Learn or Improve your English

Learn or Improve your English

Do You Want To Learn Or Improve Your English?

English as a Second Language classes help non-native speakers learn and improve their ability to communicate in English by developing skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and pronunciation.

How can ESL (English as a Second Language) classes help me?

ESL Classes can help you with:

  • Communicate in English
  • Prepare for citizenship
  • Participate more in your community
  • Help your children succeed at school
  • Access community resources
  • Study English at a higher level
  • Get a high school diploma or prepare for the GED/HiSET tests
  • Continue your education at colleges and other training programs
  • Get a job, a better job or a promotion
  • Begin a job training program
  • Improve your current job skills and/or obtain a better job

Which type of ESL class is right for me?

Both The Adult Schools And The Community Colleges Offer A Range Of ESL Classes From Basic Literacy Through Advanced Levels. Where You Begin Depends On Both Your Goals And Your Current Level Of English Language Skills.

ESL for WORK: Learn the language for the job you want

Career-focused ESL classes allow you to explore a new career while learning English. These classes can help you prepare for a new career by giving you the language skills you need.

For example, students taking ESL For Healthcare would learn terms associated with being a medical assistant or community health worker.

Find the ESL For Work class that’s right for you!

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ESL for Healthcare
ESL for Careers in Early Childhood Education
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ESL for the Workplace
ESL for Hospitality

Which school is right for me?

(non credit)
Low Cost
ESL for Community
ESL for Community
ESL for Work
ESL for College
ESL for parents (at K-12 schools)
Separate classes by skill (reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar)
Integrated skills
Morning & Evening Classes

Both the adult schools and the community colleges offer classes that will help you improve your English skills:

  • Offer classes more often (more days per week, evening and weekend classes)
  • Provide flexible enrollment
  • Offer free classes
  • Integrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in classes.
  • Focus on improving English skills for personal goals, community involvement and work readiness.
  • Prepare students to transfer to community college for more academic English.
  • Prepare students to transfer to short-term career training classes at the adult school or at the community college.
  • Offer classes that meet less frequently, so more independent study and homework is required.
  • Offer non-credit courses at no cost but require tuition for courses offering credit.
  • Separate classes by skill: reading and writing, listening and speaking, and grammar.
  • Focus on preparing students to succeed in academic classes.
  • Prepare you to earn a certificate or AA degree.

It is possible to transfer between schools. Talk with a counselor, transition specialist  or instructor, who can help determine which level of ESL class you should enroll in at any of the other schools in the South Bay Consortium for Education.

How do I get started?

The first step is to choose which school or program you would like to attend. Then contact the school to begin the enrollment process. Each school follows a slightly different process, but the steps may include the following:

  • take a placement test
  • meet with a counselor, or transition specialist
  • attend an orientation
  • place in the appropriate level class
  • begin classes
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