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NECC Offers Numerous Options for English Learners

Submitted by on November 25, 2019 – 8:09 pm

Learn English at NECC graphic of woman looking at cameraYou want to learn English. Where do you go? Right here at Northern Essex Community College.

If English is not your first language and you want to improve your English skills then NECC can help. Non-native speakers of English can develop their English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through different programs depending on your needs.

Maybe you want to expand on your English skills and enroll in one of Northern Essex’s academic programs. If so, then you would be interested in NECC’s Academic ESL program that will prepare you for college-level study. While applying to become an NECC student, you would take an ESL Placement Assessment and meet with an ESL advisor to determine which classes are most appropriate for you.

“These courses will help you make progress in your English language skills to move on to college-level courses,” said Amy Cameron, ESL curriculum coordinator. “Once you reach the Advanced ESL level you will be able to take some courses toward your degree.”

Additional information on the Academic ESL Program can be found here or contact Cameron at

Maybe you want better English communication skills so you can communicate more effectively in your workplace or community or further your education or training. If so, NECC can help you improve your life by improving your English through a variety of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Most of the classes are free, except for Basic English as a Second Language (BESL) and English for Professional Immigrants, according to Irene Chalek, executive director of the Center for Adult Education. If you have limited time you can opt for a hybrid ESOL Intermediate course. You will attend class 50% online and 50% in class.

For more information on the basic literacy courses go to the webpage or contact Marsha Parinussa Flynn, ESOL coordinator, at 978-655-5851 or email her at