English as a Second Language Certificate (ESL 600)

Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute offers a wide variety of courses that provide students with the language and communication skills needed to succeed in today's working environment. In addition, the Institute offers an intriguing variety of Liberal Arts courses that are a vital part of a higher educational experience. Here, students are offered many opportunities to improve their ability to communicate successfully. Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute offers a full range of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and services from beginning to advanced levels. Additionally, we offer English classes in Literature, Speech, Interpersonal Communication and more. Our Liberal Arts course offerings range from Foreign Languages and Multimedia In Society to courses in History, Politics and Philosophy

The Institute's major goal in the creation of its ESL program is to provide students an opportunity to gain the language skills necessary to become successful members of the global workforce. To be an active member of the global workforce, students should learn how to communicate successfully through the acquisition of strong speaking and listening abilities and the ability to read and write.

These skills are important in order for the student to get and exchange information in a variety of contexts, primarily for work and career. All this involves an approach to teaching that emphasizes that listening, speaking, reading and writing skills be integrated to make the process of acquiring the language interesting and effective.


English as a Second Language 600 (ESL 600)

Length of Program:

36 weeks

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Admission Requirements:

To be admitted, applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. An oral and written placement test determines initial student placement within the program. Incoming students are properly placed at a level consistent with their language skills. Class size is limited to 24 students.


More Information
Admissions Office
Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute
5440 Fargo Avenue
Skokie, Illinois
Phone: 847-324-5588
Email: info@zg-ort.edu

Course Requirements

ESL 600 core requirements
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To be an active member of the global workforce, students will:
• Express oral, reading and writing skills
• Identify the vocabulary and idiomatic expressions of the American culture
• Interpret and express humor and emotional states in the context of social and workplace conversation
• Apply hands on skills needed to use computers for work and life requirements
• Distinguish in what contexts students most need to improve their English skills
• Successfully compare information from a variety of sources for the continuation of education and work
• Apply learned information in order to perform successfully in real life situations.

At each of the institute’s nine levels, new language skills are presented while the skills learned in prior levels are reinforced by increasingly sophisticated applications of interpersonal communication. issues of living and working in a multi-cultural society are also covered in increasingly greater depth at each level.

Employment Opportunities

The past decade has seen unprecedented growth in the use of computers in business. Originally used in the service of accounting, computers are now used in every area of business. Today there is a demand for trained personnel who can apply their computer skills to accomplish essential business. In addition, there is a strong demand for trained computer accounting assistants by corporations and temporary service agencies. Graduates are qualified to secure jobs in industries such as banking, insurance and real estate as well as address the bookkeeping responsibilities in any company.

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