Placement in the appropriate ESL class is based on a screening interview and on completion of a CASAS (Comprehensive Student Assessment Systems) or a GAIN (General Assessment of Instructional Needs) English assessment. Interested students must see an ESL counselor for screening and test appointments. During the semester, an ESL counselor is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on the second floor of NRCC’s mall site. No appointment is necessary.
Non-native speakers of English who pass the screening interview, are able to attend day classes, can commit to one year of consistent participation, and are not currently attending a college or university.
At this time there is not a charge to attend ESL classes. You may be asked to purchase a textbook.
You do not have to be a citizen of the United States, but your identity must be verified by showing a valid driver's license, learner's permit, passport or other form of official government ID. The ID must show your picture and include your name, address, date of birth, ID number and signature.
Classes are limited in size and run on an open-enrollment basis. Once classes are filled, you will be put on a waiting list. If you are offered a class placement, you are expected to attend the class. You may be replaced by someone on the waiting list if you do not attend on a regular basis.
Telephone: (540) 674-3600, extension 4110