Adult Education ESL/Citizenship (AESL)

Leer en Español

Adult English as a Second Language  &  Citizenship

*Providing free, non-credit, open-entry AESL classes. Apply and register anytime throughout the semester!
Fall Semester: Monday, August 22 - December 20, 2022

                                               Free English classes. Everyone is welcome. Also translated in Spanish.

  The Adult Education ESL (AESL) program provides six levels of ESL instruction from Basic Literacy to Advanced.  Additionally, we offer a course in citizenship that prepares students for success at their naturalization interview. AESL students have access to free tutoring and counseling services. The AESL program proudly serves approximately 2,000 students per year. 

Fall Semester Schedule: 

Click here to view the AESL Class Schedule.

 *Fall 2022 classes will be held August 22 - December 20.

Getting Started

Follow these 5  Steps to Success!

 1. Create account for Adult Education Assessment ID Number - Also known as ASAP ID
 2. Submit Saddleback College Application
 3. View AESL Class Schedule (linked above) to view classes available
 4. Register for AESL Classes in MySite *(View "How to Register for Classes" guide)
 5. Attend free AESL classes in-person or online through Canvas!

*For questions / more information, please call us at (949) 348-6850 or email us at We are available to assist you Monday - Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm

Classes Offered

Course offerings for AESL/ Citizenship:

All of the following courses are non-credit, free courses

AESL 701 Basic Literacy

 AESL 702 Beginning Low

 AESL 703 Beginning High

    AESL 704 Intermediate Low

     AESL 705 Intermediate High

AESL 706 Advanced Low

AESL 708 Citizenship

AESL 710 AESL for Workplace (new course)

*Click here to access the Student Self-Placement Tool

*Students can earn CDCP (Career Development and College Preparation) certificates in Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced AESL levels after receiving a passing grade in two courses. We also offer a CDCP certificate in AESL for the Workplace after passing two courses. 

View our State-approved AESL and  Citizenship Courses.
Learn more about AESL Certificates of Competency.

Click here to view comparable ESL courses at Irvine Valley College.

Need Assistance?  Contact Us

           We are available to assist you  Monday-Thursday   8:30am - 8:00pm

                     Tel.: (949) 348-6850


Adult Education Main Office | Visit Us

The main office for Saddleback College Adult Education is located off of the main campus, at Silverado High School in order to serve our students in the community. Here, you will find a dedicated space for classrooms and staff offices. 

➡ Address: 25632 Peter A Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92691  *Click here for map.

➡ Hours: Monday-Thursday   8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Student Services Offered:

  • Admissions & Records assistance (Bilingual support offered in English & Spanish)
    • Application support
    • Registration support
    • Student Update support on college record
  • Technology assistance (Bilingual support offered in English & Spanish)
    • Canvas support
    • College Email support
    • ConferZoom support

AESL Class Locations | Adult Education

Saddleback Adult Education partners with several community agencies to bring you classes throughout South Orange County.

❖ Saddleback Adult Education at Silverado High School 

   25632 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

❖ Union High School (formerly Serra High School) 

   31351 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

❖  South Orange County Family Resource Center (FRC) (link is external)

   22481 Aspan St, Suite B, Lake Forest, CA 92630


Undocumented Students | Educational & Community Resources

Saddleback College is deeply committed to the inclusion of all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, heritage, national origin, immigration status, religion, age, sexual orientation, or level of ability. Saddleback College is dedicated to student success, inclusion, and the powerful representation of each member of our community.  

The Undocumented Student Support webpage provides a variety of resources to our Dreamers, AB540 eligible students and our undocumented students to support academic success. California Assembly Bill 540 (AB540) is a California law that allows qualified undocumented students opportunities to further their education and pay in-state tuition fees at all California Community Colleges. 

If you are an undocumented student, there are many resources available to you. Please know Saddleback Colleges caring allies are ready to help and protect our undocumented community and their families.

At Saddleback College you will find a safe environment and supportive community. 

Welcome to opportunity.

Click here for more information on the Saddleback Undocumented Student Support Resources 

Meet with a Bilingual Counselor

Bilingual counselors are provided by the Saddleback College Counseling Center.

*Fall semester counseling begins August 15, 2022.

To schedule an appointment, call us at (949) 348-6850.

Counselors provide students with: 

❖ Academic counseling  ❖ Career counseling  ❖ Personal counseling

Click here to view a flyer of the Fall 2022 Counseling schedule.

Adult Education Bilingual Counseling

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

*In-Person at Silverado HS

Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

*In-person at Silverado HS

 Tanith Quintanilla

 (English & Spanish)


1:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

*In-person at Silverado HS

 Jeanette Esquivel

 (English & Spanish)


11:00 am - 7:00 pm


Tanith Quintanilla

 (English & Spanish)



3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


 Jeanette Esquivel

 (English & Spanish)

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm


 Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


 Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654


Registration & Canvas Resources | Video Guides 

MySite Registration Guide

Canvas and ConferZoom Guide