English as a Second Language


English as a Second Language


The mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) department at CCC is to enable students to function successfully in both academic and non-academic English speaking environments. This includes providing high quality instruction that is innovative and meets the language needs of non-native English speakers as they pursue their educations, build their careers, and interact socially in their new environment.

The English as a Second Language program at CCC serves at least three kinds of students: relative newcomers to the U.S. who want to improve their English proficiency to become more comfortable in their new country, non-native English speaking degree and transfer students who want to improve their abilities in academic English, and international students.

To enroll in ESL courses, it is necessary for all new students, including those transferring from other colleges, to complete the college application and to take the ESL Placement Test in Room LA-203. Following the placement test, students will meet with counselors to receive their test results and educational plan.

ESL classes are often taught in conjunction with career-oriented classes, such as shown here with Culinary Arts where the vocabulary of a specific field is emphasized.