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English Language Learning

English Language  Learning (ELL) classes are for individuals 18 years of age and older who have a native language other than English. Classes offer various levels and specializations designed to meet the needs of the learner. 

Class Descriptions

Beginning Literacy is for students who cannot speak or understand English or have minimal reading or writing skills or function minimally or not at all in English.

Low Beginning is for students who can understand basic greetings and simple phrases, read numbers and letters, and function with difficulty in social situations.

High Beginning is for students who can understand common words and simple phrases, read most sight words and common words, and function in some situations related to immediate needs.

Low Intermediate is for students who can express basic survival needs in spoken English, read and write using simple material, and function with routine community and work tasks.

High Intermediate is for students who can participate in conversation in familiar social situations, read text on familiar subjects, write simple paragraph text, and function independently to meet basic survival needs.

Advanced is for students who can understand and communicate in a variety of contexts, read moderately complex text, write multi-paragraph text, and function independently to meet most survival needs. 


Tuition is due at the time of registration. Fees are payable by cash, cashier’s check, credit card, or money order. No personal checks. All fees are non-refundable. Course offerings are contingent on funding and sufficient enrollment. Children are not permitted in class.

Anytime Prince William County, City of Manassas, or City of Manassas Park Schools are closed, there will be no adult education classes in that school district. If there is inclement weather, listen to your local radio or TV station, visit the front page of this website, or call 703-791-2776.