HSED-EL Foundations is a required preparatory class students must complete before starting the PI 5.09 HSED-EL. It is designed to help students develop background knowledge of essential English content-area vocabulary and concepts, gain familiarity with fundamental academic skills, build confidence, strengthen the class cohort, and practice using required technology and online platforms. This creates a strong foundation of preparedness, leading to greater enjoyment of, and success in, the PI 5.09 HSED-EL program.
PI 5.09 HSED-EL
Literacy Services of Wisconsin’s High School Equivalency Diploma for English Learners (HSED-EL) is designed specifically for adults whose primary or native language is not English. The program is open to learners of all language backgrounds and provides a pathway for those in need of a high school (U.S. grades 9-12) credential to strengthen academic, workforce readiness, and English language skills all in one place. Curriculum is built with language learners in mind by incorporating strategies that highlight vocabulary and cultural context in every lesson.
- HSED-EL Foundations: 12 weeks long, offered once per year in the Fall (depending on number of registrants).
- Class schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Hybrid)
- PI 5.09 HSED-EL: 16 weeks long, offered once per year in the Spring (depending on number of registrants).
- Class schedule: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Hybrid)
- Class size: About 8 to 15 students per session. It is important to keep class size relatively small so that each student can receive the individualized attention they need as a language learner.
- Strong Computer Skills: Experience browsing the internet, basic typing, creating documents, responding to emails, and using other online apps as needed.
- Wisconsin Resident: Must be 18.5 years or older.
- Difficulty Testing Or unable to pass the GED exam.
- Test Level: Students will be tested as part of the enrollment process. Students must achieve an NRS 4 on a Level 3 TABE CLAS-E English Reading and Writing test.
- Language Proficiency Expectations: Students who wish to enroll should feel comfortable holding at least a short conversation in English. This means being able to listen and respond appropriately.