English as a Second Language (ESL) Department

  Welcome to Saddleback ESL!

Saddleback College's ESL Department has many courses for non-native English speakers at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, and college level. We offer classes in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, and online.

Our Courses


  • Multi-skills Courses: Focus on all language skills (reading, writing, grammar pronunciation, vocabulary, speaking, and listening) at beginning, intermediate, advanced levels. Multi-skills courses meet six hours week.
  • Elective Courses: Focus on specific language skills and meet three hours a week. We offer
    • Conversation
    • Pronunciation
    • Grammar
    • Writing
    • Writing for Work
    • American Literature for ESL students
    • Vocabulary
    • Idioms and Expressions
    • ....and more!
  • As a student, you can select your own courses to meet your specific needs. Please look at our ESL Course Sequence to get an overview of our courses.

Click here for the ESL Class Schedule


How Much Will Classes Cost?

You can take classes for credit or for non-credit (0-units)

Non-Credit sections:

  • FREE! (no tuition)
  • Non-Credit sections have a D after their ticket number in the class schedule.
  • Choose non-credit sections if you:
    • Don't need college credit or proof of your work.
    • Just want to improve your English!

Credit sections:

  • $46 a unit
    • 3 unit courses = $138
    • 6 unit courses = $276 
  • Credit sections have an A after their ticket number in the class schedule.
  • Choose credit sections if you:
    • Want a grade or record of your work.
    • Need units for financial aid or insurance.
    • Are an international student on a student VISA.
    • Need to fulfill a prerequisite (a requirement for another course).

Other Fees all students pay:

  • Health Fee: $22
  • Textbooks and School Supplies: 
    • The cost of textbooks varies by course.
      • Click on Books in the class schedule to find book price for each class.
    • Many courses are Zero Textbook Cost (No cost for textbooks). 
  • For more information go to the Fees Page.
  • International students on an F-1 or J-1 Visa: contact the International Student Office .

How Do I Sign Up for Classes?

 Start here: Getting Started: How Do I Sign Up for ESL Classes?

Speak with an ESL counselor to help you choose the right classes. Call (949) 582-4572 for more information, or email a counselor:

Canvas and ConferZoom

Our ESL Instructors use Canvas and ConferZoom to share class information and keep in contact with students.



Our ESL faculty consists of instructors who have acquired at least a Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or a related field. Others are published authors, have acquired a Ph.D. in the field, or frequently present at conferences; all have the desire to help you learn English and have the resources and passion to do so!


ESL Career Flyer

ESL Career Flyer

With experienced teachers, exciting and informative classes, and skills to help you expand your work and personal opportunities, ESL provides a supportive place for you to grow linguistically and culturally, learning from others as much as they will learn from you. For more information, contact Julie McGirr, whose information is given below.
ESL Career Flyer









Julie McGirr redman Julie McGirr

ESL Department Chair
Office: BGS 303
Email: Contact Julie McGirr