The English as a Second Language Department has many courses for non-native English speakers. Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and college-level courses are offered.  Our courses focus on all language skills - reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, speaking and listening. Elective courses allow you to focus on specific language skills. Elective courses are offered in conversation, pronunciation, grammar, writing, writing for work, American literature for ESL students, vocabulary, idioms and expressions, and more. As a student in the ESL program, you can select the courses that meet your needs. 

Degrees and Certificates

ESL Program Information

What is my ESL Level? Self-Placement Guidelines
      
 Chose the box that best describes your abilities in English today:
Level and Recommended MultiSkills Classes You Can Also Register for:
1 I can write some sentences in English with help.
I can read some sentences in English, but I don’t know all the words.
I can understand a little if people speak English very slowly.
I can’t always say what I want to say in English.
Low Beginning
ESL 320 - Beginning MultiSkills 1

ESL 322: Beginning Conversation

ESL 323: Beginning Pronunciation

2 I can write a paragraph in English with help.
I can read a short paragraph in English and understand most of the words.
I can understand conversations in English, but sometimes I can’t understand everything.
High Beginning
ESL 321: Beginning MultiSkills 2

ESL 322: Beginning Conversation

ESL 323: Beginning Pronunciation

ESL 325: Beginning Reading and Writing

3 I can write several paragraphs in formal English with some help. 
I can read short articles in English with dictionary help.
I can speak English, but often can’t say what I want to say in English, especially about serious topics.
Low Intermediate
ESL 330: Intermediate MultiSkills 1

ESL 332: Intermediate Conversation

ESL 333: Intermediate Pronunciation

ESL 335: Intermediate Writing 1

4

I can write 1-2 pages in formal English with some help. 

I can read short college-level texts in English with dictionary help.

I can communicate in English but sometimes can’t say what I want to say in English.

High Intermediate
ESL 331: Intermediate MultiSkills 2

ESL 332: Intermediate Conversation

ESL 333: Intermediate Pronunciation

ESL 335: Intermediate Writing 1

ESL 336: Intermediate Writing 2

5

I can write 1-2 pages in formal English with a little help. 

I can read college-level texts in English with some dictionary help.

I can communicate well in English but occasionally can’t express myself in English.

Low Advanced
ESL 340: Advanced MultiSkills 1

ESL 342: Advanced Conversation

ESL 343: Advanced Pronunciation

ESL 344: Idioms and Expressions

ESL 345: Advanced Writing 1

ESL 346: Advanced Writing for Work

ESL 347: Advanced Grammar Review

6

I can write 2-3 pages in formal English with little or no help.

I can read college-level texts in English with little or no dictionary help.

I can communicate in English almost as well as in my native language.

High Advanced
ESL 80 (credit) or ESL 380 (non-credit): Advanced Academic Writing 1

ESL 90 (credit) or ESL 390 (non-credit): Advanced Academic Writing 2

ESL 354: Advanced Vocabulary

ESL 355: American Literature for ESL

ESL 356: Academic Success Strategies

ESL 357: Grammar Review for College

ESL 358: Listening and Note-Taking

ESL 359: American Language and Culture through Film

Still not sure what courses to take? ESL Counselors can help you choose the best classes for you. To speak to an ESL counselor, please contact Counseling at (949) 582-457 or email Maryam Afshari (speaks Farsi) or Angel Torres (speaks Spanish).

Contact the English as a Second Language Department

Jack Beckham, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, Liberal Arts Division
LRC 344