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Who should 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?
  • Go to Grossmont Counseling for ESL students.
  • Click on the Application link and apply to the college.
  • Click on the ESL Assessment link and schedule an appointment to take the assessment test. Select the link titled "How to Schedule an Appointment."
  • Click on the Orientation and Advising link and select the link titled "Group Orientation/Advising Presentation." Attend one of the scheduled advising sessions.
  • Register for classes using WebAdvisor.
Registration fees are due within three business days. If you are paying by check or money order, be sure to write your student identification number on the check or money order.
What do students learn in ESL Classes?
FUNDAMENTALS OF ESL: ESL 070, ESL 080, ESL 096, ESL 100, ESL 103, and ESL 106
  • The core reading, writing and grammar classes
  • ESL grammar, sentence building, paragraph and essay writing
  • Required lab assignments

COLLEGE COMPOSITION: ESL 119
  • High-advanced core reading, writing and grammar class
  • College composition and research writing
  • Review of advanced grammar
  • Required lab assignments

LISTENING AND SPEAKING CLASSES: ESL 071, ESL 081, ESL 096L, ESL 10L, and ESL 103L
  • Listening and speaking skills
  • American culture and current topics
  • Presentation Skills
  • Note-taking Skills

READING & VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT CLASSES: ESL 096R, ESL 100R, ESL 103R, ESL 106R, and ESL 119R
  • Reading comprehension and speed
  • Vocabulary development techniques
  • Phonics, word parts and forms, word recognition
  • Reading improvement techniques

PRONUNCIATION CLASSES: ESL 090 and ESL 109
  • Pronunciation skills
  • Accent correction
Do ESL classes earn college degree credit?
ESL 103, ESL 106, and ESL 119 are transferable as elective credit to a CSU or a UC school.

ESL 103, ESL 103R, ESL 103L, ESL 106, ESL 106R, ESL 119, and ESL 119R meet all Title V standards for associate degree credit.

ESL 070, ESL 071, ESL 080, ESL 081, ESL 096, ESL 096R, ESL 096L, ESL 100, ESL 100R, and ESL 100L are for non-degree credit.

Last Updated: 12/15/2014
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