What are ESL Classes?
Frequent Asked Questions
The English as a Second Language program provides language
instruction and cultural orientation to nonnative speakers of
English to help them be more successful in their other college
courses, jobs, and the community. Features of the program are:
- A large variety of classes covering different skills and
- Orientation to American culture
- Small classes
- Immigrant, refugee, and visa students from over 60 countries
- Qualified, experienced instructors
enroll in ESL Classes?
If any of the following statements describe you, you should take
the ESL placement test.
- I have trouble understanding spoken English.
- I have trouble understanding written English.
- Other people cannot always understand my English.
- I make a lot of mistakes when I write in English.
How do I
enroll in ESL Classes?
- Fill out an application in the
- Get a
Class Schedule from the
- Take the ESL assessment test to help you decide which ESL
courses will be most helpful. Part of the assessment checks your
reading and grammar skills. You will also write a composition on
the topic given. See the
Class Schedule for the times of the ESL test. No appointment
is necessary for these scheduled times. If you need to take the
test at a different time, however, you must make an appointment
in the Assessment Center (644-7200).
- Attend the next ESL Orientation/Class Selection meeting.
These dates and times are listed in the
Class Schedule. This is a very important time for you to
meet with ESL instructors, student advisors, and a counselor to
learn about the college and the ESL program. At this time you
will get your ESL assessment results and choose your classes.
This meeting may take one and a half or two hours.
- Register for classes by phone. The college will send you an
Appointment Mailer with your date and time to call and register
for classes. Remember that you may call after your appointment
time but not before. Be sure to study and fill out the
"Telephone Registration Worksheet" found in the Class
Schedule before you call. If you have any problems
registering by phone, call 644-7170.
If you are paying by check or money order, be sure to mail in the
money within three business days after you register. Put your social
security number on the check or money order.
students learn in ESL Classes?
FUNDAMENTALS OF ESL I (96), II (100), III (103), AND IV (106) 5
- The core grammar and writing classes
- ESL grammar, sentence building, and paragraph writing
- Required Writing Center assignments
ENGLISH 110 COLLEGE COMPOSITION 3 units
- Most advanced class in ESL grammar-writing sequence
- Writing essays based on reading
- Review of advanced grammar
LISTENING AND SPEAKING CLASSES I (97), II (101) and III (104) 3
- Listening and speaking skills
- American culture and current topics
ESL READING & VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT (98), (102) 3 units
- Reading comprehension and speed.
- Vocabulary development techniques.
- Phonics, word parts and forms, word recognition.
- Reading improvement techniques.
SPEECH 105 ORAL LANGUAGE SKILLS 2 units
- Pronunciation skills
- Accent correction
Do ESL Classes
The ESL sections of English 110 fulfill
general education requirements at Grossmont College and California
State Universities. ESL 103 and
106 are transferable as elective credit
to a UC school. ESL 106 transers as
elective credit to the CSU schools.The following ESL classes are
applicable to the Grossmont College A.A./A.S. Degree as elective
credit: ESL 100, 101,
104, 106. Other ESL classes are for non-degree credit.