English as a Second Language (ESL) Department

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 Courses

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. The Fall 2016 semester goes from August 22-December 18, and Spring 2017 goes from January 17-May 25.  We also have an 8-week session in the summer starting in June. 

Here is a link to our Class Schedule for Fall 2016 

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 we give you the option to take each of our 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 have an "A" after their "ticket number" in the class schedule, and these are the sections that require tuition. Tuition is $46 a unit, and our ESL classes are either 3 units or 6 units. Students may 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 or 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. Students may enroll in non-credit sections if they don't need college credit or proof of their work at the college.

All students have to pay the $19 Health Fee and for their own textbooks and school supplies. If you drive a car to school, you will also need to purchase a parking permit. The cost of textbooks will depend on the specific courses you enroll in because 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.

Here is a link 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 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

For information about how to register for classes, please visit Getting Started: How Do I Sign Up for ESL Classes?

If you are a New Student at Saddleback College, please click here for information and instructions for applying to the school. On the right side of the page are links for more information. 

Saddleback College also has Spanish and Farsi-speaking ESL Counselors to help you register for the right classes. 

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 corequisite concerns, please visit the webpage.


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


Stevie Daniels redman

ESL Department Co-Chair
ESL Lab Services Coordinator

Office: BGS 102
Phone: (949) 582-4811
Email: sdaniels@saddleback.edu


Julie McGirr redman

ESL Department Co-Chair
Office: BGS 303
Phone: (949)348-6868
Email: jmcgirr@saddleback.edu