English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Maria Campbell and Christina Bello

Maria Campbell, right, is seen with Christina Bello. Bello began taking ESL classes at Sandhills, completed her high school equivolency, and now owns La Poblanita Mexican Café in downtown Aberdeen.

Communicating in English supports our foreign residents on their journey to a satisfying life in our area. Sandhills Community College is committed to helping non-English speaking residents of Moore and Hoke counties learn the English language through English as a Second Language (ESL).

ESL Students

In an ESL class at Sandhills, there are typically individuals of many different languages. We have taught Czechoslovakians, Russians, Ukrainians, Germans, Vietnamese, Laotians, Hindus, Japanese, Thais, Central and South Americans, Iraqis, and Iranians. It doesn’t matter the native language, ESL classes help foreigners learn English.

Our ESL instructors have taught students from a range of educational levels. We have had students who hold advanced university degrees from their home countries. We have taught English to physicians, clergy, engineers, and attorneys. Alongside them, we teach those who are almost illiterate in their own country and have little education.

ESL Locations and Times

We schedule ESL classes during the mornings and evenings on our main campus in Pinehurst, at the Garner Center in Robbins and at the Sandhills Hoke Center as well as other locations.

Pinehurst
Sandhills Community College
164 Causey Hall
M-Th, 8am- 1:30pm
MW, 6-9pm
Robbins
James Garner Center for Community Education
2332 NC Highway 705
M-Th, 8am- 1pm
MTTh, 6-9pm

Raeford
Sandhills Hoke Center
1110 East Central Avenue
M-Th, 8am- 1:20pm
TTh, 6-9pm

ELA Online Hybrid
Students must qualify for this class format. Students will need computer or tablet and Internet access. Must complete 10 hours per week and attend traditional classes two Saturdays per month. For more information, contact Isabel Cain at (910) 246-4975 or cainm@sandhills.edu.

Contact Information

Maria Campbell 129 Van Dusen Hall
(910) 695-3917
campbellm@sandhills.edu