English as a Second Language (ESL) | BCTC

English as a Second Language (ESL)

BCTC provides academic ESL classes for those who need to improve their English language skills before taking college level classes. We offer classes in academic writing and grammar, college reading and vocabulary, as well as listening and speaking.

The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Skills U Adult Education program provides a variety of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. These free courses are offered throughout the year, and classes fill quickly. Schedule your assessment today.

To learn more about these FREE classes, please contact one of the following programs:

BCTC Skills U Adult Education Programs

English as a Second Language instruction is one of the fastest growing areas of the Community College curriculum everywhere in America. Bluegrass Community and Technical College has responded to this demand with increased classes, evening and daytime classes, and specialized sections of some writing and study strategies classes.

BCTC provides academic ESL classes for students who need to improve their English language skills before taking college level classes. These Academic ESL classes are designed to prepare students for the demands of college classes. We offer classes in academic writing and grammar, college reading and vocabulary, as well as listening and speaking. In these classes students work on skills such as writing essays, reading college level texts, giving presentations, listening to lectures, and taking notes in the college classroom. These classes meet from two to four times each week and last for a 16 week semester. Classes are 4 credit hours.

Students whose native language is not English can find a class to improve their reading, writing and speaking skills. Classes are affordable and are scheduled at different times of the day and evening. Placement into our academic ESL classes is based on results of the CaMLA English Placement Test. The test is given for free on our Cooper Drive campus. Students whose CaMLA score is too low to enroll in a college level ESL class can enroll in the free classes offered at the Newtown North Campus at 690 Newtown Pike to improve their English.

If you are a Spanish speaker and want to speak to someone in Spanish about improving your English language skills, you can call Erin Howard at 246-6436 or email erin.howard@kctcs.edu

Placement and Enrollment

We offer classes from beginner to advanced. Students are placed into an appropriate level class by taking the Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessment: English Placement Test (CaMLA EPT) for reading, writing and listening and speaking. Schedule an appointment through BCTC Advising to take a placement test.

Faculty Contact

If you want more information about ESL classes at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, please feel free to contact any one of our faculty.

Dr. Jim Fenton
jim.fenton@kctcs.edu
(859) 246-6364
Office: 101-J Academic Technical Building

Sarah Galvin, ESL Coordinatorphoto of sarah galvin
sarah.galvin@kctcs.edu
(859) 246-6350 
Office: 101-C Academic Technical Building

Ollie B. Rashid
ESL Instructor
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
AT Building, Office 101I
470 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40506