English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) is for non-native English speakers wanting help understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the English language. Become more integrated into society by learning about American culture, customs and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  There are two programs 1) Free classes 2) College Certificate program. Our program also offers a Civics course to assist students with the Citizenship test.

Non-Credit ESL Class on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00PM to 8:30PM 


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Laura Chew
ESL Instructor
Office: 1414
Phone: Phone: 307-382-1726

I have been an ESL (English as a Second Language)/ABE (Adult Basic Education)/HSEC (High School Equivalency) instructor for College and Career Readiness at Western since 2002, however, in summer 2016, I was promoted to full-time faculty position of Instructor of Developmental Studies. As such, I continue to instruct adults in college in the college credit and non-credit classes which are offered through College and Career Readiness. My philosophy of teaching adults begins first and foremost with the idea that education is critically important for everyone. Education leads to having more options and making better choices in life. One very important role for me as an instructor is to explain this philosophy to learners through real life experiences, both theirs and mine, and to regularly relate the how and why of learning new information and skills in the classroom to real world situations. A second crucial instructional role for me is to foster a learning environment where students feel relaxed yet challenged, and where it is understood that the responsibility for learning belongs to them. Adults will work hard and persevere through difficult topics especially when they have ownership in their educational processes. My goals as an instructor are to encourage my students to be autonomous life-long learners and critical disseminators of knowledge and to provide these students with the tools necessary to achieve these ideals. My husband and I were lifelong residents of the east coast until we moved to Rock Springs in 2001 when my husband, Bud accepted a full-time faculty position in the Biology department at Western. We enjoy living in the west, and our hobbies include hiking with our dogs, playing golf, and traveling in our RV.


Isabel Morales
ESL Instructor
Office: A212
Phone: Phone: 307-382-1704

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Education in 2006 at The University of Carabobo, Venezuela. I worked as an ESL teacher for several years, among other bilingual positions. I am currently working as an ESL Adjunct Instructor in College and Career Readiness. I am so thankful for the opportunity to do what I love and for being part of such an amazing and supportive team. I have a true passion for working with adult learners because helping each person to progress in English skills is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, outdoor activities, and especially spending quality time with family.

Jim Maddy
ESL Instructor
Office: A212
Phone: Phone: 307-382-1704

I began working in the College & Career Readiness lab in August of 2021, and I have taught the evening ESL classes for 3 years at Western Wyoming Community College. I enjoyed teaching 4th graders in Fountain, Colorado for 3 years and then Middle School Math on the Fort Carson Army base for 6 years, but after moving to Rock Springs and a stint doing social work for several years, I find it is great to be teaching adults now too. I have always believed that both teaching and learning should be fun, and I try to make that happen – for my students and for me! These days, I love hanging out with the grandkids, traveling the world (pre-Covid), reading horror stories, skiing in Pinedale with my wife, and the Broncos… sigh!

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For more information, contact the College and Career Readiness at (307) 382-1829.

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