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Intensive English Classes

We offer Intensive English classes at Bunker Hill Community College

Do you want to improve your English skills in a short period of time?  Then Intensive English is for you! You must be able to attend classes five hours a day for four days a week to benefit from this program.

In the Intensive English program, classes run four days a week for six weeks.  Class each day runs five hours.  You will receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week.  By the end of six weeks, you will receive 120 hours of classroom instruction. 

  • Fall and spring classes run Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Summer classes run Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. All intensive English classes are held at the H-Building.
  • Flexible schedule: Depending on your situation, you may purchase one, two, three, four, five, or six weeks of study.

How it works

You may purchase as few or as many weeks of English study as you like at any given term during the semester. The minimum number of weeks of study you may purchase is one week and the maximum number of weeks of study is six weeks. You choose the number of study weeks based on your personal situation.

Level Advancement Policy

You need a minimum of 100 hours of study to be able to take the final exam. Passing the final exam will allow you to advance to the next level.  By purchasing five or six weeks of study, you are eligible to take the final exam for advancement consideration.

If you purchase four weeks (80 hours), your teacher will give you an independent study plan (ISP) to help you achieve 20 extra hours outside of class.  The ISP is a contract between you and your instructor to ensure that you meet the minimum 100 classroom hours. If you achieve your ISP goals by the deadline date set forth in your ISP, your teacher will approve you to take the final exam. 

If you only purchase one, two, or three weeks of study, you are not eligible to take the exam and therefore, would not be able to advance to the next level. However, if you enroll in a level that is below your placed level, you are eligible to take the next level in the next term regardless of the number of hours taken.

For complete information, see Intensive English Program Advancement Policy.

Class Structure

Class time is spent learning and practicing English skills from Listening and Speaking to Reading and Writing and Grammar. You will study English with others who have similar English abilities.

Take the Online Placement Test

The first step is to take a placement test to determine your level. The test consists of three sections: Listening (20 items), Reading (20 items), and Language Use (30 items). It takes about one hour to complete. There is also a placement essay, which takes 15 minutes. Testing takes place in the H-Building, located in the Hood Office Park (570 Rutherford Avenue). A shuttle to the H-Building is provided outside of the G-Building (Health & Wellness Center) at the Charlestown Campus. Appointments and walk-ins accepted. If you wish to make an appointment to take the placement test, please contact Abby Massaro at 617-228-2009 or Sonia Sharma at 617-228-2462. Testing hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The last test is given at 3:30 p.m.

Coming to the H Building

If you are coming to the H-Building to take the placement test, it is best to take public transportation. Take the Orange Line MBTA train to Sullivan Station. When you exit the station, walk to Cambridge Street. Then walk to Spice Street. Once on Spice Street, walk down to the Hood Office Park parking lot. It is a big parking lot. Walk to building 570 (Bunker Hill Community College). Once in the building, ask the security person sitting in the lobby to bring you to see Abby Massaro (H-116) or Sonia Sharma (H-109).

You also have the option to use BHCC Shuttle the to get to the H-Building. The shuttle bus leaves from the G-Building located at the main campus (250 Rutherford Avenue). For more details, visit https://www.bhcc.edu/hbuilding/.

If you are driving to the H-Building, please contact Abby Massaro or Sonia Sharma.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Term 1: September 17 – October 25, 2019

  • 6 weeks
  • Tuesdays - Fridays, 3 – 8 p.m.
  • One level is offered
  • Location: BHCC H-Building, 570 Rutherford Avenue, Boston MA
  • Room: TBD

Term 2: November 5 – December 18, 2019

  • 6 weeks
  • Tuesdays - Fridays, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • No classes on November 28 and 29 due to Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Location: BHCC H-Building, 570 Rutherford Avenue, Boston MA
  • Room: TBD

Spring 2020 Schedule

For information on the Spring 2020 Intensive English offerings, contact Language Institute Associate Director Abby Massaro by email at abigail.massaro@bhcc.mass.edu or by phone at 617-228-2009.

NOTE: Schedule and location are subject to change.

Cost of Attendance - Full Time

Weekday Study

6 weeks 120 $859
5 weeks 100 $719

Tuition does not include the cost of books.

Cost of Attendance - Part Time

Weekday Study

2 weeks 40 $289
3 weeks 60 $439

Tuition does not include the cost of books.

Student Testimonials

“Before I couldn’t say anything, but now I can speak a little and I understand, but I’m shy”

Marlene S., EMC-003 (High Beginning)


“I’ve learned a lot from this class. A lot I’d forgotten. I’m refreshing”

Ernest T., EMC-003 (High Beginning)


“I have made some progress. Reading comprehension improved; listening a little improved.”

Luciana P., EMC-003 (High Beginning)


“This course helped me a lot”

Student evaluation for EMC-003 (High Beginning)


“The instructor is very good. She gives us different way of understand some word or expression, but I think we need more exercises in class.”

Student evaluation for EMC-003 (High Beginning)


“I am very happy today because I have opportunity to take this course. It was very good. The teacher Rob gives this course very well. He is nice. Before I could say anything. Now, I speak and understand better”

Student evaluation for EMC-003 (High Beginning)


“The relationship between the students and the teacher makes the class very helpful and enjoyable. He’s a great teacher and is always trying to help us. All the extra material he brings is really good and helpful. Thanks for the effort you make.”

Student evaluation for EMC-009 (High Advanced)


“In my opinion this program is very good especially for the instructor. I also liked the extra material that the instructor brought, it was a great complement for the textbook because the textbook sometimes didn’t have enough information.”

Student evaluation for EMC-009 (High Advanced)


“I would mention I really like this term in terms of schedule sheet that we got and teaching completely of the book and doing all the stuff on schedule and even studying more stuff. I really love this term and I think this term is the best one among the other terms that I study here.”

Student evaluation for EMC-009 (High Advanced)