language) at LA ORT College

esl classes in los angelesLos Angeles is a virtual melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions!  People from all over the world congregate in LA, whether it be to work, vacation, or to pursue creative interests.  While here they are exposed to foods, music, beliefs and religions from a variety of cultures.  But one thing that can hinder the process of getting to know someone from a foreign land is the language barrier.  How many times have you had a miscommunication with someone just because you did not have the common ground of a mutually spoken language?

There is also the issue of finding a job in LA when you do not speak English.  Many companies and businesses require at least some basic understanding of the English language, most prefer you to speak it well, if not fluently.  At LA ORT college our English as a Second Language (ESL) program will give you the necessary tools and skills to understand, speak, and write in English.

ESL classes in van nuys and los angeles collegesDo you have a friend or loved one who struggles with English?  This program can benefit them not only at home and in English-speaking societies, but may help them find a job or perhaps get a promotion due to their better grasp of the language!

When you apply for entrance into the program we require that you take written and oral placement tests.  Don’t worry, you won’t be graded on them!  These help us determine at what level of the program you will be placed, and your oral skills are a large factor in determining your placement since the program is about communication.

A few of the skills the program will teach you are:

Spelling and Grammar
Resume Writing
Computer and Language Software
Reading and Writing
Communication Skills

esl classes in los angeles at LA ORT CollegeThough the ESL program at LA ORT puts a significant amount of focus on oral communication, it still gives you all of the knowledge needed when learning the English language.  Our program is designed to teach new language skills at each level as well as reinforcing what you have learned at the previous levels.  We also focus on helping with social skills, such as studying holidays and learning about the issues one can face when living in a multi-cultural city like Los Angeles. We will help prepare you for the job market, by teaching things like how to make a resume and what to expect in interviews, and upon completion of the program you will earn a diploma.

For more information on this program, such as when we offer our evening and daytime classes and the number of credits needed to earn an ESL diploma, please visit our website today!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.