Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) program is to help immigrants learn English skills which can be used in their employment or in a particular vacation or provide language education with instruction in job-specific skills.
The goal of vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) programs is to assist refugees and immigrants to find employment in the United States by increasing their use of second language and their technical skills. The goal is for students to acquire fluency in English so that they can obtain better jobs opportunities in the United States without communication difficulties. VESL programs allow immigrants to become better communicators within their work setting and identify transferable job skills.
Columbia College Vocational English as a Second Language Program is designed to provide job related communication skill and comprehensive English language skill for job readiness and job advancement for students who have previous job experience and/or skills. There are basic business English skill courses such as ‘Job success’ series and practical language classes such as listening, speaking, reading, writing and sentence structure. The courses focus on basic interpersonal communication (BICS) skills such as expressing needs and like, describing people, places, and things, retelling past events, asking informational questions, making predictions, and expressing and supporting opinions.