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Our Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL) for Adults 

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters to adults who live and/or work in Richardson and the surrounding North Texas communities. RALC’s ESL for Adults program offers beginning to advanced class levels where students learn to read, write, speak and understand English.

 

Classes are offered in person and online. Online classes incorporate digital literacy into the curriculum, teaching students to utilize remote work, email, and presentation tools.

Career Bridge

The Career Bridge program is for adults who are ready to enter the workforce via a career path. RALC offers this program to adult students to help them gain valuable job search training and knowledge about career paths. Our Student Success Coach and Career Bridge volunteer mentors help students select a career path, navigate resources to start or enhance an entrepreneurship, or prepare to enter higher learning or vocational training. Participants acquire skills such as building a resume, drafting a professional email, interviewing in English, using word processing software, applying for jobs online, budgeting, and workplace norms. Training on an online learning platform also strengthens students’ digital skills while complementing their core coursework.

For more information,  email students@ralc.org. 

English Conversation Classes

English Conversation Classes are available to those wanting to practice their speaking and listening skills.  A facilitator will lead students through the discussion material.   Conversation classes are available year-round.  Classes meet weekly for 1 hour each class. 

ESL Book Club

ESL Book Club is for upper level students who want to improve their English language acquisition skills through group reading.  The Book Club facilitator will lead students through pre and post reading exercises such as vocabulary review and reading comprehension exercises, as well as taking turns reading the text aloud during the 1-hour session each week.

DIGITAL SKILLS READY @50

The DSR@50+ program is free for individuals who are 50 years of age or older.  The goal is to create a community of seniors empowered with the digital literacy skills they need to thrive.  Classes are held at various locations throughout the community.  

Individuals interested in classes can sign up by doing one of the following:

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Citizenship Test Prep Class

The Citizenship Test Prep Class is a 6-week class that is for those who are wanting to take the Citizenship test.  This class meets for 2 hours each week and is for those with an advanced level of English speaking, reading and understanding.  You must have a green card and have lived in the US for at least 5 years. 

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Advanced Writing

Advanced Writing classes are available to those wanting to practice their writing skills.  A facilitator will lead students through the writing material.  This class is available for students in levels 3 and up and is offered in both the fall and spring.  Classes meet for 1 1/2 hours each week. 

Individuals interested in classes can sign up by doing one of the following:

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Class Policies

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Class Attendance

Regular class attendance is important for learning. A student will be dropped from the class after:

  • 3 consecutive absences;

  • 4 or more absences from classes during the semester;

Students should have at least 45 hours of class time to take the final assessments.

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Class Sizes

Class sizes are limited for the best possible learning environment.

  • Waitlisted Students will be invited to join after the 2nd week of class if space becomes available.

  • New students cannot be added after the 3rd week of class.

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Electronic Translators

No electronic translators are allowed during class.

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