Basic English as a Second Language (BESL) Classes

BESL offerings are non-credit courses intended for students with limited knowledge of the English language who wish to improve their skills. Classes prepare English learners for college classes, the board room 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

How to Register

  • New Students who wish to register for BESL classes can take the English Placement test at The Assessment Center before registering for classes. 
  • Students can take The Cambridge Placement Online Survey.
  • Please save your results to help place you into the right class.
  • Contact Sonia Sharma at 617-226-2462 for more information.
  • In response to the COVID-19 situation, all the BESL courses will be taught remotely online.

Basic English Speak/Listen & Read/WriteBLL-001E

This introductory course is for non-native speakers who want to begin learning English. 

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BLL-001E-FM1Sep 14 - Dec 16
Monday, Wednesday at 6 - 7:50 p.m.
TBA$389

Speak/Listen & Read/Write Level 1BSL-001E

(Online Cambridge Tested Level is your Tested Level A1+)

This Level 1 class provides the foundation for the four primary skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Related skills such as vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, meaning and usage will also be covered.  

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BSL-001E-F03Sep 14 - Dec 16
Monday, Wednesday at 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Philomena Benedict$389
BSL-001E-FM1Sep 14 - Dec 16
Monday, Wednesday at 6 - 7:50 p.m.
Kristi Talagan$389
BSL-001E-FM1SOSep 14 - Dec 16
Monday, Wednesday at 6 - 7:50 p.m.
Kristi Talagan$
BSL-001E-F01Sep 15 - Dec 17
Tuesday, Thursday at 8 - 9:50 a.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389
BSL-001E-FH1Sep 17 - Dec 17
Thursday at 6 - 9:40 p.m.
TBA$389
BSL-001E-F02Sep 18 - Dec 18
Friday at 8 - 11:55 a.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389
BSL-001E-FS1Sep 19 - Dec 19
Saturday at 8:15 - 11:55 a.m.
Kristi Talagan$389

Speak/Listen/Read/Write llBSL-002E

(Online Cambridge Tested Level is your Tested Level A1+ or A2)

This Level 2 class will offer an integrated-skills approach to learning English. Students will read longer articles, discuss them in groups, answer comprehension questions and write paragraphs and short essays as well as practice listening and speaking skills.  

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BSL-002E-F02Sep 14 - Dec 16
Monday, Wednesday at 10 - 11:50 a.m.
TBA$389
BSL-002E-F01SOSep 14 - Dec 16
Monday, Wednesday at 8 - 9:50 a.m.
Elza Ramos$
BSL-002E-F01Sep 14 - Dec 16
Monday, Wednesday at 8 - 9:50 a.m.
Elza Ramos$389
BSL-002E-F03Sep 15 - Dec 17
Tuesday, Thursday at 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
TBA$389
BSL-002E-FT1Sep 15 - Dec 15
Tuesday at 6 - 9:40 p.m.
TBA$389
BSL-002E-FH1Sep 17 - Dec 17
Tuesday at 6 - 9:40 p.m.
Kristi Talagan$389
BSL-002E-F04Sep 18 - Dec 18
Friday at 8 - 11:40 a.m.
TBA$389
BSL-002E-FS2SOSep 19 - Dec 19
Saturday at 8:15 - 11:55 a.m.
Joseph Sanchez$
BSL-002E-FS2Sep 19 - Dec 19
Saturday at 8:15 - 11:55 a.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389
BSL-002E-FS1Sep 19 - Dec 19
Saturday at 12 - 3:40 p.m.
TBA$389
BSL-002E-FH1SOSep 22 - Dec 17
Tuesday at 6 - 9:40 p.m.
Kristi Talagan$

Speak/Listen & Read/Write Level IIIBSL-003E

This Level 3 class offers an integrated-skills approach to learning English. Students will read longer articles and make short presentations. They will further develop their English language proficiency in grammar and vocabulary through reading, writing and discussion in the context of varying themes.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BSL-003E-F05SOSep 14 - Dec 16
Monday, Wednesday at 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Joseph Sanchez$
BSL-003E-F05Sep 14 - Dec 16
Monday, Wednesday at 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389
BSL-003E-FM1Sep 14 - Nov 18
Monday, Wednesday at 6 - 7:50 p.m.
Kristi Talagan$389
BSL-003E-FS2Sep 15 - Dec 17
Tuesday, Thursday at 6 - 7:50 p.m.
Kristi Talagan$389
BSL-003E-FT2Sep 15 - Dec 15
Tuesday at 6 - 9:40 p.m.
Dmitriy Nikolayev$389
BSL-003E-FT2SOSep 15 - Dec 15
Tuesday at 6 - 9:40 p.m.
Dmitriy Nikolayev$
BSL-003E-F02Sep 15 - Dec 17
Tuesday, Thursday at 8 - 9:50 a.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389
BSL-003E-FS1Sep 19 - Dec 19
Saturday at 8:15 - 11:55 a.m.
Dmitriy Nikolayev$389

Speak/Listen and Read/Write Level 4 BSL-004E

Online Course: In BSL-004, students will continue developing the primary skills they learned in BSL-001 through BSL-003. We’ll strengthen writing skills using techniques such as writing multiple drafts, revising, editing and proofreading. The course will prepare students to deliver oral presentations to large groups using visual aids, secondary sources and level-appropriate vocabulary. Students will read articles, hold in-class discussions and debates, work in groups and write reflections in order to interact naturally in English. 

This class offers considerable practice with pronunciation and accent modification.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BSL-004E-F02SOSep 15 - Dec 17
Tuesday, Thursday at 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Nancy Herman-Centers$
BSL-004E-F02Sep 15 - Dec 17
Tuesday, Thursday at 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Nancy Herman-Centers$389
BSL-004E-FS2Sep 19 - Dec 19
Saturday at 12 - 3:40 p.m.
TBA$
BSL-004E-FS1Sep 19 - Dec 19
Saturday at 12 - 3:40 p.m.
Nancy Herman-Centers$389