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! We will be offering two options for Spring classes - On-Campus or Fully Online. 
Spring Semester: Tuesday, January 18 - May 25, 2022
AESL Summer Semester: Monday, June 6 - August 14, 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. 

  Upcoming Summer Semester Schedule: 

Click here to view the AESL Class Schedule.

 *Summer 2022 classes will be held in -person and online June 6 - August 14.

Getting Started:

 1. Create Assessment ID(link is external)

 2. Submit Saddleback College Application

 3. View Class Schedule (listed above) to view available courses

 4. Register for AESL Classes in MySite *How to register for classes guide

 5. Attend free AESL classes in-person or online through Canvas.


Need Assistance?  Contact Us

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

                     Tel.: (949) 348-6850


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.

Adult Education Main Office | Visit Us

Welcome Back, Students! The Adult Education office located at Silverado High School is now open to the public for on-site student support services. Please Note: Face coverings are required for all students, staff and visitors. Learn more about our safety procedures at

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

Class Locations | Adult Education

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

❖ Saddleback College main campus  

   28000 Marguerite Parkway Mission Viejo, California 92692

❖ 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

*Please note: We will be offering three options for fall classes - On-Campus, Hybrid or Fully Online.

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. 

*Spring semester counseling begins January 18.* 

Our bilingual counselors' information is listed below. Please click on the pop-in zoom links to meet with a counselor or call us at (949) 348-6850 to schedule an appointment. 

Counselors provide students with:

❖ Academic counseling  ❖ Career counseling  ❖ Personal counseling


Click here to view a flyer of our Spring 2022 Counseling schedule.


 8:30 am - 12:00 pm In-Person at Silverado HS

 Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654 sends e-mail)

8:30 am - 12:00 pm Online

 Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654 sends e-mail)

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm In-person at Silverado HS

Jeanette Esquivel

 (English & Spanish) sends e-mail)


9:00 am - 1:00 pm In-person at Silverado HS

 Angel Torres

 (English & Spanish) sends e-mail)


9:00 am - 7:00 pm Online

 Angel Torres

 (English & Spanish) sends e-mail)

8:30 am - 3:30 pm In-person at Silverado HS

 Tanith Quintanilla

 (English & Spanish) sends e-mail)

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Online

 Tanith Quintanilla

 (English & Spanish) sends e-mail)

4:00 - 7:00 pm Online

 Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654 sends e-mail)



12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Online

 Jeanette Esquivel

 (English & Spanish) sends e-mail)


3:00 - 7:00 pm Online

 Maryam Afshari

 (English & Farsi)

 (949) 416-5654 sends e-mail)


Registration & Canvas Resources | Video Guides

MySite Registration Guide

Canvas and ConferZoom Guide