Basic English Language Learning (BELL) Classes

BELL offerings are non-credit courses intended for students with limited knowledge of the English language who wish to improve their skills.

If your goal is to earn a certificate or degree at Bunker Hill Community College, to advance at work or just start to improve your English skills, the Basic English Language Learning program is for you!

How to Register

If you are a new English Language Learner at the college, and want to figure out the best English language program for you, you should follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Create a new account in our system using the link below. This account will be used to create a student ID for you. You need this number to complete Step 2. On this page, click the “Create Account” button at the bottom of the page. **If you already have a student ID from the college, skip this step and move to Step 2. Register for your student ID here.
  • Step 2: Start by completing the ELL Guided Self-Placement (GSP). This assessment will tell you which English Language program is right for you based on your proficiency level.
  • Step 3: If the GSP recommends you for placement into BELL classes, complete the BELL Intake and Placement Survey. This survey will place you into the correct level in the BELL program.
  • Step 4: Work with Sonia Sharma to register for a class that works best for your schedule (see options below).
  • Step 5: Once you are registered for a class, you will be contacted about purchasing your textbook. You should buy your book as soon as you are registered, so you will have it for the first day of classes.

If you have questions about registering, contact Sonia Sharma at 617-226-2462 for more information.

Please note: In response to the COVID-19 situation, all the BELL courses will be taught online.

Basic English Speak/Listen & Read/WriteBLL-001E

This introductory course is for non-native speakers who want to begin learning English.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BLL-001E-FM1Sep 7 - Dec 18
Monday, Wednesday at 6-7:50 p.m.
Jean-Dany Joachim$389
BLL-001E-M1Jan 31 - May 22
Monday, Wednesday at 6-7:50 p.m.
Jean-Dany Joachim$389
BLL-001E-S1Jan 31 - May 22
Saturday at 8:15-11:50 a.m.
Jean-Dany Joachim$389

Basic English Language Learning 1BEL-001E

This Level 1 class provides the foundation for the four primary skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Related skills such as vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, meaning and usage will also be covered.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BEL-001E-FS1Sep 7 - Dec 18
Saturday at 8:15-11:55 a.m.
TBA$389
BEL-001E-FM1Sep 7 - Dec 18
Monday, Wednesday at 6-7:50 p.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389
BEL-001E-F03Sep 7 - Dec 18
Monday, Wednesday at 11 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Philomena Benedict$389
BEL-001E-F01Sep 7 - Dec 18
Tuesday, Thursday at 8-9:50 a.m.
TBA$389
BEL-001E-01Jan 31 - May 22
Tuesday, Thursday at 8-9:50 a.m.
Elza Ramos$389
BEL-001E-03Jan 31 - May 22
Monday, Wednesday at 11 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Philomena Benedict$389
BEL-001E-M1Jan 31 - May 22
Monday, Wednesday at 6-7:50 p.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389
BEL-001E-S1Jan 31 - May 22
Saturday at 8:15-11:55 a.m.
Kristi Talagan$389

Basic English Language Learning 2BEL-002E

This Level 2 class will offer an integrated-skills approach to learning English. Students will read longer articles, discuss them in groups, answer comprehension questions and write paragraphs and short essays as well as practice listening and speaking skills.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BEL-002E-F03Sep 7 - Dec 18
Tuesday, Thursday at 11 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
TBA$389
BEL-002E-FT1Sep 7 - Dec 18
Tuesday, Thursday at 6-7:50 p.m.
Elza Ramos$389
BEL-002E-F01Sep 7 - Dec 23
Monday, Wednesday at 8-9:50 a.m.
TBA$389
BEL-002E-FS1Sep 7 - Dec 18
Saturday at 12-3:40 p.m.
TBA$389
BEL-002E-01Jan 31 - May 22
Monday, Wednesday at 8-9:50 a.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389
BEL-002E-02Jan 31 - May 22
Monday, Wednesday at 11 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Philomena Benedict$389
BEL-002E-04Jan 31 - May 21
Friday at 8-11:40 a.m.
Elza Ramos$389
BEL-002E-M1Jan 31 - May 22
Monday, Wednesday at 6-7:50 p.m.
Elza Ramos$389
BEL-002E-S1Jan 31 - May 22
Saturday at 12-3:40 p.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389

Basic English Language Learning 3BEL-003E

This Level 3 class offers an integrated-skills approach to learning English. Students will read longer articles and make short presentations. They will further develop their English language proficiency in grammar and vocabulary through reading, writing and discussion in the context of varying themes.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BEL-003E-F05Sep 7 - Dec 18
Monday, Wednesday at 11 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
TBA$389
BEL-003E-F02Sep 7 - Dec 18
Tuesday, Thursday at 8-9:50 a.m.
TBA$389
BEL-003E-FM1Sep 7 - Dec 18
Monday, Wednesday at 6-7:50 p.m.
Elza Ramos$389
BEL-003E-FS1Sep 7 - Dec 18
Saturday at 8:15-11:55 a.m.
TBA$389
BEL-003E-02Jan 31 - May 22
Monday, Wednesday at 8-9:50 a.m.
Joseph Sanchez$389
BEL-003E-04Jan 31 - May 22
Monday, Wednesday at 1-2:50 p.m.
Elza Ramos$389
BEL-003E-T1Jan 31 - May 22
Tuesday, Thursday at 6-7:50 p.m.
Dmitriy Nikolayev$389
BEL-003E-03Jan 31 - May 21
Friday at 12-3:40 p.m.
Philomena Benedict$389
BEL-003E-S1Jan 31 - May 22
Saturday at 8-11:40 a.m.
Dmitriy Nikolayev$389

Basic English Language Learning 4BEL-004E

The emphasis in Basic ESL classes is on preparing students for Academic ESL. This Level 3 class, the last level before Academic ESL, continues to develop the four primary skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Related skills such as vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, meaning and usage will also be covered. This integrated-skills approach to learning English helps students to interact naturally in the language. Students will read articles of considerable length, discuss them in groups, answer comprehension questions and write paragraphs and longer essays about the articles. Students will also make short presentations to the class. Articles will be related to the theme of education in the U.S., and BHCC in particular. Students will further develop their English language proficiency in grammar and vocabulary through reading, writing, and discussion in the context of the theme.

SectionDatesDays and TimesInstructorFeeRegister
BEL-004E-F02Sep 7 - Dec 18
Tuesday, Thursday at 9-10:50 a.m.
TBA$389
BEL-004E-FS1Sep 7 - Dec 18
Saturday at 12-3:40 p.m.
TBA$389
BEL-004E-M1Jan 31 - May 22
Monday, Wednesday at 6-7:50 p.m.
Nancy Herman-Centers$389
BEL-004E-S1Jan 31 - May 21
Saturday at 12-3:40 p.m.
Nancy Herman-Centers$389
BEL-004E-01Jan 31 - May 22
Tuesday, Thursday at 9-10:50 a.m.
Nancy Herman-Centers$389