English as a Second Language (ESL)
We teach English to students from many countries and who speak many different languages. Classes are small, so you can communicate with your professors and other students. There are courses for students with basic to advanced skills, and some are tuition-free, non-credit courses.
ESL Program Overview
Frequently Asked Questions
Which classes should I take?
This depends on your goals and how much time you have to study. Your class level will depend on how much experience you have reading, writing, and speaking in English. Talk to a counselor to decide which classes to take.
What is the difference between noncredit and credit classwork?
The lessons, assignments, tests, homework, and attendance requirements are the same. View Noncredit versus Credit Classes (available in English, Farsi, Chinese, Spanish and Russian translations).
Understanding the ESL Classes and Levels
We offer five levels of courses from novice to advanced.
The letter at the end of the course number refers to the type of skills you will be learning. For example, ESL 20C is a composition class.
C = Composition (Reading & Writing)
S = Skills for Success
O = Oral Skills (Listening & Speaking)
G = Grammar
P = Pronunciation
T = Technology
F = Film
|Advanced||20C, 24P, 25C, 25G, 25L, 30C|
530C, 530S, 530O, 532G
520C, 520S, 520O, 522G, 522F, 522P, 522T
510C, 510S, 510O, 512G, 512P, 512T
|800, 810, 812, 820, 822, 830, 832||
How to Apply
For more information or to get help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 660-7340.
ESL Certificate Program
Students can earn ESL certificates at intermediate-high and advanced levels.
The following plans show the order of classes that lead to each certificate.
Students may not need to take all the classes. This will depend on the level at which you begin.
Please meet with a counselor to discuss your certificate options.
English as a Second Language Academic Preparedness — Skills Certificate
|ESL 25C or ESL 30C||5|
English as a Second Language Intermediate-High Oral Skills — Noncredit Certificate
English as a Second Language Intermediate-High Writing and Reading Skills — Noncredit Certificate