ESL Distance Education Classes

Learn English at home for FREE!

Do you want to improve your English?                          

Do you use email and a computer with internet?      

  • Improve your English skills in reading, grammar and pronunciation
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Reach your career goals
  • Learn at home at your own pace

The class is motivating and easy to use with an ESL teacher to assist you!

New Student Registrations for students who have never been our ESL program before: 

  • Thursday, January 18,  6:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 1,  6:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 22,  6:00 pm

Registrations for current ESL/ABE students : 

  • Thursday, January 23,  9:30 am
  • Thursday, January 25,  6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 6,  9:30 am
  • Thursday, March 8,  6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 24,  9:30 am
  • Thursday, April  26,  6:30 pm

Where :  Beltline Education Center 3200 Bush St. Raleigh 27609, Room 215

 For more information contact:  Hylana Tyler – hltyler@waketech.edu 

New Fall 2016 Elective Classes at Beltline Center

Following new additional  classes are available to students already enrolled in ESL classes.

Classes Meeting Monday & Wednesdays  from 12:30 – 2:30,   Oc.t 5 to Nov. 21.

  • Building Reading and Writing Skills 1 – Students will be working on phonemic awareness. This would be a great addition for students learning beginning literacy skills  (Room 332C)
  • Oral and Written Communication Skills – This class is for students in Level 3 and 4 who need to improve their reading and writing skills. (Room 342C)
  • Writing Skills for College and Career Success –  This class is for students in Level 5 and 6 who need to improve their reading and writing skills  for work or school . (Room 325C)

Classes Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays  from 12:30 – 2:30,   Oc.t 4 to Nov. 22.

  • Building Reading and Writing Skills 2 – The focus will be on building student knowledge of long vowel sounds  (Room 332C)
  • Pronunciation and Grammar  –  Students will work on blends, spelling patterns, and consonant sounds along with learning and practicing grammar rules. This class is available for students in levels 4, 5, and 6.  (Room 325C)

New mobile ESL library at Highland United Methodist Church!

A brand new reading library is now available for students attending ESL classes at our Highland United Methodist Church (HUMC) location! This new mobile ESL library contains books for ESL level 1 to level 6.  Extensive reading is known to increase students’ knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and American culture, so we are thrilled to have this new resource available. Students attending classes at HUMC may ask their teachers for  more details on how to check out a book.

Thank you to ESL Supervisor, Kathie Baggott, and her daughter, Elizabeth, for providing our students with this wonderful new resource. This project was a part of Elizabeth’s Gold Award project through the Girl Scouts of America.  We are sure that Miss Baggott has a bright future ahead of her!

HUMC Extensive Reading Students

Wake Tech ESL students showing off their books!

Sample of books at HUMC

Some of the books available at the new mobile library

 

Four New Afternoon Classes at the Beltline Center (BLTC)

* Level 1 Literacy – April 20 – June 24, 2015. Registration is on first day of class; meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30, Beltline Center, room 332C

This class will be taught by Shelley Lee. She will be working with students on phonemic awareness. This class would be a great addition for students struggling with beginning literacy skills.

* Writing Step-by-Step –  April 20 – June 24, 2015. Registration is on first day of class; meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30, Beltline Center, room 342C

This class is for students in Level 5 and 6 who need to improve their writing skills for work or school.  It will include:  *Organization  *Writing Strategies  *Vocabulary  *Grammar  *Drafting  *Revising

* ABE Writing Class – April 21 – June 25, 2015. Registration is on first day of class; meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-2:30, Beltline Center, room 342C

This class if for students in ERV or ABE who need to improve their writings skills for work or school.  It will include:  *Brainstorming  *Analyzing  *Sequencing  *Editing  *Revising

* Burlington English – April 20 – May 15, 2015. Registration is on first day of class; meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 12:30-2:30, Beltline Center, room 224B

This class is for students in any level who want to improve their English skills in the computer lab. Students will work on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary in English.

All classes are free of charge for qualifying ESL, ERV or ABE students. For more information, call the ESL Help Desk at (919) 334-1501 OR contact Megan Heard, meheard@waketech.edu

The Beltline Education Center is located at 3200 Bush St. Raleigh, NC 27609

Map: http://www.waketech.edu/about-wake-tech/locations/beltline-education-center

Civics website – for student use, teacher resource, & lesson planning

Here is a recently-discovered Civics website, with some excellent resources, as well as lesson plans and interactive games.  https://www.icivics.org/

About the website: iCivics is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources. It was founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. You can read more about the organization here: https://www.icivics.org/our-story

Thanks to Holly Williams for this contribution.

100 Fun things to see and do in North Carolina!

This website is from the magazine “Our State,” which produces stories and articles about North Carolina. The website has a checklist of 100 N.C. icons – in other words, 100 things that North Carolina is famous for.  See how many of them you know!            http://www.ourstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/NC-Icons-Checklist.pdf

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Wake Tech’s AEC Proudly Introduces its “Safe Space” Page

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We call the page “Safe Space,” which refers to the training program for educators who want to make LGBT students feel welcomed and accepted.  Although the Safe Space page will be especially interesting to LGBT students, all ESL students are invited to check it out (=look at it) and explore some of the informative and educational articles and stories.

For example, one of the links on the Safe Space page connects you to a list of almost 50 links to articles of interest to LGBT students and their friends and allies.  The articles are organized by topic and each one includes a brief description so readers can decide if the article sounds interesting enough to check out.

We would also like to invite students to submit their own website links of interest to the blog.  More information about this will be posted later.

Please click here to see the “Safe Space” Page.

Improve your computer skills – from basic to advanced

Do you want to get better at using computers?

Here are some sites that are very helpful:

1) The Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) has many wonderful resources.

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computerbasics

2) This video is a basic computer class for ESL students:

3) This website is from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). It uses British English, but has some very useful lessons.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/

Wake Tech Celebrates Earth Week — April 23-27

Next week, in honor of Earth Day, Wake Tech will have several events around campus, including a recycling campaign.

There will be eye glasses and cell phone recycling in collection bins for the whole month of April.

On Friday morning, April 27th, you can drop off electronics and computers to be recycled in You may bring your items to Parking Lot P of Main Campus between the hours of 8am and 12 noon.

For more information about the other events, including a showing of the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” go to:http://greenjobs.waketech.edu/index.php?page=earthweek

Information about Continuing Education at Wake Tech

We hope that, as you learn English, you will consider taking classes in other subjects to prepare yourself for higher paying jobs and a better life.  Whether you are ready to take these classes very soon or much later, it is a good idea to search school websites to learn about your options.

At Wake Technical Community College, we offer a wide variety of academic and career readiness programs. Check our Highland (HUMC) blog for more posts about this in the future.  First, try to get familiar with the websites, and try to find information about affordable GED classes, associate degree programs, or certificate programs for jobs that interest you.

For more information about GED classes at Wake Technical Community College, click here.

If you are considering getting a 4-year degree, a masters degree, or a doctorate in the United States, two local public universities are North Carolina State University and the University of Chapel Hill. There are also many smaller universities in the area, such as Shaw and NC Central. For a list of public and private universities in Raleigh and Durham, see the VisitRaleigh website.

Thank you to Diana for this information. You can see her blog at HUMC. One of her most recent posts contains answers to student questions about the GED.