English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Last Updated: 3/8/2021 7:36 PM

ESL Program

Learn English at the Adult Learning Center at MTEC

Free English Classes

Free English Classes

We provide

• Free classes

• Shared textbooks (books stay in the classroom)

• Computer Lab (available at designated times)

The Adult Learning Center at MTEC

Instructor: Katie Mehle

304-291-9226

leslie.mehle@k12.wv.us

 

1000 Mississippi St.

Morgantown, WV 26508

 

Contact us for a registration appointment.

 

Need an address for navigation/GPS? Contact us for a different address!

 

If you prefer to communicate via text message, we can contact you that way. You must first give us your cell phone number. (The phone number above will not receive text messages.)

Registration

Registration is by appointment only.

Registration takes 2 to 3 hours to complete, including paperwork and testing. Please call or email for an appointment.

 

Who can register?

Students must be adults (18 years old or older). Students must be available in the daytime (9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.). Students must be able stay in our program long enough to make progress in English (at least several weeks).

 

Requirements for Registration

• Registration forms (instructor will help you)

• Entry test: CASAS (multiple choice reading test)

 

Please contact us to make an appointment for registration! 304-291-9226 or leslie.mehle@k12.wv.us.

Important Information

• We cannot accept students with an F-1 or J-1 visa. All others are permitted.

• Parking is free. Park in the MTEC lot.

• Childcare is not provided.

 

When can I start?

We accept students throughout the year, however there is often a waiting list. You may have to wait until we have space to accept more students.

 

How do I know if school is cancelled because of snow or bad weather?

Check http://wvde.state.wv.us/closings/ . Look for Monongalia, our county. You can also check TV /radio for school closings. If the Monongalia County has a 2-hour delay, the Adult Learning Center will open at 10 a.m. If schools are closed, the Adult Learning Center is closed.

 

Are you interested in using the city bus to attend classes?

Mountain Line's Orange Line passes by our campus. Katie can request and Individual Transportation Plan for you.

Waiting List

We are eager to bring you into our ESL program! We often have a waiting list. Be sure to give us your name, phone number, and email address. We will contact you when we have space available!

The Adult Learning Center at MTEC

The Adult Learning Center at MTEC

Instructor: Katie Mehle

1000 Mississippi Street, Morgantown, WV, USAleslie.mehle@k12.wv.us304-291-9226mtec.mono.k12.wv.us/

We are located on the campus of MTEC.

We are a program of WV Adult Education.

We are part of the Monongalia County Schools system.

We are located on the campus of MTEC.

Find us in the Pierpont Center on the MTEC campus.

We are a program of WV Adult Education.

We offer other programs, too!

We are part of the Monongalia County Schools system.

We operate on the same calendar as the K-12 schools.

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Pierpont Center

We are located in the Pierpont Center on the campus of MTEC. You can find our office in Room 108.

ELA FLYER

 

Please call 304-291-9226 for interest in future “free” ELA classes at The Adult Learning Center at MTEC.

English Language Acquisition (ELA) replaces the formerly-used term English as a Second Language (ESL).

The English Language Acquisition (ELA) program at The Adult Learning Center at MTEC is a specialized part of West Virginia Adult Education (WVAdultEd) that addresses the needs of adult English Language Learners (ELLs) including immigrants, temporary residents, and citizens of the U.S. whose native language is not English or who live in a family or community environment where a language other than English is the dominant language. This was formerly referred to as English as a Second Language (ESL).

Classes include beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of the English language and are “free”.

According to Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the “English Language Acquisition program” is defined as:

“A program of instruction designed to help eligible individuals who are English language learners achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language; and that leads to attainment of the secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent; and transition to postsecondary education and training; or employment.”

Federal rules prohibit WVAdultEd/ELA programs from serving individuals who have come to the United States for the purpose of studying full-time in a university or a private language school. A particular type of visa is issued to full-time foreign students studying in the U.S. Students with this F-1 Visa status may not be served by WVAdultEd/ELA programs.

In summary, the Adult Learning Center at MTEC MAY NOT:

• Assist a foreigner in obtaining an F-1 Visa by issuing an I-20

• Allow a foreign student with an F-1 Visa to transfer to the WVAdultEd/ELA program from a university or private language school

• Serve a foreign university student with an F-1 Visa who wants to supplement his or her education by attending your program