English As A Second Language

CRS provides classes in practical English for adults, with the goal of helping newly arrived refugees navigate their new home. Lower levels include topics such as greetings, basic conversational language structures, the calendar, numbers, and health, with an emphasis on vocabulary-building.

Higher units of study include language for everyday needs, such as language needed in the grocery store, bank, post office and doctor’s office, and how to navigate housing and transportation.

Curriculum: Confidence and Connections from Intercambio.org, Levels 1-6.

Classes and Times

Depending on registration needs, classes are held Monday through Thursday in the mornings and early afternoons. Classes are typically held two or three times a week for a total of about 3 hours a week. In addition, those enrolled in classes are invited to participate in weekly conversation classes. Classes are taught in 6-, 7-, or 8-week terms.

Class Size

Classes are limited to about 10 students.



Students pay a $10 supply fee each term.


Child Care: We are unable to provide care for the children of ESL students.
We ask that students please make their own arrangements in this area.

How to Register

Check the dates provided below to find out when registration begins for each term. Come in to Center for Refugee Services to register. Registration forms provide information about required placement testing for new students.

Upcoming Registration Dates

2019 Fall Term 2

Oct. 28 - Dec. 13 

Begin Registering: Monday, Oct. 14

New Student Placement Testing:  Wednesday, Oct. 23

(Arrive any time between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.)


2020 Spring Term 1

Jan. 13 - Mar.  6

Begin Registering: Monday, Dec. 16 

New Student Placement Testing:  Wednesday,  Jan. (2020)

(Arrive any time between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.)


2020 Spring Term 2

Dates: TBD

Begin Registering: Monday, Mar. 24

New Student Placement Testing:  Wednesday, Mar. 11

(Arrive any time between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.)