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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

Mission Statement

The Grossmont College English as a Second Language Department serves English language learners in the pluralistic East Region community and from around the world. In order to enable our students to become full participants in their local, national, and global communities, we work to empower them through English learning by providing a progressive, interconnected learning environment. Passionate, qualified teaching professionals design a foundation in creative thinking and critical analysis skills that our students translate to increased success in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

The goal of English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is to help students improve their English proficiency so that they have the skills needed to succeed in college and at work. To meet the needs of individual students, courses are offered in seven levels and provide instruction in the following skill areas: grammar, writing, reading, listening, speaking, and pronunciation. Orientation to American culture is integrated into most ESL courses. ESL testing and advisement sessions are provided to help students decide which ESL courses they need.

ESL courses are comprised of the core grammar, reading, and writing classes and supplementary reading and vocabulary development classes, listening and speaking classes, and pronunciation classes.


Helen Liesberg
ESL Chair
Phone: (619) 644-7441

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District