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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes

English classes for students whose primary language is not English. All proficiency levels are welcome, as class levels range from beginning to advanced levels. Courses are designed to improve reading, writing, listening, speaking, while developing skills for jobs, education and cross-cultural adjustment for life in the United States. We aim to improve students' ability to communicate at work, at school, and in the community. Programs focus on life and digital skills on topics including education, jobs and workplace, money matters, health, housing, and civics. All courses include American government and law, helping to prepare students for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. NRAE provides opportunities for ESOL students to move on in their education. Students can either transition to a high school completion program, or prepare for college or work training. Upper levels are eligible for workplace training programs, including workforce readiness, and CNA or manufacturing certification. 

  • Prepares adult students for further education or job training, and success in their careers

  • Includes Burlington English, an online blended curriculum for adult English learners

  • Day and evening classes

Available at 3 sites - Norwich, East Lyme and Stonington


Families Learning English (FLE)

This is a free program for families with children in the Norwich Public Schools. Parents will work to improve their English speaking, understanding, and writing while children (aged 2-8 years) take part in engaging activities and receive homework help. The program integrates English Language Learning with real life application. Special family activities take place each week! Childcare is provided. These literacy classes are held at Stanton School and Madonna Place in Norwich. For information, call our main office at 860.823.4299.


Opportunities for our Advanced ESOL Students

Earn an industry recognized certification in manufacturing safety

This course prepares students for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC’s) Certified Production Technician Certification which provides entry-level opportunities in the field of manufacturing. Includes: Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, Maintenance Awareness, and Green Production. Students also receive job search support and training in work-readiness skills specific to the manufacturing industry.

Classroom and clinical training to earn certification as a CNA

Upon completing this course and clinical hours, students will be able to sit for the Connecticut State Certified Nurse Aide Exam. CNAs provide basic care and assist patients with daily living.   Offered in partnership with EastCONN, this course provides instruction in basic nursing skills, classroom, and clinical training. Clinical in-person training takes place in a skilled nursing facility and under supervision of a registered nurse. Students will build English and workplace skills in a supported environment to work towards obtaining CNA certification.

Families learning English
Student in ESOL class