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English As A Second Language

English as a Second Language  

Open House for New Students:  Monday, March 25, 4:00-6:00 pm

Registration is required for new students:


The English as a Second Language program is designed for non-native speakers of English ages 18 plus and who are not enrolled in school.  The instructional focus is on providing students the opportunity to speak, write, listen, and read English.  Students will work at their own level and have multiple opportunities to practice their language skills.  Classes meet September through May 2024; registration is ongoing. 

E.S.L. classes are Free and open to New Hampshire residents or employees only.  Registration is required; new students will need to visit the Continuing Education office located at Salem High School to take a placement test. 

Beginning English

The Beginning English course is for those who have little to no experience using the English language. Students will practice communicating in English, and will develop basic speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Class will cover pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition skills. 

Class meets Monday and Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 pm, Salem High School.  Ellie Teague, instructor


All Levels English

The All Levels English course provides practice in English through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Students will learn vocabulary and basic grammar, and increase their skills through topics that may include current events and personal interests. 

Class meets Mondays (remotely) and Wednesday (in person at Salem High School), 9:30 am-11:30 am.  William Dean, instructor


Intermediate-Advanced English

The Intermediate-Advanced English course will focus on English grammar forms and structures through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Students will listen to oral stories and dialogues to learn conversation strategies, increase vocabulary, and learn paragraph structure.

Class meets Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-7:30 pm, Salem High School. Colette Gavin, instructor


English Conversation

The ESL Conversation class is for those students with some English experience and who are comfortable speaking the language. Classes will focus on improving conversational ability while emphasizing listening comprehension skills, vocabulary development, common idiom usage, and practice in pronunciation. Students should be comfortable conversing in English.  Class meets remotely.

Class meets remotely on Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm. Carol Ritchie, instructor


Reading, Writing and Discussion

The Reading, Writing, and Discussion class is for those students with some English experience and who are comfortable speaking the language. Each week we will read aloud a news article or short story, review new vocabulary from the reading, and discuss the article and story content. Class meets remotely. 

Class meets remotely on Friday, 9:30 am-11:30 am.  Michelle Walsh, Instructor 


To register:

1)  Upon registration, you will be contacted by a staff member in the Continuing Education office to discuss your goals and  the expectations of the course. 

2) New students to the program will be asked to take a Reading Placement test (Part 1 and Part 2).  This helps us to understand your current level and to place you in the best class. 

3) Once you complete the remote Reading Placement tests, you will receive information about accessing the class.

Note: Remote testing requires Google Chrome. To download and install the latest version of the Chrome browser, go to .  The Placement test will not work on Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer.