The main purpose of the Online Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) program is to improve students’ English fluency so that they can obtain better opportunities in the U.S. with fewer or no communication barriers. The Online VESL program is mainly designed for students who need to improve their English but are unable to participate in on-site VESL classes.!

  • Learn English anywhere and anytime
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify
  • Laptops provided to students as a learning tool
  • Accredited by Council on Occupational Education (COE)
  • Fully Synchronized with the VESL program
  • Four Levels:
    • 100 – Beginners
    • 200 – Intermediate
    • 300 – Advanced
    • 400 – High-Advanced
  • 60-week Program (Capable of transfer to degree programs offered at Columbia College upon the completion of level 302)
  • Full support not only from the Online VESL Student Support Team but also from the Homeroom Teacher & Student Services.
  • Hotline service available 5 days a week
  • Reliable placement test: CaMLA

  • Homeroom Teachers will meet the students via Zoom each week to:
    • Teach practical English
    • Provide students with peer to peer communication
    • Engage in listening and speaking activities
    • Promote and encourage participation
    • Keep students motivated
    • Give feedback
  • Click here to learn about our Homeroom teachers

If students want to communicate face-to-face with teachers, they also have the opportunity to participate in a blended course. Hybrid Classes are a combination of both online and in-person classes. The students have the flexibility of completing the online course at their own convenience and are expected to meet the instructors in class twice a week.


Level Description
101 – Beginners I

102 – Beginners II

The elementary level uses modern methods to introduce students to oral and written forms of English.

Students have the opportunity to practice speaking, listening, and writing.

201 – Intermediate I

202 – Intermediate II

The intermediate level continues to give students more opportunities to improve their English abilities in speaking and listening, and meanwhile introduces students to the basic skills of academic reading and writing; for example, how to locate main ideas, skim, and find context clues.

The focus of writing at this level is to develop paragraphs with appropriate thesis statements. In addition, writing processes such as introduction, body and conclusion will also be introduced.

301 – Advanced I

302 – Advanced II

The advanced level strives to enhance students’ English ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will be exposed to common idioms, including oral and written forms, and they are also introduced to academic research in reading and writing.

Students will have the opportunity to research and to write about a topic. At this level, they will learn how to find and cite sources for their research papers.

401 – High-Advanced I

402 – High-Advanced II

This level introduces English listening and speaking skills required in academia and the workplace.

Students will practice writing and discuss topics in different subjects. In reading and writing, students will be presented with various types of academic genres and practice reading skills, such as positioning key ideas, understanding charts and graphs, and adjusting speed accordingly. This course will introduce vocabulary strategies for roots and affixes.

The writing instruction will focus on the development of academic writing structure, themes, and arguments.