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ESL-English as a Second Language

Adult education is free; class schedules are flexible; and enrollment is open-entry, open-exit.  Oklahoma adult education centers and literacy councils provide English language instruction to adult speakers of other languages. English as a Second Language (ESL) students are assessed with standardized tests to determine their current level of language competence. The students, with the assistance of the program staff, will also set their future language goals. ESL class schedules are flexible enough to allow students to work day or evening shifts and to attend classes several times a week. Open enrollment also gives the students added flexibility in scheduling classes. Tutors at literacy councils work with students one-on-one or sometimes in small groups, while adult education centers offer group classes. ESL instruction concentrates on speaking and listening skills in the beginning levels and progresses to include reading and writing skills. With improved language skills, ESL adults will become better community members, with more possibilities for interpersonal interaction, and better employees, with more possibilities for promotion.

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