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English Programs at BHCC


 Adult Basic Education - Community Education

  • Levels: Very Beginner to Intermediate
  • These free classes are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Please contact Brandy Brooks bbrooks@bhcc.edu for more info on free English Language Learner Programs.
  • Please note, if you are on an F1 Student Visa, this program does not currently qualify.

 Basic English as a Second Language (BESL) Program

  • Levels: Beginner to Intermediate Noncredit community education classes.
  • BESL offerings are non-credit courses intended for students with limited knowledge of the English language who want to advance to Academic ESL courses.
  • Classes prepare English learners for college classes, the boardroom or life in the community. If your goal is to earn a certificate or degree at Bunker Hill Community College, to advance at work or just start to improve your English skills, the Basic ESL program is for you.
  • Schedule: Day, evening, and weekend classes available. See the full schedule here: https://www.bhcc.edu/besl/
  • Cost: $389 Please note, if you are on an F1 Student Visa, this program does not currently qualify.

 Intensive English Program

Levels Offered: High Beginner to High Intermediate Noncredit community education classes.

This is a full-time program. Do you want to improve your English skills in a short period of time? Then Intensive English is for you! In these classes, you will practice your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. There will also be instruction on grammar, pronunciation, and American culture.

In the Intensive English program, classes run four days a week for seven weeks. Class each day runs five hours. You will receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week. By the end of seven weeks, you will receive 140 hours of classroom instruction. All classes are taught Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no class on Monday. Times are subject to change based on classroom availability. Cost:

  • Scholarships for Boston Residents: Residents of the city of Boston who meet certain financial need requirements may be able to take classes tuition-free. Please contact Abby Massaro (abigail.massaro@bhcc.edu) if you think you may be eligible to take Intensive English classes for free.Please note that there are a limited number of tuition-free spaces available.
  • The full cost of a seven-week class is $1,115. You have the option to pay the entire cost before the start of classes at the time of registration, or you can pay in two or three smaller parts throughout the semester, if needed. Tuition does not include the cost of books.

Please note, if you are on an F1 Student Visa, this program does not currently qualify.


 Academic ELL

Levels Offered: Intermediate to Advanced Earn college credit for English Language Learning (ELL) as you prepare for a degree program. In the Academic ELL program, students will develop integrated critical reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English through immersion in a selected theme, challenging academic content and campus- and/or community-based learning. Students participate in group work and connect the content to their own lives, using language in multiple ways.

Students who successfully complete an ELL course may earn up to 6 credits towards the General Education requirement. Students can take additional college level courses alongside ELL. All courses are 6 credits and are offered during the day, evening, or weekends during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. There are 3 levels of ELL and the program follows the college’s 16-week academic calendar.

Courses are open to all students who place into them including F1 visa holders.  

Residents may apply for financial aid. To register: 

  1. Submit an application to Bunker Hill and get a BHCC ID number.
  2. Take the Guided Self-Placement Survey. LINK TO SURVEY
  3. Attend an Advising and Registration session. Info for International Students? This program does qualify for F1 Student Visas. To Apply as an International Student please see https://www.bhcc.edu/internationalcenter/

 College Writing Program

In the College Writing Program, you will learn the reading and writing skills needed to succeed in college and in your career. There are three levels of course work in the College Writing Program:

  • College Writing (ENG-111, ENG-112);
  • College Preparatory (ENG-095 with RDG-095, ENG-111 with ENG-095);
  • Beginning Reading & Writing (ENG-090 with RDG-090).

To see course descriptions click here. The College Writing Program includes two 3-credit courses, College Writing I (ENG-111) and College Writing II (ENG-112). These courses teach you to write academic essays and research papers, and help you become a strong communicator and critical thinker. ENG-111 and ENG-112 are required for all Associate Degree Programs. Both courses are part of the College’s General Education Program and integrate BHCC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes: Inquire, Communicate, Act & Grow.

For intermediate readers and writers:

  • ENG-111 (College Writing I) with ENG-095 (Writing Skills II) provides integrated supports to help you succeed in College Writing;
  • ENG-095 (Writing Skills II) with RDG-095 (Reading Skills II) prepares you to write at a college level while improving your reading comprehension.

For beginning readers and writers:

  • ENG-090 (Writing Skills I) with RDG-090 (Reading Skills I) provides high levels of support to help you become a stronger and more confident reader and writer.

Take the English Placement Survey to determine the course that is the right start for you.

*Students may arrange to take the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) Exam to demonstrate ENG-111 proficiency: https://www.bhcc.edu/priorlearningassessment/