Saddleback College's ESL Department has many courses for non-native English speakers. Our classes are for students who plan to take college classes and also for those who want to improve their overall English ability. We offer classes at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, and college level. Our unique curriculum allows you to create a program that meets your needs. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends.
Our "Core Courses" are our Multi-skills courses, which 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.
Our "Elective Courses" help you improve specific language skills, and they meet three hours a week. We offer Writing, Conversation, Pronunciation, Grammar, Listening and Note-taking, American Literature, Writing for Work, 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.
Our full-semester ESL courses are 16.6 weeks long:
Spring 2018: January 16-May 23
Summer 2018: June 4-July 29 (8-week session)
Fall 2018: August 20-December 19
Click here for the ESL Class Schedule
(Scroll down to "ESL." The first listing is for "ESL Listening and Speaking" courses, and from that page, you can click "next" at the top left or bottom right of the page to go the the next ESL listing, "ESL MultiSkills." Click on "Details" to see what material is covered at each level.)
How Much Will Classes Cost?
Saddleback's ESL classes are different from classes at almost every college in the state because you can choose to take classes either for "credit" or for "non-credit" (0-units). If you take a class for non-credit, then your class will be completely free except for a Health Fee, required by the college, as well as books and materials that the course may require.
The "credit" sections require tuition of $46 a unit, and our ESL classes are either 3 units or 6 units. This means that "credit"courses are $138 for a 3-unit course, or $276 for a 6-unit course. Credit sections have an "A" after their "ticket number" in the class schedule. Many students choose credit sections because they want to get a grade, or they want a record of their work at the college. In addition, they may choose credit sections because they might need credit classes to get financial aid, get insurance, or to fulfill a prerequisite (a requirement for another course).
The "non-credit" sections have a "D" after their ticket number, and students do NOT have to pay the $46 per unit tuition, so the classes are free except for the Health Fee, books and materials, and parking (if needed). Students may enroll in non-credit sections if they don't need college credit or proof of their work at the college.
Health Fee: $19
Parking: $80 a year (if you drive a car to school)
Textbooks and School Supplies: The cost of textbooks will depend on the courses you enroll in. Each teacher might select different textbooks, and the cost of the textbooks is determined by the publisher. In the Class Schedule, click on "Book info" for each course to find the exact texts (including prices) that are required for each class.
For more information about the costs at Saddleback College, please go to the Fees Page. If you are an international student on an F-1 or J-1 Visa, please contact the International Student Office for more information about requirements.
How Do I Sign Up for Classes?
Students who wish to enroll in ESL courses must first apply to Saddleback College. It does not cost anything to do this. Click here for more details: Getting Started: How Do I Sign Up for ESL Classes?
After you become a Saddleback student, you must take a placement test at Saddleback College; other college test results are not accepted. Click here for information about ESL testing and scheduling: ESL Assessment Schedule & Testing Information
If you are a New Student at Saddleback College, please click here for more information and instructions for applying to the school. On the right side of the page, you will see links for more information.
Saddleback College has Spanish and Farsi-speaking ESL Counselors to help you register for the right classes. You can call (949) 348-6186 or (949)582-4569 for more information, or email a counselor:
ESL students also have access to our Language Lab to enrich the ESL curriculum for greater learning. The language lab includes a variety of computer programs to help students practice their English outside of class. Some of our writing and grammar courses use the language lab as a co-requisite. For more information about prerequisite clearances and corequisites, please visit the webpage.
For Our ESL Students
Every semester we offer special activities for our ESL students to give them an opportunity to meet other students and teachers and to improve their English language skills.
Events: Our next ESL Event will be on April 20, 2018 from 12:00-3:00 in the quad (the grassy area with the red chairs). Students and their family and friends are invited to learn more about campus support and career opportunities. There will be free food, music, games, prizes, and parking. See the flyer for more information. In October 2016, we had a Fall Family Celebration with good food, music, games, prizes. and lots of fun! ESL students, faculty, and their families attended. In Spring 2017, we had a Game Day for ESL students and their families. in Fall 2017, we had a Cultural Event where ESL students could share their culture and learn about others.
Free Conversation Groups: Offered every week in the Tutoring Center to help ESL students practice their speaking skills. The Conversation Groups are small so that everyone has a chance to speak about interesting topics. The Tutoring Center also offers free TOEFL Preparation Workshops in LRC 240.
Free Tutoring: Register for TU300 to get free tutoring in ESL (as well as math and science) in the Tutoring Center. Click here for more information on tutoring.
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
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
ESL Department Chair
Office: BGS 303
Email: Contact Julie McGirr