Keystone offers ESL classes morning and evening at four sites in Lansdale and Souderton. Students are placed into levels based on English listening and reading assessments. All students must be assessed before placement into class. Components of ESL class are listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, along with lessons in Integrated Career Awareness provided by the Student Advisor.
ESL classes are provided by grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. There is no charge for class. The program runs a full schedule of managed ESL classes in three semesters: fall, winter, and spring. Students attend classes twice a week with 2.5 hours of instruction per class. Students are expected to attend regularly and may be dropped from class for extended absences.
Four ESL registrations are held each year. Adults interested in attending ESL class should call the office and ask to be placed on the mailing list for the next registration. Students are placed into class at the beginning of each semester.
All ESL orientation/registrations are held in Souderton. Adults wishing to attend ESL class in Lansdale must first attend orientation/assessment in Souderton. Keystone does not hold registration at our Lansdale sites.
In addition to the PDE funded ESL classes offered by Keystone in 2015-2016, The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn) has generously funded English language instruction for senior citizens, and the Advanced Living Community has generously donated space for the class. The goal of the class is for senior ESL students in the greater community (Advanced Living residents and community members) to build the English skills they need to actively participate in discussions about housing, safety, healthcare needs, family life, and community.