This non-credit English as a Second Language course is designed to improve students' English language and literacy skills. It will also introduce them to the customs and culture of the United States as well as the greater Philadelphia region. The course will help students develop the academic skills necessary for a smooth transition to the American classroom. Students will work on increasing vocabulary as they engage in conversation, reading, writing, and cultural field trips. This non-credit English as a Second Language course is designed to improve reading, writing, and conversational skills, as well as to increase vocabulary through reviewing how the English language is put together. The grammatical structures will be taught using not only explanations and exercises, but also through reading texts by various authors showing the use of those structures. Focused writing will be an integral part of the course as well. The course is designed to meet the needs of three different levels. In the first semester we have beginning and intermediate classes, and students will advance in the following semester (beginners become intermediate, and intermediate students go to the advanced class).