ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages

Program Description

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is designed to prepare students to read, write, speak, and listen at a level that enables them to succeed in college courses. This is an academic English program and not an intensive English program (language school).

The program consists of four levels, and the student is assigned a level based on the result of his/her placement test.

  • The first level, L19,
    is a combined skills class in a lecture/lab format. Students who successfully complete this course are at the intermediate-low level. Some students at the beginning level may find ESOL 19 difficult. For these students, counselors are available to discuss options and resources, including classes at Continuing Education.
  • The second and third levels, L20 and L30,
    are made up of three courses: The grammar-writing component is a six-unit course; the reading and listening/speaking components are three units each.
  • The fourth level, L40,
    is a single course in reading and writing. Students who successfully complete ESOL 40 can read and write at an advanced level. They are prepared to take English courses one level below transfer (English 51 and 56).

Students interested in enrolling in ESOL courses should schedule an assessment test for placement into the appropriate skill level. For more information about the ESOL program, students should contact the college Counseling Office.