The Adult Education ESL (AESL) program provides six levels of Adult ESL instruction ranging from Basic Literacy to Advanced. Additionally, we offer Citizenship instruction that prepares students for success in their naturalization interview. Adult Education students also have access to free tutoring and bilingual counseling services. We proudly serve approximately 2,000 students per semester.

Saddleback College provides free, non-credit, open-entry AESL classes. Apply and register anytime throughout the semester!

Prepare for your Summer classes now! Summer semester classes begin May 30, 2023.

View the Summer AESL Class Schedule

Getting Started

Classes Offered

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)

*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.


Contact the ASEL Department